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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 cruiser.

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.

 

Notice: The 26M is in production by MacGregor. The information contained on this page is subject to change, and may not fully represent the boat as it is manufactured. We will endeavor to update these pages as more information is released by MacGregor. If you would like to be notified when new materials are added to the site, send us an e-mail by click here.

 


 

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