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Review of the Macgregor 26D by G. Baxter

Year built 1988  
Location of boat Edmonds, Washington  
The boat is sailed on Bays, sounds, or protected salt water  
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 2003  
If the clock could be turned back, would owner buy again? Yes I would. This is my fist sailboat. I have always wanted to lean to sail and have looked for something that is both easy to learn on and easy on the pocket book. So far this boat has met all my expectations and I look forward to many days ahead.  
Gear that's been added The boat was pretty well decked out when I got it. So far all I have done is replace a few fittings.  
Structural or complex improvements None at this time. I do see some changes coming in the future, but nothing radical.  
The boat's best features When I was looking for a boat it had to have a trailer and be easy to launch and retrieve. With the dagger board and water ballist this was a big plus in my book.  
Problem areas in terms of design, materials, maintenance, etc. I would do nothing to change the basic style of the boat. As designed, it works just fine as is.  
Sailing characterisitcs Puget Sound in Seattle is not known for its winds. What I have encountered have been in the 10 knot and lower. The boat responds well in light wind and is very forgiving.  
Motoring characterisitcs I have a 9.9 Honda 4 stroke engine that pushes along at 6.5 to 7 knots at half throttle with no problems.  
Liveability While it has just been the wife and myself, we have been on a couple of weekend trips and have done quite well. There is ample room for us.  
The owner's experience in dealing with Hunter (if any) I have not had to deal with the local dealer, but I have heard he is very helpfull with the needs of others.  
The owner's experience with the boat dealer or broker, if any I bought from a private party  
Other comments For a fist time boat this is the way to go. Big enough to feel safe on , easy to handle, enough interior room to move around and stow things. I have had people come up to me and tell me that they had owned Macgregors and were sorry they sold them.  

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