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Review of the Macgregor 26X by capt don

Year built 1998  
Location of boat south west fl  
The boat is sailed on Open ocean  
How the boat is used Blue water, extended passages  
Normal wind strength 10-15 knots  
Average size of crew 2-4  
Liveaboard? No  
Owner bought the boat in 2004  
If the clock could be turned back, would owner buy again? if i could turn back the clock and had the money i would buy two of them and stick them together with a saloon between them and make it the best cat boat in the world. its one and only fault is the super small anchor locker. i like to fish in deep water and need 300 ft of rode. and the locker can only hold 60 ft. so i have a plastic garbage can tied to the mast to hold 300 ft of rode and my auzi flying anchor with 30 ft of 3/8 chain.  
Gear that's been added i have added a long halyard to the mainsail so i can raise and lower the main from the cockpit with the addition of only 2 pully blocks.and the lazy jack is god sent in hard winds.i have added a 3rd battery and a 1750 inverter to operate the refer and 110 fan with a isolator and shore power.with 3 12 volt fans. haveing a cool drink with ice cubes is a great feature in the tropics.i have installed a pedestal compass with brackets i have made and the table is still useable.soon i will install a wind generator.no place to install solar panels.  
Structural or complex improvements make a MUCH bigger anchor locker  
The boat's best features self righting and no sink,, got to love these features.  
Problem areas in terms of design, materials, maintenance, etc. getting into the rear bearth but in the new boat that has been taken care of.  
Sailing characterisitcs sails well  
Motoring characterisitcs motors well  
Liveability sleep like a baby my wife and i get along great in this boat.we play and cook and are very comfortable in her.  
The owner's experience in dealing with Hunter (if any)  
The owner's experience with the boat dealer or broker, if any smooth and helpful no probs with the dealer  
Other comments make it longer ;-)  

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