The Coast Guard Academy recently purchased 16 Colgate 26 sailboats to replace a fleet of J/22s at its New London, Conn., headquarters.
“We wanted boats that were a good balance between performance, safety and durability,” says Allen Kruger, waterfront director of the Coast Guard. “We have intercollegiate sailors who are very skilled so the boats need to be fun and fast to satisfy experienced sailors. And we have 300 new students with little to no sailing experience, so it is necessary to have a vessel that will stand up to the rigors of beginners.”
The Colgate 26’s unique cockpit is big enough for six students plus an instructor’s platform.