JOY Under sail

Designed by Bill Cook, Built by Hank Hinckley and the owner, this is the only cold molded Great Harbor 26 to date.

This boat is offered at $109,000.00.

JOY was built to standards that simply are not found anywhere else in boats of this size. Her design and construction features are a combination of the traditional and modern. Bill Cook developed the lines of the 26 to provide lively performance. Her fin keel and spade rudder with sleek underbody are disguised by her lovely cruiser exterior look. Since her fin keel lifts up into the hull and the rudder is removable, JOY is easily trailerable. She is constructed with an eye towards saving weight without sacrificing structural strength. She also has a carbon fiber spar to keep the rig weight low and ease the process of raising and lowering the rig.

The resultant is a pocket cruiser/daysailer that can be relocated to winter or summer cruising grounds with ease. She takes about two hours to haul and prepare for the road on her custom trailer and on the other end, it takes about an hour and a half to prep her for sailing again. JOY even comes with a special hull cover to protect her hull during over-the-road travel.

JOY on trailer

JOY is currently maintained at the builder's yard in Southwest Harbor. She is (and has always been) stored inside.


Coming below in JOY 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.

The 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.

To port and starboard are seven foot quarterberths with 4" cushions. 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.

To port at the head of that berth is the galley with stainless steel sink 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.

Looking aft from the forward cabin, the starboard side has several lockers and drawers for storage.

Bronze opening ports are used throughout along with an opening hatch on the foredeck to improve light and ventilation.

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.

This shot showing the forward end of the starboard quarterberth highlights the storage and panel. Note that the panel is covered with clear acrylic for protection and that there is both a 12 VDC and 110 VAC system.

Inside the aft locker is the shore charger and stereo. Speakers are built in to the aft ends of the quarter berths. The VFH shown here has a remote mic outlet in the cockpit to control the radio from the helm.

The 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 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.


TYPE: Great Harbor 26
MANUFACTURER: Great Harbor Yachts, Inc.
BEAM: 7'10"
BALLAST: 1500 lbs.
RIG: 7/8 Sloop
MAIN: 177 sq. ft.
JIB: 126 sq. ft.
TOTAL: 303 sq. ft.

HULL: JOY's hull is 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: 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.

ENGINE AND POWERTRAIN: Yanmar 1GM10 9HP diesel with gear, ss shaft and strut. 2 blade Sailor prop. 12 Gallon aluminum fuel tank.

ELECTRICAL SYSTEM: 12VDC battery/system with distribution panel and gauges. There is a 110V system as well with shore power converter and outlets. The ships battery is a 75 amp hour sealed battery.

POTABLE WATER: Hand pump at galley sink with 20 gallon tank forward under V-berth.

HEAD: Wilcox manual head with holding tank and overboard bypass.

AUTOHELM ST50 TRIDATA boat speed and depth instruments.

RIG: GMT tapered carbon fiber spar and aluminum boom with white urethane paint. Internal halyards. Boom Vang and double reef set up. Harken Battcar main track system. Hinged stainless steel mast step.Dutchman system for easy reefing

SAILS: Mainsail, Working Jib, Mainsail cover (tan)

GROUND TACKLE: Anchor with 6'of 5/16" chain and 120' of line.

TRAILER AND TRAILERING GEAR: Duel axle galvanized trailer. Straps and mast support brackets.

BOAT COVER: Custom made heavy duty road cover for the hull and toe rails. This cover prevents dings and dirt from bothering the boat when on the road.

Cockpit cushions
Fenders and docking lines
Life jackets
Cockpit table (also for use below)

There is more information on the Great Harbor 26's on the GH26 page

The information presented here is believed to be correct, but is not warranted. If you wish more information, please write or call Hank at 207-610-2300.