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Old 21-08-2010, 12:15   #1
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1979 San Juan 26 Sailboat ?

I have only been able to find minimal information on this one. There is one on sale locally at what seems to be a good price. I think the present owner thought he was getting a racer, not a heavier slower San Juan through name association.
Anyone here know anything about the 26? This boat appears to be in pretty good to excellent shape on a trailer and is priced at 2500$ Pictures can be deceiving, but the boat shows well in them.
I think the history page said it had a PHRF of 268.
Anyone with an opinion on the 26? Thanks in advance!
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Old 21-08-2010, 14:13   #2
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About the Clark Boat Company (San Juan), and some used boat advice:

“... 1975 also saw the debut of the Don Clark designed San Juan 26. The 26 was a shoal keel/centerboard boat which was an attempt to tap into the large trailerable cruiser market. It did have a deep keel option, thoug few were made. With its shallow draft and easy launch capability, it was targeted toward an East Coast audience. For
racing, the San Juan 26 has a PHRF rating of 246, which is not much faster than the 21, and certainly behind her little sister, the 24. Because it's designed to be trailered, it has
a real small keel and a short mast (the main sail is approximately the same size as a J22). It was not much of a racer, which might not be as problem for many boats, but people expect a San Juan to be able to hold her own on the race course.
The 26 had standing head room, and a head compartment. The advertised weight was 4400 pounds, so one needed more than a rice burner pickup to pull them. The 21 had
done well in the east, in part, due to the shoal friendly nature of its swing keel. And the hoped that the shoal draft 26 would be another East Coast hit, but such was not the
case. The 26 did not fit the race boat culture of Clark, and was deemed by some as not attractive. In 1979, the more race friendly 7.7 would replace the 26. 1976 was spent promoting the line, focusing on the new San Juan 30 and the San Juan

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That is all I found too.
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