Introduction

“It was with a happy heart that the good Odysseus spread his sail.” -Homer

Murrelet at anchor.

Murrelet at anchor.

Sailboat Couple of the Year Award PlaqueI have been messing about in boats all my life. Growing up in Berkeley, I was a Sea Scout, learning to navigate San Francisco Bay and the Sacramento River Delta on the Northland – a 65-foot Aviation Rescue Boat. As a student at UC Santa Barbara, I learned to sail Omegas in the sailing program and had many adventures in the Santa Barbara Channel. Later, at the University of Washington, I explored Lake Washington and Puget Sound in a variety of kayaks and canoes. In 1999, my wife and I purchased a MacGregor 26x, which we named Murrelet in honor of a Pacific Northwest seabird. This website describes our explorations of the Salish Sea and beyond. -Frank Mighetto 

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28 thoughts on “Introduction

  1. Hello Frank. This is an interesting blog, discussing an interesting boat design. I’m looking into centreboarders and I’m writing to ask you to consider adjusting a paragraph of your blog ‘#5 – Keeled Sailboats are the Most Seaworthy Ocean Cruisers’. The para starts with ‘Murrelet is a 5 ton by volume documentable vessel.’ My concern is the sentence where you write, ‘If needed the mast can be dropped on Mac26x cruisers thereby reducing weight aloft which is a contributor to capsizing.’ Umm, actually, I’m quite sure that this advice is incorrect.

    After the Fastnet race disaster, the board of enquiry concluded that one of the best and easiest ways to reduce the chances of capsize was to add weight to the top of the mast. The board also found that a yacht losing its mast increased its chances of being capsized or turning-turtle. These findings are difficult to digest at first, but become convincing when physics is applied, in place of intuition. The weight of the long mast, which extends well away from the centre of gravity, creates a situation of high mass-moment-of-inertia. That is, a lot of energy is needed to make the mast move. The mast is fixed to the yacht and so it’s harder to make the yacht roll. Remove the mast and the yacht will tumble over much more easily. Naval architects know that one of the best ways to make a yacht seakindly is to have a reasonably high level of distributed masses – the more mass there is away from the centre of gravity, the harder it is to make the yacht deviate from it’s current position.

    It’s a very interesting consideration. 🙂

    Regards, Rick.

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  10. Contrary to marketers of lesser vessels who like to say otherwise, MacGregor Yachts is a builder of ocean sail boats and not a builder of boats meant for the first time purchaser.

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    The Executive Director of a national development program in the Republic of Kiribati got a fleet of Mac26x cruisers to the Marshall Islands where they were used for transporting medical and dental teams and supplies and were routinely sailed 500 miles from the Marshall Islands to the Republic of Kiribati. The director, shane@moonrakerdevelopment.com holds a merchant marine license, has a hundred-ton ticket, has sailed the world in many vessels including Columbia’s and Catamarans, owned a Mac26x and in 2002 indicated he would like to purchase a used one – probably regretting the sale of his first. He is a real fan of the cruiser and has sailed them in rough conditions and nothing broke. It is that kind of praise that makes me question those who claim the Mac26x is not a blue water cruiser. For a crew of two it may be the ideal blue water cruiser.

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