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Review of the Macgregor 26X by Chris Baur

Year built 2000  
Location of boat Long Island, NY  
The boat is sailed on Bays, sounds, or protected salt water  
How the boat is used Day sailing  
Normal wind strength 10-15 knots  
Average size of crew 2-4  
Liveaboard? No  
Owner bought the boat in 2000  
If the clock could be turned back, would owner buy again? Yes  
Gear that's been added Furling Jib, (2) 50W Solar Panels, Mast wind indicator, Mast Antenna, Mast anchor light, PA horn for voice, horn, fog, Cockpit table, larger wheel, Garmin GPS 185 chartplotter/Depthfinder, twin 11 gal fuel tanks mounted under cockpit w/deck plates, swimladder, Piranha Prop, SS Stove, 15 gal press water system, DSC VHF interface with GPS, Marine stereo CD w/cockpit and cabin marine speakers, Dual Gp31 AGSM batteries, Bath shower with floor drain, Stern shower, upgraded lighting, carpeting, interior furnishings.  
Structural or complex improvements Replaced many fasteners with snap shackles or clevis to expidite mast stepping. SS battery compartment to accomodate Gp 31 batteries. Hatch mounted dual 50w solar panels. Bungee cords for rudder hold down underway.  
The boat's best features Easy to launch and recover, easy to step mast, easy to sail.  
Problem areas in terms of design, materials, maintenance, etc. Cheap materials used in interior. Rigging is rather light weight.  
Sailing characterisitcs Limited rudder authority to come aobut in calm winds. Not the best performer sailing to windward. Wouldn't want to see more than 3-4' seas in this boat.  
Motoring characterisitcs Honda 50 does a nice job.  
Liveability OK for a weekend with 2 people and a child or two.  
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