Sundance78, nice account of dredging your way along the FL coast.
As others have pointed out the Mac 25 is not a comparable boat the the 26X. That said, the older Mac 26 "S" I sailed on was able to handle an ocean race (much like your 'Breakers' story) outside Fire Island Inlet with just an old 8HP motor pushing us over 10' waves. It sailed pretty fast (for it's size) on our way to NYC some 50 miles on the ocean. We then sailed it from NY City up to Yonkers as we forgot to put the 2 stroke oil in the gas can (oops!) tacking up the Hudson. Of course we had a rising tide to help us most of the way.
I am not a big fan of all the windage that the large freeboard presents but if you want to go 20 mph in a boat that has sails look into the 26X. These are not highly regarded by most folks here though but the Venture 25 seems to be fairly well liked and you've already got one. That said, would getting a bigger truck make more sense?
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