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MacGregor 25
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Description: MacGregor 25
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Location: maryland
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Review Date: Sat February 15, 1997 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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The Maggregor 25 or Venture 25 is an inexpensive boat that
does very well in all kinds of conditions. It needs to be modified for
for your kind of crusing or racing. I have sailed and raced
one foor ten years from Iowa to Lake Superior to North Dakota.
I have modified mine quite a bit so for further information
just E-Mail me.
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Review Date: Sat November 21, 1998 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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spinnaker, traveler, autohelm, anchor locker, gastank in locker, headsail downhaul, jiffy reefing, mast raising system for trailering, carpeted overhead, knotmeter, depth sounder
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Review Date: Tue February 22, 2000 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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The Mac 25 is a very economical boat. Ive dry sailed it out of my marina and trailered it all over southern Ontario with good success. The steel keel give it something the other Mac's dont have. a 6 foot finger strong enouph to stop the boat should you run into rocks as I have done in the 30,000 islands. the galley is useless and should be disgarded. I built a better one along the port side and used the remaining space for a quarter berth. The boat points poorly and is one of the slowest in the club.
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Review Date: Sun July 9, 2000 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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We purchased our boat over four years ago and have been enjoying her ever since. Normal maintenance each season is about all she needs. A good, but slow coastal cruiser who needs perhaps better sails to point higher. Lots of room below decks, plenty for my small family. Ours has no galley. Lowering keel can be tricky without a small light. I do wish she was a bit thicker overall.
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Review Date: Wed August 9, 2000 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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I've owned my Macgregor for 7 years and have sailed it in many weather conditions. I believe the Mac 25 to be the best deal in the larger trailor sailors. I purchased a trailor sailor so that I may sail many new protected waters (variety).

I've sailed this boat in flat and moderate seas; and winds to 40 mph.

The boat heels quickly and I start reefing at 10 knots. It's more comfortable and goes faster if you balance the amount of sail to the wind. If you don't reduce sail enough, the gusts will heel the boat until too little rudder is in the water; you loose control.

Below 10 knots, everything is up including a really big cruising spinaker (colorful, my portable sun shine, puts a smile on everyones face ).

At 10 knots the spinaker is not used, the 150% geno comes down and the lapper goes up.

At 15 knots I start reefing the main (I got the stock infinate reef).

At 20 knots the lapper is down and the storm jib (about 40 ft2) is up; the main has alot of reef also.

For winds any stronger, I am usually not out by choice. Ok, a few times I did it by myself in protected waters. I've never had the mast in the water. Here my sail choices vary depending on my point of sail. Whether I might have to jibe or tack, and stability of the wind strength and direction. The most sail I will have out is the storm jib and a tiny amount of main.

Use some sail area even if you try to power your way bad conditions. Otherwise the ride will be much rougher.

Last year I was caught on Kerr Lake when a hurricane finnally made it inland. Beached on the leeward side of a large island with the family. The shelter was good. We went for a walk in rain gear. The rain was verticle over the tops of the trees but only drizzling on us. We took a nap for a few hours. The wind subsided some, so I made a run for it back to camp (five miles into the wind). Rounded the Island with storm jib and little main and oops too much sail! Jibed back, furled the jib and tied it down. The wife was scared and just wanted to motor back. So against my better judgement I tied the main down and proceeded to plow into it. 15 minutes and 50ft later...........Ijibed back again. Put a little main up, left the outboard running and made it back in 2hours? Wind was reported to be 35 to 40 mph. Don't get caught in unprotected waters with a Mac.

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Review Date: Wed July 11, 2001 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Just bought her. She has no name yet (the previous owner was not sure which final one he gave her !)
Chose the Mac 25 for its trailerability and to have all options to sail in rivers, in shallow lakes and in the Ocean.
Now she is still on her trailer, in the driveway of our house between Orlando and Kissimee (FL). She's waiting for the new painting and mods to be finished. Very soon, she'll be taken for a first ride on Lake Tohopekaliga. Then, more review will be published here.
Any advice ? E-mail: sailor@asitrac.com
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Review Date: Thu September 18, 2003 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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I would like to trade my Siren 17 for a Mac 25, I am in central Ohio email me for details..

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Registered: December 2015
Location: Salem Oregon
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Review Date: Fri January 1, 2016 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: $4,500.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: for its purpose, its a 10. easily trailered and quickly rigged and derigged
Cons: it is a budget built boat, sparsely/simply rigged and outfitted, and is prone to leaking at the rubrail

the weight of the boat vs the size makes it a great option for those that like to travel. with the addition of a nice stern ladder, it can be used as a travel trailer while in transit to faraway places.

both the 25 (ballasted swing keel) and the early water ballasted 26's share the same hull shape, and although there are some accommodation differences, they both sail nearly the same.
the retractable keel/centerboard is a big plus when sailing in areas that may be shallow, OR when you want to retract it so you can beach the boat.

the 25 with its weighted keel is a bit stiffer, but as the boats heels, the water ballast boats have a bit more righting capability. but in my opinion the 25 rides better due to the weight being farther away from the center of gravity.

the single biggest advantage of the 25 over the 26 is the cockpit and footwell.... the 26 with its queen berth below the cockpit, has a bit higher cockpit settees and a shallow footwell, whereas the 25 has an inch or two more back support at the coaming, plus the foot well is much deeper...
this equates to much more comfort for people who may be older or have back issues... the shallow footwell of the 26, without good back support is too much like sitting on the floor, to be comfortable to me....

but the queen berth in the 26 is nice also, but we cant have both.

they are not an offshore boat, but will safely take a surprising amount of abuse from wind and waves when needed...

with a few modifications the boats can be made very comfortable, but for the price and purpose, they cant be beat.

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Cal 34-III, Nu Liberte
Portland, Oregon


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