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Old 01-08-2001
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Colgate 26

I''m thinking of buying a Colgate 26. Anybody out there have any words of wisdom. I would be using it for daysailing on Lake Michigan. Rob
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Great Daysailer but not a cruiser

I just bought a used Colgate. My family and I plan on sailing coastal Maine so we needed something very safe in open water and easy to crew since we are novices. My wife and I originally learned with Steve Colgate's Off-Shore Course so we were well familiar with the boat and what it can do.
Your final decision, I feel, should be based on what type of sailing you want to do. For Daysailing with a bunch of friends, it's hard to beat but I would not want to cruise for more than one overnight. The cabin space has been sacrificed for a large more comfortable cockpit. It would be uncomfortable and cramped staying below for any length of time. Understandably, when people are forking over $25-30K for a sailboat, many would like to have the that option. However, for me personally, I'd take the athleticism and the excitement the Colgate can offer my friends and family on a day sail! Good Luck!
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You may want to check the date of the post you responded to. It is from 2001....I did the same thing. Welcome to the boards!

Steve's boat is a great deal of fun. I remember back in the days when they used Solings!
"It's not just about the vessel... more importantly it is about the people, their safety and their vessels in that order. "(PFJ 1952-1986)

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