Sep 4, 2019, 11:58:04 AM9/4/19
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To my knowledge, the windows changed earlier. 1974 or ‘75
All the ‘76s and later had the aluminum frames which were on my 1981 26s. The powder-coated windows you can now get from Bounty Marine came later.
It’s really interesting to me how the 26s changed through its run. I’m always watching for the longer rails—now 1” with stainless steel stanchion bases (1977), the scooped fly bridge gunwale with captain’s chair flanked by two lounge seats(1979), the three color striping (1980 & 81), the navy striping & natural teal interior (1982). I’m not sure when The v-drives replaced the old direct drives, but I think it was before 1974. About that time the boats Started coming out with 260 Mercruiser engines. I believe that most boats went to Crusaders in ‘80 or ‘81.
Disclaimer: beware of taking anything I say too uncritically; I know many things, but not all of them are true!