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I would be the first one to agree that a MacGregor 26x/m is not a real sailboat in the true sense of the word. However my 98 26x is not that bad. Yes it has weather helm, scares the crap of me in wind gusts and steers like a pig if you push it to 10/10ths. I think the 150% Genoa I installed on a CDI FF2 might be a bit much sail but once I get the steering down pat and get over my fear of dumping the thing I am sure it will be fine.
I have read all the horror stories about this boat and I have to think that some may be attributed to an incorrectly ballasted or weighted boat, lack of understanding of the boats quirkyness (That would be me right now) or sailing in waters not suited for this style of boat.
I am making a wild guess that Roger MacGregor is not completely daft and has tried to make the best product for a reasonable price.

This boat is not a C&C or a Catalina (My dream boats) but the stainless steel bits are a lot cheaper for the Mac and it's so much fun to sail the boat up onto a beach full of picknickers or trail down to Harrison Lake for the weekend.
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This boat is not a Catalina (My dream boats)
I beleive a man must have higher dreams than that!!!! C'mon...where is you goals...aim higher...higher....chose a boat as a dream....

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"I have read all the horror stories about this boat and I have to think that some may be attributed to an incorrectly ballasted or weighted boat, lack of understanding of the boats quirkyness (That would be me right now) or sailing in waters not suited for this style of boat."

I'm afraid its not going to fit in the bath tub.

"I am making a wild guess that Roger MacGregor is not completely daft and has tried to make the best product for a reasonable price."

I think he has tried, and been successful, at making a bunch of money off of people that want to get into boating.

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Has anyone come up with an effective mechanical system of diconnecting the outboard motor steering control arm on the Mac26x and anchoring it securely while sailing. I have to think this will go a long way in dealing with some of the sluggiish steering issues.

If you want to slag Macs please do it with someone else I am only interested in positive communication. I have heard all the stories, blah blah blah. Get over it, it's my boat and it's OK.
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My boat, although not a MacGregor uses an outboard and has a very effective steering system. The tiller stock has a collar around it that is connected to the outboard motor steering control arm. Under sail, I pull a pin and this disconnects the tiller from the outboard motor steering control arm. Under power, I put the pin back in. Makes a huge difference.

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Has anyone come up with an effective mechanical system of diconnecting the outboard motor steering control arm on the Mac26x and anchoring it securely while sailing. I have to think this will go a long way in dealing with some of the sluggiish steering issues.

If you want to slag Macs please do it with someone else I am only interested in positive communication. I have heard all the stories, blah blah blah. Get over it, it's my boat and it's OK.
Give me a break. It is called a FORUM. Sounds like you are the one that "needs to get over it." Believe me when I tell you. I will never get on it.

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Geez guys, I have a Mac and ya'll never gave me any sh-poop about it.

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Hey goose! Any "flack" given about a mac is not intended to be personal unless someone else steers it that way. While I'm not a fan of mac's, most comments are intentionally over the top just to poke fun. And as such are generally followed by:, , , , or , to show that fact.

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Hey goose...you have a VERY different Mac than the 26...but you knew that....but in any case, every boat serves a good purpose for someone. I have no problem with anyone owning anything they want. It's what they WANT to DO with unsuitable boats that drives me nuts!
Some people even have BIG FAT BOATS with BIG FAT BLUE BAGS on their booms and BIG FAT WIND BAGS UNDERNEATH THEM. (G) << I can't photoshop so I have to take my best shot when I get the opportunity! >> (G)
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