Macgregor Owner Reviews

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Review of the Macgregor 26X by Louis B Holub

Year built 1999  
Location of boat Kemah and Needville, TEXAS  
The boat is sailed on Bays, sounds, or protected salt water  
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 2005  
If the clock could be turned back, would owner buy again? YES ... Owned a Mac26C previously, and liked it also. But, this Mac-X has much better accomodations.  
Gear that's been added depth finder, anchor light, hatch way Air Conditioner (removable), TV-DVD player, 2 fans, Storageable cook stove, AND NATURALLY: a TEXAS and AMERICAN FLAG which are flown proudly.  
Structural or complex improvements Aluminum Wheels, new Tires...Nothing else needed. Boat and engine and trailer are in great shape.  
The boat's best features Seems to be BUILT SOLID. I've found NO FLAWS. The interior space, accomodations, and decor are GREAT. Very comfortable to sail, overnight, or just lounge around on. Boarding the boat when on the TRAILER is easy with the open transom & swim ladder. Cabin is WATER TIGHT, no leakage even during heavy RAIN.  
Problem areas in terms of design, materials, maintenance, etc. ENGINE carbs. were cleaned due to sitting up by the former owner, and lack of usage. I dont favor the "IRON TRAILER" which shouldve been either Aluminum or Galvanized. Eventually, this will be replaced.  
Sailing characterisitcs Handles well, seems to have a little trouble coming about in "LOW WINDS"...My former Mac26C seemed slightly FASTER...but I'm not interested in RACING anyway.  
Motoring characterisitcs NISSAN 50 H.P. does what it's supposed to do...GOES FAST and provides a full range of POWER when NEEDED !!  
Liveability Overnighting is comfortable. Plenty of room for TWO for several days. Its Okay for up to FOUR overnight. Daytime lounging around under the BIMINI on nice cushions is comfortable. Fishing from this boat is PLEASANT !!  
The owner's experience in dealing with Hunter (if any) Ive discussed this boat with a DEALER in BAYTOWN, TEXAS, SAILVENTURE, Inc. The owner, Mr Lance Beauchamp, has been helpful. I bought my previous MAC26C from him, and highly recommend this MacGregor Dealer. Very Knowledgeable ! Always helpful !  
The owner's experience with the boat dealer or broker, if any Private Sale. Bought my Previous MAC26C from SAILVENTURE, Inc, Baytown, Texas. The Owner: Lance Beauchamp, CPA was great to deal with....Very knowledgeable about the MacGregor Sailboat !!  
Other comments This WATER BALLAST system is great, allowing one to trailer the boat easily. Why own a big ole LEAD WEIGHTED KEEL that will "SINK" to the bottom. The MAC will float when flooded (with its built in floatation). Nice FAMILY BOAT when instructions are followed !  

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