I used to own a Commodore 26T. Had it about 6 years and I had a great time with it!!. I lived aboard it for 3 years, (With a girlfriend for 2 of those years)and it was comfortable.I should say that I lived aboard full time, winter and summer, in the North East. On the Hudson
River, South of West Point. I loved the boat, but it did get tight with two people. It sailed well, but did have a lot of leeway due to the "box keel" design. The design did allow standing headroom
in a trailerable sailboat and was well suited to bay, river and lake sailing. I started out on a lake, and then moved down to the Hudson
. Trips from the Hudson to Long Island sound
were fun and exciting!!
The boat is well built, and will give good service
The crack in the keel does look like it is at the ballast line, just below the cabin sole
. Is there any evedence on the inside?? There should be a screw out deck
plate in the cabin sole
, aft, under the companionway
steps. (Unless this one is one of the rare inboard diesel
boats) Open up the deck
plate and see what there is there.....it's a very small space, and may not reveal much, but it's the only access to the ballast area. Di d the boat ever live in the North, where it may have been subjected to freezing? Good question to ask.
The v-berth is huge for the size of the boat, very comfortable for two. I built a shelf over the ice box on the starboard side. (fairly high up) so that I could put a small microwave on it. I also installed a pressure pump for the fresh water to the gally sink.
Hope that you can use the information.....good luck with your inspection
PS My boat was hull #10, built in 82. They were built in Clearwater,FL.