Join Date: Dec 2002
Location: Columbus OH
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I can't speak for the Max26x but have sailed the old type Mac 26 for the past 15 years from Maine to the Keys and find it can stand up to far more than anyone might expect.
I use a simple cruising spin because it's easier to handle, especially singlehanded. But when the wind pipes up over 10, I take it down.
I sometimes move one of the sheets to the tack and cast it off allowing the spin to fly free. It's more about the fun than the speed.
Don't listen to those 'big boat guys' with no Mac experience. They are jealous; they can't trailer their floating bathtubs.