Tanzer 26 - "Starter" or "Build like a tank"
I looked at a Tanzer that seemed like a good deal - $5000 for an 85' that's in good shape with new equipment. I've read everything I can find about the boat but I'm still having trouble putting it in perspective. I've seen some owners say "it's built like a tank" while others have said the opposite and called it a "starter" boat.
Any other opinions? It's a solid fiberglass (no balsa or plywood) boat that struck me as being pretty solid, what details would say otherwise? Lead keel? I'm buying a first boat but I want to buy something thats worth the time and money I'll have to put into keeping it up.
Why should the two characteristics be exclusive? The Ensenada20 is a starter boat; so is the Flying Scot. Both are tanklike and practically indestructible. :) Indestructible is a good quality in a starter boat. 'Starter boat' can mean 'forgiving, simple, inexpensive to own, gateway to larger boats and voyages.' Needn't connote 'badly made' or 'disposable.'
All Tanzers are tanks. The T22 weighs 2.5x as much as our SJ21. Tanzers were designed for the Great Lakes, where the chop is square and the storms come fierce. Their spars, rigging and hardware are larger than you would find on a comparable-sized Hunter or Catalina. They have medium to high ballast ratios. Yet for all that, they generally sail pretty well. You do need a good breeze to get em rolling.
The T26 is ... funky. Looks like the love child of a running shoe and a quanset hut.
Plenty of headroom tho, & I bet it tracks like a train. The lifeline stanchions seem dodgy (just a visual impression, not based on personal knowledge.) You might grab hold of a couple and see how solid they feel. A family friend has a T26 on Lake Ontario and loves it.
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