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2003 26 (ft.) MacGregor 26M

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General Information

Listing# 145779

Stratford, CT, United States
Boat Type
Model Year
Racers and Cruisers
26 (ft.)
Bridge Clearance
Hull Material
Fuel Type
Engine Model
Honda 50
Number of Engines
Engine Type
Engine Hours

General Details

Her accommodations are attractive. With minimal conversion she can sleep six in a pinch. The dinette not only seats five but is raised so that all have a good view of the outside world. Those deep, dank caves we used to call sailboats can't hold a candle.

The head is enclosed, the galley has a niche for an alcohol stove, the 48-quart cooler is removable so you can pack it at home, and all of the interior cushions and mattresses come up to make down-stairs clean-up as simple as turning on the hose.

Light construction cuts both ways. It opens up the boat's sparkling performance, but does it render her seaworthy It makes her affordable, but it makes you wonder.

MacGregor's best argument - that he knows his materials - is the more than 36,000 boats he's built. I can look at the quarter-inch bolts closing the hull-deck joint and imagine them zippering through the hull flange under the loads imposed by big water, but there are 36,000 places where he can point and say, "it doesn't happen." I don't expect the 26 to be overly forgiving of sailor error, or to have the massive "strength in reserve" of its heavier counterparts.
A conventionally keeled sailboat is "self-righting" (ask the Smeetons who were turned turtle off Cape Horn in their heavy 45-footer what "self-righting" really means) due to ballast hung at the bottom of its keel. The MacGregor has no keel. She's a centerboarder.

With her foil-shaped centerboard pivoted down she can sail without making much leeway, but the board weighs just 30 pounds. That hardly makes her "self-righting." Her stability stems from her hull form (relatively hard chines and flat-bottomed mid-sections), and from water ballast.

Water ballast is neat - open the valve and she ingests 1500 pounds of water. It completely fills its tank, can't leak, and won't move. The weight of the water is down low where it works best to counteract the heeling force from the sails. When we opened up the valve the ballast came in and, in eight minutes or so, the tipping under bare poles was no longer happening.
Let out the water and the package you have to pull behind your car becomes 1500 pounds lighter. Run the water out of the boat and you boost the power-to-weight ratio enough to sustain twenty knots with a 50-horse outboard in a boat that sleeps six.

Water ballast can be installed when you need it, and it's free. By adding to her displacement, the MacGregor adds significantly (between 40 and 50 percent) to her stability.

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Stock #48739


Boat has been recently bottom painted and is ready to go for the next new owner Trailer not included at this time.
Navigational Equipment
- Navigation Lights - Navionics (Garmin) - CD Player (Pioneer) - Sound System (Pioneer) - Compass - Depth Instrument (Garmin) - GPS (Garmin) - VHF
- Engine Cylinders (3) - Fuel Tank (24) - Engine Location (Stern) - Hand Rails - Steering (Wheel)
Electrical Systems
- Battery (2 Exide) - Gauges - Speakers - Battery Charger - Battery Switch - Engine Kill Switch
- Berth (2) - Cabin Lighting - Head - Cabins (1) - A/C (Portable) - Dinette - Fridge (Portable) - Microwave - Sink - Stove
- Bottom Paint (2013) - Engine Cooling (Raw)
Deck Gear
- Anchor - Fenders - Main Sail - Mooring Lines - Sail Cover - Swim Ladder - Traveller - Winch Handles - Winches - Cooler - Courtesy Lights - Sun Pad
Safety Equipment
- Dock Lines - Fenders - First Aid Kit - Grab Rail - Horn - Searchlight - Fire Extinguisher
- Headsail - Main Sheet - Roller Furling Jib - Vang
- Furler - Mast - Roller Furling Jib