macgregor 26 sailboats
Quick Stable and responsive, the
revolutionary MacGregor 26 is the fastest and best handling of any of the trailerable
It offers high speed
powering without compromising sailing performance. you can have the peace and quite of
sailing, or the fun of powering at over 24 mph.
Unlike any other boat, it
opens a world of endless variety; sailing, swimming, fishing, diving, water skiing, or
just fooling around on the water.
Here are a few of the many
features which make the MacGregor 26 a truly remarkable boat.
MacGregor developed this concept. It has been
widely copied and is now the standard throughout the trailerable sailboat industry. It
makes it possible to have very light weight for powering and trailering, and the heavy
stability necessary for safe sailing. After launching, the transom valve is opened and a
tank in the bottom of the hull is gravity filled with 1400 lbs. of water. Under power or
sail, the ballast makes the boat stable and self righting. The tank is emptied when the
boat is floated back onto the trailer, or while under power, leaving a trailering package
lighter than most small powerboats.
flat bottom required for high speed powering creates one of the most stable sailboats you
will ever find. The photo on the right shows 180 lbs. on the rail with the water tank
empty. Other boats would show some serious tipping.
The MacGregor 26 is self
righting with the water ballast tank filled. This means that the boat will return to an
upright position after being pulled over on it's side with the sails set.
The MacGregor 26 is as
maintenance free as a boat can be. The rigging is of anodized aluminum and stainless
steel. The fiberglass hull and deck require only an occasional waxing. The cushions and
carpets can be easily removed and the boat's interior can be hosed out.
The MacGregor 26 has built-in
solid foam floatation to keep it afloat in the event of damage. It won't sail fast when
flooded like this, but it beats swimming. Most competing boats do not offer this essential
safety protection, and their heavy keels can pull them straight to the bottom. Don't get a
boat without solid flotation!
MacGregor's rigging is
especially designed for trailering. Stay adjusters are used rather than turnbuckles. With
masts that are raised and lowered, turnbuckle bending and failure is very common. Stay
adjusters are stronger and much more reliable.
The MacGregor 26 is built to outlast
all of us. Each boat is built of individual layers of fiberglass fabrics, laid in place by
hand, in a carefully controlled process. Hulls and decks are light, but strong, with extra
reinforcement at all high stress points. MacGregor's bolted hull to deck joining
system is strong, but compact, and adds little unnecessary width to the boat.
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