Chrysler 26
Last updated: January 7, 2018
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A 1979 Chrysler 26 Sailboat
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Boat and Equipment List


Boat:

Builder: Chrysler
Year: 1979
Model: Chrysler 26
Type of vessel: Sloop rig sailboat
Hull material: Fiberglass (FRP)
Length Over All (LOA): 25 feet 11 1/2 inches
Length on Deck (LOD): 25 feet 8 inchs (true length, omitting rail overhangs)
Length Waterline (LWL): 22 feet
Beam: 8 feet
Draft: 4 feet, 2 inches (50 inches)
Rig dimensions: I = 31.5 feet, J = 10.0 feet, P = 26.1 feet, E = 8.0 feet
Displacement: 5,500 pounds
Ballast: 2,400 pounds
Capacity Information: Maximum horsepower: 15
Maximum persons capacity: 15
Maximum weight capacity (persons, motor & gear) (pounds): 1800
Colour: Red hull/beige deck with off-white striping
Complete hull restoration and re-painted with Imron (2005)
Bottom paint: VC17, colour: original
Consulting designer: Halsey C. Herreshoff
Survey: Cargo East Marine Surveyors, Manitoba (2000)
Owners: 1st: Don Keith, Winnipeg, Manitoba (1979 - 1989)
2nd: Al and Diane McMillan, Winnipeg, Manitoba (1989 - 2000)
3rd: Gregg (VE5GW) and Margaret Babish, Regina, Saskatchewan (2000 -      )

Deck & Hull:

Anchor locker: Foredeck (the Bruce lives here)
Storage: Back lazarette and locker covers were remade
Grab rails: Teak grab rails on the exterior main hatch runners and matching teak trim boards; teak refinished (2005)
Life Lines: Stainless steel cable on stainless steel stanchion (renewed in 1997); bow pulpit with rails; stern rail
All base plates rebedded complete with 3/16" aluminum backing plates (completed 2005)
Weather cloths: Weather cloths for the cockpit made from Sunbrella
Eyes: Very stout bow-eye on the boat as well as two stern eyes (apparently this was how Chrysler loaded the boats on trailers)
Rudder: Rudder was modified to be permanently down, and the tiller can be left standing straight up for cockpit parties.
Tiller: Wood with spar varnish; refinished (2005)
Fenders and lines: Two medium and two large fenders
Cleats: 4 forward, 2 mid-ship and 4 aft
All deck hardware rebedded complete with 3/16" aluminum backing plates (completed 2005)

Sails & Rigging:

Main sail: Double reef, fully battened main, crosscut 5.6 ounce Dacron from Doyle in Mississauga, Ontario (1996)
Luff: 26' 6"
Leech: 27' 5.5"
Foot: 8' 3"
Area: 129 ft²
Red mainsail cover (new 2005)
Sail number: 738
Genoa: 150% Quicksilver Genoa, 5.2 ounce Superstripe from Doyle in Mississauga, Ontario (1996)
luff: 29' 9"
LP: 15'
leech: 28' 2"
foot: 16'
area: 338 ft²
Roller furling: Harken - unit 0
Spinnaker: DRS (asymmetric cruising spinnaker called a Flasher or Gennaker) in a sock.
Spinnaker pole: Whisker pole
Mast: Aluminum mast stepped on deck
Bosun's chair
Halyards: Led aft; new spinnaker halyard (2009)
Mainsheet traveller: Double mainsheet arrangement
Boom vang: Manual
Cunningham: Led aft
Outhaul: Rigged inside boom
Backstay: Split
Winches: 2 single speed #6 Lewmar winches (original)
1 single speed #7 Lewmar halyard winch
Line Clutch: Spinlock XAS (2002
Easylock
Cleats: 2 jam cleats for genoa sheets, one roller furling drum cleat
Shroudroller: two-piece ABS (2006)
Lines: All led aft

Accommodations & Layout:

Upgrades: Extensive interior renovations were made by the second owner
Upholstery: Main cabin and the forward berth are re-upholstered, the pattern is called "Frontier-Woodlands"
All interior hull liner material replaced (2000)
Salon: Amidships with port and starboard settees; folding drop-down dining table
Berths: Forward vee berth and full berth aft
Ventilation: Passive forward deck and forward hatch, port aft berth, windows have been re-bedded, screen for the entire companionway
Headroom: 6 feet
Galley: Aft with 2-burner propane stove and stainless steel sink; ice box under forward berth
Flooring: Teak and holly
Grab rails: Long grab rails on interior ceiling
Finishing: Teak trim and pin rail, interior wood is painted with a melamine paint, interior headlining replaced (2000)
Storage: Drawers to starboard, storage cupboards above the settees
Head: Jabsco Manual Marine Head (2009) and bow holding tank (25 gallon)
Water system: Foot pump for lake water at sink as well as separate drinking water tap (20 gallon flexible water tank under back berth)

