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26C, S, D... what's the difference?

Discussion in 'Ask A Macgregor Owner' started by Cappn Mark, Dec 2, 2008. Add this thread to a FAQ

  1. Justin_NSA

    Justin_NSA

    Joined Jul 7, 2004
    4,625 posts, 701 likes
    Hunter 30T
    US Cheney, KS
    Literally means "Your mileage may vary" but is often used in forum talk meaning that your results will vary
     


  2. rgranger

    rgranger

    Joined Jan 19, 2010
    4,960 posts, 898 likes
    Hunter 26
    US Smith Mountain Lake
    Ahh! I had to look it up in Urban Dictionary. Shows you how "hip" I am.

    Right now I'm guessing my use of the word "hip" is also a clear demonstration.;)
     


  3. LCYCJake

    LCYCJake

    Joined Nov 12, 2012
    2 posts, 1 likes
    You are right!!! It was Wings.... Great boat as well as Sipper and Crew.
     


  4. Don T

    Don T

    Joined Mar 27, 2012
    6 posts, 0 likes
    MacGregor 26X
    US PDX
    Hello,
    When I went to the Portland Boat show in January of 1995 you could buy a 26S or "pre-order" a 2600 (which became 26X). I opted to schedule a test sail of the 2600 in February and placed my order at that time. I took delivery the 3rd week of May, got married on it in July and honeymooned for 2 weeks in the San Juan Islands. Man that was a great year!:dance:
     


  5. Cruiser1

    Cruiser1

    Joined Oct 21, 2010
    350 posts, 3 likes
    Macgregor 26S, "Myuna"
    AU Brisbane, Australia
    It's actaully a "26D" Sumner. Here is your answer.
    http://forums.macgregor.sailboatowners.com/member.php?u=116273
     


  6. Sumner

    Sumner

    Joined Jan 31, 2009
    5,140 posts, 195 likes
    Macgregor 26S/Endeavour 37 .
    US Utah's Canyon Country
    Yep, I knew that a while back. The OP that mentioned it first...

    ...made the comment that it was a S. Later the owner posted on another board that it was a D. I never came back here and corrected the original post and my post. Sorry,

    Sum

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  7. Freedom77

    Freedom77

    Joined Jul 29, 2010
    1,292 posts, 16 likes
    Macgregor 76 V-25 #928
    US Lake Mead, Nevada
    Who's on First??:D
     


  8. sunman

    sunman

    Joined Jul 29, 2009
    112 posts, 0 likes
    Mac Mac 26D
    US Suwannee
    Ya all think this this is alphabet soup!,
    get a Harley,
    U'll need a Rosetta stone :)
     


  9. willsnow

    willsnow

    Joined Jul 1, 2012
    303 posts, 19 likes
    MacGregor 26D
    us Kirkland, WA
    I think this applies here? whats the deal with cockpit coamings vs rails? my 1989 26D has stainless rails on the side of the cockpit... I have seen other boats advertised as same year and model with the higher fiberglass coamings, and some that were supposedly 1990 models that still had the rails. seems to be very few that have these rails
     


  10. Sumner

    Sumner

    Joined Jan 31, 2009
    5,140 posts, 195 likes
    Macgregor 26S/Endeavour 37 .
    US Utah's Canyon Country
    I'd guess the rails were either a factory option or put on by a dealer or owner. The higher coaming I believe was later in the year and then continued into the S model line. They probably did the change over from the D to the S in a couple steps to possibly not disrupt production so much.

    First the D as it had been for a few years with the low coaming and dagger board, then the D with the high coamings, still with the dagger board and then the S with the high coamings and the switch from the dagger board to the swing keel. Just my guesses,

    Sum

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  11. MrBill_FLL

    MrBill_FLL

    Joined May 4, 2005
    4,057 posts, 35 likes
    Macgregor 26d
    US Ft Lauderdale, Fl

    my guess is you have an early 1989 model.

    the factory was not so diligent on changing boats based on a calendar year. they just did things on their schedule.

    most 89d's do have higher comings and no ss rails.

    -do you have floatation above the V berth ? or below? (my guess is below, like the rest of the early D's)
     


  12. Doc_holiday

    Doc_holiday

    Joined Nov 19, 2011
    1,489 posts, 6 likes
    MacGregor 26S
    US Hampton, VA
    I wish my S had the floatation below. That "box" takes a lot of space from the V berth. Just makes it harder to climb in and be comfortable.
     


