Parker Dawson 26

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Parker Dawson 26
DesignerRobert Finch
LocationUnited States
No. builtabout 300
Builder(s)Parker Dawson Yachts
Boat weight4,000 lb (1,814 kg)
Draft5.33 ft (1.62 m), keel down
LOA25.70 ft (7.83 m)
LWL22.17 ft (6.76 m)
Beam8.00 ft (2.44 m)
Engine typeInboard Yanmar 7.5 hp (6 kW) diesel engine or outboard motor
Hull appendages
Keel/board typelifting keel
Ballast1,100 lb (499 kg)
Rudder(s)lifting transom-mounted rudder
Rig typeBermuda rig
I (foretriangle height)29.25 ft (8.92 m)
J (foretriangle base)10.00 ft (3.05 m)
P (mainsail luff)24.00 ft (7.32 m)
E (mainsail foot)10.33 ft (3.15 m)
SailplanMasthead sloop
Mainsail area123.96 sq ft (11.516 m2)
Jib/genoa area146.25 sq ft (13.587 m2)
Total sail area270.21 sq ft (25.103 m2)

The Parker Dawson 26 is an American trailerable sailboat that was designed by Robert Finch as a cruiser and first built in 1972.[1][2][3]

The design has been sold by a number of different manufacturers under several names, including the Midship 25, Dawson 25, Nauset 26 and Bombay 26.[1][4]


The design was built by Midship Yacht Company and Parker Dawson Yachts, as well as other builders in the United States. About 200 were built by Midship between 1972 and 1974, then Parker Dawson built it from 1973 to 1982. Approximately 300 were completed by all manufacturers by the mid-1980s, but it is now out of production.[1][3][4]

Midship Yachts was located in California, but later moved to Las Vegas, Nevada. Parker Dawson Yachts was located in Massachusetts.[1][4]


The Parker Dawson 26 is a recreational keelboat, built predominantly of fiberglass, with wood trim. It has a masthead sloop rig, although some were built as ketches, a raked stem, a vertical transom, a lifting transom-hung rudder controlled by a wheel or geared tiller and a lifting or fixed fin keel. It displaces 4,000 lb (1,814 kg) and carries 1,100 lb (499 kg) of ballast.[1][3]

The lifting keel version has a 50:1 worm gear to raise the keel. The rudder raises and lowers in an aluminum mounting frame.[3]

The fixed keel-equipped version of the boat has a draft of 5.00 ft (1.52 m), while the lifting keel-equipped version has a draft of 5.18 ft (1.58 m) with the keel extended and 1.16 ft (0.35 m) with it retracted, allowing beaching or ground transportation on a trailer.[1]

The boat is fitted either with a Yanmar inboard diesel engine of 7.5 hp (6 kW), other small inboard engines or a small outboard motor for docking and maneuvering. The fuel tank holds 15 U.S. gallons (57 L; 12 imp gal) and the fresh water tank has a capacity of 25 U.S. gallons (95 L; 21 imp gal).[1]

The design has an unusual configuration for a boat of its size, with a cabin forward and one aft, with a center cockpit. The aft cabin has two bunks and a sink, with space for a portable or marine head. The forward cabin is located with the main cabin, as there are no internal bulkheads in the hull. The head is located under the starboard settee which can be used as a berth. There is a removable dinette table. The galley in the main cabin is to port. There are four fixed portlights in the forward cabin, while the aft cabin has two fixed ports and one that opens.[3]

The boat has a hinged mast, mounted on the forward cabin roof. There are two jib sheet winches and one for the halyards and an anchor locker forward.[3]

The design has a hull speed of 6.31 kn (11.69 km/h).[5]

Operational history[edit]

The design has been sailed across the Atlantic Ocean single-handedly.[3]

See also[edit]

Similar sailboats


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Browning, Randy (2019). "Parker Dawson 26 sailboat specifications and details". Retrieved 26 February 2019.
  2. ^ Browning, Randy (2019). "Robert Finch". Retrieved 26 February 2019.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g Sherwood, Richard M.: A Field Guide to Sailboats of North America, Second Edition, pages 172-173. Houghton Mifflin Company, 1994. ISBN 0-395-65239-1
  4. ^ a b c Browning, Randy (2019). "Midship 25 sailboat specifications and details". Retrieved 26 February 2019.
  5. ^ InterVisionSoft LLC (2019). "Sailboat Specifications for Parker Dawson 26". Sailing Joy. Retrieved 26 February 2019.