Electronics & Navigation Equipment:

Autohelm: ST1000 (new in 1998)
GPS: Garmin 45
Digital knotmeter/log: Kenyon ("Stowe") Micro 210 Multifunction Speed Log
Compass: Saturn bulkhead
VHF radio: Mariner 3500
Depth sounder: Sea Deep Model SD1-3 - the depth sounder transducer is siliconed to the inside of the hull and shoots it's signal through it.
Note: transducer is roughly 2 feet below the waterline so add to the depth shown
Navigation lights:  Full set running navigation lights
Stereo: Audio Phase digital series
Batteries: Battery 1: Kirkland deep cycle/starting marine battery (replaced 2014)
Battery 2: Kirkland deep cycle/starting marine battery (replaced 2014)
Power distribution: Electrical system was redone with a main switch wired for two batteries complete with a fused distribution switch panel.
Note of caution: do not switch batteries when the engine is running as this will adversely affect the charger on the motor
Separate 1/2/off switch for autohelm and accessory plug - 2001
Charging system: Alternator on electric start Evinrude (5 Ampre)
Uni-Solar Module US-11 (10.3 Watts) charging both batteries via blocking diodes - 2001 (10 year warranty)
Lighting: Three of the lights in the boat were replaced with quartz lights (brighter & lower battery drain )

Engine:

Auxiliary power: 9.9 Evinrude electric start outboard (1980)
Outboard check by dealer 2001
Outboard check by dealer 2005 - impeller replaced
Outboard check by dealer 2010 - impeller replaced
Controls: Remote cockpit controls (low and in the center so it doesn't matter what tack you're on)
Shift cable Ultrafex C14 - 7 foot (2004)
Throttle cable Ultrafex C14 - 6 foot (2004)

Trailer:

Trailer: Tandem axle (low slung)
Ball size: 2 5/16 inch
Brakes: Electric
Tire size: 205/75R14 C/6P Trailer Tire (2005)
P195/75R14
E78-14
E78-14
Wheel rim size: 14 inch - 5 hole
Wheel bolts: 13/16 inch
Wheel Bearings: Timken bearing L68149 (2010)
Timken bearing L44649 (2010)
C/R seal 17406 (2014)
Lubriplate 1552 wheel bearing grease
Color: Light gray Tremclad (2014)
Keel gate: Upright angle iron for the keel gate, lined fore and aft with 3 runs of wood 1x4's (2000)
Bow capture: Strong upright with winch (2000)
Pads: Resting pads are tack welded in position so that they will not move when retrieving the boat (some adjustment is available since the uprights are a tube within a tube and held by a bolt)
Extension: 10 foot tubular extension complete with trailer tongue
Extension safety: Erickson 8500 lb. tow strap (2002)
2" x 15' long
2" polyester webbing
Extension ball size: 2 inch
Corner flags: 10 foot PVC pipe (2000)
Width: 8' 3"
Height: When loaded with boat, maximum height to the top of the mast is under 11 feet

Safety:

Life jackets: * 2 Coleman, small to medium (34-40) - 2001
2 Coleman, large to x-large (42-48) - 2001
1 Coleman, xx-large to xxx-large (50-56) - 2001
1 Bouy O Bouy orange medium (36 -40) - old
2 Bouy O Bouy, orange large (40 -48) - old
Anchors:* 15 lb Bruce (10 feet chain) and 20 lb plow type anchor (15 feet chain) both with 200 feet of 1/2' nylon rode
Mooring Lines: 1/2 inch double braid nylon mooring lines complete with snubbers (2015):
Dress mooring lines: Two - black double braid dock line: 30 feet
Dock Wheel: Corner dock wheel (2004)
Sound-signaling device:* Super Sound signal horn (May, 2001)
Flashlight* Boss (Dorcy) waterproof rubber flashlights complete with extra bulbs attached to flashlight (2000)
1: 6" (two AA size batteries)
2: 8" (two D size batteries)
Flares:* Not required on Last Mountain Lake (at no time more than one mile from shore)
Life rings (buoys): Horse shoe with 15 metre heaving line (not approved for use in Canada)
Heaving line:* 5/16" x 50' safety heaving line & bag (May, 2001)
First-aid kit: St. John Ambulance Safe Pack first aid kit
Fire extinguisher:* 1: Garrison 5BC (May, 2001)
2: Garrison 5BC (May, 2001) 
Boarding ladder*: Stern
Bilge pump:* Hand bilge pump, and Mark II Gusher 10 pump (previously used to pump holding tank)
Tool kit: Complete tool kit and tool box plus digital multimeter complete with case
    * required by Canadian law

Other Features:

Documentation: Original documentation for most items (stored off the boat). On board log contains exerts of pertinent material
Miscellaneous measurements: Length and width of C-26 cockpit is 6'9" x 5'4" companionway to seat backs at widest points, the floor area is 3'10" x 28" at the widest point tapering down to 25" at the smallest