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MacGregor 26X (2600)
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Description: MacGregor 26X (2600)
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Registered: January 2000
Location: maryland
Posts: 1887
Review Date: Sat August 29, 1998 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 


Summary of Design:
A mobile, versatile, fast, and easy trailorable all-fiberglass construction sailboat; designed to sail anywhere with the exception of bluewater passage making.

Key Features:
* Retractable Centerboard (70 lbs; ~6'x18")
* ~1500 lbs of water ballast (can be emptied while in the water)
* Twin rudder w/steering linkage attached to Outboard (OB is attached through a locking quick disconnect)
* Fractional rig.
* Sleeps 4 comfortably in pairs (aft berth is really large enough to sleep 3 x 6' adults)
* Fully enclosed head w/ separate water supplies.
* Full mini-galley.
* Qualifies as a second home. (for tax purposes, meets IRS reguirements)
* Wheel steering.
* Motors at 20+MPH under ideal conditions . (5 adults fully loaded heavy empty ballast I have seen 17.4 knots via GPS and same condition ballast full 13.1 knots both with about 5 knots of headwind.) cruises under 60-80% power at 14-16 knots with moderate loading and 2-3 adults.)
* Trailors incredibly easly on highway upto about 60 MPH.

see key features
* This boat sails best in 5-30 knots of wind.
* beachable, but I don't.
* narrow beam adds to increased hull speed.
* Flat bottom allows planing while under power.
* Water ballast works great while completely emtpy or completely full.
* able to single hand.
* separate anchor locker.
* Largest interior living space of a sailboat of these dimensions anywhere; at the expense of stowage space though.

* if ballast is allowed to become partially emptied or partially filled, then boat can become very tender, very stable when ballast is full, I mean FULL, any sloshing will greatly decrease an otherwise very stable boat.
* Little storage available for motorized dinghy; so I had a aux. motor mount added for a 5 hp ob outboard of the primary 50hp ob, it now serves as dinghy motor and aux kicker. Head goes unused most of the time so I stow the rollup inflatable dinghy in head; this means I must move it anytime the head requires use. For daysails I leave dinghy home, for multiday cruises, I often tow inflated dinghy to avoid the hassle in the head. I still consider the lack of large stowage space a weakness.
* This boat is not a 19' Knockabout.
* I do not consider this boat as a first time sailor boat either.

Overall Satifaction:
Even though this is my first sailboat, it is my second time as a boat owner. I had ten years sailing experience prior to owning this boat. I have experience with sailboards and lasers and upto a 44' Luders yawl including 19' Knockabout trainers, 420's, 20' Cal, 24' Ranger, 23.5 Hunter and the Mac 26X is by far the most versatile and funnest boat to sail and power. There are boats with less maintenance (though they are all smaller and daysailors only) There are better sailing sailboats, which are not much better but much more costly. There are better power boats which do not sail and have huge gas bills. I was however a little surprised by my first experience as a trailor sailor. I sail to relax, not to work, and trailor sailors work very hard to launch and recover their boats in times under one hour and sometimes more. But this is not MAC 26X specific rather it is trailor sailor specific, thus I will be finding a slip to moor my new boat and leave much of the work unrequired. I think it not healthy to spend more than three days on this boat without hitting a marina for a shower, waste removal, and resupply.

As an Engineer and a Naval Academy graduate with 10 years naval service, I have a certain appreciation for sailboat design, safety and the power/fury of the ocean. For the Traditional Sailboating Purists out there, this is not their boat. Many people mistakenly construe light contruction as minimalistic, I assure you this light-contruction sailboat is not minimalist contruction, but rather a fine balance to achieve low cost (plan to spent ~30K for a fully eqquiped new boat) and seaworthiness safety as well as performance under power and sail. Some compromises are made, but none that affect safety or seaworthiness. Never before in history has the technology existed to mass-produce such a boat. The biggest reason I would not use this boat to sail to Hawaii is lack of space for food, water, extra sails, and spare rigging and parts.
I thoroughly enjoy my LADY VICTORIA with my wife, Adela, and our yellow lab, PC. We plan to keep her for 10-15 years before we upgrade to a blue water cruiser for our retirement years.
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Registered: January 2000
Location: maryland
Posts: 1887
Review Date: Sun April 23, 2000 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 


