MacGregor 26x - info needed plz - SailNet Community
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 15 Old 01-06-2003 Thread Starter
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2001
Posts: 12
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
 
MacGregor 26x - info needed plz

I''m interested in buying 1998 26x. This is the motor/sail version. It has a 50 hp outboard, water balast, with center board. Since dealers will not give accurate info and everthing I read about this boat on the internet is mostly from them, I turn to you for more accurate info. This boat will be docked in a Colorado mountain lake for the summer weekend use. I like the headroom and space offered in this boat. My question to anyone - How well does this boat sail. I am aware of the trade off factors in sailboats, obviuosly this boat will not sail like other sailboats. But I am not interested in the motor end of this boat (but it could come in handy). This style boat will definetly sail differently with is flatter bottom. But that could make it sail faster too. If any one could give me any info in the sailing ability of the MacGregor 26x I would greatly appreciate it. Thank You!
sailortaylor is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 15 Old 01-06-2003
Senior Member
 
Maine Sail's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: Maine Coast
Posts: 5,890
Thanks: 20
Thanked 223 Times in 170 Posts
Rep Power: 16
       
MacGregor 26x - info needed plz

You can''t have the best of both worlds. They tend to sail like AMC Pacers looked. I would suggest something along the lines of a Catalina 22,25 or 27. If you need more space look at the smaller hunters they will sail circles around a Macgregor. Unless of course you prefer the mystique of sailing but prefer motoring.....
Maine Sail is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #3 of 15 Old 01-06-2003
Wandering Aimlessly
 
PBzeer's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2002
Location: Cruising
Posts: 21,258
Thanks: 0
Thanked 94 Times in 91 Posts
Rep Power: 15
     
MacGregor 26x - info needed plz

If you want a trailerable sailboat, with interior room, you won''t find one with more than the Hunter 26 or 260. Not only that, but with the Hunter mast raising system, it makes setting it up, or taking it down very simple. If you would like to read more about the Hunter, you can go here......

http://www.sailboatowners.com/boats/model.tpl?sku=30179116948415&fno=0&bts=T

If price is your main consideration, you would be better off, for sailing, with a 22'' Catalina or such, than the Mac.

Good luck and fair winds
John
PBzeer is online now  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #4 of 15 Old 01-06-2003
Moderator
 
Jeff_H's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2000
Location: Annapolis, Md
Posts: 6,969
Thanks: 5
Thanked 166 Times in 135 Posts
Rep Power: 10
     
MacGregor 26x - info needed plz

In a nutshell, these are not very good sailboats and they are not very good powerboats but they are better powerboats than sailboats. They seem to sail reasonably well in a narrow wind range around 8-10 knots but below that they are nearly useless as sailboats and they seem to get overpowered in winds much over that.

They are also very poorly constructed.

Jeff
Jeff_H is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #5 of 15 Old 01-08-2003 Thread Starter
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2001
Posts: 12
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
 
MacGregor 26x - info needed plz

The reason I''m looking at the Macgregor is that I''m in Colorado and I do not have a large selction to look at. In fact there is only one place I know here that sell sailboats - The Anchorage in Lyons Colorado. There are maybe 20 used sailboats that I can look at (most are Macgregors). This would be my first purchase of a sailboat. I plan to buy a 35 to 40 ft Catamaran in a couple of years. I like the the extra space on the Macgregor 26x, to stay on the boat for weekends. I also want to gain hours of sail time for my 6 Pack license. There is a Boat show in Denver this weekend, I will check out the Hunter and Catalina''s. But I don''t want a new one due to thw fact I only will keep this sailboat for 2 to 3 years tops! Thank you for your replies. To Jeff a BIG Thank You! I always enjoy your post''s. You seem to have a great knowledge of sailing and are very willing to share that with others. Taylor
sailortaylor is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #6 of 15 Old 01-08-2003
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2002
Posts: 2,739
Thanks: 6
Thanked 33 Times in 31 Posts
Rep Power: 14
 
MacGregor 26x - info needed plz

Taylor,

If you are only going to keep your next boat for a couple years, why don''t you look for an older, used production boat, like a Catalina or Hunter, in the range of 25-26 feet? Your capital outlay will be relatively small, maintenance will be nominal, the boat won''t depreciate much in two years, it will be relatively easy to sell, and you''ll have a boat that sails reasonably well.
Sailormon6 is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #7 of 15 Old 01-08-2003
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2001
Posts: 180
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 14
 
MacGregor 26x - info needed plz

Compare the rig, i.e. mast, boom, shrouds, etc. on the MacGregor 26 with other boats. You will find it comparable to other boats about 18ft. in length. Hence, it will be VERY slow.
RichardElliott is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #8 of 15 Old 01-09-2003
Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2001
Posts: 94
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 14
 
MacGregor 26x - info needed plz

small foot note:
you can not get sea time towards a six pack by sailing in a Colorado lake.....
Good Luck
doubleplay is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #9 of 15 Old 01-10-2003
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2002
Posts: 224
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 13
 
MacGregor 26x - info needed plz

If you want a trailorable boat (and I''m happy with the Mac 26 sailboat, not the powersailor) you have a much wider range of places to buy it from since you can just trail it home from anywhere in the 48 states.
Except for the headroom and the size of the enclosed head, I like my Macgregor.

Chas.
flicker is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #10 of 15 Old 01-13-2003
Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2002
Posts: 46
Thanks: 0
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
Rep Power: 0
 
MacGregor 26x - info needed plz

flicker,
how many other boats have you owned?

Dennis
windship2 is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

By choosing to post the reply above you agree to the rules you agreed to when joining Sailnet.
Click Here to view those rules.

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the SailNet Community forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
Please note: After entering 3 characters a list of Usernames already in use will appear and the list will disappear once a valid Username is entered.


User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.




Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Info needed on Wauquiez Amphitrite AOROS@SIRIUS.COM Boat Review and Purchase Forum 2 12-01-2006 07:15 PM
Abacos Info... BobbieP Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 4 02-04-2005 03:53 AM
1972 Warrior 25 - Info needed sashacsailnet General Discussion (sailing related) 0 08-27-2002 11:18 AM
Bahama info needed ArtfulDodger Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 1 11-22-2001 05:20 AM
info needed on Lofland Sailcraft oldjimt Boat Review and Purchase Forum 0 03-27-2001 08:35 AM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome