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.
As you have probably noticed, the
price for the MacGregor 26 is considerably less than the price of boats of
comparable size. The reasons are many.
The design is simple and
straightforward, the hallmark of sound engineering.
MacGregor is one of the largest,
highest volume sailboat manufacturers in the world. These boats are built in
one of the most modern and efficient plants in the industry. We have
specialized in this market for over 25 years, and have built over 35,000
This volume production has many cost
advantages. Overhead and development costs are spread over a large number of
boats. We buy the same or better materials than other builders, but we buy
for a lot less because of our higher volume. For example, we buy resin by
the tank car, whereas most builders purchase by the barrel. Our prices can
be 30% to 40% less for the same material. We, like most successful companies
in aircraft, cars and virtually everything else, do our own design work. We
know our manufacturing capabilities better than an outside designer. Many
designers spend very little time in production plants, and tend to create
boats that are extremely costly to build.
Our work force is highly
specialized. Because of our volume, each worker can concentrate on one job
and he soon becomes the best in the industry at that job. Unlike most
sailboat builders, we make large investments in manufacturing
engineering---the art of creating production systems that are labor saving
and foolproof. We build jigs, fixtures and other tooling that allows the
worker to do his job with a minimum of effort and a maximum of accuracy.
Every tidbit of knowledge
permanently transferred to tooling or equipment lowers the requirement for
high paid labor. The results are accuracy and low cost. Don't overlook the
fact that water ballast is free. Lead and cast iron cost big money.
Computers have helped us control
cost. Advanced computer modeling is used in all phases of design work; to
create the boat itself and to prepare patterns and precise shop drawings
that spell out every detail of the boat and its production. We have created
our own specialized software for production scheduling, purchasing,
inventory control, cost control, payroll, and structural analysis.
Most of our competitors build many
types of boats of varying sizes, and their skills are spread too widely,
preventing them from really optimizing the design and production of any one
model. We do no custom work. We build only the configuration shown in this
brochure. Basically, we do just one thing, and we do it well.
Donít be taken in by the old adage
"you get what you pay for". It is often the inefficient builder's
rationalization for his higher prices. Be sure that "what you pay
for" is not a builder's high overhead, excessive advertising
expenditures, equipment that you do not want or need, unnecessarily complex
designs, poor inventory control, lack of well engineered production tooling,
or a wide range of other wasteful business or manufacturing practices. These
are of no value to you, but their costs are invariably passed on to you in
the form of higher prices.