I am gonna go out on a limb here..prolly make a few people mad at the same time.I believe that "Pblais " is wrong,but only for one reason. "The MACGREGOR
Now this is just my opinion and I have only been seriously sailing boats for 10 years.Had a 20' day sailer [a 20' paceship ]fore that but I am certified and comfortable with 45'-55' boats. the beneteau
473 can be single
handed quite easily as everything leads aft .EVERYTHING ..dufour 43s a wonderful boat but i have heard that they are feeling the financialsqueeze.
It has always been my opinion the Macgegor sailboats are rubbish. I know that I just made many people mad... they are correct to feel that way. I say that because i feel that the macgregor is trying to be too many things at once and accomplishes neither very well.....That boat is perfect for some people ,,,my opinion is that it is perfect for some ,but only for a year or two...then they can't wait to move on to a better boat.a well built sailboat ,,, a boat that can point up close and high.
I will admit that a little bit of my opinion is based on ego,,,at least a little bit of it...i normally go to the B.V.I.s for a couple of weeks each winter and charter
a boat..a few that i have taken are a dufour
43 for 2-3 weeks ,,a Beneteau
473 for a few and a jeaneau 45 c.c. J-boat 12, next is a hylas
54 cc. Also sailed a few Hinckley 46 & 59's as well as a hinckley picnic boat a number of times
I am also in the market to buy something in the 47-54 foot range...Looking at the Vagabond 47 but i don't want to feel as if I am dragging a
under my boat. i LOVE the smiley boats but some of them can't get out of their own way !! maybe a force 50 or something along those lines ,,,I think i am stuck on C.C. so as to have a huge aft stateroom...just my opinion!
So,,,,the Macgregor: some will tells you stories about how good they are..I won't.. some will yell at me for making this post .I apologize:
with a little more time and effort spent in looking about ,I think that for the same money ,,,certainly no more, you can find a fine sailboat for that will sail quite fine and serve you well. I just don't think that you will stay happy with a macgregor for very long and then when you go to sell, you will be sucking pond water . Just one mans opinion ....your mileage may vary
Watson and I apologise in advance to whoever has their feelings hurt ..that was not what i wanted to do .
NOW !! please keep in mind that i just contradicted our moderator...not something that you do without reflection. He prolly has many thousands of
miles under his keel more than i do..I am not saying that he is wrong to suggest the macgregor as a good boat..but he is wrong...sorry