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MacGregor 26X
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18 14401 Fri November 24, 2006
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100% of reviewers $30,500.00 7.0

Description: MacGregor 26X
Keywords: MacGregor 26X

Review Date: Mon July 17, 2006 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: $26,000.00 | Rating: 8 

Pros: very fun easy to handle sailboat
Cons: will not perform as a bluewater cruiser/racing boat

I have owned my Macgregor 26x for nine years and have sailed it everywher in Puget Sound. I single hand the boat quite often and find it very easy to handle. It likes moderate wind in the 12-15 range the best , but will handle the higher winds if reefed. I have had a few problems with the boat, but very few and nothing of any major nature. It was not designed to be a race boat, but for a weekend cruise for a couple or small family it is a great boat.
Review Date: Thu October 26, 2006 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: $35,000.00 | Rating: 6 

Pros: Affordable, Versatile, Trailerable, Forgiving
Cons: Comes begging for upgrades & Skinny beam

We bought one of the first 26M's in June of 2003. It came with several improvements over the X model and we are finnished our 4th season with it. We sail in the protected waters of the Pacific Northwest among the San juan & Gulf Islands so do not encounter the big portion of the Pacific. It is an ideal boat for this area and there is virtually nowhere on the inside of Vancouver Island one cannot go with it. It is very affordable with low maintennce and can be moored in your driveway. I have found it to be a very fine first boat but now that I have some experience with it I know what my next boat needs to have. All the positive things people say about the Macgregor are true as some but not all negative ones are. The Macgregors best asset is it's worst liability - narrow beam= trailerability=skinny boat with little living beam. The skinnyness of it is my biggest pet peave. The boat is initially very affordable and as long as you remain in the pond mods & upgrades can be minimal. Try leaving the pond to explore the coastal islands for extended days and the cost of add-ons jumps proportionately. expect to buy a lot of expensive electronics & equipment for navigating and overnight living, this boat comes begging for upgrades, even though it does start out inexpensive. It is a price point boat and you get what you pay for but it is a bargain for the type of boat it is.

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Registered: November 2006
Location: Greater Vancouver B.C. Canada
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Review Date: Fri November 24, 2006 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 7 

Pros: Affordable, Trailerable, Versatile
Cons: Initially tender, Skinny Beam

The model I have is the 2003 M one of the first line of the new design. Having sailed this boat for three seasons I can honestly say it is a great boat for the Pacific Northwest, San Juans & Gulf Islands. With the 10-15 foot tides we get the 50hp outboard really comes in handy through the passes and rip tides. It has plenty of room above and below for a 26' boat but I wish it was the full 8'6" legal width for towing at the beam, it would really help. It sails well enough and is very forgiving and for a first boat a tough act to beat. Since we are governed by seasons here it makes sense to have a trailerable and I have seen more Macgregors in the Pacific Northwest than any other brand, they are very popular here due to the fact that they are a good fit for the sailing area. There is no place in the Pacific Northwest you cannot go with this boat it seems to do it all. You can outfit this boat as little or as much as you like and modify it to suit your individual needs. It is a price point boat that is very versatile and not without compromises, but then life is full of compromises. Given my budget I would not hesitate to buy this boat again, on the other hand if I had a bigger budget I would not hesitate to buy bigger now that I have some sailing experience. My pipe dream boat is 36'-40' with a 12' beam, but I cannot afford it. The Mac is one heck of a lot of boat for the money.
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