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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.

Trailering has been made, if not foolproof, at least ridiculously easy. A forward ladder on the custom-built trailer makes it a three-step breeze to get aboard (and why haven't other manufacturers adopted this simple and good idea?). "Goal posts" guide you in on a landing and you drive the stem right to the rubber stopper on the winch post with full engine control. MacGregor pride in being the lowest trailer on the market is justified when you see how that keeps the tow vehicle out of the water and still floats the hull easily with no tongue extension. Mast up (by hand or with the slick custom winching system) and you're set. You can raise and lower the mast underway for fixed bridges or just for kicks.

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
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 (August 2013 With A 5 Year Paint!) - Cabin Heat - Anchor (Yes) - Bottom Paint (Fresh In Spring 2014) - Engine Cooling (Freshwater) - Radar Arch - Bottom Paint - Engine Cooling - Gel Coat (EXCELLENT) - Gel Coat - Power Engine Hatch - Anchor - Propeller - Bottom Paint - Bottom Paint - Flybridge - Bottom Paint - Engine Cooling - Gel Coat (Imron) - Helm Console - Propeller (2 Bronze) - Tower - Bottom Paint (Good Shape) - Gel Coat (Gleams) - Radar Arch - Stored Inside - Cockpit Type (Self Bailing Fiberglass Floor Liner) - Propeller (Two Nibral 4 Blade Cup) - Anchor - Bottom Paint - Anchor - Gel Coat (Excellent) - Anchor - Gel Coat (Excellent) - Engine Cooling - Gel Coat (Excellent) - Propeller (Bronze) - Stored Inside (All It's Life) - Wake Board Rack (Port And Starboard) - Bottom Paint - Anchor - Anchor - Gel Coat - Hard Top - Propeller (Stainless (2)) - Stored Inside - Gel Coat - Tower - Tower Light - Wake Board Rack - Anchor - Anchor - Gel Coat - Helm Console - Propeller - Tuna Tower (Inc) - Bottom Paint - Propeller (Stainless Steel) - Engine Cooling (Closed) - Gel Coat - Bottom Paint - Propeller (3 Blade) - Bottom Paint - Gel Coat (Great Condition) - Tower - Propeller (Stainless) - Bottom Paint (New 2012) - Engine Cooling (Freshwater) - Propeller's (18x20) - Thru-hull Fittings - Propeller (Agressive Stainless 19 Pitch 14.25 Hub.) - Binnacle W/compass - Bottom Paint - Radar Arch - Gel Coat - Propeller - Anchor - Bottom Paint - Propeller (SS) - Cabin Heat - Gel Coat - Helm Console - Bottom Paint - Helm Console - Bottom Paint - Cabin Heat - Bottom Paint - Cabin Heat - Bottom Paint (Needs To Be Done) - Engine Cooling (Fresh Water Cooled) - Gel Coat (Good) - Keel Type (Lead) - Bottom Paint (2/12/14) - Anchor - Engine Cooling - Gel Coat - Gel Coat (Excellent) - Propeller (Polished Stainless Steel) - Stored Inside - Toe Rail - Cabin Heat - Cabin Heat - Bottom Paint (3 Yrs Old, Has Regular Cleaning) - Bottom Paint (New Bottom Paint - May 2014) - Keel Type (Fin) - Bottom Paint - Gel Coat - Bottom Paint - Cabin Heat - Bottom Paint - Engine Cooling (Raw Water Cooled) - Radar Arch (Custom Stainless Steel Radar Arch And Rod Holder) - Bottom Paint (New) - Bottom Paint - Propeller (Brand New Mirage Plus) - Gel Coat - Thru-hull Fittings - Ballast (4 Tons) - Keel Type (Full) - Propeller - Last Haul Out Bottom Job (2013) - Stored Inside - Wake Board Rack - Gel Coat - Anchor - Cabin Heat (Reverse Cycle Ac/heat) - Engine Cooling (Raw Water) - Gel Coat (Excellent) - Power Engine Hatch - Propeller (Stainless) - Stored Inside - Anchor - Propeller (SS W/ Extra) - Stored Inside - Tower Light - Bottom Paint - Gel Coat - Helm Console - Propeller (18 X 20 3 Blade) - Gel Coat - Anchor - Propeller (Mercury Vengeance) - Bottom Paint - Cabin Heat - Cabin Heat - Engine Cooling (Raw Water) - Gel Coat (Excellent With Custom Graphics) - Propeller (Stainless Steel 5 Blade Surface Props) - Stored Inside (Under Awning) - Binnacle W/compass - Anchor - Propeller - Binnacle W/compass - Gel Coat - Propeller - Ballast (Water To Control Wave Size For Wakeboarders) - Wakeboard Tower - Anchor - Anchor (2) - Bottom Paint - Cobia Tower - Gel Coat - Propeller (SS) - Cockpit Type (Dual Console) - Wake Board Rack - Cabin Heat - Gel Coat - Helm Console - Thru-hull Fittings - Helm Console - Bow Scuff Plate - Cabin Heat - Hard Top - Helm Console - Bottom Paint (New 12/13) - Engine Cooling (Freshwater) - Bottom Paint (Needs) - Cabin Heat - Hard Top - Bottom Paint (2012 Ablative) - Power Engine Hatch - Construction - Hand Laid Composite Hull & Deck w/ Multi-Directional Fiberglass and High Density Coring & Interplastic Vinylester Resin. Hull & Deck Laminated, Thru-Bolted, Screwed & Sealed Toghether w/ Heavy-Duty Marine Sealant/ Adhesive - Engine Cooling (Raw) - Propeller (SS 4 Blade) - Thru-hull Fittings - ~ Monterey's Air Assisted Chine Option - Thru-hull Fittings - Anchor - Tee Top - Bottom Paint - Cabin Heat - Ballast - Bow Pulpit - Cabin Heat - Gel Coat (Nice) - Stored Inside - Bottom Paint - Cabin Heat - Gel Coat - Radar Arch - Bottom Paint - Cabin Heat - Tee Top - Gel Coat - Gel Coat (Needs To Be Buffed And Waxed) - Bottom Paint - Engine Cooling (Open) - Gel Coat - Bottom Paint - Bottom Paint - Propeller (Nibril) - Propeller (Stainlrss) - Bottom Paint - Engine Cooling (RWC) - Propeller (Stainless) - Gel Coat - Bottom Paint - Hard Top - Gel Coat - Helm Console - Power Engine Hatch - Bow Pulpit - Gel Coat - Radar Arch - Gel Coat - Propeller (Bronze) - Ballast (3 Water Ballast Tanks. (mid, Port, Starboard)) - Anchor - Bottom Paint - Gel Coat - Propeller - Anchor - Engine Cooling (Raw Water) - Gel Coat (Excellent Condition) - Helm Console - Thru-hull Fittings (Brass) - Propeller - Bottom Paint - Stored Inside - Binnacle W/compass - Bottom Paint (New 2013) - Keel Type (Twin) - Toe Rail - Engine Cooling - Gel Coat - Anchor - Bottom Paint (New) - Binnacle W/compass - Bottom Paint - Propeller (Stainless) - Bottom Paint (Needs) - Flybridge - Helm Console - Propeller (X2 Brass) - Control Type - Anchor - Bottom Paint - Helm Console - Keel Type (Retractable) - Propeller - Anchor - Propeller - Thru-hull Fittings - Bottom Paint - Engine Cooling (Freshwater) - Gel Coat - Rip Curl Edition...Only one every made! - Anchor - Helm Console - 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