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Old 10-04-2019, 14:43   #1
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Trailerable sailboat, 26 to 30?

I have been looking at the MacGregor 26 boats, and they look close to what I want at this time. Something I can get the whole family out on, something we can sleep in for a few nights, to get a feeling for living on the water and sailing.


Planning on a larger boat later perhaps, and maybe renting the house and living full time on it in future (the larger boat, not this one).


So hoping to find a boat, 26 to 30ft, on a trailer, or with a trailer, under 10K, that is in decent shape, in Canadian South West (BC Canada) or not too many miles away from there.


Maybe someone here has a Mac they want to unload to move up? Send me a PM if you do.
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Re: Trailerable sailboat, 26 to 30?

Good Macs, if you mean the fast high-HP motorboats that can also sail, X or M,

tend to be in the 15-25K range.

The others more sailboatish ones take a low HP motor, can be found cheaper it's true.
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Old 10-04-2019, 15:05   #3
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Re: Trailerable sailboat, 26 to 30?

Good starter boat, had one for years. Several in BC on Kijiji.
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Re: Trailerable sailboat, 26 to 30?

Something for sailing, not for motorboating. The extra cabin height would be nice though.
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Re: Trailerable sailboat, 26 to 30?

You'll find more X's and M's than anything with varying sized outboards from 9.9 - 90hp. The older S & D models (more sail than motor) wont come close when comparing cabins. X & M models can sail to windward ok up to 20 knts but you can motor sail (more so with the larger OB's) up into the high 30's and heavily reefed, but they are so light they tend to get blown back under sail alone. Bigger OB will give you way more flexibility with the high west coast tidal currents.
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Re: Trailerable sailboat, 26 to 30?

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Something for sailing, not for motorboating.
Many "true sailors" turn their noses up at these, so if the fast motoring isn't the big draw, maybe look at more "authentic" options as well.
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Re: Trailerable sailboat, 26 to 30?

There are a few in that range for trailering at $2k-5k.
San Juan 26
Chrysler 26
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Re: Trailerable sailboat, 26 to 30?

The authentic options are not so trailerable, and I kind of like the idea of being able to go where no sailboat can go. Here we have a lot of rocks under the water line, which could make things interesting. Perhaps the larger motor idea isn't so crazy. We do have a lot of strong currents here.
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Re: Trailerable sailboat, 26 to 30?

They're pretty popular, so rarely go for that cheap, especially if in good nick and including the trailer
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Re: Trailerable sailboat, 26 to 30?

I suppose that is a good thing, if they retain their value, buying a used one, should be mostly recoverable in a few years when I move up right?
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More so now that they’re out of production.
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Re: Trailerable sailboat, 26 to 30?

Don't count on that in your calculations, no one knows the future.

But yes odds are good you'll get some portion back if you keep it in good shape.
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Re: Trailerable sailboat, 26 to 30?

We currently run a catalina 27 and have a trailer for it. Also setup to self step the mast. Though you will still need a lift to put in and out

We keep it on okanagan lake and haul to the coast every summer for a month ir so
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Re: Trailerable sailboat, 26 to 30?

If you can drive outside your area there’s a C&C Mega 30 in Ontario for about $4,000Can.
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If you can drive outside your area there’s a C&C Mega 30 in Ontario for about $4,000Can.
Just a 2700 mile Sunday drive...
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