2/3/06, 1980 Thunderbird 26, Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada, asking $12,000 US, sold 5/7/06

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1980 Thunderbird 26 #1167

  • LOA - 25 ft. 11 in.
  • LWL - 20 ft. 3 in.
  • Beam - 7 ft. 6 in.
  • Disp - 4,000 lbs.
  • Draft - 4 ft. 9 in.
  • Sail area: Main 201 sq. ft. Genoa 163 sq. ft.

    Hull, Deck, Interior, and Hatch Covers:

  • professionally built by the hand lay-up method using female molds
  • gelcoat over fiberglass with 1/2" Baltek end grain balsa core


  • Spar Tech aluminum mast and boom
  • Stainless steel 1x19 standing rigging made by Navtec
  • All internal halyards

    Running Rigging:

  • All halyards, boom vang, cunningham, and spinnaker pole lines led aft to the cockpit
  • All Harken blocks on main, jib, and spinnaker sheets
  • Main sheet is 4:1 with Harken Hexaratchet lower block and attached cam cleat
  • Harken deck turning blocks
  • Fico traveller with 4' track
  • Boom vang 16:1 using an 8:1 Harken Magic Box
  • (4) Spinlock halyard stoppers
  • (2) Lewmar #10 sheet winches
  • (2) Lewmar #8 halyard and spinnaker sheet winches on cabin top
  • aluminum Clam Cleats
  • 12:1 backstay drum winch under aft deck, with lanyard in cockpit
  • new wire to rope halyards on main and jib
  • new spinnaker sheets with Merriman snap shackles

    On Deck Features:

  • Full length black anodized aluminum toe rails, as used on the Tartan Ten
  • Stainless steel bow pulpit, stern rail, 18" stanchions, and single wire lifelines
  • The stanchions are removable for class racing


  • SR Mariner Knotmeter with delta feature +1 to -1 knot over full scale
  • SR Mariner log
  • Apelco 80 channel VHF
  • Micrologic loran
  • single integrated antenna for radio and loran mounted on stern

    Other Equipment:

  • Plastimo Contest compass with night lights
  • Fixed Porta Potti head under teak box with on deck pump out
  • Stainless steel sink with Whale pump
  • built in fiberglass water tank
  • Henderson bilge pump accessible in cockpit
  • Custom stainless steel Danforth pattern anchor with 10' of chain and 200' of nylon rode
  • fenders and docking lines
  • original manuals for all equipment
  • (6) circuit breaker panel
  • battery box and secure mount under V-berth with newer battery


  • Molded fiberglass bunk tops and cabin sole with numerous storage lockers under
  • teak counters 2' long on port and starboard with Arborite tops and storage inside
  • galley sink on top of portside counter
  • teak dish racks
  • Force Ten cabin heater
  • teak chart drawer under cockpit bottom that pulls out into cabin
  • gooseneck chart light
  • space for portable cooler under step to cockpit and (2) older cooler that fit
  • shelves both sides above bunks with teak plywood facing
  • sleeps 4 in 6' 4" long bunks - double V berth forward and 2 quarter berths
  • 4" thick bunk cushions- these are very comfortable- you will not feel like you slept on a sheet of plywood


  • 1980 7.5 HP four stroke Honda in motor well with two portable tanks
  • Runs very well and has always received excellent care
  • Motor pivots up into the well and a hinged flap closes the hole
  • Motor drives the boat to 6 knots at 2/3 throttle in flat water
  • Motor has plenty of power in bad conditions when you really need it
  • Motor weighs 75 pounds and could be replaced for class racing

    Sails:(all are made by North)

  • (1) class 165% genoa/dacron/1980/ in good condition for daysailing
  • (1) class 165% genoa/dacron/1992/ in good condition for racing
  • (1) class working jib/dacron/1980 in excellent condition
  • (1) class main/dacron/1980 in good condition for racing
  • (1) class spinnaker/ 1980 in good shape ( a bit bagged)
  • (1) class spinnaker /1992/ still a very good race sail

    New sails by North in 2002:

  • (1) PHRF main with extended roach and top full length batten/ Pentex
  • (1) PHRF 153% genoa/Norlam with Kelvar reinforcing fibers
  • I Paid $5000.00 for these two sails - they are excellent

    Steel Cradle:

  • Suitable for shipping the boat
  • I have put the boat and cradle on a trailer twice to move boat on the highway to events several hundred miles away

    Condition of Boat and Equipment:

  • overall the boat and equipment are in very good to excellent condition
  • the hull showed signs of osmosis blistering a number of years ago
  • this was corrected by silica blasting the hull to open up all the damage and then coating the surface with a coal tar epoxy (a PETIT product similar to VC TAR) this was done from the waterline down
  • the topsides are in original gelcoat in good condition
  • the boat is in RACE condition
  • the only thing that the boat needs is some TLC to fix the cosmetic details

    Reason for Selling such a GREAT boat:

  • Although I built this boat and have enjoyed sailing her for 23 years, I finally decided to step up to a bigger boat. So of course I bought a boat with similar characteristics to a T'Bird. In July of last summer I came across a deal I could not ignore, so now I'm the proud owner of a 1979 Tartan Ten.

    Hi David
    The boat is close to being sold so you can mark it as sold.
    Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada

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