Originally Posted by thirstyturtle
Thank you steady hand. I do see some short comings in the mac, as I see in anything. I sorta thought 50 miles was a day sail. Not trying to be a smart aleck at all. Im 63 and tend to look at everything as do-able. Before retirement
was an engineer
, but have always lived up to the edge. I have the old army attitude that failure isnt an option, and have very rarely failed at anything and tend to think things out well. But I certainly see your point. Just want one more adventure. How about light wind, jib only, keel up. Ive not had this particulat boat out. Always had fixed cruising or shoal draft
First, I do not own a Mac and have not sailed on one. While I do think they could be a fun boat to own for daysailing on protected waters (lakes, bays), that particular boat is not what I would want to use for sailing TO the Bahamas and further in open seas. In short I do not consider that a "bluewater" boat, as I would be reluctant to use or depend on it far offshore in poor weather or high seas or in places where quick rescue is out of the question (e.g. Greenland, arctic, etc.).
That said, I don't doubt it (sailing to Bimini
or Bahamas) could be done, as folks sail all kinds of "inappropriate" boats across oceans and in bluewater.
And I do think the Mac would be fun to sail IN the Bahamas, once it is there.
Shallow draft is a plus there, according to many who have cruised those waters.
One of the things I admire is people doing extraordinary things in simple craft or with smaller boats. I like the "Corinthian" approach to races and amateur efforts and such.
So, if someone has the guts, determination, and some skills and luck, I don't doubt that all kinds of feats can be accomplished.
I will post a link to a list of some of the small boats that have made some incredible voyages. I found the list inspirational. But, that does not mean I intend to take a 12 foot boat across the Atlantic.
NOTE! The link below is to the page showing the famous small boats. The link as shown on this forum says "food list" but the link will take you to the famous boat page.
That page I linked above is "famous" boats and sailors and feats. But, ordinary folks do cruise
in some very small boats too. In fact, I suggest you visit the following page to see some examples of people cruising in Pocket or Micro cruisers. In fact, the photo
you will see on that site's home page shows a Micro Cruiser (3.6meters long boat) in the Bahamas.
Since you have an engineering mind and determination to make things work is probably part of your joy, IF you will visit youtube and search for "Jester Challenge" you will be able to see several interviews with sailors who intended to sail singlehanded in a 30 foot or smaller boat across the Atlantic to America. However, those sailors had boats they spent time to make seaworthy
, with some tips on what to do or what they did to modify or prepare their boats.
Some were very experienced blue water
sailors. AND...as you watch the videos, you will find that several of those interviewed (even ones experienced) QUIT the voyage after a few days at sea (due to various reasons). So, even experienced sailors, in small boats they have extensively prepped for ocean sailing, experience failures (boat breaks) or realize their dreams or boats were not prepared for the conditions in open ocean and have the sense to turn back.
But, you already have the Mac. What should you do?
I would simply enjoy the Mac as it is intended to be used, and sail it as much as possible, until I found the boat that really satisified my desire for a more seaworthy bluewater boat.
I don't doubt you can find other Mac owners that have crossed to the Bahamas, at least I assume you can, as I assume others have had the same idea.
But, the title of your post here is "Bluewater MacGregor." Going back to that topic, I do NOT consider the MacGregor 25 to be a boat I would call "bluewater" or designed for sailing over seas, even IF one or more has made it from Florida to the Bahamas.