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A couple of summers ago a friend and I made a weekend trip to Catalina Island. The big news of the weekend was that "another" Mac26 had capsized. Seems she was speeding along in "powerboat" mode, into weather, climbed the top of a large swell, gained some air, and began to barrel-roll while flying over the trough. Landed on her side and had to be towed in, still 90 degrees over. And again, the tanks were empty, presumably either from ignorance or a desire for speed.
There are other manufacturers who make water-ballasted boats in this size range, but I can recall no incidents of any problems with them. This absence of evidence does not prove them to be any safer, though.
And those two children are just as dead as if the boat had gone down, so the Mac26''s "unsinkable" argument is small consolation for their family.
I wouldn''t get on one.