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10-29-2012 03:07 PM
MSN2Travelers
Re: macgregor or not to macgregor - lake michigan

This thread is from March and the original poster hasn't been back since March 10th. The Mac 26X & 26M power sailors are a boat ya love or hate. Most haters have never owned one. Our first sailboat was a Mac 26M. Great for inland lakes and coastal cruising along Lake Michigan shoreline. It has a great price point for people getting into sailing.

It is a very tender boat and doesn't ride very comfortably on Lake Michigan when the wind and waves are up. The Admiral gave it a year and a half before she told me it was time for a bigger boat.
10-28-2012 12:06 AM
sailboy26s
Re: macgregor or not to macgregor - lake michigan

We've had our 93 Mac 26S NON pwr sailer for a year now and love it. It does seem lightly built but works great for our family of 7. It is a tight fit!
05-28-2012 03:05 PM
jackdale
Re: macgregor or not to macgregor - lake michigan

I have some concerns about the build quality.

I saw one that had been on salt water for two weeks and had corrosion on the chainplates. Another, in a repair shed, has a cracks right through the fibreglass where the coaming joins the bulkhead. Both were X models.
05-28-2012 01:55 PM
PBzeer
Re: macgregor or not to macgregor - lake michigan

Unless you want the big motor hanging on the transom, I think you'd find either a Hunter 26/260 or Catalina 250, a better choice. Both have an enclosed head, and with the pop-top, have standing head room at the galley.
05-28-2012 12:48 PM
Faster
Re: macgregor or not to macgregor - lake michigan

Another one of those endless, unwinnable debates...

However to their credit MacGregor has gotten a lot of people into boating, in moorage-tight areas they offer that other option, and they've certainly done a great marketing job.

In the end, though, the dual-purpose design brief really means that they are neither power nor sailboats, but hybrids that don't do either particularly well so in the end those buyers truly drawn to SAILING will sooner or later, for the most part, become 'former' MacX or M owners... and that's just fine too.

In the end it's getting out on the water in whatever way suits your needs best...
05-28-2012 11:47 AM
Dan Burke
Re: macgregor or not to macgregor - lake michigan

We sailed a 2003 Mac M for a couple years. Very comfortable boat to day sail with but sailing performance leaves a lot to be desired. My wife loved the boat because of its interior amenities but the racer/cruiser side of me longed for a keel boat once again. Nevertheless, for someone looking for a comfortable day sailer for inland lakes with the convenience of trailering, the Macgregor 26M is a decent choice.
Just my 2 cents.
03-10-2012 02:19 PM
momclarissa
Re: macgregor or not to macgregor - lake michigan

We had a Mac 26x, but sold it to buy a larger sailboat. We had it for 4 years, and sailed in the Chesapeake Bay. It sailed OK - not great, but still got us where we wanted to go, and we had alot of fun on it. What we enjoyed the most was being the shallow draft - we could anchor in places the 'regular' sailboats couldn't. And we often did - leaving Sat morning, sailing during the day, anchoring in shallow river overnight, then up and sailing again the next morning. There is a Mac forum MacGregorSailors.com that has people from all over the US and around the world that are Mac owners. Several of them sail the Great Lakes, so they would be a reliable source for you. Good luck - and enjoy!
03-10-2012 01:50 PM
niti
Re: macgregor or not to macgregor - lake michigan

Here's some more detail...

I do enjoy 'sailing' and have crewed on one-designs. However, we are also looking for a boat that willl allow sailing and have the comforts that family and friends would enjoy.

We would use it for daysailing along with weekend/overnights where we can sleep onboard.

We are looking at buying used and were looking at the 'S' and the 'X'.

We have read many pros and cons about getting the MacGregor...more cons from my one-design sailing friends. And more cons about MacGregors on Lake Michigan.
03-10-2012 01:40 PM
PaulfromNWOnt
Re: macgregor or not to macgregor - lake michigan

Which MacGregor are you looking at? They made many boats in various configurations.

I'm going to assume that you're looking at one of the 26' motor sailers.

It appears to be a rather robust boat for inland waters, and I've seen some pretty hairy video of them in less than ideal conditions. They don't sail overly well, but you can drop the engine and run if needed. The cabin layout is alright, but the cockpit felt a little off. I can't put my finger on it exactly, it's just odd. Perhaps once you got used to it...

I think of it as more of a cruising motorboat that can also be sailed, so it's not exceptionally quick but certainly faster than a sailboat.

If you're not looking to go onto L. Michigan in serious weather, and if sailing speed isn't of concern then I think it would be alright.

Think of it as a waterborne RV: It's no sportscar by any stretch of the imagination, and you wouldn't want to be around a tornado either, but it would be comfortable for weekending or perhaps longer.
03-10-2012 01:34 PM
Faster
Re: macgregor or not to macgregor - lake michigan

Which "MacGregor" are you referring to? If you want to get into SAILING per se, the high-HP 'dual purpose' boat is not the one you want. The Mac S series are decent starter sailing boats, however - not sure if they're still being made...

Are you shopping new or used? Makes a big difference to the options available to you, as does your budget. You'll get a lot more helpful info here with a few more details.. daysailing? weekending? racing? extended holiday cruising? Lake Michigan is a small ocean, really, so any of it's is possible, and that will have a bearing on recommendations.
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