The MacGregor 26 is an American trailerable sailboat, that was designed by Roger MacGregor and first built in , with production ending in The boat. Both the MacGregor 26 and Tattoo 26 are now out of production, We have left these legacy pages up to provide information and knowledge to current owners. MACGREGOR 26M Powersailer. $21, ORLANDO, FL. MACGREGOR 26 M. $22, Whitehall, MI. MACGREGOR 26M. $18, Kirkland.
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Oh, except for one boat — the MacGregor 26M. That boat can start a fight. What do you mean? None of this makes immediate sense, but the mention of a MacGregor 26M makes eyes roll… in slow motion… all the way around.
What is the issue? The MacGregor was designed and marketed to maccgregor or would-be sort of sailors. They assumed these people would probably not embrace the low speeds associated with traditional sailing — might be a deal breaker, so they slapped a big fat outboard on the transom and that problem was solved!
Some MacGregors have engines as large as HPs and can top knots. MacGregor critics have said many times: They just dropped the main and took off to beat the rain and get home for dinner. This is another area where new MacGregor boat owners rejoice and critics scoff.
The scoffers believe there is no price point that will ever tempt them into stepping foot on a MacGregor The boat, for some, represents a cheapening of the sport — a stripping away of the elegance and dignity that sailing withholds, leaving us with a mutant powerboat that wants to call itself a sailboat when the mood strikes.
Not a pill purists will swallow. Like them or not, one thing that is indisputable about the MacGregor 26 M is they have brought many non-sailors into the sailing universe. More than a few owners have gotten the sailing bug because they could afford it and then moved towards boats that were designed expressly for sailing.
We say live and let live.
I am one of those 26 owners mentioned in the article and I appreciate the open minded view of the writer. To me the versatility of the Mac 26 overrode the need to conform to norm.
I like that I can relocate to any body of water I wish to explore without the usual expenses removing, transporting and relaunching a traditional Keel Boat. I also like macgrdgor I can enjoy the water on those Many days during the middle of the summer when there is no wind for sailing mactregor the landlocked lakes of much of middle America.
I believe the boat has been reborn by the daughter and son in law.
And manufactured in Stuart Florida 26, a new name…. They are called Tattoo Yachts now. I have the precursor to the 26M. The 26X, has a better cabin layout, and is very comfortable. These are great boats, and have proven to be safe, and tough. They have been sailed to the Bahamas, the Sea of Cortez, and many other places.
The purists who look down on them, macgretor never spent any time on one! Nice article but why does the author think owners are new to sailing?
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Has the author considered the safety factor of 50 hp plus outboards? Did the author read reviews of the early model, the 26X? Are owners older than most new sailors? Did they own other boats prior to purchasing? These boats are respected and for charter all over the world. There is something about them that gives a person hope. Hopefully ASA can put something together, like a rally, that welcomes these boats that can coastal cruise with the Outbound 46s.
Im the immediate past Commodore of a yacht club, I own a Mac 26X, so hardly new to sailing, the Mac gives me what the others couldnt at a price point that is real value for money, standing headroom, private head for the ladies and she is very sea kindly. Just finished an 8 night, 9 day sail in my Macgregor 26X. I told the other boats 8 others in the fleet going to Catalina that I had a 50 hp and a tow rope if they needed help.
Helped the confidence of some of the newbies during the 6 hour crossing. Kept the motor just above idle when the fleet needed to motor for a spell. Then I trailered her home to San Antonio.
Too much sail area to be a motor sailor, normally motor sailors have much less sail area than others of equivalent size and displacement, motor sailors are also generally governed by hull speed, all this being given its a sailboat that can motor fast. I joined a sailing club that you could use different sail boats.
My first sail boat was a Choy Lee clipper I traveled around the US a lot and the boat stayed in Seattle. Now it is in 226m. Could not have done that with any other.
It has a real head not a porta pottie, Inside heater and special seating railing. It has a 70 HP. Make it back to the club and wait, wait, wait for the standard sailing boats. I am a former licensed coast guard captain and master seaman to tons and have owned a number of boats, power and sail.
Most of the critical sailors never leave the marina if there is to much or to little wind or it might rain and if they do they will not get out of sight of the marina.
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