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Review of the Macgregor 26D by Tony Burke

Year built 1988  
Location of boat Marina Del Rey  
The boat is sailed on Open ocean  
How the boat is used Weekends and longer  
Normal wind strength 10-15 knots  
Average size of crew 2-4  
Liveaboard? No  
Owner bought the boat in 1991  
If the clock could be turned back, would owner buy again? Yes  
Gear that's been added Mahogany where plastic covers were. Dish rack, wine glass rack. Thin wood floors. Medium frim foam in berths. Lights in V birth and bath. Sail slugs, canape, halyards leeading to cock pit, auto helm, G.P.S., side wind screens, welded a bar on tiller for stiffness.  
Structural or complex improvements No  
The boat's best features Fast, easy to sail, roomy, safe, easy to launch.  
Problem areas in terms of design, materials, maintenance, etc. Tiller needs to be stiffened, rack mast forward to help weather helm.  
Sailing characterisitcs Im heavy weather she rounds up to easily, down wind runs she gets squirrely if dagger is to low raising it a third helps a lot. Other then that she does fine.  
Motoring characterisitcs I have a honda 8 hp, we scoot along at 7 M.P.H. no problem, in tight areas she turns on a dine.  
Liveability Living on board would be tight but I could do it if I had to. I have been out on her for two weeks and had no problems.  
The owner's experience in dealing with Hunter (if any) Good boat, good price, well thought out.  
The owner's experience with the boat dealer or broker, if any No  
Other comments She has been great, people say "macgregor o your new to the sport". I have been sailing for 28 years and the MacGregor is a fine boat it was designed for Recreation sailing, yet I have push her and have had no problems. Reef early and use good judgment.  

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