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3 Days Ago 06:48 AM
dlandersson
Re: Why all the fuss about mcgregor 26's

lol

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That's a chick magnet for the girls in Clearwater. Hell of a deal.
3 Days Ago 12:13 AM
Capt Len
Re: Why all the fuss about mcgregor 26's

That's a chick magnet for the girls in Clearwater. Hell of a deal.
3 Days Ago 10:37 PM
eherlihy
Re: Why all the fuss about mcgregor 26's

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Originally Posted by Mr. Bubs View Post
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.
Holy Toledo!!! It SOLD for $1684.00 Someone needs to archive those pictures... That thing is incredible!
3 Days Ago 08:55 PM
dlandersson
Re: Why all the fuss about mcgregor 26's

White or blue hull?

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Originally Posted by Mr. Bubs View Post
S, C, M, X, or D? There is a difference.
3 Days Ago 07:05 PM
SHNOOL
Re: Why all the fuss about mcgregor 26's

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Originally Posted by Rapp View Post
Let me know if it does become available,this will work for the time being as I have to sell a boat before I can buy a sailboat,so I'm gonna do this partnership,but will be looking for something afterwards
He sold his 26x to a fellow club member, I had that fellow club member sail with me in our last race, he was happy with the 26x, but is now considering something a bit sportier... so he might be looking to sell. PM me if you are interested... this is a NICELY sorted 26x.
3 Days Ago 02:33 PM
wlwwah
Re: Why all the fuss about mcgregor 26's

We have a 1991 Macgregor 26S. Before the mellinium, Barbara, my wife, and I were holidaying with her on the Three Rooker Bar near Tampa. We were somewhat new with her then and we are practicing "hove to" with full main and jib, on the outside a very short distance offshore. The first thundershower did not arrive for our practice but the second one did about 2 hours later. We did not expect what we got. It was a microburst from the shore...for about an hour, with what I, and others calculated was 60 knot winds. We did not have the pop-top down when the winds hit us. Barbara immediately went down to lower that and held it down by hand as the clamps were not readily nearby (we keep them handy now). The boat went over with the mainsail touching the water and the cockpit was half filled with water and stayed heeled like that the entire time (cockpit drain was elevated)....but no water entered the cabin. I stayed in the cockpit and hung on....and watched the battens fly away. When it ended (we had no rain) the Macgregor straightened up and we sailed back to the Three Rooker Bar where to our surprise approximately 50 boats of all sizes, up to 45 feet were totally aground on dry beach (lee shore) like they had been hit by a tornado. Barbara informed me some of the Memorial Day boaters were trying to get 911 on VHF 16 during the blow.
I am told some boats were stranded for days. The only damage sustained to the Macgregor was the batten pockets needed sewing repair from flapping in the breeze.
We have sailed with storm jib and reefed main as infrequently as needed except during practice and felt she was well within control.
The boat is as safe as the captain is experienced and cautious.
We learned a lot doing the Mug Races, a 50 mile annual race on the St Johns River. Confidence is sailing thru the Shands bridge cooking hamburgers on the gas grill....
We met a lady captain that sailed, single hand, this same model from Jacksonville, FL direct to New Plymouth, Green Turtle Cay, Abaco, Bahamas (she was also an Alaskan bush pilot), while we were there on another boat.
With water ballast the boat is easy to trail. It can be modified with the imagination only being the limit. It is relatively inexpensive and a good entry level boat for families with only 2 day weekends....sail downwind 1 day, motor at a plane back to the ramp.

From Wikipedia: "...MacGregor was known for using innovative features to provide stability while maintaining light weight and easy trailerability. The swing keel was one of the innovations used on MacGregor's smaller boats, and water ballast was another. The model 26M weighs only 2,550 lb (1,160 kg) dry, 300 lb (140 kg) of which is permanent ballast. When in the water it can take on an additional 1,150 lb (520 kg) of water ballast, stored in tanks below the waterline. This allows the 26M to be self-righting; if rolled 90 degrees, the weight of the ballast will quickly flip the boat back upright.
MacGregor manufactured over 36,000 yachts during its lifetime. While most of these were the smaller pocket cruisers and larger trailerable models, it also made about 100 of the M-65 model during its 8 year production run, making it the most successful luxury yacht ever made.

