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Old 01-19-2013, 12:01 PM   #1
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Outer Reef 26

Hello everyone

Any Outer Reef 26 owners out there?

Looking for any information on the manufacturer.

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Old 01-19-2013, 12:18 PM   #2
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Welcome. Your avatar looks like one of the photos in this YW listing.
http://www.yachtworld.com/core/listi..._id=24190&url=

Your boat now? Looks like a tidy pocket trawler, and with a trailer? I know nothing of the manufacturer but I's guess some of your neighbors in the PNW can add info. Odds are it was built up that way.
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Old 01-19-2013, 12:24 PM   #3
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Yes. We are currently in the purchasing process for this nice pocket trawler. I was just inquiring around if anybody has any information on the manufacturer and or experience with this model.

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Old 01-20-2013, 06:41 AM   #4
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I believe that the Outer Reefs were built in Bradenton, Fl in the early 80's. personally, I have never been aboard one but, I heard that they are very well built.
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Old 01-20-2013, 09:14 PM   #6
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Thanks for the great information!
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Old 01-22-2013, 08:03 AM   #7
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The Outer Reef was built in Bradenton by Andre Bilodeau. He designed and built about 34 or so of them. Although most of them were similar there was some variations due to owner preferences. He lives about 2 miles from me and is quite a skilled craftsman today even at 72!
The is actually one on a trailer here on Pine Island in a storage area. A fellow member tried to buy it but the owner is asking too much. Its a shame to see it just sit.
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Old 01-22-2013, 03:50 PM   #8
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Thanks Nimble1 for the great information. Any recommendations for where I might find replacement ports, windows and or windshield?
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Old 01-22-2013, 07:44 PM   #9
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Actually he purchased his windows from Wynne Ent in Alabama. The same company that made the windows for my Nimble Nomad. Its possible they may even have the templates around some where for your boat.

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Old 01-26-2013, 03:29 PM   #10
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Hi Noah-
I have one. Got it about a year ago. Love it!

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Old 02-13-2013, 08:52 AM   #11
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Thanks for all the great information!
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Old 02-13-2013, 08:55 AM   #12
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Thanks Nimble 1. I'm going to try and make a trip down to Florida this summer to try and meet up with the designer/ builder. Thanks for the window manufacturer information!
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Outer Reef

Sorry to dig up an old thread, but I just had to share some history regarding the Outer Reef. My parents purchased an Outer Reef back in the early 80s. It was custom built by Andre Bilodeau and included a fly bridge (quite uncommon on an Outer Reef).

I have many fond memories on the tug. Dad added a stay sail and various other upgrades. I remember the Ford Lehman used to leak and overheat (even new). We adored the tug but my parents soon upgraded to a 44' Defever.

I did find our boat for sale a few years back (NC I believe). I easily recognized it with the fly bridge. I almost bought it but she had been neglected... so sad.

Here are a few photos circa 1980-1983:

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Outer Reef 26

Would you happen to remember what HP your Ford Lehman was or what the designed HP was for the Outer Reef 26?
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I am fairly certain it was 85HP.
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Old 10-03-2013, 11:33 PM   #16
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I just bought a 83 26' outer reef trawler. she is in pretty poor shape but is floating. I bought it cause I dont mind project. Did i mention its my first boat.(ever) The owner said that it has not started since 2009 (It has a W70 westernbeke). if any one knows where i can get parts and a owners manual for this trawler i would appreciate it. thanks for the port manufacture link. Any advice and suggestion would also be appreciated. Ill post pics once she gets towed to my dock so you guys can see the road i got to travel.
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IwillIt, I believe that most of the OR trawlers were semi-custom. Many were built to the owners specs and desires.As far as parts, you will just have to hunt them down from the manufacturer and as far as I know there was not an owners manual due to the custom build. Most of my info is due to talking to the builder over the years. I have seen his work and he is a very good craftsman but who knows what has been done to your boat over the years.
Looking forward to the pics.
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I just bought a 83 26' outer reef trawler. she is in pretty poor shape but is floating. I bought it cause I dont mind project. Did i mention its my first boat.(ever) The owner said that it has not started since 2009 (It has a W70 westernbeke). if any one knows where i can get parts and a owners manual for this trawler i would appreciate it. thanks for the port manufacture link. Any advice and suggestion would also be appreciated. Ill post pics once she gets towed to my dock so you guys can see the road i got to travel.
Sounds as if it could be a fun project. I assume from your description that you got it for a good price. :-) Please do post pics and also let us know from time to time how the project is going.

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The owner said that it has not started since 2009 (It has a W70 westernbeke). if any one knows where i can get parts and a owners manual for this trawler i would appreciate it. thanks for the port manufacture link. Any advice and suggestion would also be appreciated. Ill post pics once she gets towed to my dock so you guys can see the road i got to travel.
You can download a 150 page engine manual for a W70 from boatdiesel.com for a small signup fee. The site is good value for all mechanical issues.
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Old 10-08-2013, 11:43 PM   #20
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I got a real good deal on her. Thanx I got the manual and a parts catalog for the motor. Think it would be feasible to add a turbo? or am i asking for more trouble then it worth?
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