There goes a Or is it a Or a

Min./max. draft: Bridge clearance: Power: B/D ratio:

25' 5" 27' 6" 21' 7" 2' 6"/6' 0" 33' 8"

outboard or inboard 6 to 15 hp 39%

Designer: Builder:

Years produced: Sail area: Fuel tankage: Water tankage:

C. Raymond Hunt Assoc.

O'Day

1984-1986

portable or 14 gal.

20 gal.

Approx. trailering wgt.: 6,900 lbs.

The O'Day 26 resembles her near-sistership, the O'Day 25 (page 300) to an extent that makes it difficult to distinguish one from the other. Both give buyers a choice of inboard or outboard power. The cabin and cockpit layouts on both are almost identical, and feature the same 5' 6" headroom. The waterline on the "26" is eleven inches longer than on the "25"—and on both vessels the hull length is stretched five inches beyond the LOD by virtue of a reverse transom, so the LOD on the 26 is actually in the 25 range, and the 25, eleven inches shorter, is actually in the 24 range. In any case, according to O'Day, the design basis behind the O'Day 26 was "to maximize the idea of a boat suitable for coastwise ocean sailing and over-the-road transport by a pleasure vehicle without any special size permits." The result, O'Day says, is a boat that "has the right stuff for easy trailer sailing." We wonder about that, in view of the 6,900 lbs. trailering weight, requiring a specially equipped SUV with extra engine power. A 2008 Ford E-250 van with a 4.6 liter V8 won't do it, but add a 5.4 liter engine and it will. Is that still considered a "pleasure vehicle"? Best features: The O'Day 26 probably has a little more speed than her comps. Worst features: None noticed.

Avg.

Max.

Motion

Space

No. of

Head

Comps

LOD

Beam

MinDr

Displ

Bllst

SA/D

D/L

PHRF

Speed

Index

Index

Berths

room

Cornish Crabber 24

24' 0"

8' 0"

2' 5"

4,600

600

17.6

247

360

6.0

19.3

415

4

4' 3"

Pacific Seacraft 25

24' 6"

8' 0"

3' 3"

4,750

1,750

12.8

229

NA

6.1

20.3

387

4

5' 0"

O'Day 26 (25)

25' 5"

8' 0"

2' 6"

4,800

1,850

15.7

213

234

6.2

19.8

484

5

5' 6"

Com-Pac 25

24' 7"

8' 6"

2' 6"

4,800

1,900

15.6

231

NA

6.1

18.4

509

5

5' 10"

Morgan 24 (25)

24' 11"

8' 0"

2' 9"

5,000

1,900

17.0

225

225

6.2

21.4

435

4

5' 8"

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