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Re: Why all the fuss about mcgregor 26's

My first sailboat was a Mac 25 with the cast iron swing keel. If I knew better I would not have chosen the boat, but we took it all over Narragansett Bay and out to the coastal islands. The boat was very forgiving and saved us from our own ignorance and inexperience many times. The boat sold me on trailer sailing, which I continued to do with boats as large as 26 foot.
I really liked the water-ballasted M26C and looked at a few when I was looking to upgrade. I was an early member of the MacGregor Owners of New England, which still exists in combination with Trailer-Sailors of New England.
However, the 19 and 26 Powersailers were a turn-off for me. A word of caution about the water ballast - they can be unstable when used incorrectly unballasted. There was a horror story about one that capsized in calm water after having a group of people on its topsides to view fireworks.
To understand those "Stormtrooper styling, you only have to look at an early MacGregor design, the MacGregor 65
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There have been a very few incidents of water ballasted boats capsizing when unballasted or worse still, partially ballasted with part filled tanks. In these cases the boats have been overloaded with people well beyond their legal carrying capacity and generally alcohol has been involved as well. I have known over 15 non water ballast trailable yachts capsize and sink during racing due to a variety of factors from just wind blown knockdown to nose going under whilst flying a spinnaker in windy and high wave conditions. These yachts went to the bottom due to their fixed ballast overcoming their limited buoyancy.
There were no fatalities as everyone was sober and alert not drunk and disorderly.
With the exception of heavily ballasted deep keel yachts most lighter trailable boats can be capsized by overloading and bad seamanship. Partially filled water ballast tanks do have the potential to exasipate this problem.
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"There was a horror story about one that capsized in calm water after having a group of people on its topsides to view fireworks. "

Are you referring to incident where the inexperienced/uneducated and intoxicated captain borrowed the boat, failed to fill the ballast, and had twice the amount of passengers on board he should have? That's hardly the fault of the vessel. You simply can't fix or prevent stupid.

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Re: Why all the fuss about mcgregor 26's

Serious thread dredge.
The Mac 26x/m are exactly as you would expect from a "jack of all trades"
Said differently, a "Swiss army knife of boats"

Horses for courses.

Its likely a good fit for you on the lake.
Probably not a great fit for the Carrib (both because of its size - ie number of people aboard, and well, because of its size relative to the waters at hand).

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