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post #3 of Old 10-28-2009
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Owned a "regular" P26 for 10 years. My wife and I did pretty well in the club races and cruised her all over Long Island Sound and out to Block Island, Newport and Martha's Vineyard. Overall construction is a bit better than many of the other similar sized boats of the era. Hull is solid and overbuilt by today's standards. Deck is cored so wet core is common issue. Rudder is a weak area with rudder bearings needing replacement fairly regularly and wear of the rudder shaft at the bearings can be an issue. Loads are high because of the unbalanced rudder shape. Keel is cast iron, so a poorly maintained one can mean lots of hours stripping, sealing and and fairing. A long shaft (20 inch) or extra long shaft (25 inch) engine is essential to avoid having the prop out of the water more than it's in.
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