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Old 11-20-2003
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experience, analysis, opinion: 26ft Albin

We''re trying to buy our first sailboat. We heard of a 26'' Albin for sale and thought it would be the Peter Norlin design, ''Cirrus''. In fact, it is an entirely different design by Rolf Magnusson - the Albin 79.

I''ve not found much about this boat, especially comments about sailing characteristics and performance. Maybe those of you with more experience and a talent for interpreting "the numbers" can offer some insight...opinion.

L.O.A. 7.88 m
L.W.L. 6.10 m
Width 2.67 m
Draft 1.45 m
Displ 2,150 kg
Keel Fin
Draft 1.45 m
Ballast 750 kg
Keel % 34.8 %
Rig Masthead
Sail 27.2 m2
Jib 8 m2
Genoa 24 m2
Gen II 18 m2
Produced 1974-77
Number built 250

"The Albin 26 or Albin 79, in metres, was built as the smaller sister to the much better known Ballad and bears quite a family resemblance. Originally designed as an offshore cruiser/racer to the 1/4 ton rating she has a good turn of speed and excellent handling. She has some very innovative features for a boat of her era. Her diesel engine is situated forward of the moulded keel, under the fore peak berths. Her open plan saloon is similar to many of the latest designs in yachts of this size, and the heads compartment, in the starboard quarter, was years ahead of itís time."

So, what about the diesel location?
And, what are the pluses & minuses of having been designed to the 1/4 ton rating?

Photos:

http://www.sailguide.com/Bilder/Albin_79bild.htm

http://www.compasssecurities.com/boat/fiddlers_stands.jpg

The prop shaft exits the hull just behind the aft edge of the keel.

http://www.compasssecurities.com/boat/fiddlers_stands2.jpg

The diesel is located in the compartment right in front of the V-berth

http://www.compasssecurities.com/boat/interiorfwd2.jpg
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experience, analysis, opinion: 26ft Albin

W:

That is a surprise. I too would have immediately assumed that size Albin was the Cirrus.

The first question I would want answered is where was she built? After the Cirrus (and Ballad, Vega and one other model), they transitioned to Taiwan. I''m assuming this model was built in Sweden given the design and size...but would want it confirmed.

Yes, forward of the CLR is a strange place for an engine, isn''t it. Still, how much stuff will you cram into the lockers back aft? And how is access? I''m not sure the position per se is an issue.

Jack
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experience, analysis, opinion: 26ft Albin

Jack,

Thanks for your comments.

We''ve decided to keep looking. Since we''re intending on keeping this first boat for just a few seasons - developing skills & experience - we think it would be smarter to buy a boat that is better known/less unusual so selling it will be easier.

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