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I wouldn't want to be on a MacGregor 26x crossing the gulf stream and making a trip to the Bahamas,
Lots of folks sail the Bahamas in MacGregors. Crossing the stream (for most boats, and all wise captains) depends on the weather. You wait until it's right. And with that 50hp (or larger) on the back, it's a lot shorter trip than you might think (not speaking from experience, just based on numerous trip reports by other folks in MacGregors).

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...but then again I don't think I would want to be on one crossing a puddle either....

Er... duh.... it's hardly a blue water cruiser, but then how many easily trailerable boats are? none? The need for reducing weight means reduced strength. To have a hull strong enough to take significant breaking waves in the middle of the ocean would make it far to heavy to easily trailer.

But crossing the Gulf Stream, and cruising the Bahamas are well within the capabilities of a MacGregor (as has been proven more than sufficiently).
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... I bet they are great for cruising,
That they are. For the size, the amount of living space is amazing.

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as long as you are not trying to sail in heavy wind, they are probably fine!
Well, aside from it simply being prudent to avoid bad weather, whatever boat you're in (I presume we're talking cruising and not some race which mandates being "out there" no matter the conditions), the MacGregors aren't incapable of handling relatively snotty conditions.

C.f. http://macgregor26.com/photo_gallery...vy_weather.htm
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It has 10' 6" beam but a beautiful boat for Bahama's. Friend of mine just returned from Florida to Ohio with his; pulled with Ford F350 on ball hitch. Yes it's illegal, but he stayed off toll roads and only drove during daylight hours. His plan- play stupid, it worked for the cabinet tax cheats.
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Largest trailerable sailboat I know of is the Hobie 33. It's a racer that was designed to be trailered to races at locations far from home waters. Only 8 foot beam and a retractable keel.
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Lots of folks sail the Bahamas in MacGregors. Crossing the stream (for most boats, and all wise captains) depends on the weather. You wait until it's right. And with that 50hp (or larger) on the back, it's a lot shorter trip than you might think (not speaking from experience, just based on numerous trip reports by other folks in MacGregors).




Er... duh.... it's hardly a blue water cruiser, but then how many easily trailerable boats are? none? The need for reducing weight means reduced strength. To have a hull strong enough to take significant breaking waves in the middle of the ocean would make it far to heavy to easily trailer.

But crossing the Gulf Stream, and cruising the Bahamas are well within the capabilities of a MacGregor (as has been proven more than sufficiently).

The original poster said he wanted a boat to SAIL to the bahamas..."waiting till it's right and then using the 50hp motor"...is not sailing. If you want to motor to the bahamas in a sailboat then I would say yes a MacGregor is the way to go but if you want to sail to the bahamas and plan on being in 'blue water" for any period of time than I would choose something different. A MacGregor may be a great trailerable boat but I think the OP is far better off buying or chartering a boat in the water in Florida once he gets there.
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Boating in a MacGregor is NOT sailing!
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I don't think the beefiest trailerable I've ever heard of - the NorSea 27 was mentioned. Discussed on this site at nor 'Sea 27... are they as slow as they look?
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NorSea 27

Other than the INSANE price and weight it looks like a nice boat
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I'll second the Norsea 27. A friend of mine had one of these pocket cruisers and it was built like a tank, 3' draft, Lyle Hess design. Some of these were owner finished and some were factory, so buyer beware. These boats can handle just about anything!!!
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