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What really frightens me about the MacGregor 26 is that one is sitting next to my boat at the moment, in the marina storage building... and the mast on the MacGregror 26 appears to be about the same as or a bit smaller than the boom on my 28' trimaran.
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SD, you are forgetting the mast is stiffened by shrouds and stay, the boom is not.

If I had no boat, or could not sail mine or for some other reason needed a boat to trail around. I would gladly have one. Nothing wrong with it.

Inside its sailing enevelope it can be a decent sailboat..

Be nice guys, ok?
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SD, you are forgetting the mast is stiffened by shrouds and stay, the boom is not.

If I had no boat, or could not sail mine or for some other reason needed a boat to trail around. I would gladly have one. Nothing wrong with it.

Inside its sailing enevelope it can be a decent sailboat..

Be nice guys, ok?
Yes, I know that.. but my boom isn't all that big... and we're talking a 26' sailboat...which isn't much smaller or lighter than my boat is. My mast is probably three times the cross sectional area of the one on the MacGregor.
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A Corsair F24 will put a 15' Maine Lobster boat to shame and sails very well...
That does look slick.

Manufacture lists max hp at 8, and motoring speed at 6 knots for the F24, so unless they are wrong the lobster boat ( 15hp, 20mph) would beat you to the pot hands down. However, lists sailing speeds in excess of 20 knots for the F24, so maybe not if the wind is blowing. lol.

But can you row it, tow it with a chevy neon, and buy it brand spanking new with all the options for 8k? ;P

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If you want something a bit smaller and more affordable, look for a Farrier Eagle/Tramp. It's basically the same thing as a Corsair F24 in a 19' version. Lovely boats, and fast as greased lightning....Probably goes a bit faster than the F24 with a 9.9 HP engine on it.
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I get a kick out of the word "good" in "good power sailers". Actually, it's a hard thing to build because the design specs are almost totally at odds with each other. There are exceptions - As noted before, the Corsair Trimarans are very fast under sail and reasonably good on power. Perhaps the best is the Telstar 28, also a Trimaran, and built by Performance Cruising in Annapolis (also makes the popular Gemini catamarans). With the Honda 50 (same motor as the MacGregor) it will do close to 20 knots under power or sail. Getting a monohull to do both is a lot harder.

There are several much larger cruising boats that manage both reasonably well, but they are normally out of this price range.
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MacGregor makes a sailboat? I always wondered what that aluminum stick thing was for.
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Waaaa!!

Hey you guys, you're hurting my feelings. I've owned and sailed a Mac 26s for 15 years all over the east coast and Great Lakes. The old ones like mine (not power sailer) sail great, trailer easily, launch easily, are inexpensive, and are quite comfortable.

Unless you know about the boat from first hand sailing experience, then, well, you know the rest.

In fact, the picture above is my wife serving Baileys and coffee in the cabin. Doesn't she look happy?
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