26... Factory website for the MacGregor 26', $22,900 trailerable sailboat,
24 mph, the WORLD'S best selling cruising sailboat.
EASY TO SAIL
No boat is easier to sail. You can
learn to sail in an afternoon. Read one of the widely available pamphlets on
the basics of sailing. Pick a nice day with a light breeze. Take the boat to
the water, launch it, fill the ballast tank and buzz around with the engine
until you get the hang of it. It is no tougher than driving a car. Then set
the mainsail and let the wind provide some of the power. Keep the engine
running at idle to get you out of any tight places. An hour or so of this
and you will have a pretty good idea of how it all works. When you are
comfortable using the mainsail, raise the jib. An afternoon like this and
you will be fairly accomplished.
To learn to sail is easy. To learn
to make a boat sail to perfection can take forever (this is one of the great
joys of the sport). The best argument for learning to sail is that once you
start, you will stay with it for a lifetime. It is that much fun.
The boat comes with a 37 page owners
guide, filled with photographs and instructions, for the initial rigging of
the boat, and for every phase of its operation and maintenance. It includes a well illustrated section on how to sail. In addition,
many dealers provide lessons when you purchase your boat.
For an excellent primer on how to sail, please click on HOW TO SAIL in the
table of contents to the left.