Chrysler 26, 1977, Clinton, South Carolina, $5,000, sold 9/18/07

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1977 Chrysler 26

  • Great boat - my loss can be your gain. Here's the deal: Have only had her one year. She draws too much for my lake/berth! My berth at the lake I sail at has 30"-36" depth. I thought I'd be ok with the C-26 since she draws less at 27". But with the drought and low water and then when water gets a bit rough/wavy it simply is not enough depth. So instead of playing musical chairs w/ different berths/marinas etc, I've decided to just sell (trade) her and get a sailboat that draws only 20" max. The only reason I am selling her is because the 27" draft is too much for my lake.

    She's a terrific boat - totally ready to sail today - and would even do well in the ocean with her heavy 5000 pound displacement (though I've not sailed her in the ocean; the prior owner and I have only used her on inland lakes). The 6' headroom w/ 6'3" berths for 6 makes her utterly huge inside (wife and kids love it). Beam = 8'0"; draft = 27" swing keel up and 6'2" keel down.


  • 1997 Johnson 15 HP, electric start - runs like new.
  • Edson steering.
  • Brand new IdaSailer rudder ($400).
  • Keel winch w/ auto brake works flawlessly.
  • Dual batteries.
  • Roller furling.
  • Anchor/chain/rode.
  • Backup tiller.
  • No thru-hulls below water line to worry about.
  • New halyards; other running and standing rigging is fine.
  • Speed and Depth gauges.
  • Compass.
  • Mast raising system for one-person raising/lowering.
  • Enclosed head (portable Sanipottie).
  • 2 burner stove.
  • Sink with hand pump water.
  • Great storage.
  • All cabin lights/fans in good working order.
  • Running lights (except the one at top of mast) in good working order.
  • Winches serviced and in good working order.
  • All chainplates and stanchion bases tight and not leaking.
  • Recent good cleaning above water line (5 passes= Wisk, MEK, Dewaxer, then wax and buff).
  • Inside cushions in good order (except those for aft berth under cockpit - need to be replaced).
  • No known soft spots on deck - is solid.
  • No blisters on hull - last paint job yielded some bumps that I'm 99% certain are not fiberglass blisters but instead merely paint-related since when I burst them the hull below seems fine.

    Known issues:

  • Had no rub rail on nose - so I built a nice one (see pics).
  • Masthead light not working - haven't checked into it - could be bulb.
  • The cover (not the sail - the sail is fine) on the headsail has a small rip (but still does its job protecting from sun).
  • Bottom will need doing soon (no bad problems now and can probably make another season).
  • No aft berth cushions.

    The clear title states year as 1976 - but I checked around and it is 99% certain that it is a 1977 since I'm pretty sure that was first year they made the C-26.

    I bought a brand new galvanized trailer with brakes and extension tongue just last Spring, it fits the boat perfectly. Has only been splashed one time for summer season. Iíll let the trailer go with the boat extra money.

    I am definitely willing to discuss a trade for a smaller sailboat that draws no more than 20".

    Chrysler 26 sold. Thanks, David! Great website!!
    Clinton, South Carolina

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