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Living Aboard MacGregor26

3724 Views 19 Replies 12 Participants Last post by  Mr. Bubs
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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I sailed a Venture 24 for years including crossings to Catalina and eventually some short point to point ocean races. knockdowns are a fact of life on a boat that light but she would bounce right back after dumping the sails. I loved that boat and would by another in a second. As with my first boat named "Joint Venture" i would scrap all of the cheap rigging, add a web of strengthening stringers from the chainplates forward and add additional bulkheads to the keel trunk.
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