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Re: Pacer 26 but I think it is similar to the Tanzer 26
The reason that you are not getting a reply is that the boat in the picture is not a Pacer 26 (which is a modern South African design) but it is a Paceship 26 that was later known as a PY 26 after AMF bought Paceship in the 1970's.
The Paceship 26 is a very nice boat from that era. I actually happen to have one at my dock that belongs to a friend of mine. They were designed by Raymond Hunt during the period that John Deknatel was running Hunt. Ray Hunt was a respected design firm that designed many of the O'days and Cals of this era. Paceship was one of the earliest fiberglas boats builders and certainly one of the first Canadian fiberglass boat builders. In the early years, they produced a broad range of boats from coastal cruisers to racing oriented designs. Build quality was not great on their first boats but jumped greatly when they started building the C&C designs in the mid-1960's. They eventually built a version of the Galaxy 32 (AKA Tripp 32) which was one of the most advanced designs of the mid-1960's.
The Paceship 23 and Paceship 26 were part of a group of boats tooled in the early around 1972-73 during a period when the first of several new owners started were pumping money into the company.
The deep keel versions of Paceship 26 sail quite well in a broad range of conditions. (The shoal keel and centerboard versions less so at both ends of the wind range). The rig proportions are typical of that era and depended on large overlapping jibs in light air and so needed sail changes as the breezes picked up. As a result these boats are not particularly easy to sail in changing conditions (as might be expected on the upper Hudson) or short-handed. They had a roomy interior for a 26 footer, that worked well for coastal cruising and over-nighting. The ones that were actually built by Paceship were pretty well constructed. The later AMF boats were not quite as well constructed.
The Paceship 26 does make a pretty good first boat.
They tend to have problems with the fiberglass deck in the cabin failing near the bilge access. Depending on the year and keel and rig option, have iron bolt on keels with steel bolts that are well past their use by date if they have not yet been replaced.
Tanzer apparently built a few Paceship 26's and called them Tanzer 27's. The widely known Tanzer 26 is an extemely different design than the PY 26/Tanzer 27 and not really similar.
That's about it,
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