I have had my General Marine 26 for three seasons now and love it. I do have it listed here as I was thinking about moving back to a 32', mind you before the 26, I had an H&H40. The past few weeks have been fishing on a friends 31' and really can't make a great decision if its really worth the jump. This year I've been running it with a slow cruising speed of 14.5-15.5knots and burning 4GPH, I just can't compete with that. The boat does cruise up into the 19kt range if you want to pay for it, tops out about 22 if I lay off the box of donuts in the morning.
When I was looking at these boats coming down from a H&H40, I looked at the BHM28, GM26, TJ28 and Fortier 26. Please remember this is my opinion, which everyone has and boats can be finished to different levels as well as cockpit lengths, heights may be different etc.
The BHM 28 was a complete beast of a boat, but at that you are roughly looking at 330hp plus or minus 20, to get 17/18knots and burning probably 7-9GPH. To me it wasn't worth it, plus another odd little thing, is I believe, could be corrected the ones I saw had four wheel house windows facing forward with a lot of obstruction looking forward.
The Fortier 26, well your paying for a name and it probably is a great boat based on tradition. The things I did not like was the high price, no separate head in the cabin and no hard top (which a few have now I believe).
The TJ28 that I saw just didn't like, felt to small, really low gunnel height, small cabin, small helm. Reminded me of being on a parker 25 with an enclosed cabin. Something felt thin about it, again could be the finishing of it.
I really was interested in the Duffy 26 but I didn't see to many of them out there.
Let me just say this people talk about a following sea in some of these boats. I run a following sea on my Simrad Autopilot without any issue, never have. I love the way the GM26 is in a seaway. You can look at my posts here. We have literally fished besides boat 15ft and larger, there have been times we've been doing 10kts but we are with them. Of course a Viking 50 is going to blow by us but time and time again in the tournaments when weather was bad, we were sitting back running with the older Cabo's, Blackfins and other downeast's.
I still haven't decided how much of my boat is for sale, lol. I was 100% to be honest but with the economy not looking good, 4GPH still chasing tuna and having fun with the family can't be beat. I've chased tuna out to Cultivator shoals and all the way down to fishtails with this baby. Been thinking maybe repowering for more HP but can't justify that either.