I am a former owner of a MacGregor
26M, water ballasted "power sailor". The boat is built and sold bare bones with the intent that the owner will add those upgrades that meet his/her specific needs. It is a hybrid boat that performs "OK" as a sailboat and "OK" as a power boat
. Our boat had a 50 HP outboard
on the stern and could power its way thru just about anything.
The boat is kinda tender
under sail in winds over 15 kts. We had, and enjoyed, the boat for four years. It proved to be unsuitable for the open waters of Lake Michigan and the Admiral insisted I get a bigger boat if we intended to go off shore (cross to the Michigan side of the lake).
If it is your intent to use it as your living accomodations (a single
person) then it will be suitable for the use you have indicated. Know that it will be tender
(heel) rapidly in a puff and this makes some people uncomfortable (i.e.: my wife).
Know that the basic boat design hasn't changed at all over the last 7+ years so a 2006 26M model will be essentially the same as a 2011 26M model.