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05-27-2014 06:45 PM
Re: Why all the fuss about mcgregor 26's

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.
05-27-2014 02:01 PM
Mr. Bubs
Re: Funny

Originally Posted by Silverstreak01 View Post
it cracks me up to read coments from non Mac owners.
04-21-2014 05:44 PM
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.
02-03-2014 04:59 PM
Re: Why all the fuss about mcgregor 26's


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.
02-03-2014 02:32 PM
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.
02-03-2014 07:52 AM
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.
01-21-2013 11:16 PM
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 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 long as he's having 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!!
stephen k ronning
s/v lykke
s/v valhalla
s/v freda
s/v elskede
and so on and so forth!
01-21-2013 09:33 PM
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 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.
01-13-2013 11:16 PM
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.
01-13-2013 07:34 PM
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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