Macgregor Owner Reviews

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Review of the Macgregor 26X by Doug von Borstel

Year built 2001  
Location of boat St. Lawrenance River  
The boat is sailed on Rivers  
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 2001  
If the clock could be turned back, would owner buy again? Yes if I continue to live in the same area.  
Gear that's been added 50 hp Honda four stroke, Compass, Camper canvas, boom vang, roller reefing, alcohol stove, cock pit cushions, deepth sounder and log, cock pit table, extra electrical panel and other smaller items.  
Structural or complex improvements Changed the water system. New cabin door. Quick release rear stay, pelican hook life lines  
The boat's best features High speed motoring when going up river and up wind. Shallow draft for boating in the thousand island.  
Problem areas in terms of design, materials, maintenance, etc. Water system terrrible due to cheap pumps and water tanks. Electrical system very cheap.  
Sailing characterisitcs very stern heavy with all your gear on board. I have redistributed the weight more forward and it has help. I'm going to add some fixed ballast forward to see if this helps.  
Motoring characterisitcs The boat gets blown around quit a bit when windy. I use a little center board to help the boat track better.  
Liveability we sometimes stay on the boat for a week at a time. We have a one and three year old. The camper canvas is great. especially when the weather gets bad.  
The owner's experience in dealing with Hunter (if any) Very polite but do not give out very much information.  
The owner's experience with the boat dealer or broker, if any Havencraft, we had good luck with them but one person we talk to who bought after us when the dealership was changing hands had a terrible experience.  
Other comments The 26M looks like a much better sailing and motoring boat. The interior in the 26M in my opinion is much better family crusing.  

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