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Molly Brown



Joined: 02 Nov 2003
Posts: 270
City/Region: Punta Gorda
State or Province: FL
C-Dory Year: 2003
C-Dory Model: 24 Tomcat
Vessel Name: Molly Brown
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 13, 2019 2:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Truth be told, on those really hot Florida summer days (93 air temp, 90 water temp), we are cooler in the cabin than out in the cockpit under the bimini. That all changes once the sun goes down. For many of our early years the nights were tough with all that humidity but we managed with fans and screens over every opening, though some bugs always managed to get in. Eventually we used a hatch air conditioner but after a number of years set up and taking it down, not to mention storing it somewhere during the day, we now have a rooftop unit. Living a life of luxury now Very Happy
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Foggy



Joined: 01 Aug 2013
Posts: 1079
City/Region: Traverse City; Northern Lake Michigan
State or Province: MI
C-Dory Year: 2014
C-Dory Model: 26 Venture
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 13, 2019 9:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Z50 wrote:
just got back from sea trial on the 23. I really liked it. Very different coming from a cc bay boat. Not concerned about speed really. 30 is plenty fast. my only real concern would be the Florida heat in mid summer. Maybe a few fans and AC down the road. Think I will pull the trigger on the 26. Need storage ideas or shelves in the v berth.


Methinks you're gonna want a bigger boat before you even know it*; being
concerned with your mentionables of ambient temperature, storage space
and not riding one larger than what the dealer had on hand. Happy with
30 now? Wait till a thunderstorm is on your tail or you're running late for
dinner...

Aye.

* You won't be the first this has ever happened to.

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jennykatz



Joined: 15 Dec 2003
Posts: 1570
City/Region: naples
State or Province: FL
C-Dory Year: 2006
C-Dory Model: 23 Venture
Vessel Name: Jennykatz
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 14, 2019 5:48 am    Post subject: Cd26 Reply with quote

Good luck if buying new get the 26 sport it deletes the vinyl ceiling in Florida the vinyl is not a good idea ..You might want to have a AirHead composting toilet . For resale I would look at a200 Yamaha . Also buy an Aluminum trailer with disc brakes and torsion suspension Have fun with all the decisions . Lots of good cruising here in Florida. Maybe see you at Hontoon gathering Jim
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srbaum



Joined: 30 Aug 2010
Posts: 509
City/Region: Portsmouth
State or Province: VA
C-Dory Year: 2001
C-Dory Model: 22 Cruiser
Vessel Name: Osprey
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 14, 2019 11:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jim is spot on regarding a vinyl interior. I have had numerous boats with it and all it does is hold water and mold until it finally is removed or falls off.
I was very fortunate with my new (to me) 26, as the 1st owner did a super job of installing a functional insulated overhead, that looks great and has no annoying vinyl.
Photos of the overhead are posted in OSPREY photo album.

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Z50



Joined: 09 Jan 2019
Posts: 9
City/Region: Alachua
State or Province: FL
C-Dory Year: 2018
C-Dory Model: 26 Venture
PostPosted: Mon Jan 14, 2019 6:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

the 26 they have on the lot is the sport model, no liner. Yes I would love a 40 power cat, but cant trailer or afford it. lol Size will do till I completely retire. This will be my starter boat into the cruising world.
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jennykatz



Joined: 15 Dec 2003
Posts: 1570
City/Region: naples
State or Province: FL
C-Dory Year: 2006
C-Dory Model: 23 Venture
Vessel Name: Jennykatz
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 16, 2019 8:54 am    Post subject: cd-26 Reply with quote

The 26 venture is a fine cruising boat get a rv style a/c unit on the roof and an air head toilet with some Garmin electronics and a 200 hp engine Yamaha or Merc and an Alum trailer with torsion suspension and disc brakes , that would be my choice .


Benefits of the cd-26
1- floats in 12-15 in of water or less
2-planes off at 12-14mph
3-towing weight should be 6500-8000lb depending on cruise ?
4-Your inside in inclement weather and you will have less visits to the Dermatologist.
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ken35216



Joined: 12 Mar 2013
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City/Region: Destin, Florida
State or Province: FL
C-Dory Year: 2017
C-Dory Model: 25 Cruiser
Vessel Name: Lady Onyx
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 17, 2019 10:17 am    Post subject: Re: cd-26 Reply with quote

jennykatz wrote:
The 26 venture is a fine cruising boat get a rv style a/c unit on the roof and an air head toilet with some Garmin electronics and a 200 hp engine Yamaha or Merc and an Alum trailer with torsion suspension and disc brakes , that would be my choice .


The auto pilot and the roof top a/c heat are the two best options I put on my boat. Love them both and makes live so much easier.

