Why all the fuss about mcgregor 26's - Page 7 - SailNet Community

   Search Sailnet:

 forums  store  


Quick Menu
Forums           
Articles          
Galleries        
Boat Reviews  
Classifieds     
Search SailNet 
Boat Search (new)

Shop the
SailNet Store
Anchor Locker
Boatbuilding & Repair
Charts
Clothing
Electrical
Electronics
Engine
Hatches and Portlights
Interior And Galley
Maintenance
Marine Electronics
Navigation
Other Items
Plumbing and Pumps
Rigging
Safety
Sailing Hardware
Trailer & Watersports
Clearance Items

Advertise Here






Go Back   SailNet Community > Boat Builders Row > MacGregor
 Not a Member? 


Like Tree9Likes
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
  #61  
Old 02-03-2014
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Southern Chicago metro area
Posts: 18
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
dlandersson is on a distinguished road
Re: Why all the fuss about mcgregor 26's

Nicely put. I suspect I'd have an extra outboard and approx. 100 gallons of gas on board if I ever thought about crossing the Gulf stream.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message Share with Facebook
  #62  
Old 02-03-2014
SHNOOL's Avatar
I break <-> I fix
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: East Stroudsburg, PA
Posts: 1,465
Thanks: 10
Thanked 62 Times in 58 Posts
Rep Power: 8
SHNOOL is on a distinguished road
Re: Why all the fuss about mcgregor 26's

::CLEAR::
ZAP

This thread is ALMOST alive again.

Nope, nothing to see here... just the same old info.

PS: I'd not take my Capri 25 offshore either, doesn't make it junk boat. Although apparently its been done also... History of Singlehanded TransPac See "Full Tilt" 1986 First in division, 2nd overall. And that doesn't make it an offshore boat either.
__________________
"Rum Line" an S2 7.9 - cheap, fast, trailerable, and paid for.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message Share with Facebook
  #63  
Old 04-21-2014
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Posts: 2
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
irishrover128 is on a distinguished road
Re: Why all the fuss about mcgregor 26's

do NOT buy this boat for blue water sailing. I know of no trailerable sailboat that i would take more than a few miles from an easilly navigable inlet.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message Share with Facebook
  #64  
Old 05-27-2014
Mr. Bubs's Avatar
El Chupa Nibre
 
Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: Springfield, Missouri
Posts: 169
Thanks: 1
Thanked 4 Times in 4 Posts
Rep Power: 2
Mr. Bubs is on a distinguished road
Re: Funny

Quote:
Originally Posted by Silverstreak01 View Post
it cracks me up to read coments from non Mac owners.
Yep.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message Share with Facebook
  #65  
Old 05-27-2014
Old enough to know better
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Beacon, NY
Posts: 2,817
Thanks: 19
Thanked 116 Times in 112 Posts
Rep Power: 9
miatapaul is on a distinguished road
Re: Why all the fuss about mcgregor 26's

Quote:
Originally Posted by irishrover128 View Post
do NOT buy this boat for blue water sailing. I know of no trailerable sailboat that i would take more than a few miles from an easilly navigable inlet.
Well there are a few, though they are not going to be trailed by the family mini-van! Nor'sea 27 is one, several have done circumnavigations.

I think the 26X is an OK boat for what it is. Not a great sailboat, and not a great power boat, but it will at least try to do both. They are very lightly built so they can be towed, and seem to do it's job well. They will put up with what most owners will be willing to be out in. One thing is that for some reason build quality on any production power boat seems to be way below the level of even an inexpensive sailboat, since these appeal to the power-boater becoming a sailor they often seem really well built. Just a different standard. Most power boats are built to last just a bit past the last payment. Even Sea Rays and other "quality" power boats are not up to the build quality of a Hunter or Catalina. I am not knocking the Mac, it is built to a price point to a very specific market. It gets a lot of folks sailing that would not otherwise do so. And they often upgrade to something bigger. So it is good for the market.

I really like the older Mac's as I think they have some nice lines. They to get people into sailing, so they are good as well.

Last edited by miatapaul; 05-27-2014 at 05:57 PM.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message Share with Facebook
  #66  
Old 03-12-2015
tek tek is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Georgia
Posts: 3
Thanks: 0
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
Rep Power: 0
tek is on a distinguished road
Re: Why all the fuss about mcgregor 26's

I see this is an old thread, but wanted to add what I've learned.

I've been sailing since 1984. In 2010 after some research, I brought home a brand new MacGregor 26M which I have now had about 5 years of experience with that I can share for the benefit of others.

I have an engineering background (not engineering related to sailing) so I look at things with a different eye.

I've taken her on lakes, rivers, bays, and off the coast of Georgia and Florida and the Bahamas. Most of my sailing has been in the SouthEast US with this boat.

The very first launch she weathered storm, went below, rode it out smoothly.

We have traveled with some other MacGregor's on the coast and being able to land on the beach and let the tide go out.. and stepping out on the sand for an impromptu BBQ was a wonderful way to use its unique abilities.

