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12-10-2013 03:57 PM
Sailorman321
Re: Commodore 26 information

Sailorman is still sailing his Commodore and still loving it!
09-04-2013 01:51 AM
SloopJonB
Re: Commodore 26 information

It's not a racer - look at the picture on my signature. It could be singlehanded but two is better. It was designed as a minimum offshore boat for one or two.

As to deck gear, if I was doing that with new gear I'd use Garhauer - very solid and well priced. They also have a very good rep for customer service.

When I'm looking for gear though I tend to hunt up stuff at consignment shops and on Craigslist rather than just ordering it - I love a bargain.
09-03-2013 10:28 PM
Mac6464
Re: Commodore 26 information

Can you singlehand your Fortune 30? Is it more of a racer or cruiser? One of the things I want to add to my 26 is the lines running to the cockpit...any suggestions about the best gear for that?
09-03-2013 10:57 AM
SloopJonB
Re: Commodore 26 information

I owned a Columbia 43 for 9 years so I'm familiar with their construction methods. I am not personally familiar with yours, only from published info.

I have no idea why they would change the rig - maybe to make it easier to handle?

I currently own a Fortune 30 cutter.
09-02-2013 11:32 PM
Mac6464
Re: Commodore 26 information

SloopJB that's one way to describe the Commodore 26... look like an very experienced sailor...for me... since I'm a newbie, I'm just trying to learn anything I can about this boat. Are you familiar with the original Columbia's? Any idea why they would change the rigging to fractional headsail with a loose footed mainsail? Appreciate anything you can add to the knowledge base...What kind of boat do you sail?
Tks Mac6464
05-21-2013 02:10 AM
SloopJonB
Re: Commodore 26 information

Isn't that boat simply a rehash of the Columbia T-26? Someone bought the moulds when Columbia went down and kept the boat in production?
05-20-2013 11:50 PM
Mac6464
Re: Commodore 26 information

progresst,
Would like to hear more about your boat, where you sail and upgrades you have made. Do you know whether sailorman321 is still sailing his 26?
01-16-2013 01:40 PM
Dennis E
Re: Commodore 26 information

Thanks for your help. I've sailed most of my life, live just off the St. Johns River in FL and am looking for an appropriate, shallow draft 22-26 footer. This tells me I need to check out the two Commodores I've noticed on Craigslist. Thanks again!!
01-13-2013 08:37 PM
progresst
Re: Commodore 26 information

They are truly rock-solid, quality boats. Had mine for 3 years with no trouble. The fiberglass was hand laid in Pine Island by true craftsmen using a Columbia mold. Commodore took the mold and upgraded the features below decks and a full 6' headroom. I have some great woodwork in mine. No leaks to speak of and she sails remarkably well considering the shallow draft. Keep in mind she has a full keel so that helps any slippage. Commodores are by no means a racing boat, but for a weekender you just can't beat the comfort and shallow draft.
01-13-2013 02:13 PM
Dennis E
Re: I have Commodore 26 Info

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Originally Posted by Sailorman321 View Post
I am quite familiar with the 1983 version of the Commodore 26 (actually T-26) and its history, constructuon etc. I have restored one. Be happy to answer questions as best I can.
I'm looking at several in Florida now. Anything spooky about them? eg: deck/ hull joint leaks, chainplate issues, blisters. They look great for shallow sailing, but I'm sure they must slip quite a bit when close hauled. Thanks for your willingness to provide info.
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