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Considering the Mac26
Now doubt, my post will start a flame war as the notion of an experienced sailor considering a Mac26 is a heretical as a muslim changing religion BUT, I have to admit, that if the Mac26 is even half as good as many of its owners claim, then it would suit many of my boating wants.
Not being a sailing purist, I couldn't care less whether my cruising boat sails well as long as the sails work. Further, I'd use cold fusion as an engine of it was reliable and cheap. I truly hate the 6 kt limit most cruising sailboats and I think I can actually prove that the combo of extreme shoal draft and ability to get somewhere at 10-12 kt speeds when necessary makes them safer than a heavy sailboat over a long term.
I never intend to sail under nasty conditions in which a heavy boat does well but if I happen by seriously poor judgement to do so, I know the Mac26 can sail with reefed main and has floatation.
Yes, their accomodations are spartan but are much better than my current 28' S2 that everybody thinks is a "real" sailboat. The Mac26 also fits my style of cruising, no more than 2 weeks at a time multiple times each year. Doing this and waiting on weather as I normally do, I think the mac26 could take me all over the Bahamas, Caribbean islands (yes, she'd need upgrades).
OTOH, designer Tad Roberts has a design called Queen Charlotte that is his answer to the Mac26, a trailerable motorsailer with water ballast capable of 12 kts under power. Unfortunately, it is a Ketch rig. I may ask him to do a design with a simple Gaff rig to carry more sail on only a single mast.