I’m curious have you actually found specs on the 26 you want to order ie how does or does the hull differ from the 2501?
I spent a while talking with Mike from Parker at the VA Beach boat show last weekend. The 26 is a new hull design, not a reboot of the 25. It’s got a 21 degree deadrise, making it a “real” DV rather than the 17 degree deadrise they’re advertising as a “deep vee” on the 22 and 24
. Weight wise, the boats are comparable, with the 26 being slightly heavier. It maintains a 9’6” beam and a traditional bracket. It’s also an all-composite construction as opposed to the wood-framed 2501. Granted, he’s a company guy, but he seemed pleased with the quality of the 26 (solid deck hatches, good console rigging, etc.) when compared to the 22 and 24 which we discussed as well.
All in all, I’m excited to see one when it makes its rounds. Apparently they have only built one so far, and it’ll be a bit before they can ramp up production. We should see more of them later this year.