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HOT NEWS:   After 58 years of production, and 38,000 sailboats, the MacGregors are retiring.  Production of the MacGregor 26 has been discontinued.   Our daughter and son in law, Laura and Paul Sharp, have opened a new boat building business in Stuart, Florida, and are manufacturing a boat similar to our MacGregor 26.        Contact them at  tattooyachts.com 

 

 

For all of the details about our retirement, and for the full MacGregor 26 website, click here.

 

POWERING AND WATERSKIING
 

POWERING AND WATERSKIING: With the 60 horsepower outboard, the 26 will go about 24 mph. It will easily pull a water-skier. This adds one more bit of fun to the voyage. It will actually pull most adults at high enough speeds to create some real excitement. (Forget about pulling a crowd.) This picture was taken just off the California coastline. 

THE MACGREGOR 26 IS A REALLY GOOD POWERBOAT. At high speed, it has a remarkably comfortable, stable ride. The very sharp entry slices thru waves efficiently. It is highly maneuverable, and only a light touch on the wheel is required to hold a perfect course. Ample fuel storage is provided. There are storage hatches in the cockpit that will hold 2 standard 12 gallon fuel tanks. If you are not interested in high speed powering, the boat performs well with a 5 or 10 horsepower engine.

We limited the engine size to 60 hp for a number of reasons. An electric start 60 hp motor provides lots of speed, (approximately 24 miles per hour) yet it is light enough so that sailing performance is not compromised. It is about the largest engine that can be started by hand, a nice feature if your battery goes dead. Also, the heavier, higher horsepower engines really eat up gas.
 
WHEEL STEERING. It is easier and more natural to drive the boat with a steering wheel than with a tiller, and a lot more comfortable. The steering pedestal mounts on a narrow pylon to allow lots of foot room in the cockpit.

THE 26 HAS TWO ENGINES, THE SAILS AND THE MOTOR. If a conventional powerboat's engine quits when you are away from land, or on a remote part of a lake, you are stuck there until outside help arrives. In many cases, attempts to start the engine drain the batteries so even radio communication becomes impossible. With the 26, simply raise the sails, and head for home. There are calms now and then, but there will usually be enough wind to get you on your way. 

The MacGregor 70 may sail faster, but the 26 can nearly double its speed under power. Here you see the two boats going full throttle. The 70 is doing about 13 mph (very fast for a sailboat), and the 26 is doing over 23. The 26 is burning a lot less fuel.

 

 
Even if you are only interested in sail, you might consider this. Many areas have those wonderful sailing spots that are just out of reach! Here in Southern California a favorite spot is Catalina, an island about 25 miles off the coast. Getting there and back has always taken most of a weekend. You can be sure that sailors will use the dual nature of the 26 to shorten the distance. After a short, fast commute across the channel in their power cruiser, they can spend the weekend sailing from cove to cove and anchoring for the night. Maybe they will even stay Sunday night and speed back at dawn on Monday. You can't do that in a conventional sailboat. If you have a favored place that is just out of reach for a conventional sailboat, consider the 26.