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Re: Macgregor 25 or Ranger 26
I can only comment on the Macgregor 25, as that is what I have. To start with she is easy to trailer, even when she is loaded with what you need for the day or weekend you are probably looking at about 3500lbs including trailer, a van with a v6 will pull it with no problem, though saying that I would put a tranny cooler on it if towing it for any distance. Set up is not difficult a mast raising system would definitely help here though. Launching again is not difficult, I have the rudder and motor (8hp) attached and she floats off the trailer quite easy, just remember to have both a stern and bow line attached.
From my own point of view I like my Mac, she is quite forgiving and she sails quite well. I enjoy going out for the day or overnight with my wife we have a lot of fun and most of all time together.
There is also a Mac web site just do a search, those guys are great with lots of help and advise. Good luck with your decision and let us know how you made out.