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Sailing the MacGregor 26X

by Cary Johnson

  We first learned about the new 1996 MacGregor 26X at the Minneapolis Boat Show in the spring of 1995. We purchased the video tape and got a lot of brochures. It was love at first sight. I knew Elaine would love it also since it had a lot of head room,a stove, an a place for 6 people to sleep and a bathroom. Now I had a goal. I pasted the pictures on my office wall and played the video often. My deadline was May 1997. In the fall of 1996 we had a chance to rent for a couple of hours the 26X MacGregor form a dealer in Glenwood, MN. That is the picture you see here. It was a very windy day with winds 25 to 26 mph. At the end of two and a half hours of sailing we were able to make a intelligent decision that it was a stable and comfortable sailboat. The goal was set for May 1977.
Testing the MacGregor 26X
Here we are testing the sailboat we rented. The dealer gave all of us a chance to control the wheel. It was scary but the captain didn't seem concerned. He was in the galley preparing food for us. Do you suppose that was way his way of showing confidence in our ability to sail with little instruction?   
Father and Daughter Heading Almost Into the Wind
  It isn't often that I get a chance to sail with my daughter. Here Lisa is holding onto the wheel as we heel over. She is trying to hold onto her hat at the same time. Don't roll us over Lisa! 
This picture shows us heeling over to the port side. It was very windy and I have to admit I was a little scared. The water was up to the post side windows. Still the dealer didn't appear concerned. I wonder?   

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