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Telstar 26 MK 1

Designed by:
Performance Cruising Inc. (Tony Smith)
Sandwich Yacht Construction Ltd

The Telstar 26, first produced in 1970, is a lightweight trailerable sports cruiser, which can accommodate a small party for cruising and sail fast enough to compete well in races. The design was a pioneer of its type, exploiting the advantages of of the trimaran configuration to show sailors they could have raw speed, lazy comfort, and cheap operating all in one handy package. Almost 350 Telstars were sold in the ten years that the series was in production, demonstrating the appeal of a boat that could be sailed enjoyably on several levels of intensity. Telstars are safe and seaworthy cruisers, designed for all weather sailing with a deep cockpit and good freeboard. Wide rigid decks and a multihull's limited heeling make sailing pleasurable for all on board. A lifting, lightweight centreboad and rudder gives the boat shoal draft and makes launching and recovery from a trailer reasonably straightforward. Before going on the road, the floats and decks are hinged down to reduce the width to legal dimensions.

The cabin is open and airy and seems spacious for a 26 footer (8 m), with a galley, ample seating and good views through the windows. There are 4 full-length berths, one of which can be extended to make a double. A separate forward cabin, can be used for storage, a marine toilet or an additional berth.

The Telstar is a very responsive boat which tacks fast and handles very easily. She was built to be competative and has performed well in races. Her top speed was estimated in the brochure at 15 knots.

Sports cruiser
Multihull type:

GPR-foam sandwich - an early use of sandwich construction in a multihull.

Sails and rigging:
  • masthead sloop rig
  • partially battened main
  • working jib
  • optional genoa
Deck layout and gear:
  • fully rigid deck (no trampolines)
  • deep cockpit
Keels, boards and rudders:
Tiller steering and daggerboard-style rudder

Main cabin: seating for up to eight on benches that convert to 4 single bunks; one bunk extends to a double; galley; dining table

Forecabin: bunk and marine toilet

LOA (length overall):
8 m (26 ft 3 in)
LWL (length at waterline):
7.47 m (24 ft 6 in)
4.57 m (15 ft)
Draft minimum:
0.46 m (1 ft 6 in)
Draft maximum (e.g. boards down):
1.4 m (4 ft 7 in)
Windward sail area:
31.59 m² (340 ft²)
Daggerboard / centreboard:
Displacement, lightship (empty):
1588 kg (1.56 tons)
Number of berths:
4 - 5
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