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Bristol 26
Built from 1968 to 1978
Number built - 234

Cruising Comfort!

(From 9/75 brochure)
This is the space age and Halsey Herreshoff has made the Bristol 26 synonymous with space. It is the only 26-foot boat on the market with a fully-enclosed head, dinette, hanging locker, and sleeping accommodations for five. It offers full headroom below and an extra large and an extra large cockpit. Compare her size-wise with boats up to thirty feet long. The magic word is "spaciousness". Another word is quality control... which includes tank testing.

Easy to handle! Bristol 26 is standard as a deep keel model. Also available as an option in keel-centerboard design for shoal draft advantages... ideal for exploring inland lakes or shallow bays. Her shallow draft also makes her trailer-ability and outstanding feature.

Quality bargain! Bristol 26 is a lot of boat for the money. It is priced to put comfortable family cruising within the reach of those who want the pleasures of boating without the high costs usually associated with such spacious accommodations. The 26 gives you the performance and liveability of a Herreshoff design, the lasting value of quality Bristol construction, and freedom to find new horizons of family fun. Try her on for size!

Bristol 26 standard equipment

Hull & Deck:

Molded high-impact fiberglass reinforced polyester resin is entirely hand layup (no gun-chopped fibers)...and is largely woven roving , strongest material available. No fillers are used. Hull and deck thickness vary to suit structural demands. Deckhouse, deck and cockpit are molded in one piece. Deck is mechanically bonded and sealed to hull. Opening forward hatch (translucent) with molded (watertight) gasket receptacle. Full-width non-skid Dexoleum on deck and walkways. Painted boot on waterline. Vinyl anti-fouling bottom paint.


Exceptionally large self-bailing with a hinged, scuppered cockpit seat hatch over port sail locker. Non-skid Dexoleum on cockpit floor.

Motor well:

Completely enclosed and includes a transom aperture that makes it possible to tilt the outboard motor and raise the lower unit out of th water. This enables you to eliminate most of the fouling and corrosion of the lower unit.

Deck Hardware:

All hardware is satin finish chrome-plated bronze or high tensile alloys.


Exceptionally roomy layout...convertible dinette to two (2) 6'-2" long berths. Two V-berths forward...6'-2" long. Quarter berth. Five (5) mattresses of polyurethane foam, vinyl cover. Completely enclosed head with dependable Wilcox-Crittenden toilet. Galley counter. A molded fiberglass headliner is standard throughout. Icebox. Interior finish...satin finished mahogany bulkheads and trim.

Spars & Rigging:

Standard rigging includes modern masthead rig with fully anodized mast and boom. Stainless wire shrouds. Chrome-plated turnbuckles. Running rigging is Samson (Dacron) yacht braid.

Optional Equipment:

Long list of quality equipment permits outfitting this craft to custom standards.

Bristol 26 Specifications:

Models:	Dinette (Centerboard or Keel)
Designer:	Halsey C. Herreshoff
Builder:	Bristol Yachts, Inc.
L-O-A		26'-0"
L-W-L		21'-10"
Beam:		8'-0"
Draft:		2'-10" (C.B. up)
		3'-10" (Keel)
Ballast:	2200# (C.B.)
		2400# (keel)
Sail Area:		327 Sq. Ft.
Est. C.C.A		23.0
Est. M.O.R.C.	20.3
PHRF rating:	240