This well maintained masthead sloop is in fine condition for it's age. Unbelievably spacious below deck with plenty of cockpit space. Rigged for solo sailing but roomy enough for more aboard.
There is a large range in valuations for Grampian's and this vessel is priced to reflect the care and maintenance that this owner has put into to boat.
Assumably moorage if your plan is to keep the boat in the Comox Valley.
The Grampian 26 was designed by Alex McGruer in 1967, a boatbuilding dynasty that reaches back to 1911, when the family business was located on the west coast of Scotland.
Grampian Marine in Oakville, Ontario built most of these vessels, though some were built at Summerstown Ontario. The boat was in production from 1967 through 1977, and according to McGruer, just over 1,000 Grampian 26s were built during that decade.
McGruer's design mandate had been for a comfortable family sailer, with six-foot headroom in the interior, and the berths for four (five if you squeeze two into the pull-out settee).
The Grampian 26 was heavily built and, happily for their owners, no chronic problems have surfaced in the nearly quarter century since the first boat was launched
People less than six feet tall will find sufficient headroom to walk upright from the companionway through the head area to the V-berth. The deep lockers under the berths have lots of stowaway space.
There were a number of different versions of the original boat. The majority of the boats were built with mixed keels, but a centreboard model was also available. This vessel has a removable panel in the transom that allows the outboard to be clamped in position, eliminating the need for an outboard engine bracket.
Over the years subtle changes were made on the boats. An aluminum toe rail replaced the wood rail on early models. Early versions also had a slightly steeper slope to the forward end of the coachroof and lacked the ridge above the ports,which was a cosmetic variation on later models.
Fitting out of the interior was not to a luxurious standard, but was typical of this time. Corners are square, bunk fronts are straight and the layout seems unimaginative by modern standards, though it is workmanlike and well proportioned.
The galley counter is of reasonable size, with a sink on the counter top and a two-burner cook stove in a recessed compartment. The ice icebox is located in a cockpit locker, and there is no access to the icebox from the cabin.
The Grampian 26 has a long comfortable cockpit with a tiller sprouting from the cockpit floor. There is enough room behind the tiller for the outboard engine to be easily operated in the transom cutout.
Grampian 26s were once considered good club racers, and the boat has surprisingly good sailing performance. She tacks quickly and points well, belying the somewhat ungainly and outdated appearance of her high cabin trunk and her high spoon bow. For a couple wishing to do some cruising on a boat with standing headroom and a minimum length the Grampian 26 could fit the bill.
9.9 Yamaha electric start [serviced 2019]
Fuel Filter system installed
2 deep cycle batteries
2 fuel tanks
Bimini with cover
Main sail cover
2 burner Stove top
Built in ice box
Built in freshwater tank
Hand pump in galley
Built in chart drawer in table
GPS map (works well but does
not zoom in )
Dinghy motor mount
Simrad TP10 auto pilot (tiller )
All cushions in great shape (taken off every winter)
Boarding ladder (heavy duty side mount )
Anchor chain and rope
Spinaker Sail and rigging
8 foot inflatable with Suzuki 2.5hp motor available separately [serviced 2019]
LOA - 26ft/7.92m
LWL - 21.75ft/6.63m
Draft - 3ft/0.91m
Construction - Fibreglass hull w cored deck
First built 1967 - Last built 1977 - # Built 980
Built by Grampian Marine Ltd Canada