  13. Sumner

    Sumner

    Joined Jan 31, 2009
    5,140 posts, 195 likes
    Macgregor 26S/Endeavour 37 .
    US Utah's Canyon Country
    I'd sure hate to give up...
    [​IMG]
    http://purplesagetradingpost.com/sumner/macgregor2/inside-16-a.html
    ... all the storage below the V-berth. I have 24 gallons of water there, another anchor chain, food, cloths, laptop and more stored under there on a trip.
    Since I lengthened....
    [​IMG]
    http://purplesagetradingpost.com/sumner/macgregor/inside-5.html
    .... the bed area and added storage around it my legs aren't so far down now so I don't hit the dropped cabin top where the insulation is (above last arrow),

    Sumner
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  14. BudGates

    BudGates

    Joined Apr 19, 2012
    1,006 posts, 114 likes
    Macgregor 26d
    US Ridgecrest CA
    This just goes to show that not everyone likes the same things. I prefer sleeping in the large berth under the cockpit and using the V-berth for storage. I do wish our 26d had the higher combings but the SS railing does give a place to mount the back cushions that my wife made for the cockpit (haven't had a chance to use them yet).
     


  15. Sumner

    Sumner

    Joined Jan 31, 2009
    5,140 posts, 195 likes
    Macgregor 26S/Endeavour 37 .
    US Utah's Canyon Country
    Yep, lots of people prefer the rear berth and I would of also if I wouldn't of made the V'berth longer but I'd also hate to give up the ventilation that you get in the V-berth with the hatch there and I can store a lot more in the rear berth on a trip. Still it just comes down to personal preference as you mentioned ;)

    Sumner

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  16. walt

    walt

    Joined Jun 1, 2007
    3,237 posts, 369 likes
    Macgregor 26S Hobie TI, Capri Coronado 15
    US Denver, Colorado
    I like the 26C rear berth myself. In the last few years of owning a 26S, I have been a little more focused on making the boat a better sailboat. These boats are light weight with rigs to match so keeping them overall light makes them faster, The weight distribution also likely has some influence and the models I go by for weight distribution are:

    Model 1. CG should be in the middle of the boat for least horizontal acceleration of mass due to waves

    Model 2. CG should be near the widest point of the boat. The ballast has its longest moment arm with the boats center of buoyancy when heeled at this point - giving the best bang of righting moment per weight

    Model 3. When the hull moves through the water, it generates lift - even a displacement hull and if this lift is generated efficiently, it reduces drag of the hull. An efficient air foil shape creates its maximum lift in the forward part of the foil. The best place for the boats CG is near this most efficient place for the hull to generate lift.

    Model 4. You want a smooth release of water from the aft end of the boat and maximum water line length so the transition from the bottom of the boat to the horizontal transom should be just above water line.

    For performance, all of the above point to placing weight near the center of the boat or slightly forward. Beds tend to be "light and fluffy" so for a light weight boat like the 26 classics, are best to the rear and heavier stuff placed in the center of the boat or slightly forward. The rear berth of the 26S is best for weight distribution if the bed is kept relatively light weight (easy to do). .

    And.. one thing that may really not be important except for piece of mind.. On these ungrounded mast boats, if lightning strikes the mast, it will 100% of the time arc from the bottom of the mast to the nearest water surface. Be careful about putting your head right under the bottom of the mast if you intend to sleep on the boat in an area where you may get lightning activity.
     


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  17. rgranger

    rgranger

    Joined Jan 19, 2010
    4,960 posts, 898 likes
    Hunter 26
    US Smith Mountain Lake
    Y'all aware that you are responding to an 8 year-old thread?
     


  18. Sumner

    Sumner

    Joined Jan 31, 2009
    5,140 posts, 195 likes
    Macgregor 26S/Endeavour 37 .
    US Utah's Canyon Country


  19. rgranger

    rgranger

    Joined Jan 19, 2010
    4,960 posts, 898 likes
    Hunter 26
    US Smith Mountain Lake
    Sticky.... :)
     


  20. BudGates

    BudGates

    Joined Apr 19, 2012
    1,006 posts, 114 likes
    Macgregor 26d
    US Ridgecrest CA
    Besides, if we quit posting here it might get less sticky. I find Bazooka bubble gum to be a good sticky.
     



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