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fwiw, I've owned a macgregor 26D since 2004. its is lightly built and tender initially, but its taken quite a bit. (I've been out in 25knts (gusts to 35) & ~4-6') once past 20degrees it hardens up pretty good.
the boat is so light it tends to be on top of the waves, and doesnt take a lot of water over the bow... which surprised me.
the cabin is huge, and the pop top helps w/ standing. and the resale mkt is very strong.
that said, its would require a lot of owner upgrades. stock wiring is junk, but standing rigging is good.
but it needs a balanced rudder... once thats done sails very nicely even in big winds...
the thing macgregor got right is the transition from trailer to water. faster than anything else I've seen... I've driven to the ramp and seen Cat 22's still rigging after when I arrived well after them, and I'm walking to the boat in the water.
but if you're only going to launch a few times a year. there are better built boats.
Last edited by ftldiver; 10-18-2011 at 01:16 PM.