Here is a great boat for day sailing and weekends… very clean, good sails, only the second owner, and the 2012 Totahsu OB electric start 10HP has less than 20 hours.
The P26 has a modest sheer, and an unobtrusive stair step in the cabin top that provides headroom and light below. The fin keel is swept back as is the spade rudder. Displacement is 5,400 pounds, with 2,200 pounds of iron ballast providing a 40 percent ballast-to-displacement ratio. Sail area is 321 square feet, translating into an SA/D ratio of 16.6, a classic coastal cruiser. Beam is a generous 8 feet, 8 inches and the draft is 4 feet. The sloop rig has an air draft of just over 35 feet. This cruiser boat motors smartly with its 10 horsepower outboard.
The hull is solid fiberglass, and the deck is balsa cored. The P26 makes use of molded liners, which offer a bit of hull rigidity and uniformity. The hull-and-deck joint is on an outward flange, sealed, through-bolted and covered with a vinyl rubrail. What is interesting about this joint is that it is fiberglassed from the inside. This makes it watertight, and few 26 owners complain about leaking hull-and-deck joints. The keel is cast iron externally fastened with eight hefty bolts.
The Pearson 26 has a roomy, relatively comfortable cockpit for three or four adults and tiller steering. There are two sail lockers for storage, and the mainsheet traveler is aft, allowing for end-boom sheeting, which keeps the cockpit clear.
There are teak handrails on the raised section of the deckhouse and double lifelines with well-supported stanchions. The boat feels bigger than 26 feet when you make your way forward. The mast is deck stepped, with a compression post below. The genoa tracks allow for decent sheeting angles.
The interior plan is well-thought-out, and the boat has more room than you might think. Dropping below, the first thing you'll notice is the headroom, about 5 feet, 10 inches. The galley is to port and the icebox faces forward, with the nav station opposite and the settee serving as the seat.
There is a dinette arrangement to port in the saloon, which is a good use of space in a small boat. This can be converted into a double bunk. There is a straight settee to starboard with storage lockers behind. The head and hanging locker are private, with a large V-berth forward. Two large ports light the saloon, while two smaller ports are in the head compartment. There is a hatch over the forward cabin. The P26 an ideal first "big" boat because it's easy to sail and will stand up in gusty conditions. The helmsperson can control the tiller and sheets, and with a bit of experience, it's ideal for single handing. The rudder is also large and located well aft, which serves to reduce helm.
For the price, it is hard to go wrong with this popular American-built favorite.
Mark's Cell 252 725 7760 or
Marina 252 444 1805
Morehead City Yacht Basin
208 Arendell St
Morehead City, NC 28557