Macgregor Owner Reviews

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Review of the Macgregor 26X by Leonard Mack

Year built 1998  
Location of boat Peoria, IL (in season)  
The boat is sailed on Rivers  
How the boat is used Weekends and longer  
Normal wind strength less than 10 knots  
Average size of crew 2-4  
Liveaboard? No  
Owner bought the boat in 1999  
If the clock could be turned back, would owner buy again? Probably, although at times I wish it were a better "sail"boat. For the most part, though, it fits the needs of my wife and I.  
Gear that's been added Shorepower,inverter,two house batteries, battery combiner, charger,CO and smoke detectors, CD player, VHF radio, assymetical spinnaker,compass. GPS, bimini,cockpit cushions, roller furler.  
Structural or complex improvements Redid stock galley module by adding shelves and sliding doors. Made battery hold down boxes under the V berth for the house batteries and ran 2/0 welding cables back to the terminal posts under the galley.  
The boat's best features It's dual personality, both a power and a sail boat  
Problem areas in terms of design, materials, maintenance, etc. The pivot area for pin that supports the center board was not manufactured correctly. I had to add a reenforcing block that was left out when it was built.  
Sailing characterisitcs It's very hard to find the groove upwind. I've sailed all types of boats, cats, daysailor, pocket cruisers, but this seems to have a mind of its own.  
Motoring characterisitcs Love the 50 hp motor  
Liveability For the wife and I, it's fine. It would be nice to have more amenities. Hot and cold pressure water, air conditioning etc, but then we probably should get a houseboat  
The owner's experience in dealing with Hunter (if any) Disappointed in factory support for parts. I've tried to obtain a replacement forward cockpit rail for 2 years. Now that they've started making the new model, I guess i'm out of luck. Fortunately the damaged one is still serviceable.  
The owner's experience with the boat dealer or broker, if any  
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