Re: macgregor 22
The older, smaller MacGregors like the V22 and the 25 are not the boats most people take issue with. The ones that get all the negative hype are the 26 X & M models that can take a 50 HP outboard and are neither really good sailboats or good motor boats.
Lots of folks started out with boats like the M 22 or 25. They really seem to be 'Stepping stone' boats that get people out on the water to begin with. Some are happy with a 22' or 25' boat but many are not and move up in size.
I think the best advice you have been given is to try to get out on nearly any sized keel boat. No keel boat is going to sail like a Rebel 16' which can plane.
On the other hand if you really want to try a boat that you can actually sleep on then why not a cheap M 22'? The only problem with this idea is you are talking about trading your Rebel 16 for it.
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