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seascoutdad 08-12-2011 11:43 PM

Wife Said Go Ahead!!
Hello. I stumbled on this forum while doing what seems to be my newest obsession; looking for info on the MacGregor 26X. I first learned about the Mac back in the mid 1990's. I sent off for all of the information and studied it like crazy, but then put it aside when the kids started coming.

Now 3 of our kids are involved in Sea Scouts and the whole Mac thing is back worse than ever. I don't know why I am so attracted to this boat. I have read just about every negative comment on the web related to the Macgregor boats. But it seems to me that there are more testmonials from people who own Macs and are having a ball with them then there are those who are sorry they ever bought one.

We just spent 9 days with the kids' Sea Scout ship sailing in Rhode Island (Block Island, Martha's Vinyard, etc.) on a Benetau 47. The captain has tons blue water racing experience and I guess I don't need to tell you what he had to say about the Mac; no performance, slow, tender, bla, bla, bla. But I guess if you can afford a $325,000 boat you probably wouldn't have much good to say about a used water ballasted motor sailer.

Anyway, tonight my wife finally gave me her blessing to go forward (I'm the dreamer and she is the realist). So now that I am actually in the market to buy a boat I figured I should join this forum. Besides, it will give me something to do while I save up the cash to buy the thing.

After quite a bit of study I have decided that I want to find a used 26X. I like the X better than the M mainly because of the interior layout (I like the head in the rear rather forward of the dinette), and the fact that a used X seems to be about half the cost of a used M. Optimizing space is very important to us because we have 5 kids. I know there are people already typing a response telling me that the X will only sleep 6 and it would be too small for us. We regularly camp in a trailer that is supposed to sleep 5. We are not troubled by close quarters, and we're not planning to circumnavigate in the thing anyway. We just want something that we can have fun in and do some camping on the water.

We would love to hear from other families who cruise in a 26X and what they have found that works and doesn't work - as well as any quirks/weak spots common to the 26X that I should pay attention to when shopping for a boat.

And as a side note, if there are any folks involved in the B.S.A. Sea Scout program out there I would love to hear from them as well. Below is a link to our ship web site.


I guess that's enough of a rambling introduction. I'm looking forward to reading through all of the posts here. Now all I have to do is raise some cash:cool:

EdWarren 08-13-2011 07:42 AM

Actually, if you want to SAIL, take a look at the Mac 26 S (swing centerboard), In my opinion the best sailor of the bunch, I have had mine since 1992 and love it, also, a lot cheaper than the X and/or M.:)

deniseO30 08-13-2011 08:07 AM

theres a mac 26 in my YC that's not moved in 7yrs I think the owner would sell but I also think like most people, in his mind it's worth way more then any offer he'd get.

seascoutdad 08-13-2011 08:38 AM

Hi Ed,

Actually I did look at the 26S. I still like the 26X better - just a personal preference thing. Like I said, I am going to have to save up the cash so I very well may get tired of waiting and stop at a 26S on my way to the X:D

As far as the "best sailer of the bunch" goes, I'm looking at it more from a "best cruiser for us" point of view. We own a Snipe so if I want to get the rails in the water and fly around I can always hop in the Snipe and get my white knuckle fix.

SVAuspicious 08-13-2011 10:35 AM

I'm more of an offshore sailor so the Mac's aren't for me, but they are indeed very flexible boats within their limitations. A friend of my trailered hers across the country to Florida and sailed to the Bahamas were she cruised happily for a couple of years while those who declaimed the Mac sat at home in their armchairs. *grin*

I envy you a family that can be happy in that space. I try to stay out of the same state as my folks.

EdWarren 08-13-2011 01:22 PM

Each to their own... I cruise with my 26S (inland lakes), I like the 'light towing weight' has plenty of room for 2 (comfy), 4 (cozy). Installed a two burner butane stove, we are generally out for 2 weeks at a time. In any case look around, find a boat you can enjoy and get it.

UncleJim 09-04-2011 11:04 PM

if you'd like to get some positive comment on the 26x check out the forums at

I have the opposite story from your's, SWMBO and myself are larger that avg and camping out in our '02 02X is a bit tight. At 5'12.5" I bang my head quite a bit. we're looking to sell and have advertised it a couple of places but aren't in a big hurry yet as we're still looking for just the boat that gives us most of the features of the mac (minus the towing) and just a bit wider and higher cabin top.


CapnBilll 11-09-2011 12:08 PM

By the time you add a full weighted keel you're not going to be able to launch it without a crane. I'm looking at the same constraints. By the time I'm looking at a trans Atlantic, I will be retired and looking at much bigger boats.

To the OP did you pick one up yet?

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