Boat has been in freshwater during my ownership over the past 6 years. Unsure about before that.
In 2001 numerous upgrades were performed. New wiring throughout the vessel, New switch panel, shore power installed with breaker, Deck was repaired on the port side core removed and replaced with all fiberglass (professionally done). New headliner, new VHF Standard Horizon Radio, New Battery with Charger, Onboard permanent fuel tank installed in starboard aft with gauge. Compass installed, life line netting installed, topping lift installed, storm jib purchased, Large Jib purchased ~130 or 150, Gennaker or similar with Sock included. Bright work performed and deck fitting rebed. Finally, a new Bomar hatch installed to replace fiberglass hatch (awesome). This was all performed in 2001 before launch.
In 2002, Anchor well installed (awesome feature), Nicro Vent installed in hatch, and upper deck rot removed around mast due to sag and redone with fiberglass. Awl grip was used to coat the upper deck. NO sag anymore. Head serviced. Full working head with storage tank. (nice feature). New Harken Main Sheet Traveler and track installed on tabernacle (Awesome Balboa Upgrade)
In 2003, Hull sanded and blasted any blisters were faired and the hull was epoxy coated and bottom painted. New Keel cable installed as well as winch box reinforced with new fiberglass. New Vapor liner in V-Berth installed.
In 2005, Interior ceiling epoxy painted and interior bulkhead replaced with 3/4 in Mahogany. Original laminated wood was old and worn. Chain plates reinstalled and sailed beautifully in 2005.
Currently, Boat has been stored indoors for winter for the past 3 years. 9.9 Evinrude Yacht Twin runs well and provides adequate battery charge in long trips, The Boat has been sailed regularly every summer on long and short trips all over Lake Champlain and sails beautifully. I have put a lot of love and care into this vessel and would like it to go to a good home. The Draft is ~5'6 with keel down and ~1'6 with keel up. Rudder is removable for shallow water or trailer. Boat has a whisker pole.
Known Problems: Fore deck is solid, however, delamination can be felt in a small area. My experience is the Marine Grade Plywood used during construction is strong and lends to the solid construction and feel to the boat. I expect in the future this could be a winter project to repair this are in the fore deck. Not a real problem, I am 243 lbs and can feel it in my heels sometimes. Under the window in the head on port side, there is evidence of some delamination. Again, no structural problems or operational problems noticed, however, it is visible from within the vessel. The windows leak occasionally a drip at most, I have tried to stop this but have been unable to stop it completely. Needs new ladder, the aft ladder is garbage, I will include a ladder all stainless with the boat. I intended to install this but never got around to it. Misc. Scuffs and dings- The boat has its share of blemishes on deck, within, and on the hull. Fully expected for a 1973. Forestay turnbuckle bad. I will have this replaced by a reputable boat shop prior to sale. Trailer is included, has new tires from 2003 lights work, newer style surge brake hitch installed in 2003. I have not has the trailer inspected for several years. Boat was trailered twice a year in and out of the water. Trailer appears solid structurally, brakes don't work well.
This is a great boat, the Balboa 26 is a trailer sailors Cadillac. Big boat feel with a trailer. I am 100% happy with my boat and have had great times. Delivery can be arranged depending on distance.
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Clifton Park, New York