Anywhere you can car-launch a 15'
rowboat, you can launch a MacGregor 26. There are ramps everywhere, and they cost very
little to use, typically $2 to $5. Many are free.
Launching is easy because the boat sits lower on its trailer than any other trailerable
The launching procedure is simple. The car is backed down the ramp until the boat just
starts to float free of the trailer (normally, the car tires will be just touching the
water). The bow line is released and one person gets on the boat, starts the motor, and
powers the boat off the trailer. To recover the boat, the procedure is reversed. Under
outboard power (it can be done under sail, but not as easily), the boat is driven onto the
trailer until it hits the bow stop at the front of the trailer. With the motor still
running to keep the nose of the boat pressed against the bow support, the crew goes
forward and down the trailer ladder. The bow line is then connected and the boat is
winched in tight. There are guide posts at the rear of the trailer, and a large V at the
nose to keep the boat centered as it goes on and off the trailer. There is also a ladder
at the front of the trailer to make it easy to get up on the boat.
On its trailer, the 26's waterline is only 27" from the ground. This distance is the
best indicator of difficulty in launching any boat.
The higher the boat sits on its trailer, the more likely you will have to drown your car
for the boat to float free. Here are some comparable measurements:
MacGregor 26--- 27"
Catalina 22 swing keel--- 36"
Capri 22 winged keel--- 45"
Catalina 22 winged keel--- 45"
Catalina 25 swing keel--- 47"
Catalina 250--- 33"
Hunter 18--- 36"
Hunter 23.5--- 32"
Hunter 26--- 36"
Westwight Potter 19 ft --- 31"
On a typical ramp, every
inch higher on the trailer means that the trailer and car will have to go 12" farther
down the ramp for the boat to float free.
Some builders use extension tongues to get deep draft boats farther down the ramp without
dunking the car. This is OK, but ramps are built for typical length trailers without
extensions. If the trailer wheels go off the end of the paved portion, major help is often
Once the 26 is launched, it needs only
12" of water to float. It will sail in places most other boats simply cannot go.
Unlike most other trailerable cruisers, the 26 has a daggerboard that retracts completely
into the hull, allowing the boat to be launched and beached without fear of damage to the
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