This is the 3rd sailboat we've experieinced. Initially we owned a Chrysler Buccaneer 19' for 6 years, then had the opportunity to sail a Catalina 30 for @ 8 yrs. This year we purchased the MacGregor 26x. It quickly brought back memories of the Buccaneer, i.e., it is definitely not a keel boat. Although there is sufficient living space aboard, very reminiscent of the Cat 30.
I bought the boat from a dealer, not a marina, hence it was deleivered right out of the can so to speak. They're shipped, in pairs, in 40' containers. Off and on, it took 6 weeks of summer to install: mast-rigged VHF radio, plumbed head, Horizon multi-function(speed,depth,distance) instrument, 2x12 gal external tanks, 50 hp Nissan, dual batteries, removeable storage draweres beneath the dinnette table; bulk head compass, bimini, pedestal mount hand-hold w/folding tray,2 portlights beneath the cockpit seats, topping lift, Garmin GPS (pedestal mount), and CDI roller furling. All told about $25k to make it suitable for my taste. A lot of money, but I have a new boat and not someone elses problems. Next year I plan to install a butane stove, shore power, cd player and curtains.
We sail Lake Michigan or Muskegon Lake depending upon conditions. I find the boat acceptable for the most part, although you do need to keep a weather eye if you choose to venture too far off shore. Even with the assurance of the Nissan 50, it can get pretty exciting beating back to the marina in a 30 mph blow, 20 miles out. The boat bobs on the water rather than settles into the water. A sailing charateristic that takes some getting used to. I think it has to do with water ballast displacement system. I'm no physics professor, but it seems to me that water weighs what it weighs and by placing that water inside a sailboat, at water level, in water, there has to be either a compensating or equalizing affect, but certainly no magnifying affect as far a displaement's concerned. In short, the boat feels very tender most of the time even with a brim full tank.
We store the boat, fully rigged, on the trailer, (dry slipped) at the marina. This makes launching and retrieving very quick and efficient. The only delay is queueing up for an open launch ramp.

I like the all fibreglass interior construction, since it makes upkeep easy. We puchased a Walker Bay polyethene dingy and tow it whenever we venture out over night.

Our aim is have fun with boat for many years before moving into a true live-aboard model such as the Beneteau 411.
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Review Date: Wed June 20, 2001 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 


Having sailed large (MacGregor 65, Hunter 54, Swan 48) and small (hobie cats, Ranger 20, Cal 28 and 34 as well as a wide range of craft in between) in a variety of inland and coastal cruises/races and having sailed and skippered all the MacGregor (Venture) sailboats since 1971 mostly on San Francisco Bay in all types of conditions (admittedly some days when I would rather have stayed home in all but the largest craft)- within certain limits, I have always felt safe and confident in the seaworthiness of every model down to the 15 foot cat. The 26X offers an experienced sailer a range of choices not available in any other vessel with the possible exception of the trailerable trimarans now on the market. Ease of launching and trailering rate highly for those of us who like to venture to distant waters not accessible to any boat as roomy as this model. And while similar trailerables will point a little higher and sail a little faster upwind, the 26X will get you there and will turn a good bit of speed on all points of sail. As I have gotten older, I appreciate more and more the ability to fire up the 50 horse outboard to buck the tides and strong coastal currents if needed to get there at least twice as fast as any other sailboat in this size range. Yeah, if I had $100K to spend, I could get a faster lighter machine with similar capabilities but it would probably be a custom design with more high tech (and therefore high maintenance) features. For a small family on weekends or for a couple on vacation, the 26X provides an ample supply of fun and excitement at a surprisingly low cost. And keep in mind it does 55 mph across the state/country as well as doubling as your rather nice RV along the way.
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