Seeking help to outfit a Mac 26S for gulf crossing.
Living here on the Gulf and a Full time Sailor, I would not advise a Gulf crossing in a Mac26 at all. The boats are totally unstable in heavy seas of which the Gulf Crossing is bad for. Water Ballast is not what one needs. A deep Keel is what is needed.
Mac 26 for the most part are considered a coastal boat.
NOT a Bluewater.
We have made several Belieze trips and the Seas can get bad .
Although a Mac26 would cross in calm weather, as well as any other smaller boat.
I would highly advise against it.