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Sep-26-2006 @ 8:12 PM                           Permalink
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I am currently looking for a new boat of the sailing variety and would appreciate the knowledge/experience of the forums sailing members.
After some time trailing a motor boat the time and tidal factor of the south east coast has made a permanant mooring broads style more appealing.
I used to dinghy sail however my young family requirements will need somthing a little bigger but under 30ft. Looked at Jeanneau/Beneteau/Macgregor. What preferences/critisms have people got??
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I have a friend who has one of the smaller McGregors, I find it very basic but if you are prepared to rub shoulders then its great for the Broads. Sails okay but I really don't think that he needs the 50h.p. engine on the back. Great value package at under £20k. Ideal as the Broads are growing shallower by the day!

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Being the name of my boat and the generic name applied to the flag atop of a Norfolk Wherry mast, unique to Broadland. Now you know!

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Depends where on the Broads you intend to sail / keep her.

Remember that in some areas there is a lot of tree screening and narrow - sometimes shallow - channels. Boats designed for open sea work and wide waterways may not be a good idea. Also depends on your view of aesthetics.

How much do you want to spend - to buy and to maintain?

New boats that work well on the Broads - try Colin Buttifant's Bure and Womack Classics - classic broads cruisers built to a modern standard.

http://www.swallowtailboats.co.uk/main.htm

Hire one first to see if you like it.

Phil

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Thanks for the info guys, I have looked at macgregor 26 but have heard some reports that its very poor quality both in build & perfomance??, however looks alot of boat for the money. I am looking around the 25k mark, fairly easy to handle. Love the tradtional look but fear that both budget and extra maintainence could rule this option out. Most likley to be based on the southern broads.

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The McGregor is not a great sailer, I grant you that, just turn the motor on! Build quality is fine but fittings are basic economy jobs. Basically you get a lot of internal space and boat for your money. I don't like the wheel steering as much as I do a tiller but you can always take it to sea which makes it a versatile beast. There are much better sailers out there. The high aspect rig Pegusus goes much better. For a family boat, rather than a performance job, for pottering about rather than racing I'd be happy to own a McGregor. I think it would be fair to say that they are motor boats that sail rather than sailing boats that motor.

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Being the name of my boat and the generic name applied to the flag atop of a Norfolk Wherry mast, unique to Broadland. Now you know!

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