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Old 04-14-2008
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I've been around a few of them and believe me I'm being diplomatic. They seem to come up on the list whenever folks are trying to buy really inexpensive boats, myself included. There was a time when I looked at one for myself that was offered one for what seemed like almost nothing. In all of the Lugers that I have looked at over the years, the price always seems appealing. The boats never do.

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Originally Posted by gyrfalcon View Post
The weight comparisons concerning the fiberglass are also unfair to the luger for a number of reasons... For example, the Luger doesn't have an inboard diesel engine.
10 hp 4-stroke outboard is about 100 lbs. The UNIVERSAL M-12 diesel in the Catalina is 175 lbs.

The ballast ratio of the two boats is only 5 to 6% different if you compare the keel weight to total weight anyhow.
B/D for Luger: 28.8%
B/D for Catalina: 36.2% --> 25% higher.

Not to mention the Catalina had a winged keel, so its center of gravity is quite low compared to that of the Luger's keel.

Interestingly, you mentioned the Around in Ten boats. Their Designer's page has the specs on one boat:
Ballast: 386lbs (175kg) of lead and 441lbs (200kg) of water
For a total of 827 pounds on a 10 foot boat vs Luger's 750 lbs in a 26 foot boat.

Anyway, the OP asked about coastal cruising and blue water sailing. In no way is the Luger suitable for that. For trailer boat sailing in sheltered waters, it's probably just the thing.


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Smile The Luger Traidwinds 26 is a Cruiser Racer

Originally Posted by Bermuda30 View Post
Hi all,

What can anybody tell me, mainly pros and cons, about a 1981 Luger Tradewinds 26 footer? Is this a passage-capable boat or strictly a coastal cruiser? Anyone have sites for more information on them? Thanks in advance for your replies.
The Luger Traidwinds 26 is a Cruiser/Racer it was designed to be light yet strong, They went out of production before I could Order one, but, I did have an oppertunity to look over one in Hawaii that was up for sale in 1980

I have survayed a number of small sailing vessels, and Found the Luger 26 to have both grace and style unlike the 24' model. It makes a great weekend Cruier around the Chesapeake Bay, or for a weeks vacation sailing down to the Outter Banks in NC. I am not sure I would trust any Fiber Glass boat in a Hurricane, But in a gail or storm Find a safe anchorage or put out a good sea anchor and point her nose into the wind, the '26 could ride them out with the beast of them, just batten your hatches.
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Re: Luger Tradewinds 26

I have recently purchased a 77 Tradewinds 26 footer. I used to sail on a 81' Catalina 25. Two days ago, I was caught off-guard by some odd weather in the Puget Sound. The Luger not only held out, but went through the rough waters like it was nothing. The boat mat not have quite the room as the Catalina, but, I must say that I would much rather sail in the Luger in the rough weather.
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Re: Luger Tradewinds 26

I too am a Luger Tradewinds owner. The original Builder did a fantastic job with connecting the deck to the hull and the hardware including the chain plates are still in perfect condition. The winter before this one just past, I gutted it to the fiberglass and refitted the entire interior and exterior. Now going into my 2nd season on lake Erie I have to say I'm more comfortable on it than any other boat I have owned. The builder makes all the difference. That being said I dont think I would try to cross the atlantic or anything stooped but she can take anything that Lake Erie can hand out.
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