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

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

I, myself, personally intend to continue being outspoken and opinionated, intolerant of all fanatics, fools and ignoramuses, deeply suspicious of all those who have "found the answer" and on my bad days, downright rude.
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