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Living Aboard MacGregor26

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We have been thinking of buying a MacGregor for years, mostly because we live right on the Intracoastal at a place that the bridge over the inlet does not raise (a MacGregor would let us lower the mast so we could get out to the ocean without having to sail 3 hours to the next inlet that has an opening bridge).
This past week we sailed a few day sails on a friend's MacGregor (see photos and map of sailing location below) but it was on very flat water (river in Quebec).
Has anyone sailed this boat in larger seas? Has anyone lived aboard for more than a few days? We would use it for 1-2 week trips to the Bahamas.
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If your primary restriction is getting past the fixed bridge look for boats with a mast in a tabernacle. These are specifically designed to dip the mast easily. Many were designed for use in Holland. You will have to do some looking (let a broker do the dirty work, that is what they paid for - by the seller). You should be able to find a much stouter boat for going to the Bahamas that will go under bridges.
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