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Worst Sailboats Ever!

Everyone always talks about the best blue water cruiser or the best PHRF racing boat, but no one talks about the worst boats ever and what makes them bad. In my mind it's almost as important to learn about the bad sailboats and what design aspects make them bad.

The MacGregor 26 comes to mind but I have never stepped foot on one and cannot comment on how bad they really are. I can't think about how a 60 HP motor on the back of a light sailboat will make it handle under sail. I also wonder how many of the Mac 26's that were given away on the Price is Right (without motors) were sold for pennies on the dollar. Other than the Mac 26 have there been any true failures in sailboat design?

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The MacGregor 25 comes to mind but I have never stepped foot on one
So, you've never sailed one, but you're calling it the worst boat ever? I don't understand how that works but whatever.

Also, you need to get your facts straight. You're confusing the 25 with the 26. The 25 has a cast iron swing keel and is rated for a motor up to 10hp.

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Re: Worst Sailboats Ever!

Well, probably not what you are asking, but surely one of the great disasters of design was the Vasa, a 17th century Swedish warship. Launched in 1628; it sank all sails flying about 20 minutes after launch. Makes a great museum though.
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Re: Worst Sailboats Ever!

The MacGregor 25 was a sailboat, period. The 26x was the powersailor with a big outboard and more of a powerboat hull. I have never owned a 25, but remember looking at them when they were new. There is nothing particularly bad about the 25 for a trailerable sailboat with a lot of interior room. Fit and finish not the best, but a lot of boat for the money at the time, and quite safe with all the built in flotation.
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Re: Worst Sailboats Ever!

I don't see this thread ending well. Not at all.

Not off to a good start criticizing a popular boat that you have never sailed.

In my limited experience, I think there are specific design features of boats that may be bad, rather than the entire boat.

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FYI I have a Mac 25 and so far I haven't died.
I can say the same, but I have yet to be out and sail it
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POPCORN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

macregor 25 is far from the worst sailboat ever, in fact it has some nice qualities and voyages to its credit

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Re: Worst Sailboats Ever!

Every sailboat is built for a specific purpose. Even the MacGregor 25. A 60 hp motor would return you to the dock quickly. The sailboat would sail downwind but would not point very well and have a lot of leeway. A friend just sailed an 100 foot shallow draft boat across the Atlantic. It was built for chartering. Not a boat you would want to be on in an Atlantic storm with 30 foot seas. It is a beautiful boat for the charter trade. It has a bathroom for each stateroom with tiled walls, head, and a shower. Each stateroom has an airconditioner/heater. A wood sailboat in the South would take more attention than in the North. A wood sailboat to me has a pleasant sound moving through the water. It all depends on what you want and are willing to keep up. Reading other posts will permit the reader to determine what type of boat they want.

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Re: Worst Sailboats Ever!

thats the macregor 26 powersailor not the macgregor 25 or has that changed now?

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Re: Worst Sailboats Ever!

Gotta love those people out there who throw statements around without even the tiniest fact woven into them. I think those people are commonly referred to as trolls on forums. Just poking the bear to see if they get a response. The Mac 26M has the 60hp motor. The 26X came with a 50. The 25 and 26C's generally are equipped with 9-15hp. 25's and C's are common, well sailing, sailboats. I happen to own an X and absolutely love it. No, it doesn't point quite as well an a "normal" sailboat, but with two teenagers on board they won't get bored when they can be towed on a tube or even ski behind the boat. And oh yeah, lets see you follow me into those shallow inlets in the Florida Keys with your deep draft full keel "real" sailboat! I guess my biggest complaint with the X (and M too) would be it's poor behavior when anchoring. They do tend have a considerable swing while on the hook.

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