Tartan 27' owner
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I've sailed on a M 26 'S' model which can only handle 10 wild horses off the transom - the older 'sailboat' model Mac 26. It could reach speeds with winds on the beam that my boat would find difficult to match consistently (my boat is closer to your Pearson 26 - Tartan 27' is what I've got). The Mac 26S can be a bit 'tender' but it's hull shape might actually allow it to plane if it could carry enough sail.
Bart will be racing a new Mac 'motor/sailor' with 50 HP on the back with a lot of free board. In windier conditions with more waves the P26 should be able to carve through the waves while the M26 has to float over every waves and get pushed off.
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