Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: MS Gulf Coast
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Gotta hand it to those MacGregor boys, they have their act together. Work in a couple live wells and that thing would be ideal for MS coastal activities, where there's easy access to fresh, brackish, and saltwater fishing. With the price of fuel at record levels, I'd think the speedy sailing would be more favorably looked upon these days. The construction appears very good, and despite the repeated mention on light weight for agile performance, did I see solid fiberglass (no coring)? No chopped glass? Hand-laid woven roving? Very nice. They did show running in various wind, some pretty brisk, and it did well. I especially liked that they showed the boat doing various maneuvers without the engine even being mounted. The only thing I could see where it'd be uncomfortable would be the same for any flat-bottomed hull....the short tight chop like we see on the coast when the wind kicks up. It's too shallow for any serious surf. Still, the video impresses. Were I in a different situation, I' have to seriously consider the Mac 26. Since all boats are compromises, a Mac makes a very convincing argument, especially in the trailer-sailer segment, and at $21,500?!?!?!? Are you gonna cross oceans with it? Duh. Not unless you're trying to prove something. Traitionalists may grumble and mock, but evolution improves the breed, and the 26 is a fine example.
Last edited by seabreeze_97; 06-15-2008 at 02:43 PM.