|Designer||Hunter Design Team|
|Boat weight||4,400 lb (1,996 kg)|
|Draft||3.50 ft (1.07 m)|
|LOA||26.58 ft (8.10 m)|
|LWL||22.42 ft (6.83 m)|
|Beam||9.00 ft (2.74 m)|
|Engine type||Outboard motor|
|Keel/board type||wing keel|
|Ballast||1,800 lb (816 kg)|
|Rudder(s)||internally-mounted spade-type rudder|
|Rig type||Bermuda 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)|
|Sailplan||Fractional rigged sloop|
|Mainsail area||165.16 sq ft (15.344 m2)|
|Jib/genoa area||138.57 sq ft (12.874 m2)|
|Total sail area||303.73 sq ft (28.217 m2)|
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).
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.
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.
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- Browning, Randy (2018). "Hunter Marine". sailboatdata.com. Retrieved 13 October 2018.
- Hunter Marine (1985). "Hunter 26.5" (PDF). marlow-hunter.com. Retrieved 13 October 2018.
- InterVisionSoft LLC (2018). "Sailboat Specifications for Hunter 26.5". Sailing Joy. Retrieved 13 October 2018.