You will find on this forum and others a disrespect for the MacGregors. These are coastal cruisers. Pushing it more than that will get you introuble as it will with any coastal cruiser. They and other coastal cruisers are just not designed for Heavy wind
and seas for any lenght of time. If your budget is just 30K US Dollarsthen a new Mac 26M is not in your price
range unless you can get a really good deal on a motor
. Space wise you will find it hard to beat. The interor room is large compaired to other 26 foot blue water boats.
As with most boats, people move up or down or out in a few years. You can do the barrier coat and bottom paint
yourself as well as any other modifications that you may want. I know of a man and his wife in a MacGregor 25 in the Bahamas
now for the season (a 12 year old boat). I am in my 06 MacGregor 26M for the season in the Bahamas
as well. Will another boat fit your needs better than a MacGregor. With what you have wrote, I do not know. It is a strong and forgiving boat but not for everybody. If you cannot live with people saying what they are on this board, then do not buy it as you WILL get it. That is just how it is, just to many people who looked at boats and not bought theirs but bought a MacGregor instead.
The trailer comes with the boat. If for some reason you cannot use it, all that you have to do is put it on the trailer and it cost little, unlike other boats that do not come with a trailer.
Here is a pro MacGregor Forum.
MacGregorSailors.com :: Index
Best wishes on what ever you choose,
Lynx, currently in Marsh Harbor Abacos Bahamas and soon to move again.