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Topic Review (Newest First)
07-26-2007 03:34 AM
garvock For more information on Niagara 26s check out their site at:

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/niagar...oatownerspage/

Doug
07-02-2007 07:57 PM
Sailormann Well - someone revived it so I added my two cents...
07-02-2007 07:53 PM
sailingdog Gavrock-

Generally, it is considered poor net etiquette to revive old threads. This thread would qualify as it was dormant for over six years before you came along. It would probably be far more useful for you and others interested for you to start a new thread announcing that there is a Niagara website.

Sailormann-

Did you check the dates on the posts on this thread.. its a dead thread... over six years old.
07-02-2007 07:40 PM
Sailormann If you are the first owner of a boat with a synthetic, cored hull, and if you take excellent care of it - they are great boats... I would tend to agree with the surveyor though, when it comes to an older boat with a balsa core and unknown provenance. There are too many unknowns, and determining whether or not the core is wet is a more detailed proce$$ than the survey of a solid hull.
07-02-2007 05:28 PM
garvock
Niagara 26 website

Niagara 26 owners, present and past please check out this webiste

niagarasailboatownerspage : Niagara Sail Boat Owners Page - The Home of Niagara Sail Boat Owners

It is a free website for Niagara 26 owners. The only thing you need to do to join is post a picture of your boat. Hope to see you on board.

Doug
Webmaster
03-28-2001 05:53 AM
mikehoyt
Niagara 26

What year is your Niagara 26? Is it Hinterhoeller, Goman or Halman? Please send email regarding what you feel to be strengths and weaknesses of this boat. I just purchased 79 Niagara 26 by Hinterhoeller last fall and I am looking for any input I can get.

I am curious about cockpit floor (how well has yours held up and what did you do about it); outboard arrangement (how awkward is it?). Backstay - How well is it anchored? as well as anything else I should know....

Mike.hoyt@impgroup.com
03-27-2001 11:43 AM
nano2nd
Niagara 26

I purchased a Niagara 26 in Wilson, NY 3 years ago and really enjoy it. We race the boat regularly and have been very successful. I''ve put some work into the boat (replaced windows, installed an 8:1 outhaul in the boom etc.) but, I think I enjoy that part to. Very happy with the boat and would consider a larger Niagara in the future.
02-19-2001 11:43 AM
mikehoyt
Niagara 26

I also have a Hinterhoeller Niagara 26. Ours is hull 002 built in 1979. There is not much available on the net about this model ... especially inside pics.

There is the start of a web site at www.niagara26.org. The creator of this site has his email address on the page and belongs to a club that has an active class of 10+ Niagara 26 boats.

It seems to be a good boat but I guess you can only say that if you owned one for about 5 or more years.

Good luck,

Mike
01-19-2001 05:03 PM
duke_of_ur1
Niagara 26

Here''s a link to info regarding balsa and a successful method to repair failed cores: http://www.geocities.com/duke_of_ur1/Lenox/balsa_core_rep.html

Duke
01-19-2001 07:39 AM
sailor989
Niagara 26

Another two cents worth....

I agree that all things being equal, a balsa cored hull is stronger pound for pound than an uncored hull.. as long as there has been no water intrusion. If there is any area that water may be allowed to enter and come in contact with the balsa that area will be prone to wood rot and subsequent weakening, delamination, or in the extreme, hull failure.

Flexing of a solid glass hull can be reduced or eliminated through proper design of structural members that support the hull (bulkheads, stringers, etc.).

My surveyor reminded me of what I already knew. The disadvantages and potential for significant structual problems of a balsa cored hull far outweigh the advantages of strength and insulation.

The issue of having a core of synthetic material may be another issue worthy of discussion, however.
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