Joy is one of 5 Great Harbor 26's ever built by legendary Maine boatbuilder Hank Hinckley. All are unique/custom, and Joy is a true gem. Her hull is cold molded of western red cedar veneers with a layer of Honduras mahogany on the outside. The teak decks with mahogany house are beautiful. This boat is a show stopper.
The GH26 is a 26' trailer-able sloop. This weekend yacht is designed to be easily loaded on a trailer with its lift keel and removable inboard rudder. The keel up draft of 1'10" permits access to remote cruising areas that are unavailable to other sailboats of its size. Joy also comes with a beautiful 2-axle road-ready trailer; you can take her anywhere with ease!!
A no compromise approach has been taken with both the design and construction. The finished product is of a quality only found in much larger custom yachts.
- Constructed with an eye towards saving weight without sacrificing structural strength.
- Carbon fiber spar to keep the rig weight low and ease the process of raising and lowering the rig.
1. 2022…………Redone all topside brightwork
2. 2021………..Replaced alcohol stove with electric unit
3. 2020…………Replaced Yanmar 1GM 10 with new Nanni N2 14 h.p. diesel. (60 hours on current engine)
4. 2020………..Replace shaft and prop with Twin Disc Technodrive Sea Prop 60 sail drive (60 hours on current engine)
5. 2021…………Installed New Feathering Propeller
6. 2021………..Redesigned trailer for easy on-off.
7. 2020………..Installed hydraulic lift system to raise and lower keel.
8. 2018………..New Charter Plotter and dept recorder
9. 2019………..Installed Radar System
10. 2019……….20 Coats on clear Awgrip sprayed on hull
11. 2015……….New Canvas Sail Covers & Winch Covers
Hull & Deck
Hull construction: Cold molded. It contains three diagonal layers of 1/8" western red cedar with a final layer of 1/10" Honduran mahogany on the topsides. The hull is covered with 8 oz boat cloth applied with clear epoxy resin. The final finish is clear Awlgrip urethane. The backbone is oak and the stem laminated mahogany. Sheer clamps are oak. JOY's interior is designed to minimize the need of frames and stringers. Much of her interior joinery is installed to provide stiffness.
Deck Construction: The deck is two layers of 4MM marine plywood over laminated aircraft grade Sitka spruce frames, covered with approximately 7/16" of teak decking. The cabin top is three layers of 3MM marine plywood over laminated aircraft grade Sitka spruce frames. The top is then coved with Dynel laid in epoxy and painted. The cabin sides are approximately 3/8" Honduran mahogany over 3/8" marine plywood.
- Fin Keel - Lifts up into the hull
- Spade rudder
White bulkheads are beautifully accented by the varnished mahogany trim. Laminated overhead beams are also capped in mahogany and much of the trim is hand shaped to give it a distinctive appearance.
The cabin sole is teak with holly inlay varnished with clear polyurethane varnish and the passageway to the forward cabin is trimmed with laminated mahogany. All the interior trim is coated with gloss marine varnish.
Bronze opening ports are used throughout along with an opening hatch on the foredeck to improve light and ventilation.
Down the companionway steps to the Interior below, one steps on the ice chest that also can serve as a seat for working in the Galley. This portable chest is convenient in that you can take it home and load up for the day or weekend.
To port and starboard are 7-foot Quarterberths with 4" cushions.
Forward to starboard,at the head of the starboard quarterberth is the electrical panel and a storage locker containing the stereo and access to the VHF back.
Forward to port, at the head of that berth is the Galley with a stainless steel sink with a hand pump and is recessed under a lovely shaped mahogany ring. Forward is a single-burner Origo alcohol stove. Lots of storage is accessed beneath both the sink and the stove.
At the forward end of the starboard quarterberth are the storage lockers and drawers. The aft locker has the shore charger and stereo.
- Stereo speakers are built in to the aft ends of the quarter berths.
- VFH has a remote mic outlet in the cockpit to control the radio from the helm.
Forward Cabin has the cedar hull laminate showing through its epoxy coating. Shelves provide additional personal gear storage.
The marine Head is located to port under the aft end of the forward berth and has a cover and cushion (as does the starboard side also) - so the permanent "short berth" can be lengthened to a full length berth to accommodate an additional two crew.
Sails & Rigging
GMT tapered carbon-fiber spar and aluminum boom with white urethane paint.
- 7/8 Sloop rig
- Internal halyards
- Boom Vang and double reef set up
- Harken Battcar main track system
- Hinged stainless steel mast step
- Dutchman system - for easy reefing
- Self-tending jib
SAILS: Sail Area -303 sq/ft
- Mainsail (177-sq. ft.)
- Working Jib (126-sq. ft.)
- Mainsail cover (tan)
- All Lewmar winches
- (2) Cabintop - halyards and controlling self-tending jib
- (2) Additional winches aft - for manually attended jib