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Old 01-07-2010
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There's no denying that the M26M and such are finding/filling a market niche. The promise of sailability and high speed powering is tantalizing to be sure. This boat has gotten a lot of people out on the water and that's a good thing... Capt K is a good example of a happy owner.

But if you're interested in SAILING then I'd be looking for a SAILBOAT, not a do-everything-hybrid. As for the price point argument, I can only buy into that if one is buying new. Consider picking up a good T-bird, or a Ranger 26, C&C 25 etc etc for less than $10k, you're barely over the price of a 50 hp motor alone for the Macgregor. There may be a little less room below, but the cockpit arrangement and sailing habits will far out weigh that.

If trailerablilty is a requirement there are other, better sailing less expensive options too on the used boat market.

For the record I have sailed the Macgregor 26M in what should have been ideal conditions, good breeze and flat water. Lets just say I was not converted.....
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