I have been reading about the mcGregors, they certainly are very popular, but I am not convinced that it would be a wise choice for me. It seems like by bridging the gap they have a very beginner level boat (I am a newb so thats good) that is not good at either end of the segment.
Newb or not you have MUCH potential. Even you can spot, "Jack of all trades, master of none." Despite DRFerron's reservations.
Are you sure sailing is the right hobby for you?
Welcome... and like was said, most sailboats fit into the category of "displacement" hulls, and will not plane, therefore adding horsepower will not make the boat go appreciably faster, only burn more fuel and make more noise. There is a sweet spot of HP, that will push the boat sufficiently in any headwind, that is dependent on boat type, weight, and such, but is a lot less than you would imagine. Also propeller blade number, angle, and size contribute towards available torque, and ability to push against headwind. So NO putting a 90HP on a boat that requires 9, isn't really gonna make it go faster. On a typical displacement 26 foot sailboat, your max displacement speed will be at or around 6 knots.
Before the masses at LARGE crucify me, I picked my words VERY CAREFULLY... Yes under certain circumstances EVEN a displacement boat can go faster, but not generally under motor (save for perhaps down a wave). Here's my 25 foot displacement boat going faster than hull speed, under sail, and NO its not downwind!