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05-18-2017 04:55 PM
Re: MacGregor 26 vs. ?

I think you are not used to monohull heeling. I would suggest a cruising catamaran with roller furling jib and main. The 26 with water ballast is a fine vessel. Over 10,000 were sold, attesting to it's robust construction and sailor appeal. She is fast with ample headroom and conveniences compared to a 24' Corsair. But she is a different animal. Not as fast. No matter what you do unless you power, she will never be as fast or bruising.

Beware of opinions by people that do not own one. There are a lot of them around waiting to voice an opinion on the MAC 26X but have never owned one. It is the way of asking for help on the internet. A lot of salesmen trying to sell you something else and telling you that what you want is crap. Must be a lot of people that have lousy reading comprehension.
05-18-2017 03:31 PM
Fred Cox
Re: MacGregor 26 vs. ?

I hope this thread is still active: I am considering a Mac 26M, presently available in pristine shape at a bargain. I am a life-long small boat sailor; I have been driving a Corsair F242 folding trimaran for 21 years. It is still blazing fast but at age 72 I don't have the muscle I used to and my wife is less accepting of bruises and rope burn that come with speed, and she is really done with the puptent-like interior below. I think I'll be able to keep sailing longer with my best friend if I downshift to something with more amenities and fewer strings to pull.

Who else has done this, and how has it worked out? Are the 26Ms stable at anchor? Is the heel tolerable in a breeze? Accepting the constraints of high freeboard windage, wheel vs. tiller and limited performance, is it still fun to sail one? Do sailing upgrades (bowsprits, spinnakers, squaretop mainsails, etc.) give justifiable improvement?

I adore my little rocketship but I want to keep sailing forever, and it is time to step back a little. Has anyone done this, and how did it work out for you? Thanks in advance.

Fred Cox
Phoenix AZ
Corsair F242, hull #76 "Preshusss"
06-22-2015 03:38 PM
Re: MacGregor 26 vs. ?

Originally Posted by Aaron42 View Post
Looks like it might be a bit tough to trailer....
You know you guys are never happy

Someone said EVERYTHING is trailerable. I'd like to NOT be stuck behind that going down the road.
06-22-2015 02:07 PM
Re: MacGregor 26 vs. ?

Looks like it might be a bit tough to trailer....
06-22-2015 11:08 AM
Re: MacGregor 26 vs. ?

Tattoo = MacGregor.

If you are buying a Mac, this is the one you want.
06-22-2015 07:28 AM
Re: MacGregor 26 vs. ?

There are a few Tattoo 26's. A few Hunter 26's and Hunter Edge, the Odin, an Oz knock-off. They all tend to be few in number.
06-21-2015 11:39 PM
Re: MacGregor 26 vs. ?

Had one and every time we see one, it brings back great memories. It was easy to trailer, easy to sail and required very little wind to get it moving nicely. It was a great fit at the time and kicking on the engine to cruise at 13 knots meant we were able to make weekend trips work with our teenager's schedule.

Now we cruise our 36' sailboat to the Keys and Tortugas as it meets our needs for two week cruises. Next, I suspect around 45' for much longer cruising.

Happiness is having the boat that meets your needs.
06-21-2015 09:46 PM
Re: MacGregor 26 vs. ?

s2 7.9, but you cannot waterski behind it. But it does surf, and sails REALLY well, even upwind
06-21-2015 09:40 PM
Re: MacGregor 26 vs. ?

I have been thinking about getting one. There's a small lake about 15 minutes from my house where I keep my current boat in a slip and a much larger lake about 45 minutes south. There are 5 other large lakes within driving distance of my house that I would enjoy boating on. Is there a better option for something I can comfortably stay on for the weekend that I can also trailer easily?
06-21-2015 04:50 PM
Re: MacGregor 26 vs. ?

Today, after so many years the MacGregor 26M what has opponents in the category?
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