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I've always liked them. Although too small for our purposes, I have always admired the engineering that has gone into them. Well thought out boats, and from appearances, they seem to please their owners. I can only remember hearing of one bad accident. That was the one a few years back in San Diego where the boat capsized a drowned a few. The problem there was that there were 10 people aboard and they had not filled the ballast. Please, anyone correct me if I am wrong on that, but that is what I remember.
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Re: Why all the fuss about Macgregor 26's

I'm ex-army, I have a Mac 26X and I'm very happy with it.

uite a few traditional ailors really don't know the actual strength of fiberglass (long weave). Quite a few Maca on the Great lakes and the east and west coast.

Having written that, they are "day sailors" not blue water cruisers.

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Dfly... I think they have a bad rap because they were built very lightly and sold very cheaply. I would think one that surveyed well would be fine for Tenessee Lakes but I would NEVER take one offshore. Suggest you pay for a god survey before buying and have fun on the lakes before you get the right boat for the Caribe. Good luck!
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Re: Why all the fuss about mcgregor 26's

i've talked to a guy who has taken his V-22 to the bahamas and back.

he had no issues, just waited on weather.

You can take a kayak across the gulf stream if you really wanted to...look at what some of the Cubans arive in...a V-17 would be a pleasure cruise compared to what some of those guys/gals brought over here.

Will a Mac be suited for a sudden storm...no!! but with the right weather she will do fine!

I'd definately have the standing rigging and all chainplates checked out, make sure all sails are in excellent shape (spares on board if possible) and i wouldn't hesitate to take a V-21 or bigger across to the bahamas during ideal conditions.
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Re: Why all the fuss about mcgregor 26's

OK...I am a four year sailing novice that learned on a 19' Hobie Mirage and then purchased a 1992 26S Macgregor due to the ease of traveling from one sailing destination to another with our vessel in tow.I like the shallow draft and the basic sailing prowess that this boat has, given it's common sense/design limitations.I must say however, that while sailing off shore between Jacksonville and Mayport in the Atlantic just this past June 2012, I and my crew encountered a truly unexpected un-forecasted event. My tiller-ed Macgregor with an 8HP Suzuki kicker came in close contact with extremely fast moving storm, moving NW behind and toward us with Black/Blue clouds hanging low on the horizon.Wind picked up to 30+ mph as we put on life vests,snatched the sails down and turned into the wind,8HP wide open. Water was being picked up off of the surface and thrown back at us so hard it felt like being stung by hundreds of yellow jackets or wasps.I would guess the wind was blowing 50-60 mph for a short period of time as the blinding rain and ocean water obscured our vision.We were tossed about as we slowly inched forward making little if any headway. Waves were breaking over the bow and we held on for our lives but never did this vessel not weather the beating she was receiving. Finally in what seemed to be an eternity we passed through the storm or what I truly believe was the outer bands of a waterspout.For the next five or six hours we encountered 8-10 ft seas, huge swells and 25-30 mph cross gusts as we turned slightly to adjust our course as we were blown a little too far North so we headed for the Mayport channel marker bearings on our GPS. The only vessels we encountered were working crafts,one shrimper heading back to port and two huge cargo container ships doing the same.So this Magregor 26S performed way beyond anyone's expectations in these conditions.It was not the most luxurious ride through a heck of a storm, as a more high end vessel might have provided but she got us through with flying colors and saved our lives.Used 1992 26S Macgregor....$6,500 ....used 1992 Suzuki 8 HP kicker...$1,200...returning my two sons safely to port...PRICELESS

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Re: Why all the fuss about mcgregor 26's

We have a 2000 Mac 26X with a Honda 50 outboard . We have refitted her, living aboard and cruising .
She is a stout ship and took us thru hurricane Isaac in Mobile Bay Ala , with only minor problems .
Our home port is Montgomery Ala and our cruising grounds are the Gulf . That means we have 400 miles of river to get to the Gulf . The motor does the river part well , and we sail in the Gulf .
In my opinion , anything with multifunctions doesn't work as well as something with a single purpose .
But the Mac makes a good trawler and a good sailer , maybe not the best of each , but does both well .
After living and cruising aboard her for 6 months now , we are happy with our decision to buy a MacGregor .
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Re: Why all the fuss about mcgregor 26's

Thanks for your input...i think the Macs are a great value for their worthiness as a safe and reliable vessel given the understanding that they,like others, have their limitations given any specific situation. I am sold on the Macgregors performance as long as the Capt. and crew understand theirs.Safe sailing !!!
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Re: Why all the fuss about mcgregor 26's

There are stories out there of Macs cruising from Calif to Hawaii . Many stories of cruising the Bahamas . I think Hawaii is a bit much , but I plan to trust my Mac on short ocean hops , such as island hopping the Bahamas .

During hurricane Isaac we were trying to make our way from Dog River 10 miles north to the Port Of Mobile . During that run we would bury the bow and the motor was coming clear of the water . We made it . I don't think you could ask any better performance from a boat than what we got.
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Re: Why all the fuss about mcgregor 26's

I've only heard of one story of CA to HI, Zeno's Arrow I believe was the name of the boat. The story is over on macgregorsalors.com The guy had done quite a bit to beef up the boat, including outrigger pontoons. he was also very big in one of the major sail lofts in the US. I don't think he ever made the trip however as he changed jobs and did not have the opportunity/time to make the trip. If I get the time I'll search for a link and post it.
Plenty of stories of FL to Bahamas of CA to Santa Catalina however. A good boat if the weather is with you.
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Re: Why all the fuss about mcgregor 26's

there's nothing wrong with macgregor boats. except people who spent way more money, then never sail their boat's hate em. most boat's in the 70's and 80's were OVER BUILT fiberglass wise. macgregor builds theres light for trailering; and the M sails like the dickens!! enjoy your boat and have fun...in fact, im norwegian, i owned my first boat when i was 8 years old. i fished in the bering sea, russia, all over the world have i been on boat's...norway, puget sound, gulf islands, san juan islands, inside passage to ak more times than i could count, pacific and atlantic ocean, st johns river, heck i've even sailed in the middle of the desert at lk meade and pyramid lk nevada!! to name a few...i don't care if a guy sails his bathtub out there...as long as he's having fun..to heck with what other people think....roger macgregor has sold more boat's than any other boat in the world.
for a first boat, or a last take her out and sail her!!
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Re: Why all the fuss about mcgregor 26's

I have owned a MAC 26M and found it very comfortable...and it has proved safe...but it is NOT an ocean goer...
Very good for shallow water operations, as I took mine places that had never seen so large a yacht in so shallow an area...
I found the mast too tall...and too lightly rigged.
should be 7 metres and double the gauge of the shrouds...if you go ocean at all...
What it has is for speed...and it will never be a speed machine.
Make the changes and keep your family safe.
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