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post #33 of Old 07-28-2006
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I have a 1974 MacGregor Venture 21 swingkeel sloop. It's a great little boat that'll do an honest 6 knots upwind heeled 20* in a 10 knot blow and 12+ flying a kite DW in good air. I've had her out in 3' seas and 20+ knots with full sail and four butts on the rail for mucho fun but had to pinch a bit to keep the stick out the water. I bought this boat and trailer for 1 grand. That's how ya learn to sail. If I was gonna upgrade in size in a Mac it'd be to a 26C or D model which are still true sailboats and not Hybrids. While I understand the draw of these boats I'd by a nice SeaRay 29 if I wanted a powerboat. All I can say is learn to sail in a traditional sailboat and then go try one of the 26M-X's. Different strokes for different folks.
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