Re: 1973 Grampian 26' -- Opinions & Questions
35 years ago I did a cruise on a G-26 with 3 others. It was a very satisfactory little boat. Sailed quite well and had a LOT of interior room for a 26'.
Two observations - the cabin top handrails were just straight pieces of teak screwed into raised, moulded pedestals on the cabin top and the screws pulled out of the glass. The other is that it had extraordinarily narrow (almost non-existent) side decks - that's what allowed the big interior. If I had one, I'd spend the money to get some of those stanchion bases that C&C used that fit over the holey rail. That would give you a few extra inches of useable side deck - it would make the difference between going forward over the high cabin top or actually being able to use the side decks.
Obviously they are old boats now and so need to be viewed on a case by case basis but I think a decent one could be customized and improved into a very nice minimum cruiser.
PHRF is around 220 so it's a middling performer. (C&C 26 is 210)
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.