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Location: New Mexico, USA (Heron, Elephant Butte lakes); Arizona (Lake Pleasant)
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Re: New to sailing - MacGregor or other is best?
Continuing this Holy Thread Revival Tour, the common generalizations about MacGregors really only apply to the newer models from the past almost fifteen years or so, beginning with the X and M. The previous generations (C, D ; mid 80s through late 90s) had water ballast, but did not have the capacity for the big motor and did have better sailing qualities; and the Venture/MacGregors from before then had honest-to-goodness iron keels. Also, I believe the latest, M model, does have about 300#s of permanent ballast, in addition to the water ballast.
1973-1987 Venture/Macs 17 to 25 with weighted iron centerboard, about 500# crank-up cb on Mac 25s of the early 80s
1986-1990 26D Daggerboard, water ballast
1990-1995 26S swing centerboard, water ballast
1996-2004 26X power sailor, water ballast, big honking motor option, higher profile, flatter bottom, more windage, but sit-down dinette and stand-up head
2005-2013, 26M, slightly more of a sailboat with some #300 lb. permanent ballast in addition to water ballast, center board replaced with dagger board, more windows, a little heavier becaause of the permanent ballast
2013 Roger MacGregor announces retirement; business future of Mac yachts not certain