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Old 28-07-2008, 18:53   #1
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Hello from 365 days of the year sunny & breezy Southern California

Hi all.

My name is Ron and I have a wife and two nuclear powered children ages 3 and 5.

We’ve decided to buy a pleasure craft to which our whole family can enjoy. My wife has sailed with her brother on a catamaran quite a few times growing up and I’ve raced out of Dana Point with him and his buddy Randy a dozen times or so J24 and 40ft. class. Although not 100% completely ignorant to sailing we are formally educated, open to new ideas, and consider ourselves newbies. We are ambitious, willing to learn, and cannot wait to buy our new boat and get started.

After looking at many options we’ve decided on the Macgregor 26M as it is very conducive to our family activities. It seems to have a perfect fit as we plan to take it to a small lake in the mountains local to us. (Big Bear Lake) I like so many features about this boat I don’t know where to begin. Cost, weight, trailerability, room, ease of use, speed, draft, adjustable dagger board, design in and out, we feel it’s the perfect family toy. Although we were originally thinking of just taking it to Big Bear all the time we started thinking of other lakes, and possibly even some week-long gunkholing vacationing or 1-Day trips to Catalina Island.

I hope to gain a lot of information about our boat and sailing her, and hope to learn about tweeks and tricks, maybe even meet some new friends.


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Old 28-07-2008, 19:30   #2
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Hey Ron

I have the MacGregor 26x. It's a great coastal cruiser. I've taken mine to the Bahamas, the Dry Tortugas, up and down the FL keys, and the Outer Banks. Nice to have the big motor for the kids. They seem to like to go fast. It was a very good first boat for me. I have an old Cal 34 too. Much better for long distance cruising.

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Old 29-07-2008, 00:30   #3
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Old 29-07-2008, 11:44   #4
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Aloha Ron,
Welcome aboard! I think you are making a pretty good choice for a trailerable. Just for comparisons have you looked at Catalinas too?
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It seems to have a perfect fit as we plan to take it to a small lake in the mountains local to us.
A perfect fit sounds desirable. Trailerable has that one advantage no other boat does. It's all supposed to be fun. It's the only real rule you never violate. We have a fair sized trailerable community here. So lots of good information too.
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Welcome aboard. Sounds like you made a good choice for a first boat.


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