Designed by Steve Colgate (Offshore Sailing School) and naval architect Jim Taylor, Colgate 26 is the official training vessel of the US Naval and Coast Guard Academies. The Colgate is 25 feet 8 inches long (LOA) with a draft of 4 feet 6 inches. It’s light weight and fin keel make it a responsive vessel even on light wind days while offering the more experienced sailor a chance for speed.
“Gratitude” (Steiger Craft 23 Long Beach)
Crafted by hand by an experienced team of boatbuilders since 1972, Steiger Craft is well-known as a premier sport fishing vessel. Serving as a launch and power-boat instructional vessel, Gratitude whisks sailors to their lessons while her modified-V bottom provides smooth maneuverability even through chop.
Designed by Raymond Hunt (C.R. Hunt & Assoc.) and built by Jensen Marine/Cal Boats and Lear Siegler Inc. starting in 1985. Sporting a sizeable sail plan for her size, this 28-foot fin keel cabin cruiser offers students the ease of small boat sailing with the opportunity to become familiar with systems absent on most day sailors (e.g. inboard engine, electrical, plumbing).