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Note: All electrical work was wired according to Australian New Zealand Standard AS/NZS 3001 by a qualified electrical contractor. All 12V installation was carried out by a licensed cabler.


The electronics on the original boat consisted of just two switches mainly for navigation and interior lights, sourced from just one 12V battery.

I have added:

1. 240V system

2. 12V Inverter 2000W 240V system

3. Gallery upgrade.

    3.1 Electric Stove (240V) and Metho

    3.2 Microwave

    3.3 10L Hot water tank 240V or 12V

    3.4  Electric water pressure pump.

4. Stereo/DVD System

5. Smart TV (240V)

8. Amateur Radio Station (HF, VHF and UHF)

9. Wind Instruments.

10.  Depth sounder and GPS

11. 200W solar panel and regulator.

12. Dual batteries with multi source charging capabilities.

13. Extra Led lights internal and external

14. Fridge 12V or 240V

15. Heater 5KW.


Where did you find the time and energy to do all these modifications? Were they really necessary? For goodness sake, it's only an ordinary boat! You must have spent all your time rigging the boat and did little or no sailing at all.

There is only one answer to the above comment: I did it my way.


Interior Design



Interior Design

The interior of the MacGregor 26M is spacious enough to accommodate a closed toilet, a sliding cooking gallery and 6 berths, two doubles and two single beds

Queen size bed at that rear with gallery and dining table in the middle. Front V has a double bed. The enclosed toilet is located next to the front V.

Gallery moved back with dining table in the up position giving large port sofa providing altogether comfortable seating for eight people.

Table lowered to make another single bed. Altogether six people can sleep, two at the rear, two in the front and two on each side.

Gallery forward to give access to the queen size bed.

The gallery moved forward for easy cooking facilities with dining table setup.


Enclosed toilet next to the front V double bed




Length overall:     

25 feet,  10 inches

7.85 meters

Waterline length:    

23 feet,  2 inches 

7.06 meters

Width (Beam):

7 feet,  9 inches

2.36 meters

Draft, board up:

12 inches

.30 meters

Draft, board down:

5 feet, 9 Iinches

1.75 meters

Engine capacity:

5 to 60 h.p.

45 kw

Speed, 60 hp (45 KW) outboard:

24 mph


Water ballast:

1150 lbs

521 kilograms

Permanent ballast: 300 lbs

136 kilograms

Boat weight, empty:

2550 lbs

1156 kilograms

Trailer weight with surge brakes:

 575 lbs

261 kilograms


170 sq. ft

15.79 sq. meters

Jib (100%):

130 sq. ft.

12.08 sq. meters

Main and jib:

300 sq. ft.

27.87 sq. meters

Genoa (150%:

206 sq. ft

19.14 sq. meters

Cruising spinnaker:

350 sq. ft

32.52 sq. meters

Fresh water capacity:

5 gallons

18.93 liters

Fuel capacity: 

24 gallons

90.85 liters

Mast height above deck:

30 feet

9.14 meters
Mast height above water: 35 feet 10.67 meters

Cabin headroom:

6 feet

1.83 meters

Berths (sleeps 6):

2 doubles  2 singles








The Water Ballast

It makes it possible to have very light weight for powering and trailering, and the heavy stability necessary for safe sailing. After launching, the transom valve is opened and a tank in the bottom of the hull is gravity filled with 1150 lbs of sea water. It takes about 5 minutes. The valve is then closed, trapping the water. Under power or sail, the ballast makes the boat stable and self righting. When the boat is floated back onto its trailer, the valve is opened. The car and trailer start up the ramp and the water drains out of the boat, leaving a trailering package that is lighter than most small powerboats. You can also empty the tank while the boat is in the water. Under power, at about 6 mph, open the valve on the transom and the tank will drain in about 5 minutes.


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