I had an experience in the first year of ownership when I was tied up at the fuel dock in Florida and was hit by a 45' trawler. hit broadside while tied up, the bow of the trawler had the damage, the side of my 26M had scuffed gelcoat. I believe the long strand fiberglass gives them more strength than people suspect in a thin hull. It flexed a little instead of breaking. (Engineering note: thick and stiff = brittle )

I have had it out in the gulf stream in 4-6 foot swells. The boat handled it wonderfully, although some people may be uncomfortable with the motion. It actually rocked less then expected as the sharp bow cut into the crest of each wave.

I like to squeeze out that extra half knot, so I replaced the shroud attachments with turnbuckles to be able to tune the rig more accurately. The rotating mast helps with performance on the 26M that the 26X didn't have for sailing.

I consider the chosen rigging appropriate for the boat, being too heavy can be just as dangerous as going to light from an engineering standpoint.

The major drawbacks for the design are more in creature comforts and storage. When bought new (although no longer available new), the head is just a room.. you decide what type of head/shower/etc you put in. There is very little headroom in the head.

After adding required equipment, there is almost no space left for storage or tankage, it is all given to the open cabin space. If you want to travel any distance with a 26M you will have to be very minimalist, and likely find a source of water to refill on the way. I'm aware of some owners who have simply used the rear berth as a lazarette for storage to get around this.

In summary:

positive: I've gained a lot of trust in the boat based on real world experience and would trust it to take me anywhere.

negatives: Not designed for comfort on long trips or crossings.

caveat: The manufacturer, insurance, etc. do not recommend non-protected waters. I believe this is simply required legalese due to liabilities. (Similar to pickup manufacturers who say keep your pickup out of the mud)

Last edited by tek; 03-12-2015 at 03:17 AM.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message Share with Facebook
The Following User Says Thank You to tek For This Useful Post:
FatAndy (03-28-2015)
  #67  
Old 03-12-2015
SHNOOL's Avatar
I break <-> I fix
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: East Stroudsburg, PA
Posts: 1,465
Thanks: 10
Thanked 62 Times in 58 Posts
Rep Power: 8
SHNOOL is on a distinguished road
Re: Why all the fuss about mcgregor 26's

Quote:
Originally Posted by irishrover128 View Post
do NOT buy this boat for blue water sailing. I know of no trailerable sailboat that i would take more than a few miles from an easilly navigable inlet.
Um, that's a pretty silly statement too. There are several trailerable boats designed for open water... Would I do it, no, but some wouldn't leave me concerned.

http://bluewaterboats.org/

__________________
"Rum Line" an S2 7.9 - cheap, fast, trailerable, and paid for.

Last edited by SHNOOL; 03-12-2015 at 06:48 AM.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message Share with Facebook
  #68  
Old 03-12-2015
Mr. Bubs's Avatar
El Chupa Nibre
 
Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: Springfield, Missouri
Posts: 169
Thanks: 1
Thanked 4 Times in 4 Posts
Rep Power: 2
Mr. Bubs is on a distinguished road
Re: Why all the fuss about mcgregor 26's

This is the finest example of Mac26 whatthephuckery I have seen in a while:

MacBortion on ebay

Can someone click through all the photos and explain what's going on? I am particularly interested in the PVC pipe/rusty muffler clamp thingy.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message Share with Facebook
  #69  
Old 03-12-2015
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2014
Location: Cherry Hill Nj,Lewes De
Posts: 145
Thanks: 29
Thanked 10 Times in 8 Posts
Rep Power: 1
Rapp is on a distinguished road
Re: Why all the fuss about mcgregor 26's

I'm glad this thread was revived,I'm looking into buying a Quarter share of a 26 ft Macgregor ,I usually don't like partnerships and from everything I've heard so far the macgregors didn't sound too hot either,but all of the pieces fit for me so I may take a shot
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message Share with Facebook
  #70  
Old 03-12-2015
Mr. Bubs's Avatar
El Chupa Nibre
 
Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: Springfield, Missouri
Posts: 169
Thanks: 1
Thanked 4 Times in 4 Posts
Rep Power: 2
Mr. Bubs is on a distinguished road
Re: Why all the fuss about mcgregor 26's

Quote:
Originally Posted by Rapp View Post
I'm glad this thread was revived,I'm looking into buying a Quarter share of a 26 ft Macgregor ,I usually don't like partnerships and from everything I've heard so far the macgregors didn't sound too hot either,but all of the pieces fit for me so I may take a shot
S, C, M, X, or D? There is a difference.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message Share with Facebook
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

By choosing to post the reply above you agree to the rules you agreed to when joining Sailnet.
Click Here to view those rules.

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the SailNet Community forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
Please note: After entering 3 characters a list of Usernames already in use will appear and the list will disappear once a valid Username is entered.
User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.




Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools

 
Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may post attachments
You may edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On



All times are GMT -4. The time now is 06:18 AM.

Add to My Yahoo!         
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2015, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
SEO by vBSEO 3.6.1
(c) Marine.com LLC 2000-2012

The SailNet.com store is owned and operated by a company independent of the SailNet.com forum. You are now leaving the SailNet forum. Click OK to continue or Cancel to return to the SailNet forum.