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Golden Hind 26 Mk II




GRP hull and cockpit moulding by Golden Hind Marine, fitout by owner


launched 2004




26' 0" plus bowsprit

Sail area

441 sq ft

Brief details


20' 4"



A classic Maurice Griffiths cruising design, the Golden HInd 26 is a tough little shoal draught cruiser. This is an absolutely exceptionally well fitted out and well maintained example of these yachts. She has a GRP hull, epoxied before launch and since coppercoated, with an encapsulated lead long keel and galvanised steel bilge plates. There is a GRP cockpit moulding, and the decks are epoxy-sheathed ply. The coachroof is timber. The interior is beautifully finished, with details such as a Corian worktop in the galley, and quality fittings throughout.


8' 2"


Saloon & forecabin


3' 3"




8,340 lbs


Beta BD722 diesel


3,508 lbs



Keel type

Long keel with encapsulated lead ballast, and two galvanised steel bilge plates

Golden Hind 26

Maurice Griffiths designed a series of small shallow draught cruisers for plywood construction in the 1960s and 1970s, of which the 24 ft and 26 ft Eventides were the best known. Later designs included the Golden Hinds, built originally as a 28-footer, and later enlarged to 31 ft.


The Golden Hind 26 was designed by Maurice Griffiths in the late 70s as a smaller version of the existing Golden Hind 31. The GRP hulls were moulded by first by Terry Erskine Yachts, then by Mark Urry at Golden Hind Marine. About a dozen complete yachts were built by these builders. A number of other hull mouldings were sold for owner completion, this hull, no 14, was purchased by the present owner in 1999, and launched in 2004.

The Golden Hind series of yachts were conceived as East Coast cruisers, but they have found their way to many parts of the world, with a very good reputation for seaworthiness.

This particular yacht is one of the examples we very occasionally see where an amateur fitout can be substantially better than most "professionally" finished yachts.

Golden Hind 26 for sale
Golden Hind 26 for sale

Photographs 2010 - new photos available shortly

Golden Hind 26 for sale

The forecabin has 75" long vee-berths, with a cleverly built telescopic hawse pipe for the anchor chain, built to move forward when the berths are in use. Conversion to a double is also possible

The heads compartment has a Lavac marine WC, with a holding tank, and a small washbasin

The saloon has an extending table that can be moved to one side or packed away completely, as seen here at right. The two saloon berth bases both pull out to give 24" width for sleeping. The starboard berth is 82" long, and the port berth is up to 78" long, into a trotter box which is inside the hanging locker opposite the heads.

Saloon headroom is 5' 8" under the deck beams aft, and a couple of inches lower forward.

The cooker is a gimbaled fan-vented Wallas diesel-fired ceramic-top cooker, with a hinged hot-air heating lid, giving cooking or cabin heating in one unit without the use of gas. Although not shown on the photos, there are pan supports for use at sea. The galley worktop is Corian, with a refrigerated icebox set into it. There is also a Corian topped chopping board that fits over the sink.

Golden Hind 26 for sale

2010 but new photographs available shortly

Golden Hind 26 for sale
Golden Hind 26 for sale

There is a samson post at the aft end of the plank bowsprit , which also acts as a base for the self-tacking spar for the staysail. The jib is on a roller furler at the end o the bowsprit.

The mast is rigged for lowering, with a hinged tabernacle and stainless steel tubular extensions to the two forward shroud plates allowing the shrouds to remain tensioned whilst the mast is lowered using a tackle rigged using the self-tacking staysail boom.

Golden Hind 26 for sale

Golden Hind 26 for sale

She has cruised from her Solent base east to the East Coast, and west to the Scillies. Her owners are now looking for a larger boat - probably a Golden Hind 31.

Equipment List:

Engine details

Beta BD722 20 bhp diesel, freshwater cooled, run 1,050 hours.

Fuel tank capacity

60 litres


13" x 9" three bladed, on 1" shaft drive with water lubricated stern gland


2 x 6 volt deep-cycle batteries (220 AH), and 85AH engine starting battery

Battery charging

70 amp engine alternator with Adverc battery management system, Victron Phoenix 12/50 shorepower charger, and 36 watt Sunware solar panel

Sails and deck equipment

Rig details

Cutter rig with boomed staysail. Sailspar alloy spars with S/S standing rigging fitted 2003, first used 2004. Halliards and reefing lines led back to cockpit.


Jeckells Sails, slab reefing with three reefs


Jeckells Sails roller reefing

Jib furling



Jeckells Sails, boomed self-tacking staysail

Primary winches

2 x Lewmar 30 self-tailing

Halliard/reefing winches

Lewmar 7 on mast, Lewmar 7 and 16 on coachroof

Bower anchor

27 lb Plough with 50 metres 5/16" chain




Simrad TP20 tiller pilot

Steering compass

Silva 102 bulkhead compass

Warps & fenders

7 warps and 6 fenders


Cockpit sprayhood and dodgers, cockpit tent, full navigation lights including deck level and tricolour nav lights, and steaming/deck lights.

Navigation Equipment and instruments


Garmin 550 colour plotter with GPS - new 2009


Garmin GPS72


Navman Multi

Depth sounder

Navman Multi


Northstar - new 2010

VHF radio

Silva S15 with DSC


Icom MXA5000 - new 2009

Clock & barometer


Safety/emergency equipment


Coastal pack, in date to 2012


Horseshoe with floating light


Plastimo inflatable danbuoy

Radar reflector

Mast mounted Echomax

Bilge pumps

Auto and manual pumps

Fire extinguishers

Dry powder extinguisher and fire blanket, also auto extinguisher in engine compartment


Cabin layout


Cabin heating

Wallas hot-air heating via cooker "blower lid"



Water tank capacity

104 litres


Wallas Safeflame 95D two-burner ceramic topped diesel-fired cooker


Refrigerated coolbox


Lavac Popular with 33 litre holding tank




Winter covers

tailored full cover with set of steps to access panel at cockpit - see photo below

These particulars are believed to be correct but cannot be guaranteed and are subject to confirmation by the purchaser subject to still being available.

For further information or to arrange a viewing,

please contact Yachtsnet on 01326-212234


The particulars detailed herein are intended to give a fair description of the vessel but their accuracy cannot be guaranteed. These particulars are not a part of any contract or offer, and are supplied on the understanding that all negotiations shall be conducted via Yachtsnet Ltd., who are acting as brokers for the vendor. The vendor is not selling in the course of business unless otherwise stated. The prospective purchaser is strongly recommended to check the particulars, and where appropriate, at his own expense, to employ qualified agents to carry out surveys, structural and/or mechanical & electrical checks or tests

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