Launching - MacGregor 26M
Anywhere you can car-launch a 15'
rowboat, you can launch a MacGregor 26. There are ramps everywhere, and they
cost very little to use, typically $2 to $5. Many are free.
Launching is easy because the boat sits lower on its trailer than any other trailerable
The launching procedure is simple. The car is backed down the ramp until the
boat just starts to float free of the trailer (normally, the car tires will be
just touching the water). The bow line is released and one person gets on the
boat, starts the motor, and powers the boat off the trailer. To recover the boat,
the procedure is reversed. Under outboard power (it can be done under sail, but
not as easily), the boat is driven onto the trailer until it hits the bow stop
at the front of the trailer. With the motor still running to keep the nose of
the boat pressed against the bow support, the crew goes forward and down the
trailer ladder. The bow line is then connected and the boat is winched in tight.
There are guide posts at the rear of the trailer, and a large V at the nose to
keep the boat centered as it goes on and off the trailer. There is also a ladder
at the front of the trailer to make it easy to get up on the boat.
On a typical ramp, every inch higher on the trailer means that the trailer
and car will have to go 12" farther down the ramp for the boat to float free.
Some builders use extension tongues to get deep draft boats farther down the
ramp without dunking the car. This is OK, but ramps are built for typical length
trailers without extensions. If the trailer wheels go off the end of the paved
portion, major help is often needed.
Once the 26 is launched, it will sail in
places most other boats simply cannot go.
The 26M is in production by MacGregor. The information contained
page is subject to change, and may not fully represent the
boat as it is manufactured. We will endeavor to update these pages
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