Other trailerable compromise 26 footers
I can see that in some situations a sailboat that motors quickly can be useful to get to an otherwise inaccesible sailing ground. Say you launch on a river, etc... and the only way to get sailing is to travel 10 miles. On traditional boat would be 2 hours out and 2 hour in which would limit sailing time.
I can also see the point that some people would like to (or need to) trailer the boat to a weekend destination and then after sailing trailer it back. Weight, beam and other restrictions make this a challenge as well as ease of raising and lowering the rig.
Finally I can see that in a sandy shore area it would be pretty sweet to beach the bow of the boat and jump out for an hour or two. A bit of a swim for those of us on fixed keel boats.
All this being said aside from the long motor situation trailerable does not necessarily mean a Mac and certainly doesn't necessitate poor sailing performance. It does not even require water ballast.
Chrysler 26. Late 70s boat that aimed at the same market as older Macs. Lots of interior room. Not reputed to be a fantastic sailing vessel. Lightweight rig.
Older Mac 26. Not a whole lot different than the Chrysler in concept. Have a 91 model in our marina. Believe is swing keel same as Chrysler.
A host of 22 foot swing keel models. CS22, Catalina 22 and many others. Trailerable, good for shallow area transits and most suffer a bit on upwind performance. A friend had a CS22 and said he thought would be ideal but gave up on idea of racing it because too slow.
Now some interesting boats.
S2 7.9 Raced against one of these this summer and then did some research. This has a retractable weighted daggerboard. Raced in 20 knots in waves. The boat did not perform any differently than my traditional fin keel 26 foot boat. The rig looks solid, there is a huge racing fleet, the boat is fast and stable. If I wanted atrailerable boat I would look for one of these as there seem to be less sailing related compromises for trailerability. Can be beached as well. Only compromise is interior is a bit less cozy than some otehr 26 footers.
C&C Mega 30. Lots written on this one. The ultimate compromise boat. Hydraulic retractable keel. Has about as many comments as the Mac. Fast, trailerable, not pretty and maybe too many compromises in its design
The short version of all this? If you want a trailerable boat in 26 foot range don't think Mac is the only option. Don't think there are no boats of this type that sail well. Don't even consider thinking you have to buy new.
Personally? I would take the S2 7.9 in a flash. Even the pics of trailers on their sites are exciting.
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