I subscribe to Steinbeck's opinion, written in The Log from the Sea of Cortez
, that, "Bad boats are built, surely, but not many of them."
That said, I think that the MacGregor
26 (note the correct spelling, since you're in grad school) is one of the worst production boats ever built in fiberglass
. Not only does the boat sail poorly, but it is dependent upon its water
ballast system to prevent capsize
. This makes it too easy to make a fatal mistake.
I sailed throughout grad school
even though I couldn't afford a boat back then. Take your meager funds, join a yacht club at a student or corinthian rate, and crew for other people through the racing
program. I found that people were eager to add grad students to their crews, especially grad students fit enough to grind a winch