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07-29-2016 01:34 AM
Re: Why all the fuss about mcgregor 26's

Thanx for the great review.

V G Smith, PE
04-23-2016 05:43 PM
Re: Why all the fuss about mcgregor 26's

I never did well in English class....
04-12-2016 12:21 PM
Mr. Bubs
Re: Why all the fuss about mcgregor 26's

If you're heeled over 50 then I'd say you've got those sails sheeted in way too tight.

Also, next time use more punctuation and some breaks. That was excruciatingly painful to read.
04-11-2016 03:22 PM
Re: Why all the fuss about mcgregor 26's

Cruising the net for some Macgregor 26m mods I came across these posts,of course I've got to add my two cents. The 26m is absolutely great.... For us.

We had never sailed a boat before as we live in land locked Alberta. We got the sailing bug after a trip in Australia on a 80 ft boat heeled at 30 degrees and plowing thru the biggest waves we had ever seen. Sitting close to the bow as it lifted and dropped 15 ft on each wave . With 28 people sitting along the rail I gotta say I've never seen so much puke in my life.

Anyhow after a ton of research we bought the mac 26m . It's large interior with marine head,fridge and sink (our is modded) made for what is a comfortable living space for a couple weeks at a time. We put it on the water but never knew how to put up the sails. A couple Aussie freinds of ours stopped by and showed us the basics then took us for a sail. At first in light winds the boat cruised along just fine and I was worried cause after two hours I was getting bored already. Then the wind got ALOT stronger and within another 20 mins the boat was heeled over at 45 degrees , my wife and I were white knuckled holding on. To us THIS was fun sailing ! and the Aussies who refused to reef the sails we're giggling like school girls.

We cruised along at 12 kmph . Since then we have learned how to sail ourselves , we have sailed also in the BVI'S on a 36ft and 45ft . So here's my point of view on our little macgregor... It is tender until about 50 degrees or till the sails touch the water ! Learn how to properly reef the sails and watch the weather so if your scared to heel then u don't have to. It is not as fast as the other "pure" sailing vessels on our lake when sailing in wind.

Different story when I fire up the 90 horse power outboard. We don't pay slip fees. We trailer to any lake we want to go to in Canada or the USA. The boat trailers very well (we have dual axle trailer and consider this a must , don't buy one without unless you trailer close to home) it takes about 45 mins to have boat In the water and sailing. We only need 2.5 feet of water to launch. This boat is great for recreational sailors who are not interested in racing. Is safe for the ocean for coastal or bay cruising but does not have the safety a non trailerable boat does, just to light.

We come from a extreme sports back ground (ice/rock climbing/white water rafting) so for us we like how we need to be on our toes when sailing in higher winds , it's a thrill. We didn't want a boat that would be so rock solid under us that we didn't notice a 10kmhr wind speed change , that's just boring. We like it even more when a purist sailor comes aboard and starts screaming in fear when the boat hits the 45 degree mark in decent amounts of wind. We like pulling our freinds kids on knee boards or wake boards behind the boat as well.

Over all this boat was never built to be a great open water sailor with speed, for that buy the Macgregor Anthem 70. It was built to have fun and enjoy life.As for quality of build I say it's OK. Nothing's broke yet and we have put it thru some serious abuse. Hitting 4 foot waves at 30km an hour for a hour straight I see no issues after. Main thing is buy a gauge and tighten the rigging properly so it doesn't shock load. The Mac's see far more abuse than most other boats because they do have a large outboard . Lots of haters out there will bash the Macgregors but I don't care because I think I enjoy my boat as much or more than they do. Cheers and happy sailing.
10-03-2015 12:52 PM
Re: Why all the fuss about mcgregor 26's

Originally Posted by XSrcing View Post
I ended up getting a Mac 25 at a price I couldn't pass up. Close enough for me!
Congratulations! I am extremely envious of your sailing grounds (although the Chesapeake is not too shabby either). I lived on Whidbey Island for a while but never did any sailing there. I hope you have a blast.
10-03-2015 12:40 PM
Re: Why all the fuss about mcgregor 26's

Originally Posted by SENCMac26x View Post
You'll be happy with the D.

It's a really great and quick sailor without any of the compromises of the hybrids.
I ended up getting a Mac 25 at a price I couldn't pass up. Close enough for me!
09-29-2015 04:20 PM
globalhobo Thanks for your input! I got into the McGregor forum and someone posted a pic for me. It looks way cleaner than the one we're looking at but another guy explained his and it sounds the same. We have a San Juan 23 in Washington but it's got a swing keel.we never get up there to sail her, either, so we'll be selling in the next season.

Thanks again, guys!
09-29-2015 03:53 PM
Re: Why all the fuss about mcgregor 26's

Originally Posted by XSrcing View Post
Great thread. After a couple weeks researching and then reading this it sounds like there is a D or S model in my future to explore the San Juan Islands.
You'll be happy with the D.

It's a really great and quick sailor without any of the compromises of the hybrids.
09-29-2015 03:46 PM
Re: Why all the fuss about mcgregor 26's

Wow this thread just won't die.


First welcome to the club. You'll hear a lot of nay sayers...and you'll repeatedly hear them as you're leaving the dock and coming back while they haven't moved in weeks if not years. :-)

No one would argue it's the best sailing boat (not by a long shot) but it does a little of everything making it a great first boat or all around family boat. It's also easy to sail and you can get to the cruising grounds quick making short afternoon trips really easily. (I'm logged a lot of hours under sail in 1-2 hours sails after work during the summer)

Enjoy the heck out of it, and then if you're ready step up to something else. I'll probably go for a cruising in a few more years.

As to your question.
I have a 26x but hangout with a owners of 26m's. I've not seen the "sealant" you're referring to in the trunk. It doesn't need it.

In the M's the Fiberglass dagger drops down the hole (trunk) through the boat and out the bottom.

It's a really simple design.

If you're seeing that I would be more concerned the trunk was damaged and badly patched.
09-29-2015 02:22 PM
Re: Why all the fuss about mcgregor 26's

They should have you approved within 24 hours of sign up. Usually faster. I know the topic has been discussed on those forums before so you may be able to do a search and get the answer your looking for. If you're in a true pinch for time you could always assume there is some trunk damage and make an offer accordingly. That way if you get the boat and no damage exists you have extra boat bucks for new toys!!
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