What are MacGregor boats? MacGregor is a long-established boat brand in the marine industry, manufacturing boats that can differ in size from Boat Trader currently has 21 MacGregor boats for sale, including 0 new vessels and 21 used boats listed by both private sellers and professional boat dealers mainly in United States. The oldest model listed on Boat Trader was built in and the newest was built in
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The obvious design compromises in a motorboat-sailboat hybrid have made many owners smile. Designer and builder Roger MacGregor ventured into the boatbuilding business in the early s after being assigned a college class project. With an undergraduate economics degree in hand, MacGregor was pursuing a master's degree at Stanford University when confronted with the challenge of creating a business.
He decided on a plan to build a small, affordable boat that could be easily transported. I was really only building sailboats as a hobby," said the year-old entrepreneur from Newport, California. The manufacturing facility remains in Costa Mesa, California, although it has sprawled into a 5-acre campus and churns out to boats annually, with a third sold overseas.
The company is approaching production of its 40,th boat, which includes MacGregor 65s. Fifteen years ago, the MacGregor 26X went into production, marking a radical change with its water ballast system. The company built 5, 26Xs. Seven years ago, the 26X was replaced by the 26M, with 3, built. The new 26M is better looking, lighter, faster, and an all-around better boat," MacGregor said. First impressions The first time I ever saw a MacGregor 26M it was planing, pushed by what appeared to be a powerful outboard engine.
The MacGregor 26 is a hybrid appealing primarily to trailersailors strapped for time and concerned about the rising cost of slip and mooring fees. At 26 feet it is simple to rig and sail, and just as easy to transport.
Instead of chugging with the diesel at 4 knots, the MacGregor 26 speeds along at 22 mph. The boat was also able to explore quiet coves or nestle onto sandy beaches because its twin rudders and daggerboard that require only 12 inches water when retracted. Armando Jaen of Miami bought his brand-new 26M last year. It's the versatility I like," he said. We were able to anchor just about anywhere. We were in two feet of water so the kids jumped off and snorkeled.
All are hand-laid fiberglass matting or roving, which when cured results in solid laminates. The MacGregor 26M assembly line is akin to those used to build powerboats. The hull is shaped by a mold. The gel coat is sprayed into the mold cavity, followed by application of the hull materials.
Once the hull is removed from the mold, the deck is bolted on and adhesives are used to seal the seams. MacGregor believes pop rivets are not sufficient to bind hull to deck. What to look for When buying a used 26, decide whether you want an older X model or a newer M. The improvements evident in the M version can serve as an indicator for what to look for when buying a used X.
For instance, the new model features a more traditional shearline and a smaller transom with rounded corners, making the 26M look more like a sailboat, or at least less like a powerboat. The M series' bottom has a deeper V, allowing for better tracking, and the rig is taller. The noisy and potentially leaky centerboard trunk was replaced by a daggerboard well. The latter has no metal parts, reducing concerns about electrolysis.
The rudders are larger and more elliptical in shape for better control. The outboard was relocated to under the captain's seat rather than behind it, which made the cabin 15 inches longer.
The cabin has four lights instead of two, and there are two rows of windows, allowing more natural illumination inside. Generally, potential buyers should examine water ballast valves for smooth operation, especially the gate valve so crucial to filling and emptying the ballast water. On deck Six-foot-long cockpit seats make it easy for everyone aboard to enjoy the weather.
The helm seat is slightly raised to make it easier for the helmsman to see over the cabin. The steering wheel is mounted on a pedestal. The cockpit is self-bailing. The mainsheet is guided by a traveler mounted at the forward end of the cockpit. The headsail is roller-furling. Plenty of storage is available in lockers beneath the cockpit seats.
An anchor locker is located at the bow and a boarding ladder at the stern. With an air draft of 35 feet, the mast can be raised or lowered by a single sailor using the built-in brake winch. The standing rigging is tweaked with stay adjusters instead of traditional turnbuckles, which MacGregor contends are more reliable and easier to use aboard a trailerable boat where the mast is frequently raised and lowered.
The boat and trailer can be towed by a full-size sedan but an SUV makes a more suitable match. Down below The cabin has 6-foot headroom, large sofa seats and the dinette seats easily convert into berths. The table seats four. The sole is carpeted. There is another double berth forward, where sleeping is made comfortable by a large ventilation hatch. Overall, the boat has two double and two single berths. The galley features a sink, ice chest, an optional hand-pumped Origo alcohol stove, counter tops and storage space.
The freshwater tank holds five gallons. The head, with its solid door, is fully enclosed for privacy. Engine The MacGregor 26 comes equipped with a beefy outboard, ranging from 50 to 70 horsepower. Roger MacGregor usually recommends a horsepower Evinrude, but several owners have said they have come to rely on horsepower Suzuki engines.
All engines can push the hull along at 24 knots, fast enough to tow a water-skier. The boat holds 24 gallons of fuel, giving it a range of miles at 6 mph, or 84 miles at 21mph. Underway The boat's twin rudders can be retracted when the engine is in use, making for easier steering and reducing drag.
A gate valve is used to fill the ballast water, a process that takes about four minutes. A forward vent lets air escape as water enters. Unlike a weighted keel, liquid moves from the centerline toward the lee rail as the boat heels. Some skippers contend the sloshing below deck can be felt in the rudder, making the helm less responsive.
The MacGregor 26 owners say the boat is tender, and prefer to sail in light winds, seldom over 15 knots, and then only with reduced sail. A few said they sometimes sail 20 knots, but never sail the boat offshore.
Conclusion Compromise is the name of the game with the MacGregor Obviously you can't have a classic yacht with dramatic overhangs and teak decks if you also expect the boat to go like the dickens with an outboard hanging from the transom.
Face it, the MacGregor 26 isn't likely to be voted prettiest girl at the dance. It could however, be the perfect boat for an aging but active baby boomers looking to maximize time on the water. It offers performance and comfort in a single package, holds its value, and remains the world's best-selling trailersailer. Maximum speed under power: 22mph. Serial number: 64J Last serviced: August Fuel capacity: 2 x 5 gallons.
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Twin rudders and rotating spar. Hull weight empty: 2, lbs. Ballast includes lbs of fixed ballast plus up to an additional 1, lbs of water. As with the previous model, designed for use with a more than 'auxilary' sized outboard.
The MacGregor 26M is the fastest and best handling of any of the trailerable cruising sailboats. It is easy to sail, and easy to trailer to your favorite sailing waters. It can be stored on its trailer, launched at any ramp, and rigged in just minutes. The MacGregor 26M offers high speed powering without compromising sailing performance. You can have the peace and quiet of sailing, or the fun of powering economically at up to 24MPH with a 70HP outboard BWY has been offering the option of 70hp since we completed the initial motoring performance tests for the MacGregor factory on the very first 26M built. Unlike any other boat, it opens up a world of endless variety- - sailing, swimming, fishing, diving, water skiing or just fooling around on the water. Its high speed under power lets you get to cruising waters that are out of reach for a conventional six mph sailboat.
The MacGregor 26 is an American trailerable sailboat , that was designed by Roger MacGregor and first built in , with production ending in The design was developed into the Tattoo 26 , which remains in production by Tattoo Yachts. The MacGregor 26 is a small recreational keelboat , built predominantly of fiberglass , with models designed for sailing and motor-sailing. It has a fractional sloop rig, a transom-hung rudder and a centerboard or daggerboard keel , depending on the model, with flooding water ballast.