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post #21 of 24 Old 06-27-2002
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Good, small cruising sailboat?

People who knock the Mac26X misunderstand what it is about. Clearly it is a limited use sailboat, in the same genre of other water ballasted sailboats of its size, and probably sails a little worse than even its water-ballasted cousins.

The key that makes the 26X valuable for some sailers, though, is this: if you sail in a situation where current is a problem (like a river or a tidal estuary), or where you have to go a long ways under power before you can reach your desired sailing grounds, a boat that can go 20 knots can get you there quicker and maximize your sailing time.
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Good, small cruising sailboat?

Check out MidShip or ParkerDawsons. They are center cockpit boats trailerable and pretty heavy duty. Most have inboard engines. And they are fairly roomy.
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Good, small cruising sailboat?

How about an O''Day 272??? One of the better performing O''Day''s. Solid construction
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Good, small cruising sailboat?

We have had a 22'' Reinell (don''t laugh, please), and replaced it with a 1981 25'' Catalina with a poptop. It was a great upgrade for us. It has a modified fin keel which makes her quite heavy, but has alot of living space inside. In comparison to the Macgregors that we had looked at she feels much sturdier built. (Can''t hear the fiberglass crackle when it is being walked on, etc.) We were sorely tempted by the Mac, as it would have worked nicely for dragging my 10 year old behind on skiis. We came to the conclusion that we could buy a boat that is mediocre for sailing and also for motoring, or could buy a sailboat that is built for sailing. In our conclusion we decided to sail. I guess my input would be, buy what best serves your needs. If sailing, buy a true sailboat (in my opinion, the Mac isn''t one), or if motoring buy a true powerboat (again, the Mac is a poor excuse for a powerboat). If you can''t decide which way to go, sail, or power, buy the Mac.

Just my opinion, but I have been there, done that, and those were my own conclusions.

Good luck on your decision.
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