The Grampian 26 is a Canadian sailboat, that was designed by Alex McGruer and first built in 1967.[1][2]

Grampian 26
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Development
DesignerAlex McGruer
LocationCanada
Year1967
No. built980
Builder(s)Grampian Marine
NameGrampian 26
Boat
Boat weight5,000 lb (2,268 kg)
Draft3.00 ft (0.91 m)
Hull
TypeMonohull
ConstructionFiberglass
LOA26.00 ft (7.92 m)
LWL21.75 ft (6.63 m)
Beam8.33 ft (2.54 m)
Engine typePalmer gasoline engine
Hull appendages
Keel/board typefin keel
Ballast2,000 lb (907 kg)
Rudder(s)internally-mounted spade-type rudder
Rig
Rig typeBermuda rig
I foretriangle height33.00 ft (10.06 m)
J foretriangle base10.25 ft (3.12 m)
P mainsail luff28.00 ft (8.53 m)
E mainsail foot11.17 ft (3.40 m)
Sails
SailplanMasthead sloop
Mainsail area156.38 sq ft (14.528 m2)
Jib/genoa area169.13 sq ft (15.713 m2)
Total sail area325.51 sq ft (30.241 m2)
Racing
PHRF228 (average)

The Grampian 26 design was developed into the Discovery 7.9 in 1975 and which was built in small numbers.[1][3]

ProductionEdit

The boat was built by Grampian Marine in Oakville, Ontario, Canada between 1967 and 1977. The company completed 980 examples, making it one of the most successful Canadian designs in its size range.[1][4]

DesignEdit

 
Grampian 26

The Grampian 26 is a small recreational keelboat, built predominantly of fiberglass, with wood trim. It has a masthead sloop rig, a raked stem, a vertical transom, an internally-mounted spade-type rudder and a fixed fin keel or centreboard.[1]

The boat was optionally factory-equipped with a Palmer gasoline engine or can be equipped with a small outboard motor for docking and maneuvering. The fresh water tank has a capacity of 20 U.S. gallons (76 L; 17 imp gal).[1]

Operational historyEdit

In the 1970s a Grampian 26 was sailed down the St Lawrence River, to the Atlantic Ocean, down the east coast of North America, through the Panama Canal and north to Seattle on the US west coast.[5]

Owners Dick and Theda Morris sailed their Grampian 26 from New York to Europe and cruised it there for two years. They then returned across the Atlantic to Key West, Florida via the Caribbean.[5]

In a review Michael McGoldrick wrote, "The prize for the boat with the best price/size ratio on the used market has to go to the Grampian 26... What makes the Grampian such a great deal is its size - it is a BIG twenty-six footer. It has a large cockpit, standing headroom throughout the length of the cabin, and one of the bigger v-berths that can be found on any size production sailboat. And if all this isn't enough, the Grampian 26 is a surprisingly fast boat...The Grampian's main cabin has a dinette arrangement on the port side and a galley along the starboard side, so it does not have all that much lounging space."[6]

VariantsEdit

Grampian 26
This model was introduced in 1967, with a fin keel. It has a length overall of 26.00 ft (7.9 m), a waterline length of 21.75 ft (6.6 m), displaces 5,000 lb (2,268 kg) and carries 2,000 lb (907 kg) of ballast. The boat has a draft of 3.00 ft (0.91 m) with the standard keel fitted. The boat has a PHRF racing average handicap of 228 with a high of 238 and low of 219. It has a hull speed of 6.25 kn (11.58 km/h).[1][7]
Grampian 26 CB
This model was also introduced in 1967 and features a centreboard, but only a few were built. It has a length overall of 26.00 ft (7.9 m), a waterline length of 21.75 ft (6.6 m), displaces 5,600 lb (2,540 kg) and carries 2,600 lb (1,179 kg) of ballast. The boat has a draft of 6.50 ft (1.98 m) with the centreboard extended and 3.00 ft (0.91 m) with it retracted. The boat has a PHRF racing average handicap of 225 with a high of 219 and low of 231. It has a hull speed of 6.25 kn (11.58 km/h).[8][9]

See alsoEdit

 
Grampian 26
 
Grampian 26

Similar sailboats

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e f Browning, Randy (2018). "Grampian 26 sailboat specifications and details". sailboatdata.com. Archived from the original on 7 May 2021. Retrieved 13 June 2018.
  2. ^ Browning, Randy (2018). "Alex McGruer". sailboatdata.com. Archived from the original on 7 May 2021. Retrieved 6 June 2018.
  3. ^ Browning, Randy (2018). "Discovery 7.9 sailboat specifications and details". sailboatdata.com. Archived from the original on 26 March 2022. Retrieved 6 June 2018.
  4. ^ Browning, Randy (2018). "Grampian Marine". sailboatdata.com. Archived from the original on 3 March 2022. Retrieved 6 June 2018.
  5. ^ a b Davidson, Peter. "History of Grampian Marine". Grampian Owners Marina. Archived from the original on 7 May 2021. Retrieved 13 June 2018.
  6. ^ McGoldrick, Michael (2018). "Grampian 26". Sail Quest. Archived from the original on 26 March 2022. Retrieved 24 July 2018.
  7. ^ InterVisionSoft LLC (2018). "Sailboat Specifications for Grampian 26". Sailing Joy. Archived from the original on 12 June 2018. Retrieved 6 June 2018.
  8. ^ Browning, Randy (2018). "Grampian 26 CB sailboat specifications and details". sailboatdata.com. Archived from the original on 26 March 2022. Retrieved 6 June 2018.
  9. ^ InterVisionSoft LLC (2018). "Sailboat Specifications for Grampian 26 CB". Sailing Joy. Archived from the original on 12 June 2018. Retrieved 6 June 2018.

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