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03-07-2008 03:09 PM
JohnRPollard
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Originally Posted by jzk View Post
With regard to the flexing Mac 65, are we talking the orignal or the pilothouse versions? I heard the original was way lighter...
I can't say. My conversation with the delivery skipper took place in the mid-late-90's. I was standing at a dock to which a pilothouse version was tied alongside. As he was walking past he saw me looking it over and paused to chat.
03-07-2008 12:56 PM
RAGNAR zzz
03-07-2008 12:29 PM
jzk With regard to the flexing Mac 65, are we talking the orignal or the pilothouse versions? I heard the original was way lighter...
03-07-2008 10:33 AM
JohnRPollard
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Originally Posted by SailLikeTheWind View Post
The boat did have its problems. Some had their chainplates rip right out while being sailed. Others were typical of the poor quality control at the plant.

The boat absolutely screams on a run. Have an acquaintance who delivered one from the Bay area to Marina Del Rey a few years ago. Said it was a pretty scary experience. Mentioned that it was really blowing during part of the trip and could actually see the deck flexing around the chainplates.
I was intrigued by this design until I spoke with a delivery skipper in Annapolis that had brought one up from the Caribbean. He said that at times the bow of the boat was markedly twisted in the opposite direction from the stern/cockpit, and that the hull and interior flexed, groaned, and worked horrifically while underway. This was in moderate conditions. He said he never felt so grateful as he did upon making landfall in that boat, and he would refuse to deliver one again.
03-07-2008 09:08 AM
jzk I had occasion to see a couple of used ones in Ft. Lauderdale a few years ago. I think they held up remarkably well. Of course, how could a long skinny non cored boat like that not flex a little? Ripping the chainplates right out of the deck? This is the first I have heard about that. Any pictures?

My biggest concern is the extremely unprotected cockpit. Otherwise, the boat seems like quite the value.
12-17-2007 07:02 AM
SecretSailor I heard a rumor that MacGregor was to start building the Mac 65 again, but as a Mac 70. I think they'd sell a lot of them, given the price. Perhaps even some would buy them and operate them "fractionally" i.e. a few people could pool their money and buy/own it together. You could "jointly" own a 70 ft sailboat for a great price, albeit fractionally.
07-29-2007 12:59 PM
SailLikeTheWind MacGregor sold about 100 of the things over a ten year period. Not too shabby. Perhaps what is most incredible is that the boat has not depreciated in value. I has actually gone up. A quick search on Yachtworld will show most are selling in the mid $200 range.

The two boats that MacGregor has now are not prototypes or test models. One is owned by Roger and the other by his son in law. Not sure about the son in laws boat bur Roger took the 65 and added length to the transom to get the extra length. He then popped a second mast on it and its now a ketch.

There is no intention of ramping up production any time soon although the company still has the tooling. Was told that they would need ten confirmed orders before they would consider it.

The boat did have its problems. Some had their chainplates rip right out while being sailed. Others were typical of the poor quality control at the plant.

The boat absolutely screams on a run. Have an acquaintance who delivered one from the Bay area to Marina Del Rey a few years ago. Said it was a pretty scary experience. Mentioned that it was really blowing during part of the trip and could actually see the deck flexing around the chainplates.

I think he should start building the boat again. Should be no problem selling it for under $200K and still making a decent buck.
06-13-2007 07:58 PM
CharlieCobra That'd be too cool. I doubt Mac will sell them for 130K like they did back then though. If they bring it back out, I hope they employ some lessons learned over the years.
06-13-2007 06:58 PM
dkhoward I read an article that contained an interview with Roger Macgregor. Production on the 65 was stopped so that the factory space could be devoted to the 26 in order to keep up with the orders. They are currently sailing two test hulls that are 70' variations on the 65' hulls. THe article says that a new big boat will be coming off the production line soon.
03-21-2007 10:22 AM
tampabaymac Let's try it this way ...

Mac 65 on Tampa Bay
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