This is Tollycraft’s all-time best selling boat due to her roomy interior, large 49 sq. ft. cockpit, and rugged all fiberglass construction. She’s a tough little cruiser. Her convertible dinette and forward V-berths sleep a total of four and there is an enclosed stand-up head.
Because Tollycraft used wide, deep windows, the interior seems particularly open and airy for a small boat. The large glass area also makes for good visibility when the skipper uses the lower helm.
At 9,000 pounds, the Tollycraft 26 is a hefty boat for its length. But when it comes to cruising boats, a little extra weight is often a good thing. It’s an indication that the builder didn’t skimp on the hull’s construction. It can also help impart the more substantial ride of a bigger boat. Although broad-beamed cruisers have become de rigueur in the 1990s, the Tollycraft 26’s 10 foot beam was notably wide for the early 1970s. That width not only adds interior living space, but gives the boat an extra measure of stability in rolly offshore waters. The Tollycraft 26 also carries a relatively high freeboard and a well-flared bow, to keep water off the decks and out of the cockpit in rough seas. It has walk-around sidedecks — something not all 26-footers can boast — and the foredeck is reasonably large, as well. The sidedecks and foredeck are all surrounded by beefy stainless steel rails.