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Seller's Description

This is a chance to buy a one of a kind boat that might be about the most practical cruising boat in the 20-28 foot range you will ever find. If you are looking for a boat to take down to the water Friday night and sail for a couple hours this isnt the boat for you. Now if you are going to put in the water and want to be in a week, a month or more on an extended trip where you could end up in any kind of weather this is a boat you should take a serious look at.

Standard features

A stock 26S MacGregor is a nice boat but this MacGregor has been heavily modified for cruising and has been used for a single handed 3 month 1300 mile trip to the Bahamas and numerous other extended trips.

Boat is light on the modified trailer but sails well. You can easily pull the boat to anywhere there is a road. Launches and retrieves easily. Perfect for lake and coastal sailing. Maybe the most versatile boat there is in the 20 to 28 foot range.

This 1990 MacGregor Classic 26S is an excellent sailboat (this is not the high HP X or M that are also power boats).

Roller Furler Genoa and Main Sail with Lazy Jacks, Sail Pack and Single Line Reefing, IdaSailor High Performance kick-up Rudder and swing-up Centerboard (High performance after market items help if sailing into unknown shallow water since these both swing-up if you contact the bottom or an obstacle), Mast Raising System with a gin pole, We bought a new Main and Genoa from Somerset Sails, Spinnaker Sail, original jib and genoa sails are also included with the boat, CDI Roller Furler, Heavy duty Johnson Lever (Tensions the rigging when you raise the mast), Anchor Sail, Rigging replace with heavier duty rigging, Sail Pack, Lazy Jacks, Single Line Reefing, Preventers for Running, Topping Lift, Windex, Slug Gate, Cockpit Traveler, Cockpit Centerboard Uphaul, Tiller Clamcleat for the Swing-Up Rudder, Shore Lines.

3 great anchors–25 lb. Simpson Supreme, 22 lb. Lewmar Claw & Fortress FX-11 anchor.

Equipment: Too much to list everything about the boat here, go to for pics and info:

Interior: Enlarged V-Berth with storage and Rear Berth, V-Berth Clothes Storage, V-Berth Hatch Opener, Improved Cooling Fans, Under V-Berth Storage, Under V-Berth Water Storage (38 gallons Six 4 gallon containers and two 7 Gallon (1 for sink), Fixed 7 gallon container plumbed to the sink, Aft Berth Mods, MSD Pump-out Head, 2nd Head Double Doodie Bag Head, Main Cabin Overhead Console, Galley Storage, New Whynter 65 Qt (2.12 cu. ft.) 12v Refrigerator, Expanded Food Storage, Cooking Stove Platform, Port Cabin Storage, Starboard Cabin Storage, Cabin/Galley Table, Cabin Port Side Bilge Pump, Aft Berth Modifications, Cabin/Galley Table

Electrical: Boat was rewired, 560 watts of Solar These panels provide all the electricity needed for day after day of refrigeration and all other electrical needs plus provide the shade that is needed for multiple days in the cock pit and dont hinder the fine sailing potential of the boat, New Mast Wiring, LED Anchor Light.

Sails and Rigging Related: Sloop Rigged Roller Furler Genoa and Main Sail with Lazy Jacks, Sail Pack and Single Line Reefing, IdaSailor High Performance kick-up Rudder and swing-up Centerboard.

Many more interior and external items listed at

The original MacGregor trailer has been heavily modified to provide safe long distance travel with the boat with a second axle and surge disk brakes vs. the stock single axle trailer that had no brakes. The Mac has been trailered from Utah to Florida (4400 miles round trip) twice and to Canada, Colorado, Wyoming and in Utah with no trailer problems. stock trailer.

Trailer Mods: Second axle with surge disk brakes, Added a sub-frame to the original frame for more strength, Extended the frame and add 3rd bunk to better support the boat, Extensive Side Bunk Build (Added heavy duty side bunks that make the boat easy to launch and retrieve, Spare Tire Holder with an extra hub and bearings if ever needed. Centerboard Support and Roller, Bow Roller, New Front and Mid Bunk, Adjustable Bow Support.

Dinghy/Inflatable Related: A Zodiac Zoom inflatable is also included in the sale. This has been a great dingy over the years and Ive never regretted getting it. It is very stable in all kinds of weather/wave conditions. Ive pulled it over 2000 miles behind the Mac without a problem. With the long-shaft 5HP Nissan (will go with the boat) it will plane with one person but bought a new 3.5HP Nissan long shaft as it was considerably lighter. Being a long shaft in an emergency it could also power the Mac.

Dingy Mods: Raised the Transom for long shaft motor, Has large capacity fuel tank. Transom mounted tow strap, Dinghy Chaps,, Under-seat Storage.

Miscellaneous Related: One full wet suit and a couple partial ones with weight belt. Nice to have if you have to go into cold water, High power binoculars with night vision, Lots of flares that are out of date but would still probably work if needed, Electronic flare that doesn’t go out of date, Sunbrella bags for a lot of uses, Extra fusees, Hand Compass, There is at least one other bilge pump in the parts that will go with the boat, lots more miscellaneous items, basically anything related to extra parts and other items that were used with the Mac will go with it.

