Ive owned a 1990 Mac 26S (older style water ballast) for 10 years and have really enjoyed that boat. I keep the 26S in Lake Havasu Az where it gets used in the winter and for trailer trips in that area during the summer. For most of 7 summer months of the year, the boat sits on a trailer in a side yard. I plan to keep the M26S and continue to use it this way in the future. However, we spend the summer in Colorado and am thinking of completely mixing up things there and moving to Lake Grandy/Shadow mountain/ Grand lake area where I would keep a second sailboat and hopefully slip it for 3 or 4 months during the summer and the rest of the time (winter) this sailboat would also just sit on a trailer in a side yard. The Hunter 260 water ballast is at the top of my list for this Colorado summer mountain boat and I know a few of the folks here have owned both the H260 and the Mac 26S so thought this would be a good place to ask a few questions. First, where do two people sleep on this boat? I see a very comfortable looking Vberth area for sitting, etc. Is that also where you sleep? I suppose the H260 is just a little harder to set the mast up compared to the M26S but not much. The M26S has a real nice gin pole/ baby stay setup, I would assume the H260 is similar. Do you always need a trailer tongue extension to launch? Any comparison of ease of launching of the H260 to the M26S? What is the typical weight of the H260 and trailer? I dont plan to own anything more than a smaller full size 4x4 truck like my current Dodge Dakota but I also would not likely ever trailer that boat very far. Somehow I thought this boat came in both wheel and tiller steering.. Im used to tiller and would lean towards that because of the sailing aspect. If that boat comes in both versions, when ends up being most desirable when you go to sell? I think you have to link the outboard to the tiller on these. Looks like that maybe complicates things a little when you lift the outboard up for sailing but not much. Overall easy? Anyone why buys a boat like this is not likely concerned about having the fastest 26 foot boat on the water and that would include myself. But.. its of course somewhat important. For anyone who has owned both a M26S and the H260, how would you compare the sailing aspects? Finally.. anyone have any actual experience with water ballast at Lake Granby or Shadow mountain? Colorado is super anal about invasive species and water ballast makes that more difficult. But its normally fairly easy to manage if a boat stays at one lake - which would be my plans for this boat. Any other comparisons to the M26S besides that the H260 seems to have a lot more room inside..