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|Designer: Owen Woolley|
|LOA: 31ft '/ 9.45m|
|LWL: 28ft 9in/ 8.94m|
|Beam: 10.6' / 3.2m|
|Draft: 5ft 5 in / 1.67m|
|Ballast 3136lbs / 1425 kg|
|Sail Area 458 sq ft/ 41.81 m2|
|Displacement: 7300lbs / 3318kg|
|Price: $50,000 - $70,000|
Raven 26 info:
The design is from the English naval architect Owen Woolley, what is striking about the boat is its flush deck and the absence of a sliding hatch and her rather high topsides.
The Raven 26 was designed principally as a high performance cruising yacht offering its owners an amazing amount of room both below and above decks.
The main cabin is spacious and provides six foot of headroom with a well laid out galley including sink and ice box to port. The starboard side sports a dinette on many boats, a feature more appealing to some than others. The two quarter berths are full length and beamy. Forward is a separate head and two single berths which can be made to form a double. The boat has ample stowage making the Raven the ideal extended passage-maker for those searching for a serious cruising boat on a budget.
The cockpit is well laid out with room for five to stretch out while under sail. This feature is rare in similar sized vessels.
The Raven hull is constructed in solid GRP while the decks are of ply and glass. The cockpit is also ply glassed over. There are two versions of the Raven, the latter incorporating solid glass decks rather than the ply sandwich construction used in the earlier models.
Most Ravens have been powered with single-cylinder diesel engines fitted under the cockpit. The rigs are sturdy masthead types allowing for large genoas to be carried.
Some owners have commented that the Raven has a tendency to slap when beating to weather, a result of her rather flat topsides near the bow. However she performs admirably on all points of sail.
The Raven 26 is a popular boat with acres of room and offshore potential - with several boats successfully cruising the Pacific Islands.