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Re: San Juan 26, love or hate...

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Originally Posted by JedNeck View Post
Looking at a San Juan 26...I need a shallow draft (< 3') to tie to my dock in thin, end of summer water.

I have read through the SEARCH on SN that these boats don't sail well because of hull design. I won't be racing but I want to go to windward at a reasonable pace.

Will I be super dissapointed with this boat?
Some PHRF ratings for comparison

San Juan 24 - 219
San Juan 26 - 240
San Juan 7.7 (26') - 192
San Juan 28 - 180

This indicates it's no rocket - an SJ24 would have to give you 21 seconds a mile - a pretty big gap, especially for a smaller boat.

The 7.7 is also 26' but is rated nearly a minute a mile faster

Some other boats and their ratings for comparison;

Bayfield 32C - 240
Bristol 26 CB - 240
Cal 22 - 240
Catalina 22 - 267
Contessa 26 - 249
Ericson 26 - 234

These indicate it's not a complete dog, for an older design but I imagine you can find faster shallow boats without too much trouble. It does have an unusual combination of virtues;

Shallow draft
Easy trailerability
Good headroom
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