Mainsail and genoa
This photo shows the boat
sailing under main and genoa, The wind is blowing about 10 knots, just about right for a
pleasant afternoon sail.
Sailing with main and jib
Sailing along on a reach, with the wind at about 14 knots.
The 26 balances beautifully.
A light touch on the wheel is all that is necessary to track a perfect course. The big
twin rudders give excellent control. The boat is light. A light boat like this requires
less sail area to sail fast, so sail handling is easy. The 26's light weight and its
powerboat underbelly allow the boat to get up on top of the water and plane in heavy
winds. In such conditions, these boats have exceeded 17 mph under sail. Most small
sailboats, with their round bottoms, have speeds limited to around 5 to 6 mph.
You can always make a fast boat go slower by reducing sail, but you can't make a slow boat
sail fast. There is no sacred principle that says a great cruising sailboat should be
slow, and there is no greater frustration than a comfortable "houseboat" that
just doesn't sail.
The MacGregor 26 offers the amenities of a cruising boat combined with high performance
sailing. There are a lot of boats on the market that do not sail fast or handle well. The
best bet is to sail any boat that you intend to buy, or watch it sailing competitively
against other sailboats. The turkeys will be obvious.
This photo shows the boat
sailing under mainsail with no jib. This is great for heavy weather, or for learning to
sail. The rotating mast, described below, allows the boat to be sailed very efficiently
under main alone.
Here is another picture of the main and jib.
The 26s rotating mast is similar to
the setup used on virtually all modern catamarans. We have developed a system (for which
we are seeking a patent) that allows conventional spreaders, with upper and lower shrouds,
and a mast that rotates to create perfect airflow across the mainsail.
With a conventional non-rotating mast, the mast creates a serious amount of turbulence on
the mainsail, making the first third of the sail virtually useless. The deep notch between
the mainsail and the mast disturbs the laminar flow of air across the downwind side of the
sail and causes the smooth air flow to separate from the sail and disintegrate into a vast
field of turbulence. The drawings below show the difference.
The long, deep daggerboard keeps the boat
from side-slipping when sailing into the wind. The board and rudders retract to allow the
boat to be beached. The daggerboard and rudders are controlled by lines leading to the
cockpit, and can be pulled completely up into the boat for powering and for downwind
The daggerboard's long, thin airfoil is far more efficient than a short, wide one. This is
why racing sailboat keels are deep, and why sailplane wings are long and thin. The
relationship between the fore and aft width of the board and its length is called its
aspect ratio. Most boats have keels with aspect ratios of 2 to 1 (meaning that the keel or
centerboard is two times as deep as it is wide). The MacGregor 26 centerboard has a ratio
of five to one (it is 16" wide and 5' 6" deep). The high aspect ratio increases
lift as the boat sails into the wind and reduces drag. This is one of the major reasons
that the new 26 will point closer into the wind and sail faster than other trailerables.
We offer a cruising spinnaker. The sail is easy to fly and colorful, and adds an amazing
amount of speed when sailing downwind. It is flown and controlled just like a jib or
genoa. Unlike conventional racing spinnakers, it does not require a spinnaker pole or
Racing with the MacGregor 70
The above photo shows the 26 racing
against our MacGregor 70. The 70 is the world's fastest production sailboat, and we gave
it a severe handicap by furling up its huge jib. As fast as the 26 is, the smart money was
still on the 70. The big boat cruises under power at 12 knots. That's fast for a sailboat.
But the 26, under power, will fly by it like the 70 is tied to a tree.
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