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)
Factory Trailer with brakes, new tires and bunks. Only 3500# on the trailer.
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.
Thank You, I sold the boat on Friday and am looking for a new one on