i have the mac 26x,its been described as a jack of all trades and a master of none.The best speed ive had nder sail is 9 knots and 17 knots nder the 50hp out board.Its a good all round boat to learn on,it does not sink and if you broach it,it self rights.The inside is very roomy for a 26ft boat,ive had mine out in force 6-7 and gone through a very turbulent sea(outfalls close to land)it felt like i was in a washing
machine ,but the little boat took it.
I sail mine off the East coast
of the UK,ive gone over the sand bars whilst keel boats wait and under the bridges were the sticks and fly bridges stop most boats,the lowest bridge ive done had a clearance of 8ft
One macgregor owner has had his 26x out in 155 mph winds,the same guy is a world renowned explorer,recently he was testing out some new sails on his mac,his buddys were with him as part of the design team,a couple of "Yotties" from the posh club started to poke fun at the mac,he ignored the jibes but his friends decided to defend the mac,the yotties told them the they"obviously new nothing about sailing" and sniggered and departed.The design team consisted of a Former Americas cup skipper
,two olympic medalists,one world renowned sail designer
and a guy who can call the late Sir edmund hillary and steve fossett as amongst his friendsmthe names this guy can drop are endless
anyhow,most people who knock a mac have never been on one and why the need to knock what i believe is a boat that has been produced to meet the needs of people wo want an inexpensive motorsailor,i believe that they made about 4000 26x,s and so far have built 2500 26ms
Its a great boat to learn on and a stepping stone towards another and cheap
to run,my mac is costing me $00000.000 to store over winter and as its in my back yard i can go work on it at the weekend without having to spend out $$$ on gas to get there.