Sailrite LSZ-1 This sewing machine sells for over $1200 new and over $1500 with the accessories we have for it.



Roger MacGregor
Macgregor Yacht Corp
# Built


Length Overall
25 11 / 7.9 m
Waterline Length
23 5 / 7.2 m
8 0 / 2.4 m
1 2 / 0.4 m 1 6 / 0.5 m
2,850 lb / 1,293 kg
1,200 lb / 544 kg (Water)

Rig and Sails

Reported Sail Area
235′² / 21.8 m²
Total Sail Area
235′² / 21.9 m²
Sail Area
129′² / 12 m²
25 1 / 7.7 m
10 2 / 3.1 m
Air Draft
32 3 / 9.8 m
Sail Area
106′² / 9.9 m²
22 0 / 6.7 m
9 8 / 3 m
Forestay Length
24 0 / 7.3 m

Auxilary Power

Fuel Type
Fuel Capacity
Engine Hours


Water Capacity
Holding Tank Capacity


Hull Speed
9.6 kn
Classic: 6.49 kn

Hull Speed

The theoretical maximum speed that a displacement hull can move efficiently through the water is determined by it's waterline length and displacement. It may be unable to reach this speed if the boat is underpowered or heavily loaded, though it may exceed this speed given enough power. Read more.


Classic hull speed formula:

Hull Speed = 1.34 x √LWL

A more accurate formula devised by Dave Gerr in The Propeller Handbook replaces the Speed/Length ratio constant of 1.34 with a calculation based on the Displacement/Length ratio.

Max Speed/Length ratio = 8.26 ÷ Displacement/Length ratio.311
Hull Speed = Max Speed/Length ratio x √LWL

9.61 knots
Classic formula: 6.49 knots
Sail Area/Displacement
16-20: good performance

Sail Area / Displacement Ratio

A measure of the power of the sails relative to the weight of the boat. The higher the number, the higher the performance, but the harder the boat will be to handle. This ratio is a "non-dimensional" value that facilitates comparisons between boats of different types and sizes. Read more.


SA/D = SA ÷ (D ÷ 64)2/3

  • SA: Sail area in square feet, derived by adding the mainsail area to 100% of the foretriangle area (the lateral area above the deck between the mast and the forestay).
  • D: Displacement in pounds.
<16: under powered
16-20: good performance
>20: high performance
>40: stiffer, more powerful

Ballast / Displacement Ratio

A measure of the stability of a boat's hull that suggests how well a monohull will stand up to its sails. The ballast displacement ratio indicates how much of the weight of a boat is placed for maximum stability against capsizing and is an indicator of stiffness and resistance to capsize.


Ballast / Displacement * 100

<40: less stiff, less powerful
>40: stiffer, more powerful
<100: Ultralight

Displacement / Length Ratio

A measure of the weight of the boat relative to it's length at the waterline. The higher a boat’s D/L ratio, the more easily it will carry a load and the more comfortable its motion will be. The lower a boat's ratio is, the less power it takes to drive the boat to its nominal hull speed or beyond. Read more.


D/L = (D ÷ 2240) ÷ (0.01 x LWL)³

  • D: Displacement of the boat in pounds.
  • LWL: Waterline length in feet
<100: ultralight
100-200: light
200-300: moderate
300-400: heavy
>400: very heavy
Comfort Ratio
<20: lightweight racing boat

Comfort Ratio

This ratio assess how quickly and abruptly a boat’s hull reacts to waves in a significant seaway, these being the elements of a boat’s motion most likely to cause seasickness. Read more.


Comfort ratio = D ÷ (.65 x (.7 LWL + .3 LOA) x Beam1.33)

  • D: Displacement of the boat in pounds
  • LWL: Waterline length in feet
  • LOA: Length overall in feet
  • Beam: Width of boat at the widest point in feet
<20: lightweight racing boat
20-30: coastal cruiser
30-40: moderate bluewater cruising boat
40-50: heavy bluewater boat
>50: extremely heavy bluewater boat
Capsize Screening
>2.0: better suited for coastal cruising

Capsize Screening Formula

This formula attempts to indicate whether a given boat might be too wide and light to readily right itself after being overturned in extreme conditions. Read more.


CSV = Beam ÷ ³√(D / 64)

  • Beam: Width of boat at the widest point in feet
  • D: Displacement of the boat in pounds
<2: better suited for ocean passages
>2: better suited for coastal cruising


Dry boat weight: 1650 lbs.
Centerboard weight: 50 lbs.
An earlier model, called the MACGREGOR 26D was similar but with a (vertically) lifting keel. (also with water ballast = reduced weight for trailering. Not to be adjusted while sailing).
Spinnaker area: 360 sq. ft.
Thanks to a number of Macgregor owners for providing corrections and updated images.

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