I've had a Mac 26 for 14 years and love it
I think the Mac 26 (mine is the old single rudder) is the best boat for travel and good sailing. I have sailed all kinds of weather from Maine to Florida and all of the Great Lakes and never had a problem with it design or construction.
It is inexpensively (some would say cheaply) built which is makes it affordable.
If you turn your nose up at it, you're missing out on a fu and easy to own boat.