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12-11-2009 08:43 PM
cruisingdream I'll take the ford , they are still in business for themselves
12-11-2009 08:38 PM
Mac this Hunter that

Geez guys, give it up. To each thier own. just buy what you like and enjoy it. every boat has goods and bads, it's all in the beholder. Oh, who wants to start one about Ford vs Chevy??
12-10-2009 10:55 PM
mitiempo Looked at the Hunter edge. Interesting boat and I think a more pleasing boat both inside and out than the Macgregor. Cockpit and wheel pod look virtually identical though. It is working but they talk about the shrinking market sailboats have. While these boats do and will sell the target market is more the powerboater who is tired of big gas bills than any sailor. They as much as say so in the review. Ad of course those waterskiers.
12-10-2009 10:45 PM

How this 6 year old post got reactivated twice, 3 years between.

As far as the original question. I think the Hunter 260 is more like a Mac 26s (not the 26m or x - motorsailer) except the Mac sails a bit better.

Hey, I'm bias
12-10-2009 10:05 PM
Something must be working

because Hunter is now selling The Edge. A 27' motor sailer in the flavor of the Mac26.

Sailing Magazine | Hunter Edge

12-10-2009 09:52 PM
mitiempo I know one of them is a sailboat. The mac is a hybrid that doesn't power as well as a powerboat should, not sail anywhere as well as a sailboat its size should. Have you ever heard the expression "clorox bottle`. Macgregor have perfected it. I was inside one today as a customer of mine is doing some wiring and I toured his boat. If you love white plastic you might love a Mac inside. There is a market for these as they do sell. Mostly to first time sailors who do not really know what a proper sailing boat sails like, and maybe they want to waterski. Can you enjoy sailing a Mac - yes. But only if you`ve never experienced a real sailboat - and then there`s that waterskiing.
12-10-2009 08:49 PM
Mac vs Hunter

Having sailed them both I'd say go with the Mac. It has a lower maintenance and more comfortable interior, versatile, easier to trailer and sail up onto a beach. But most importantly with a 50 hp motor you have the capability of going 20 mph when you're in a hurry to get somewhere, like out of the way of a storm or when the wind quits and you want to get back to the dock. You can even water ski behind it. Like having two separate boats, power & sail.

It may not sail quite as well as a Hunter but if you're looking for the ultimate sailboat there are much better choices than either in terms of sailing characteristics and super rugged construction in case you want to sail across the ocean in a storm or race. For someone who's not into extreme racing but just looking for fun the versatility of the Mac beats all. There are also used Mac 19s around for about $5000 that can sleep four seven footers with an enclosed head and small galley. Not a lot of headroom but easy to tow behind a small car and otherwise similar to the 26 for about half the price of a used 26 or Hunter.
12-09-2006 11:02 PM
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12-09-2006 09:32 PM
Hunter 260 vs Max 26

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02-09-2003 02:42 AM
hunter vc mac

I work with 2 Mac26x owners. One loves his, but only uses it occasionally, and always in protected waters. The other hated his so much that he sold it after 3 months. He later bought a power boat. I have a Catalina 250 Water Ballast. There are some people who have mastered the setup of the C250 and can get it off the trailer and ready to sail in about 45 minutes. I am not one of them. I keep mine in a slip, and only trailer it for haul out or an occasional distant road trip. I am comfortable taking it out off-shore, but only if the weather is nice and the seas are relatively calm (2-4 feet). My wife and I have spent a week at a time cruising the ICW with no complaints.
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