1/19/09,

Macgregor 26X, 2001, Mentor, Ohio, $18,900, price reduced 4/21/09 to $17,900, sold 7/27/09

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2001 Macgregor 26X

  • This has been an outstanding boat for my family over the last 8 years. We have primarily sailed Lake Erie with 'in-water' trips to Detroit, Mi., Geneva, Oh., Leamington, Ontario, and many many points in between.

    Summers; we keep the boat docked in Sandusky, Ohio and spend every weekend sailing, swimming, anchoring, and enjoying the warm weather. There are few boats that are enjoyed as much as ours, and we are no stranger to the local anchorages. There is nothing like the quiet solitude found in a restful anchorage.

    Winters; we keep the boat at our house. This keeps the expense to a minimum.

    Early Spring; we often head down to the warm, welcoming, coastal cruising grounds of Florida. The boat tows easily behind most cars that are rated for 3500# . Florida is the most economical place that we have found to sail. Many marinas charge 1/3 of the cost that we pay up here on the great lakes and there are many more places to anchor for free.

    Here are the basic Specs.

  • Min Draft: 18"
  • Main Sail: FX Tri-Radial Laminate 'loose-foot' single-reef' 2005 (expensive; but, worth it)
  • Genoa: 150% FX Tri-Radial Laminate, foam-luff furling 2005 (expensive; but, worth it)
  • Jib Sail: 100% Factory furling jib (hardly used)

    Some of the new items on the boat are:

  • Forestay 2008
  • Centerboard 2008
  • Rudders are next. I'll buy, and install these for you.
  • Internal Furler Halyard 2008
  • These items wear; but, are easily replaced before they break.

    Upgrades

  • VHF Ship-to-Shore Radio with a second Helm Station. You can talk via intercom to people in the cabin, or cabin to helm. Excellent on a windy day, or just to request a bite to eat.
  • ORIGO 2 burner stove with gimbal mounts. This is ocean-going quality that gives you the ability to serve hot meal on the go. Safe and easy to use.
  • Bimini Top, a must for sailing in the summer, or rain.
  • Boom Vang; another must, if you want to get somewhere.
  • Tri-color Masthead Light w/ Anchor light. You'll been seen at night from a greater distance.
  • Life-Lines Gates. Easy on & off with-out tripping.
  • Sealed Gel-Cell Batteries. No acidic fumes, More usable power, Last Longer, No Spills. Expensive and worth it. I have 3.
  • Main halyard runs to cockpit. raise the main without climbing on deck.
  • CDI Furler. Along with the new sail, this makes easy work of sailing in high winds.

    Engine: Mercury 50HP 4-cycle BigFoot w/ spare prop

    Factory Trailer with brakes, new tires and bunks. Only 3500# on the trailer.

    IMPORTANT

    MacGregor made 2 very different 26X models. Both look nearly identical; however, the later models (post 1999) have a few very important changes for safety and sail-ability. A few of these are; Upgraded steering system, stainless steel rudder brackets, redesigned rudder blades, relocating ballast, wider cabin steps, and more. Be careful not to confuse them.

    There are many things that I don't even think of since I haven't been on the boat since September. If the weather was nice, I wouldn't think twice about heading across the Lake. It is a safe boat that I sailed single handed and with my 4 boys when they were 1,3,4,and 8. That's tougher than single handed...that's no handed!

    I have loved this boat it has delivered us safely home in 10' seas and 40 knot winds.

    David,
    Thank You, I sold the boat on Friday and am looking for a new one on your website!
    Tony
    Mentor, Ohio

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