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Z50



Joined: 09 Jan 2019
Posts: 9
City/Region: Alachua
State or Province: FL
C-Dory Year: 2018
C-Dory Model: 26 Venture
PostPosted: Thu Jan 17, 2019 7:36 pm    Post subject: Re: cd-26 Reply with quote

ken35216 wrote:
jennykatz wrote:
The 26 venture is a fine cruising boat get a rv style a/c unit on the roof and an air head toilet with some Garmin electronics and a 200 hp engine Yamaha or Merc and an Alum trailer with torsion suspension and disc brakes , that would be my choice .


The auto pilot and the roof top a/c heat are the two best options I put on my boat. Love them both and makes live so much easier.



what auto pilot did you go with? Ive been looking at the garmin one.
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thataway



Joined: 02 Nov 2003
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City/Region: Pensacola
State or Province: FL
C-Dory Year: 2007
C-Dory Model: 25 Cruiser
Vessel Name: thataway
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 17, 2019 8:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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3-towing weight should be 6500-8000lb depending on cruise ?


Having owned two C Dory 25's and the C Dory 26 venture being a slightly heavier boat, I would expect towing weight to be in the 8,000 lb range, perhaps a little over depending on gear, and trailer. Do not get a 6500 lb trailer--that will be too little capacity.

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Foggy



Joined: 01 Aug 2013
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City/Region: Traverse City; Northern Lake Michigan
State or Province: MI
C-Dory Year: 2014
C-Dory Model: 26 Venture
Photos: W B Nod
PostPosted: Fri Jan 18, 2019 6:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

My 2014 C Dory 26 Venture w/twin Honda 90s:

Measured by dealer on delivery
a. Trailer + boat (100 gal fuel + 25 gal water): 8350 lbs
b. Trailer GVWR: 9365 lbs (on trailer plate)
c. Trailer maximum capacity: 8025 lbs (on trailer plate)
d. Trailer weight: b. - c. = 1340 lbs
e. Boat weight: a. - d. = 7010 lbs
f. Trailer/boat tongue weight: 550 lbs

The trailer was a Venture aluminum tandem axle bunk (VATB-8025)
Tires ST225/75D 15 LRD 6H (Baltimore, MD)

As with most things, and people, the rig probably gained a few pounds
with age.

Aye.
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ken35216



Joined: 12 Mar 2013
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City/Region: Destin, Florida
State or Province: FL
C-Dory Year: 2017
C-Dory Model: 25 Cruiser
Vessel Name: Lady Onyx
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 21, 2019 10:25 am    Post subject: Re: cd-26 Reply with quote

Z50 wrote:
ken35216 wrote:
jennykatz wrote:
The 26 venture is a fine cruising boat get a rv style a/c unit on the roof and an air head toilet with some Garmin electronics and a 200 hp engine Yamaha or Merc and an Alum trailer with torsion suspension and disc brakes , that would be my choice .


The auto pilot and the roof top a/c heat are the two best options I put on my boat. Love them both and makes live so much easier.



what auto pilot did you go with? Ive been looking at the garmin one.


Garmin. More expensive but I've had no problem. Works best while planing.
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Avidmagnum12



Joined: 23 Mar 2013
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City/Region: Ocklawaha
State or Province: FL
C-Dory Year: 2011
C-Dory Model: 25 Cruiser
Vessel Name: C-Otter
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 23, 2019 9:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ken ...I have the Garmin Reactor 40 autopilot with smart pump. It works excellent at every speed. Surprisingly it even works in reverse! Garmin makes many autopilots as do other companies. Mine had to be commissioned at the dock and on the water. I confess the first time I set it up wrong and while it worked OK, the second time was the charm. Im wondering what model of Garmin autopilot you have and what the pump size is? I called Garmin before I ordered mine and they said that if I wanted to troll slow this was the model to go with. One of the other models was about half the price but would not do what I wanted. I do not want to hijack this thread but want to clarify. You may not need a slow speed autopilot and thats alright.

I learned a lot about autopilots by doing my own research and the installation. Still learning....Tom

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Z50



Joined: 09 Jan 2019
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City/Region: Alachua
State or Province: FL
C-Dory Year: 2018
C-Dory Model: 26 Venture
PostPosted: Tue Feb 12, 2019 6:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Is their a preferred location to run wire from solar panels on the roof?
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Wandering Sagebrush



Joined: 21 Jan 2005
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City/Region: Canby, Oregon
State or Province: OR
C-Dory Year: 2005
C-Dory Model: 22 Cruiser
Vessel Name: Constant Craving
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 12, 2019 11:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Z50 wrote:
Is their a preferred location to run wire from solar panels on the roof?


My 2... Id have it come down a back corner of the house. Probably the corner that has the wiring loom for the anchor light. Id use 8 gauge marine wire, and put the controller as close to the batteries as possible.

If you can miss a cored section of the house top, less chance of future issues.

AM Solar has some good videos on attaching the panels without drilling (VHB tape).

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