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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.

 

 
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NEW ALUMINUM TRAILERS

We have recently introduced an aluminum trailer to replace the older steel trailers.  Aluminum trailers offer many advantages.  They are a lot lighter, 183 pounds less than the comparable steel trailers.  Aluminum is far more corrosion resistant.  The frames are not painted, and the aluminum will keep its good looks for a long, long time.  We have a standard non brake aluminum trailer, and an optional deluxe trailer that has hydraulic surge disc brakes, galvanized axles, aluminum caliper housings, zinc plated brake discs, fiberglass fenders and a boarding ladder near the trailer hitch.  Both types of trailer have torsion bar suspension, rather than springs, and the ride for the boat is a lot smoother.  Under most state laws, the surge brakes will be required.  

Surge brakes are simple and reliable.  When the car brakes are applied, an actuator built into the trailer hitch compresses, and hydraulic pressure is generated to apply force to the trailer's disc brakes.  (Click here for more information on the new trailer.)

The boat is big, but it is really light, far lighter than competing trailerable cruisers. It is light enough to be towed behind standard sized cars. We consider that the weight of the 26, with all normal gear, is the maximum practical weight for easy ramp launching and trailering. 

 

 
The 26 is just under 8 wide, and can be legally trailered everywhere in the United States. Most of our competitors are over 8 wide, and require permits for trailering in many states, including New York, Missouri, Pennsylvania, Oregon, Illinois and Arizona. Many states also place severe restrictions on over wide loads, including limitations on weekend travel. At best, getting a permit is a hassle, and no one needs another trip to the local department of motor vehicles. All states prohibit loads over 8' 6" without a permit. It is best to check the laws of all states or countries in which you wish to travel. You may not get stopped if you are over width, but if you are involved in an accident, the lawyers will certainly be interested in the width of the trailer and boat.