Macgregor Owner Reviews

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Review of the Macgregor 26X by Susan French

Year built 1999  
Location of boat Sault Ste Marie, ON  
The boat is sailed on Lakes  
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. At first I preferred a 1/2 ton keel, but now after 4 seasons I am getting used to to the 'techie' MacGregor. The ease of launching and hauling out; the trailerable mobility and the overal comfort of sailing the 26X has won me over  
Gear that's been added Yes, boom vang, gas fired generator, compass,GPS, satelite dish on masthead, 14 l stowable cooler.  
Structural or complex improvements No.  
The boat's best features Trailerability, water ballast, clean, unclutterd lines, easy to maintain, spaciousness of cockpit and cabin.  
Problem areas in terms of design, materials, maintenance, etc. Self-furling genoa needs kinks ironed out, main does not track to masthead properly. Does not pinch worth a damn!  
Sailing characterisitcs Doesn't perform well in heavy headwinds. Have had to use power to make way. Very tender helm and difficilut to stay on heading in heavier winds.  
Motoring characterisitcs Recently 'lost' a jib sheet overboard which became entangled in propeller shaft. Luckily US Coast Guard was on patrol and towed us away from a shoal.  
Liveability Very enclosed - cruised with 3 adults and a small child. We were cramped due to excess gear and provisions. Have to take less onboard.  
The owner's experience in dealing with Hunter (if any) Only through Dowsar Marine in Hamilton, ON. Bought boat used, but added refinements. Dowsar is closest outfitter for MacGregor in our area and is 8 hr drive away. Good shipping policies and very expedient.  
The owner's experience with the boat dealer or broker, if any N/A  
Other comments Overall, she is a fine little yacht. Couldn't be more pleased with my husband's final decision in purchasing her. Many hours of delight aboard the 'Masalla'  

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