Re: NEW Sailor, needing boat advice for fam
What I know about the Oday 240 can be kept in a thimble... except that it's a nicely large 24 footer, heavy in the water, and quite stable. If your local lake has decent winds, it'll be a great cruiser... the cockpit size is given up some for cabin space, but the layout is decent, probably get 4 friendly adults and the skipper in the cockpit.
The Mac (26x I stretch to assume, they make the 26S and 26M), has a very large open cabin, and the cockpit is slightly tighter than the 240. Of course the advantage with the Mac is the swing keel, and water ballast, to more easily trailer. If (again) you are looking at the motor-sailor, of course you can treat it like a motorboat, and buzz around the lake, with some speed.
If you are talking the Mac 26s, it's actually a decent sailing swing keel larger trailerable. The owners of such seem to like them, but it's a different animal than the 26x, or m. It's lighter and better in performance than the 240 (or the 26x). If you have frequent light winds, this might be your choice (digging through craigslist in Bismark, it looks like there are 2 listed 26s models).
Careful though, opinions are strong with regard to the Mac. Honestly I don't have much of an opinion one way or another, it fills a niche and seems to have decent build quality. My neighbor has one, and he isn't a racer, but seems to get the most out of his boat of anyone in the club (with dual solar panels, every electronic gadget known, wheel steering, cockpit table, LCD TV down below, rail mounted Magma grill, full galley, walk in head, and room to sleep 4 Adults comfortable, likely 2 kids as well).
I'd say, Oday for heavy marina based launches, and Mac if you plan to mostly trailer sail.
But people confuse "boat size" with ability to get more people in the cockpit. Boats from 18 even to 30 feet, seem to have about the same size cockpits... giving in to larger cabins with length. Put thought into how many people will "sail" with you, versus how many will "overnight" on the boat with you. Most people don't want to spend much time below while sailing (kids perhaps some, but most don't). Example the 26S probably has the biggest cockpit of the 3 mentioned above. My old Capri 22, had a bigger cockpit than any of those (but the cabin is sparse). Heck my Capri 25 has an almost 9 foot cockpit (but has basically nothing below).
I'd keep my focus on the shape of the boat (how much money it'll take to get the boats in sailing condition).
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Last edited by SHNOOL; 07-01-2013 at 08:41 AM.