Seafarer 26 - SailNet Community

   Search Sailnet:

 forums  store  


Quick Menu
Forums           
Articles          
Galleries        
Boat Reviews  
Classifieds     
Search SailNet 
Boat Search (new)

Shop the
SailNet Store
Anchor Locker
Boatbuilding & Repair
Charts
Clothing
Electrical
Electronics
Engine
Hatches and Portlights
Interior And Galley
Maintenance
Marine Electronics
Navigation
Other Items
Plumbing and Pumps
Rigging
Safety
Sailing Hardware
Trailer & Watersports
Clearance Items

Advertise Here






Go Back   SailNet Community > On Board > Boat Review and Purchase Forum > Boat Reviews
 Not a Member? 

Boat Reviews This forum has all types of boat reviews. Take a look, Dream, Agree, Dissagree.... but enjoy.


Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
  #1  
Old 10-01-2009
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Posts: 2
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
bottleguy is on a distinguished road
Seafarer 26

I'm new to sailing and found an 1984 26' Seafarer thats for sale
I can't find a lot of info on the company, does anyone know about these boats
Are they of solid construction and built to last?
Someone mentioned that the boats built towards the end of the company's existance (mid 80's) were not as good as the earlier ones, Is this true?
Lastly I've heard the boat is "slow as a snail" any truth to this?
I'd appreciate any info (or where to get info) anyone has to offer
Thanks to all in advance
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #2  
Old 10-02-2009
mitiempo's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Victoria B.C. Canada
Posts: 7,110
Thanks: 0
Thanked 71 Times in 62 Posts
Rep Power: 8
mitiempo will become famous soon enough mitiempo will become famous soon enough
I don't know much about Seafarer boats as few made it to the west coast. Here is the link to Seafarers forum on Sailboat Owners - it may help.
Brian

Seafarer - SailboatOwners.com
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #3  
Old 10-02-2009
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Posts: 387
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 8
Northeaster is on a distinguished road
here's a link to another forum thread on the Seafarer 26:

Seafarer 26: Words of Wisdom Sought - Cruisers & Sailing Forums

I am on my 2nd Seafarer, but have only been sailing / working on boats for 4 years. Have done extensive work on mine, so know it well.

Bit of history:

Seafarer Research Center


I am more familiar with the late 70s / early 80 boats / build quality.

Pros:
- solid hand laid hull, by a company that was one of the 1st to work with fiberglass.
- chainplates are through-bolted to thick glass knees, that are part of the hull layup - no wet wood cored knees that most boats face
- sails well - not a rocket, but certainly no snail. Mine is a 30'er and is likely comparable to a C&C 30, maybe a tad slower than a CS30

- often lots of nice solid teak trim, tables, etc
- Lots of interior room and headroom
- often have been repowered, or came with yanmar diesels
- my 30 year old deck gelcoat has crazing, but still decent after all those years
- wheel steering - I like it over a tiller
- encapsulated lead (not steel/iron) keel that is glassed over. no keel bolts to worry about. Neither of mine had any keel / hull cracks, smile, water weeping, etc
- Hull is tabbed (glassed) to deck
- very sturdy mast and rigging
- skeg hung / protected rudder

Cons:

- Some were sold as bare hulls / kits so interior finish / wood quaity can vary, I am told.
- Cheap faux wood panelling used alot in v-berth and head.

- Wife doesn't like head up front near V-berth sleeping, as more odors. Holding tank under v-berth. However, nbot many boats this size have head to aft!

- wheel steering takes up cockpit space

Here are some pics of my refit:
Click view all of Northeasters images to see the rest:

Rudder Gudgeon Fabrication And Repair - had new larger "improved" solid rudder gudgeon made, and installed it on skeg Cruisers & Sailing Photo Gallery
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #4  
Old 10-03-2009
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Posts: 2
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
bottleguy is on a distinguished road
Thank you both for the info, I will do my research from the forums that were
suggested, and the real world assesment from an actual owner is huge!
I will keep you informed on how it all goes and will let you know if I am able to put the deal together and purchase the boat
Thank you so much again.
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #5  
Old 10-03-2009
Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Keymar, MD
Posts: 49
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
Danjcon is on a distinguished road
Seafarer sailboats

I have a 1971 Seafarer 31 yawl designed by Bill Tripp. It had an old Volvo MD6A diesel. I am in the process of installing a Betamarine 16hp. I would aay the boat is built very solidly. It sails well, very stable. The main complaints I have is the lack of engine accessibility, the ugly faux wood interior, and the lack of an extra halyard for a cruising spinnaker. There are some other Seafarer owners on this forum, and a number of boat reviews on the boat under the Boat Reviews section. Good luck

Dan
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #6  
Old 10-04-2009
Junior Member
 
Join Date: May 2003
Location: Wilmington, NC
Posts: 10
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
schred is on a distinguished road
I sailed a 1983 Seafarer 26 for several years on LI Sound. It had a tiller, single cylinder Yanmar diesel, hank-on headsails, and a porta-potty. Only reason I sold the boat was because I moved to another state. I thought the boat sailed very nicely. I had a 150, 110, and a storm jib and could easily keep the boat moving. I had a single reef point in the main. I agree it is no racer, but never felt the boat was slow.
My only real complaint was the lack of power on the Yanmar. It did not have sufficient power to drive through headwinds or chop. In calm conditions it was fine and I could usually motor around 4 kts.
I never slept in the V-berth. I always pulled the 2 settees out and slept in the salon.
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #7  
Old 12-08-2009
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Posts: 3
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
Whiskerpole is on a distinguished road
rudder

My tiller has about 6-8 inches of play before the rudder responds...should I be concerned and if so, what should I do ?

