- Nov 6, 2006
Some interesting stuff .. not the M model but Sumner documented his stuff pretty well.
Download it here. The app is searchable in the Google Play Store under Sailboat Owners.
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YOWZAH! The other issue is powerhead size. Swim ladder is on the stern and the M helm seat is over the powerhead. So, swim access can be an issue with a big powerhead. A big powerhead won't tilt all the way up with the stock helm seat down. So, you can be left dragging the foot, or removing the helm seat. With my sailing skills, I certainly don't need to drag half an outboard behind the boat.So probably 350-400 lbs of motor and a big hole in $10K ! I can see why you would choose 60hp!
As I've not experienced a water ballasted boat yet I have a couple of questions. I hear how the 26x and 26M both heel very easily and are tender (due to the water ballast mostly?) Is that true for the 26s as well? I haven't heard of the 26s being 'tippy'. Or is it a different hull shape that prevents this? (I know the hull of the 26x and 26m are shaped more like a powerboat.)
And I want to stress that you can't talk about Macgregor boats as if they are similar (other than the light construction). The two power sailer hybrids (26x and 26m) are somewhat similar. Earlier boats are very different. They are more of a pure sailboat, but the water ballast (and boat stability without the ballast tank full) can be very different. You really need to experience the boats you are considering. I have been on a 26x, a 26m, and a 26s. The hybrid boats were a radical departure from the 26s.
@shemandr I know! It does! It captivated me when i saw it...but I don't know if it comes with a swing keel or daggerboard at all. Sadly, I don't think it does.The First 23.5 does have a surprizing spacious cabin and I think head room for 6'. The one I've sailed on was owned by a guy who is 6'4".
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Is the mast easily stepped? Could one “normal” person just manhandle that up or require ginpole?The 235 on a trailer will be about 4000 lbs. but a compact tow. The wing keel (95% of them) tows and launces easily.
Well designed space, but 5'4" of headroom.
I owned one (loved it) and did a review about a thousand years ago.
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The mast is long for the size for the boat, and cannot be laid flat with the base attached. I always used a jin pole, but I had a very good one. I know many that manhandle it up. I know very few boats this size that one person can do; with or without a pole.Is the mast easily stepped? Could one “normal” person just manhandle that up or require ginpole?
Thanks. Good to know that you don’t need a crane to step, just a few friends and the right gear.The mast is long for the size for the boat, and cannot be laid flat with the base attached. I always used a jin pole, but I had a very good one. I know many that manhandle it up. I know very few boats this size that one person can do; with or without a pole.