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My two cents
There are two versions of the 26, The Pearson 26 One Design with a larger cockpit, but smaller cabin, and the other 26, which has a smaller cockpit, but more room below. For true day sailing, the One design would be more appropriate as it has the room in the cockpit where everyone is. Sleeping below would be very tight INMO, even for 2 Adults and three small kids in that version.
The other P26 version would give more sleeping room below, but the cockpit would be cramped, especially with a tiller. The cockpit on this model is 6'8, which may sound like alot, but on my 10M Pearson (7' 6") cockpit, four adults is max for comfort. The day sailer version of the P26 is almost 9 feet, much like a P34 and a lot roomier.
Having a tiller, standard on the P26, some what limits the useable cockpit spaace so keep that in mind.
If you're really planning on doing a lot of overnight stuff, look for a larger boat, 30' would be my minimum. For daysails and the occasional overnighter, the Pearson 26 OD would be okay. Once anchored, you could always sleep on deck if too cramped below.
Last edited by DrB; 07-20-2007 at 03:01 PM.