Quote:
Originally Posted by Northeaster View Post
here's a link to another forum thread on the Seafarer 26:

Seafarer 26: Words of Wisdom Sought - Cruisers & Sailing Forums

I am on my 2nd Seafarer, but have only been sailing / working on boats for 4 years. Have done extensive work on mine, so know it well.

Bit of history:

Seafarer Research Center


I am more familiar with the late 70s / early 80 boats / build quality.

Pros:
- solid hand laid hull, by a company that was one of the 1st to work with fiberglass.
- chainplates are through-bolted to thick glass knees, that are part of the hull layup - no wet wood cored knees that most boats face
- sails well - not a rocket, but certainly no snail. Mine is a 30'er and is likely comparable to a C&C 30, maybe a tad slower than a CS30

- often lots of nice solid teak trim, tables, etc
- Lots of interior room and headroom
- often have been repowered, or came with yanmar diesels
- my 30 year old deck gelcoat has crazing, but still decent after all those years
- wheel steering - I like it over a tiller
- encapsulated lead (not steel/iron) keel that is glassed over. no keel bolts to worry about. Neither of mine had any keel / hull cracks, smile, water weeping, etc
- Hull is tabbed (glassed) to deck
- very sturdy mast and rigging
- skeg hung / protected rudder

Cons:

- Some were sold as bare hulls / kits so interior finish / wood quaity can vary, I am told.
- Cheap faux wood panelling used alot in v-berth and head.

- Wife doesn't like head up front near V-berth sleeping, as more odors. Holding tank under v-berth. However, nbot many boats this size have head to aft!

- wheel steering takes up cockpit space

Here are some pics of my refit:
Click view all of Northeasters images to see the rest:

Rudder Gudgeon Fabrication And Repair - had new larger "improved" solid rudder gudgeon made, and installed it on skeg Cruisers & Sailing Photo Gallery
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #8  
Old 12-08-2009
mitiempo's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Victoria B.C. Canada
Posts: 7,110
Thanks: 0
Thanked 71 Times in 62 Posts
Rep Power: 8
mitiempo will become famous soon enough mitiempo will become famous soon enough
There should be virtually no play in the tiller. Either the tiller's attachment to the rudderpost is loose or maybe more likely the rudder post is turning in the rudder. If you look at the pic below (stolen from the link above ), the rudderpost is a stainless rod that goes into the top of the rudder. Inside the rudder this has a stainless framework welded to it. The whole unit is covered with foam and then glassed over. If you go to this link you can get a better idea of construction. NewRudders.com Ľ Rudder Construction The third picture down on the right side gives the best idea. Water gets in rudders, and in the east where boats are hauled out for the winter it freezes and thaws throughout the winter. Crevice corrosion of the stainless eventually occurs and the weldment can break partialy or completely off the shaft. This could be the problem. Investigate whether the tiller/rudder post attachment is good as this would be the easier fix. If it's ok the problem is in the rudder. To fix it you'll have to drop the rudder and open it up, reweld where necessary, and glass it back together. It has to be fixed as if it breaks you won't be able to move the rudder at all - besides you can't sail that way anyway.
Attached Thumbnails
Seafarer 26-1.jpg  
__________________
Brian
Living aboard in Victoria Harbour
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #9  
Old 12-08-2009
Garffin's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Posts: 244
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 5
Garffin is on a distinguished road
Thanks Mitiempo good stuff
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #10  
Old 12-11-2009
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Posts: 3
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
Whiskerpole is on a distinguished road
Thanks !
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
Reply


LinkBacks (?)
LinkBack to this Thread: http://www.sailnet.com/forums/boat-reviews/58565-seafarer-26-a.html
Posted By For Type Date
Seafarer 26 - sailing answers This thread Refback 09-09-2013 04:05 PM
Info.com - boats seafarer - www.Info.com This thread Refback 02-09-2011 09:14 PM
Seafarer 26 - SailNet Community This thread Refback 10-02-2009 12:21 AM

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools

 
Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may post attachments
You may edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Seafarer 3 Depth Sounder oft Gear & Maintenance 17 06-19-2014 03:58 PM
Looking for an used mainsail for Seafarer 24 HenryNguyen Gear & Maintenance 8 08-11-2012 05:02 PM
Seafarer Sailboat seekinginfo Boat Review and Purchase Forum 15 11-07-2011 03:32 AM
Seafarer info chrisgranger Boat Review and Purchase Forum 4 08-13-2007 02:20 AM
1974 Seafarer 31 ft Sloop johnrobert Boat Review and Purchase Forum 0 08-31-2000 10:47 AM


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 11:05 PM.

Add to My Yahoo!         
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
SEO by vBSEO 3.6.1
(c) Marine.com LLC 2000-2012

The SailNet.com store is owned and operated by a company independent of the SailNet.com forum. You are now leaving the SailNet forum. Click OK to continue or Cancel to return to the SailNet forum.