Your signature says it all:What I know about the Mac 26 I have learned from here but willing to pass it on to you.
A bunch of Heresay
The Mac 26 is an abomination to the powerboat world and an even worse sailor. The fact that you would even consider it means you should buy an RV instead and try find a place to park in next to the water.
See what a Title invites....
Maybe go the other way around in your boat search. Start looking for what is for sale in your area, then do a search on here, most every boat has been talked about at one time or another. There is no use to find your dream boat here if it is not for sale anywhere nearby.
Let me start by saying I do not mean to trash Mac's as a whole, they serve a purpose, for lakes or protected waters. I do not feel that they would be affective for any kind of trip 20 miles off-shore as is advertised in the Macgregor DVD *yes, I did get the DVD and watched it, I didn't just jump on a bandwagon*. I may be newer to sailing but math has always been a friend of mine and the way Macgregor pitches his boat is wonderful, but it is too much like a used car sale to me. I just don't trust a company that uses that much smoke and mirrors in the advertisement. To me it is like buying a Dodge, even with a life-time warranty the company couldn't sell cars! I don't hold anybody who buys a Mac to any less of a standard, as long as they don't take the boat outside of its design limitations.Your signature says it all:
Searching for the Perfect Pocket cruiser
Sounds like an armchair sailor-wannabee with no boat but plenty of criticism.
NCC320 is correct, there is no need to be trashing any model of boat, the Mac26 serve a niche market and does so very well, the sales figures are indisputable, people are buying them, for good reason, they are affordable, versatile, and they get folks out on the water, and then on to bigger boats. They make a great starter boat for the un-initiated.
The OP should never have used Mac26 in the Title to get attention, as it can and does invite negative responses. Now the OP's thread is being filled with the wrong responses, ones that are not pertinent to the request for info.
That was really smart wasn't it!
When I was out at Catalina Island (22 miles off the cost of California) a month ago, I saw a ton of MacGregor 26 boats.I do not feel that they would be affective for any kind of trip 20 miles off-shore as is advertised in the Macgregor DVD *yes, I did get the DVD and watched it, I didn't just jump on a bandwagon*
The MacGregor absolutely does not compete with a cabin cruisers, it is in a class of it's own, a hybrid, a powersailer, a sloop sailboat that has some hull characteristics of a powerboat. For a sailboat it powers pretty good and for a powerboat it sails pretty good but does niether extremely well, but rather, does both well enough to satisfy the sailor or powerboater especially if there are one of each in the buying decision.When I was out at Catalina Island (22 miles off the cost of California) a month ago, I saw a ton of MacGregor 26 boats.
I am personally not a fan of planing motorboats as it's not my style, but I think overall the boat is a really good idea. People think about them the wrong way- comparing them to real sailboats, instead of to other fiberglass cabin cruisers with outboards that can't sail- which I think is a comparison that makes more sense, since that's what it's really competing with.
Ok, first I have no intention of buying a mac26. I've read enough already to avoid that mess, but I knew it'd get some attention in the title
What my wife and I do want is a good sized cruiser 28+ feet that can handle some weather but is primarily used to enjoy the beautiful Maine coast line and islands. We are looking to spend under 20k, we don't want the world just something we can spend a weekend on and enjoy the water, speed isn't much of an issue for us but light winds do happen. I've been around motor/fishing boats my entire life but am "new" to sailing, so something that is easy to handle would be a must.
Hopefully we can find some good advice here. We just want a list of common boats in that range *30foot* that were built right the first time and just do what they do, sail! We already have a nice home and don't wish to confuse the two. What we need is a weekend get-a-way.
Start pumping your brakes right now, dude.bljones,
Are you trying to prove my point?....
Having said this, I don't really care what you think of me, or my choice of boat.
Fada Mor,What I know about the Mac 26 I have learned from here but willing to pass it on to you.
The Mac 26 is an abomination ...