Originally Posted by Matt77nz
I am looking at my first boat, completely new to sailing and am considering the the MacGregor 26 . Its appeal is the price and potential ease for a newbie to learn to sail on.
From trawling through the internet, I've noticed a consistent theme of how unsuitable it is to coastal waters. I plan to use the boat for my wife, small dog and I on weekend trips form Auckland here in NZ up around the Bay of Islands etc...
Be great to get thoughts on this, or possible other alternative boats around the 30ft mark...
I'm another happy MacGregor 26M owner. I sail on Lake Michigan and those waters mimic your coastal waters. CaptKermie gives a very acurate view of Mac 26M ownership.
There are a number of owners from down under and they are pretty active on this board MacGregorSailors.com
One thing they have noted is a set of standards for boats that are different from those in the States (same for the EU). I would check with them on that site and see if NZ may have the same requirements.