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10-22-2014 10:59 AM
Btchnsailor
Re: Another Excalibur 26

Good to hear. Thank you very much!
10-21-2014 07:44 PM
tdlpps
Re: Another Excalibur 26

Quote:
Originally Posted by Btchnsailor View Post
Hi,

I have a 1966 Excalibur 26, and am also considering buying a new motor to fit in the existing motor well. Can you tell me if the Tohatsu 6 HP 4 Stroke you bought fit in the original motor well without modifications? I tried fitting a Honda 5 HP 4 Stroke with no luck.

Thanks, in advance!

JP
It will fit without modifications.....and should provide you with the same excellent service mine did.
10-17-2014 01:40 AM
Btchnsailor
Re: Another Excalibur 26

Hi,

I have a 1966 Excalibur 26, and am also considering buying a new motor to fit in the existing motor well. Can you tell me if the Tohatsu 6 HP 4 Stroke you bought fit in the original motor well without modifications? I tried fitting a Honda 5 HP 4 Stroke with no luck.

Thanks, in advance!

JP
07-30-2013 04:24 AM
truewin
Re: Another Excalibur 26

Thank you for posting the story - very instructive!
05-12-2012 11:25 PM
skygazer
Re: Another Excalibur 26

Thank you very much.

Speaking of claustrophobic, in bad weather my wife and I have often slept in the cabin of our Victoria 18. Fortunately, I'm medium sized and she is small. The cabin is so small that when I bought the boat I thought it was just for tossing life preservers and lunch etc. into. Only after I had it home for awhile did I discover I could actually squeeze in there and sit up (barely) and lie down. Lengthwise there is plenty, you can slide your legs down the quarter berths, after shimming a small drop off with flotation cushions.
05-12-2012 08:10 PM
tdlpps
Re: Another Excalibur 26

There is no fiberglass liner in any of the boats I've seen. The interior is a mix of expensive hardwoods where it is easily seen and cheaper woods where it's hidden. All of the interior fiberglass is finished, but bare. The surface is generally smooth but some fiberglass texture is still present in some areas. Spartan, but light and it does the job.

The dinette is roomy for two but tight for any more. The v-berth is tight and probably claustraphobic for full sized adults. I've only slept on the double dinette berth. The starboard quarter berth is reasonably sized.
05-11-2012 09:34 PM
skygazer
Re: Another Excalibur 26

I have another question that can't be found by searching the net, so only someone with an actual boat to look at can answer it.

Is the interior of the Excalibur built entirely of wood against the fiberglass hull (like the Bristols I've seen) or is there a fiberglass liner trimmed in wood - like most of the modern boats?
05-11-2012 05:32 PM
skygazer
Re: Another Excalibur 26

I found this information for New England PHRF handicapping:

PHRF-NE HANDICAPS - 23 April 2012


BOAT ............................................... HANDICAP

ISLANDER 26 EXCALIBUR .........................228



Fast!
05-11-2012 01:22 PM
tdlpps
Re: Another Excalibur 26

The tabernacle is hinged and would provide enough movement to release a stay and lower the mast with several bodies and some mechanical assistance. Fortunately, our winters are mild and the boats stay in the water year round. I also only have one local bridge I can't fit under and don't have any reason to go under or past it, so that isn't an issue.

We do have pots in the area but the number are pretty small. I'm sure there are many, many more in the northeast than there are here. They are still a hazard, though, and we have to look out for them. I like having the big keel underneath the boat and it does offer some limited protection to the rudder and stable upwind performance, but I can see getting pretty tightly fouled on something with the nearly vertical leading edge.
05-11-2012 07:02 AM
skygazer
Re: Another Excalibur 26

I hit some unknown keyboard combination that submitted my last post as I typed, I wasn't quite done.

The "lot of work" on stepping the mast can often be overcome by using "lots of leverage" instead of "lots of money". Due to our fierce winters most pleasure boats are hauled each year here in Maine.

Somewhere I read a thread about an owner who tied to a bridge with friends overhead to lift the mast in an attempt to save money. People called the police and reported a sailboat crashed or stuck on the bridge! It worked fine, but the police asked him not to come back.

I tried to imagine where this was (here in Maine) and could only think of the bridge to Cousin's Island, but that always has quite a current running under it. Later I found out that was the actual bridge he used.

I'd be afraid to do that bridge method, though I admired the guy for doing it - I'm a do it yourself type person. I wouldn't be afraid to step it with a gin pole or A frame and winches, if I felt I had a workable plan.

Does it look like the tabernacle is hinged (gin pole would work), or does the mast drop onto it from above ( high A frame necessary)?
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