Hunter 26.5

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Hunter 26.5
Hunter 26.5 sailboat 4343.jpg
DesignerHunter Design Team
LocationUnited States
Builder(s)Hunter Marine
Boat weight4,400 lb (1,996 kg)
Draft3.50 ft (1.07 m)
LOA26.58 ft (8.10 m)
LWL22.42 ft (6.83 m)
Beam9.00 ft (2.74 m)
Engine typeOutboard motor
Hull appendages
Keel/board typewing keel
Ballast1,800 lb (816 kg)
Rudder(s)internally-mounted spade-type rudder
Rig typeBermuda rig
I (foretriangle height)29.42 ft (8.97 m)
J (foretriangle base)9.42 ft (2.87 m)
P (mainsail luff)30.50 ft (9.30 m)
E (mainsail foot)10.83 ft (3.30 m)
SailplanFractional rigged sloop
Mainsail area165.16 sq ft (15.344 m2)
Jib/genoa area138.57 sq ft (12.874 m2)
Total sail area303.73 sq ft (28.217 m2)
PHRF189 (average)

The Hunter 26.5 is an American sailboat that was designed by the Hunter Design Team and first built in 1985.[1]


The design was built by Hunter Marine in the United States between 1985 and 1987, but it is now out of production.[1][2]


The Hunter 26.5 is a small recreational keelboat, built predominantly of fiberglass. It has a fractional sloop rig, an aluminum mast and boom, a raked stem, a walk-through reverse transom, an internally-mounted spade-type rudder controlled by a laminated wooden tiller and a fixed wing keel. It displaces 4,400 lb (1,996 kg) and carries 1,800 lb (816 kg) of ballast. The fresh water tank has a capacity of 23 U.S. gallons (87 L; 19 imp gal).[1][3]

The boat has a draft of 3.50 ft (1.07 m) with the standard wing keel and 4.25 ft (1.30 m) with the optional deep draft keel.[1]

The boat is normally fitted with a small outboard motor for docking and maneuvering. A 9.9 hp (7 kW) outboard was factory standard equipment.[3]

The boat was delivered with many items as standard equipment, as part of the manufacturer's Cruise Pac. These included a 110% genoa foresail, mast head wind indicator, stainless steel front and rear pulpits, lifelines and stanchions, a stainless steel re-boarding ladder, holly and teak wood interior, dinette table, portable toilet, a stainless steel galley sink, stove, ice chest, an outboard motor bracket, anchor and anchor line and even life jackets.[3]

The design has a PHRF racing average handicap of 189 with a high of 198 and low of 186. It has a hull speed of 6.34 kn (11.74 km/h).[4]

See also[edit]

Similar sailboats


  1. ^ a b c d Browning, Randy (2018). "Hunter 26.5 sailboat specifications and details". Retrieved 13 October 2018.
  2. ^ Browning, Randy (2018). "Hunter Marine". Retrieved 13 October 2018.
  3. ^ a b c Hunter Marine (1985). "Hunter 26.5" (PDF). Retrieved 13 October 2018.
  4. ^ InterVisionSoft LLC (2018). "Sailboat Specifications for Hunter 26.5". Sailing Joy. Retrieved 13 October 2018.

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