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It says my draft is 2' 1". I'm moored in 8' of water and the river is deeper. It is the original rudder in the original spot on the transom. This is my first sailboat so I guess I'm just going to stay in 3' of water or deeper and go from there. Everything went perfect on Saturday and it was absolutely beautiful all day and night.
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She cleaned up beautifully!

A quick search of Columbia T26 pics; all of them look like they have long rudders. It's probably not 'long' but with the shallow draft proportions of the boat, it gives that illusion.
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Thank you everyone for the compliments on my boat Desperado. I bought it back in the end of June and have been working on it just about every weekend since then. I can't explain how happy I was to have it lowered into the water, start the motor and head out into the river. There are a lot of stories and opinions about cheap sailboats and bringing them back to life and if it is worth it. Desperado had been on the hard in a storage yard for 4 years. I picked it up for a $1000 and started my journey. It needed a rudder which I found by luck for $100 from another T26 owner. I spent another $900 in supplies, paint and hardware. $75 of that was to have my sails looked over and for 3 small repairs. I did all the work myself (cause to be honest, it's going to be me out there when something goes wrong and I will be the one who needs to know how to fix it) thanks to the great people on here and YouTube. After I bought the boat, I found out it had $600 credit in storage. My bill from the Marina after having it moved to the work yard for 4 weeks and my launch was another $500. All said and done I have $2500 in this and has been worth every penny. Thanks again to everyone who commented along the way and if anyone needs my help on a T26 please just ask.
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Glad to see your hard work and Vison paying off.....time to start phase two....sail


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Absolutely loving life. Been out around 7 or 8 times now and starting to get very comfortable with the boat. I will need to buy some new sails by the end of the year and I’m working on cleaning up the spaghetti system (electrical lines) that previous owners have left me with and sitting up for 4 years has taken its toll on things. However I have running water again so that’s a plus.
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