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Re: Living Aboard MacGregor26
live aboard or 2 week cruising? They are way different, especially over time.
In the olden days, when I was young, I lived aboard a Cal 25 for about a year, until I tired of the frozen things aboard. This was near Annapolis on the Rhode River. I kept my "work" clothes in the car, used the marina shower and in general, enjoyed the time immensely. As nice as it was, there is no way I would head out to the bahamas or even offshore, except when I could run to shore when needed.
The Mac is an OK boat, but is not built or designed to do what you are wanting to do. On many, (almost every), if not all ways. It is rigged with undersized components, few tie points for rigging are appropriate for heavey weather on the bay, let alone off shore.
The Mac will be OK to liveaboard for a few days or a couple of weeks, but unless you are really agile and hardy, you will tire of it quickly. If you have a "we", the other half needs to accept the shortcomings as well.
I would save my money, or spend what I have on an older, more traditional sailboat. Even a Sabre 28 is more comfortable on all fronts than the Mac.