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Are you a "recreational" boater?

if so, I'd say the Macgregor 26X and above are truly nice recreational boats.

Nothing wrong with recreational boating.

In fact I venture to say 99% of the boaters(other than fishing), are for pleasure.

Since it's(boating), is generally for pleasure, one should do what pleasures one's self.

If your pleasure is more purist sailing, then the Mac26X is not for you.

BUT, if you like a boat that will get you there, make you comfortable and even let you dabble in some pleasurable sailing, the Mac would definately fit the bill.

I have a Venture 25 and a Perason 26. Each has something I like, each has something I don't like.

I really like the Mac26, but I prefer the more stable Pearson.
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Is this the thread that won't die?

Started in 2001, revived in 2006, then a few months ago?

Please let it, and all Mac-26 threads, die and be given a proper burial. Then please leave them alone..
But I own one, a 2003 MacGregor 26M! Why should I have to die and be given a proper burial???

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As for the sailing abilities of various McGregors. The older ones were essentially pure sailboats... and as such did fairly well IMHO. The newer ones are hybrids and really compromises in their performance as either sailboat or powerboat. The mast on the new 26 is about the same diameter as the boom on my 28' boat—which strikes me as rather pathetic. Exactly how is such a weak spar supposed to hold the sail shape in heavier winds—it doesn't.
The mast on the 2003 and later model 26M's is much stouter than the older 26X hybrid and on mine it holds sail shape very well thank you.
I have a spare 18' section of a 26M mast that I thought someone with a larger boat might use for a boom, but I have yet to find a boat in the 800 slip marina that has a boom that stout. It is highly unlikely any 28' sailboat let alone a Telstar 28 has a boom that stout.
The Mac does have some pathetic attributes but that is not one of them.
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This well may have been a 26X. I didn't care enough to see which MacGregor it was...
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I owned a mac for 6 yrs. Are you still thinking about it?
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Hi there,

I'm another potential mac 26 owner, and my question is about the macgregor 26s. It seems that people usually discuss the 26m or 26x, but I am interested in an early 90's 26s.

I love the idea of trailering to various locations and that is my primary reason for considering this boat.

Is this model just as questionable in it's sailing qualities? Which would be the top contenders (if any) in the 10k range trailerable sailboat?

Thanks in advance,


Greg
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Unhappy Where the heck did that site go?

This is sort of on this thread...and also not...
I am looking for information I found (by accident as usual) on the web. It was an extensive (very extensive) article, written by a gentleman that used his 26X as a blue water cruiser, had for years and wouldn't trade it for anything. Now for the life of me I can't find it again, remember his name, or the name of his boat. does anyone remember this person?
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Yes I remember the guy but his name escapes me at the moment, when I remember I'll post it. I know who you mean.
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This is sort of on this thread...and also not...
I am looking for information I found (by accident as usual) on the web. It was an extensive (very extensive) article, written by a gentleman that used his 26X as a blue water cruiser, had for years and wouldn't trade it for anything. Now for the life of me I can't find it again, remember his name, or the name of his boat. does anyone remember this person?
Sorry, but anyone using a mac for bluewater cruising is not right in the head.
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if you want a sailboat, get a sailboat; if you want a power boat, get a powerboat.

if you want a SAILboat, this is not a good boat on which to learn to sail IMO -- -you will get far less knowledge & experience re: the nuances of what makes what happen, and how to adjust for various scenarios & conditions.

A Flying Scot or a Rhodes 19 would be a great boat to learn to sail on ... or if you want bigger, something like my Pearson 26.

But IMO the McGregors are not serious sailboats --- They are a square peg sledgehammered into a round hole, so to speak.
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