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
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.