Roger MacGregor retired in 2013, closing the Costa Mesa factory and ending production. Simultaneously, his daughter Laura MacGregor Sharp incorporated Tattoo Yachts in Stuart, Florida. Tattoo yachts purchased the tooling for the MacGregor 26M, and began producing the Tattoo 26, which is the same boat with minor modifications. Tattoo inherited the dealer network and parts supply chain from MacGregor, and has successfully entered full production, completing a transition and factory move with a six month interruption to boat availability to dealers. Tattoo is currently designing an entirely new 22 foot design as well."
03-14-2015 01:24 PM
Rapp
Re: Why all the fuss about mcgregor 26's

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Originally Posted by tek View Post
The 26S and 26D were the older swing keel and daggerboard models (70's to early 90's) Not powersailers. These were purely sailboats.

The 26X was the first power sailor that MacGregor's reputation is based on now. (mid 90's to 2003). Was rated for an outboard of up to 50HP. It had a swing keel and twin rudders that could be raised. for trailering or landing on the beach.

The 26M was built 2003 to 2014 and went back to more of a sailboat, but kept the ability to take an outboard. (26X leans more towards the powerboat side), but the 26M could take a little more power being rated to a 60 HP outboard. the 26M kept the twin rudders, but went to a retractable daggerboard in place of the swing keel.

The 26X and 26M are the MacGregors everyone sees most and hold their value on the market quite well. The 26S and 26D are usually quite low priced if you can find one the owner is willing to part with.

Since you are looking into buying a share.. would be worthwhile to study up on which model is which first.

Hopefully some of this info is helpful for you.
Thanks its a 1987 26S ,with a 9.9 hp outboard so it fits what you're saying.Even though its a very small investment I will do my research,its on the barnegat bay not too far from my house and I'm hoping it works out as its a great setup that works out with my schedule
03-14-2015 12:12 PM
tek
Re: Why all the fuss about mcgregor 26's

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Originally Posted by Rapp View Post
Its a swing keel,so I'm guessing S,I'm new to sailing,so not really sure,just learning.
The 26S and 26D were the older swing keel and daggerboard models (70's to early 90's) Not powersailers. These were purely sailboats.

The 26X was the first power sailor that MacGregor's reputation is based on now. (mid 90's to 2003). Was rated for an outboard of up to 50HP. It had a swing keel and twin rudders that could be raised. for trailering or landing on the beach.

The 26M was built 2003 to 2014 and went back to more of a sailboat, but kept the ability to take an outboard. (26X leans more towards the powerboat side), but the 26M could take a little more power being rated to a 60 HP outboard. the 26M kept the twin rudders, but went to a retractable daggerboard in place of the swing keel.

The 26X and 26M are the MacGregors everyone sees most and hold their value on the market quite well. The 26S and 26D are usually quite low priced if you can find one the owner is willing to part with.

Since you are looking into buying a share.. would be worthwhile to study up on which model is which first.

Hopefully some of this info is helpful for you.
03-14-2015 12:06 PM
tek
Re: Why all the fuss about mcgregor 26's

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Originally Posted by Mr. Bubs View Post
This is the finest example of Mac26 whatthephuckery I have seen in a while:

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.
That has got to be the most jury rigged Mac I've ever seen. I'll take a stab at it though.. since there's another PVC pipe leading down through the deck at the bow.. I suspect it was once connected to some sort of heat or air conditioning to be piped to the V-berth and back to the enclosure at the same time.

Also has the steering and table pedestals out, so I suspect it has been significantly disassembled for whatever equipment the prior owner wanted to strip off of it.
03-13-2015 09:19 AM
Mr. Bubs
Re: Why all the fuss about mcgregor 26's

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Originally Posted by Rapp View Post
Its a swing keel,so I'm guessing S,I'm new to sailing,so not really sure,just learning.
Nice.
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