L.O.A.: 26' 4" (8.03 m)
L.W.L.: 22' 6" (6.86 m)
Beam: 8' 8" (2.64 m)
Draft: 3' 10" (1.17 m)
Displacement: 4350 lbs. (1977 kg.)
Ballast: 1950 lbs. (886 kg.)
Sail area: 271 sq. ft. (25.17 m²)
Vertical clearance: 33' (10.06 m)
Motor: usually 9.9 hp outboard.
Headroom: 5' 11"
Berths: 4 to 5
Rating (PHRF-LO) : 207
Price range: $11,000 to $14,000
Close to 900 Tanzer 26s were built, and they are popular and easy to find in central Canada. These boats have a reputation as a good club racer, but they are equally well known a comfortable cruising boats that can easily accommodate an average size family. The Tanzer 26 is supported by an active network of owners, and they have even come up with a new rudder design to improve the boats' handling characteristics. Boats built in the 1980's (starting a little before hull # 300) have the newer window configuration and improved forward hatch. People sailing is shallow waters will be happy to note that the Tanzer 26 has a draft of 3 feet, 10 inches, which isn't all that deep for a 26 footer with a fin keel.
One minor problem plagues some Tanzers is that they can have some superficial cracks and a fair amount of crazing in the gelcoat on deck (they built them with a gelcoat that was a little too thick, and the decks are prone to some crazing and cracking). Fortunately, most of these gelcoat problems are only cosmetic in nature, although the larger cracks should be repaired eventually so they will not develop into anything more serious.
by Michael McGoldrick.
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