Built from 1968 to 1978
Number built - 234
(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.
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.
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.
Long list of quality equipment permits outfitting this craft to custom
Bristol 26 Specifications:
Models: Dinette (Centerboard or Keel)
Designer: Halsey C. Herreshoff
Builder: Bristol Yachts, Inc.
Draft: 2'-10" (C.B. up)
Ballast: 2200# (C.B.)
Sail Area: 327 Sq. Ft.
Est. C.C.A 23.0
Est. M.O.R.C. 20.3
PHRF rating: 240