The boat featured is not currently for sale by Boatshed. The boat information and images presented are part of Boatshed’s back catalogue of the 20,000+ boats we have listed in the last 15 years and appear here for general information and guidance purposes about Boatshed and our boat selling systems and services

Cardinal 26

Quality 26ft bilge keeler!
£0 Sold / Unavailable
  • Boat REF#  ·  267255
  • Length  ·  25'11"
  • Year  ·  1991
  • Construction  ·  GRP
  • Underwater profile  ·  Bilge
  • Sleeping berths  ·  6
  • Engine  ·  1 x diesel 10hp, Volvo 2001 (1991)
  • Lying  ·  Neyland Pembs
Boatshed Wales
Boatshed Wales
Mike de Graaf

The boat featured is not currently for sale by Boatshed. The boat information and images presented are part of Boatshed’s back catalogue of the 20,000+ boats we have listed in the last 15 years and appear here for general information and guidance purposes about Boatshed and our boat selling systems and services

Extra Details

Designer Keith Dawson
Builder Cardinal Craft Ltd
Lying Neyland Pembs
Fuel capacity 15.0 USG Total - 1 Tanks
Water capacity 20.0 USG Total - 1 Tanks
Last survey 07/04/2010


Engine 1 x diesel 10hp
Engine make and model Volvo 2001 (1991)
Engine Hours Not Recorded
Engine Cooled Direct
Steering Tiller
Drive Shaft
Prop(s) 2 blade folding
Fuel consumption (approx) 0.3 USG /hour At Cruising Speed
Cruising speed (approx) 5 knots
Max speed (approx) 6 knots

2017. Engine serviced by Dale SC . Mast unstepped, new running and standing rigging by Ratsey. New sail drive gasket. Hull copper coated.


Length 25'11"
LWL 23'0"
Beam 9'2"
Draft Min 3'11"
Draft Max 3'11"
Displacement 6,615.0lbs


Sloop rigged Selden Aluminium spars (1991) with Stainless Steel standing rigging (2017)


Reefing mainsail Copp - Slab (1991) Stack Pack, Lazy Jacks, 2 Reefs
Headsail - Furling (unknown year)

Sails serviced , washed and repaired by Ratsey 2016

Electrical Systems

12 volt, 2 batteries charged by: engine


Construction GRP
Underwater profile Bilge
Finish Gelcoat finish


Total # of berths 6
No. of double berths 2
No. of single berths 2
Cabin(s) 2
Sink 1
Heads 1 heads (Sea Toilet)

2 burner propane Stove


Manual water system

2 burner propane Stove

Deck Gear

Sail cover
Spray dodgers
Swim Ladder

2 halyard winches
2 sheet winches
Manual Lewmar windlass
2 anchors
(Bruce & Kedge)
98'5" of chain
98'5" of rode
Avon dinghy (unknown year)
2016 new spray hood, side screens, tiller cover, stac-pack and lazy jacks

Nav Equipment

Chart plotter
Navigation lights
Depth sounder

New Ray Marine instruments 2017 plusAnchor/steaming lights and VHF aerial and hawk.

Safety Equipment

Life buoys
Swim ladder

2 bilge pumps (1 manual / 1 electric)

Fire fighting equipment

Broker's Comments

I remember the first time I set foot on the prototype Cardinal 26 at Earls Court Boat Show in the early 1990's. At the time I owned a venerable Westerly Centaur, and much as I was fond of her for coastal and cross Irish Sea cruising, I thought that here was a worthy and classier successor to my Centaur. "One day!" I thought but as my kids grew up my requirements in a family cruiser changed and I never did buy a Cardinal 26. Quite pricey at the time but built and equipped to a high standard they failed to attract the mass market that Westerly had captured. There were less than a dozen made, hence the Cardinal is a little known production yacht from a South Wales manufacturer.
Her interior is much larger than you would expect from a 26 foot vessel, with a twin aft cabin and an open plan main saloon with double forward berths and two settee berths sensibly equipped with lee cloths which make for a sensible family cruiser with a good turn of speed.
While her interior woodwork is of a high standard and her basic design is delightful, there is unexplained crazing in the gel coat in her deck and coach roof surfaces. NOTE this is purely cosmetic and does not have any structural implication and does not extend to the the topsides / hull moulding. A 'cure' for this would be a paint treatment, which any keen owner could do with two pack yacht enamel and paint pads or roller. Her recent owners have not considered this worthwhile since it does not affect the strength of the vessel. Where I have seen this fault before it was considered by a surveyor to be a result of too much heat generated in the gelcoat during the moulding stage of build. It does not seem to affect her ability to repel water from her laminate but a surveyor's moisture meter would confirm the reality of the situation.
Her present owner has spent considerable sums on her in terms of sails, rigging and canvas work as well as copper coat and engine leg seal. If it were not for the aforementioned gelcoat problem, which might be considered purely cosmetic, she could be asking approx 50% more than her current asking price.

These boat details are subject to contract.
Note: Offers on the asking price may be considered.

This Cardinal 26 has been personally photographed and viewed by Alan Coy of Boatshed Wales. Click here for contact details.
The particulars herein are intended to give a fair description of the vessel but are not guaranteed as accurate. They shall not form part of any offer or contract for the sale of the vessel. The prospective purchaser is recommended to independently check the particulars. The vendor is not selling in the course of a business unless otherwise stated. Personal property is excluded from the sale of the vessel unless specifically included in the listing specifications above or in a Purchase Contract. Personal property may be equipment or gear not permanently attached to the vessel including but not limited to: artwork, entertainment equipment, fishing equipment, TV receivers, recreational equipment, kayaks, tools, and personal appliances. Photos that may incidentally depict owners' personal property do not convey that such items are included in the sale of the vessel unless specifically listed herein.

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