novice boat owner

by Cliff Campbell
(Port Ludlow, WA)

Just purchased a 2007 Macgregor 26M Powersailer. I teach some scuba diving, but have never owned or captained a boat, would love to learn how to sail.Lucked out and got a live-aboard slip at Port Ludlow Marina. Here are the specs (pardon the length)Please let me know if I;m missing anything important on this craft. The only mod I'm having Blue Water Yachts make is to install a proper marine head @ $1,100:

Class Sails
Category Cruisers
Year 2007
Make Macgregor
Length 26'
Propulsion Type Single Outboard
Hull Material Fiberglass
Fuel Type Gas
Location Mountlake Terrace, WA

2007 MacGregor 26M

In excellent condition with Blue Water Yachts Cruising Package with many upgrades. Aluminum trailer with surge brakes, Suzuki 70 four stroke motor with 2-12 gal. fuel tanks, custom steering quick disconnect system, and many upgrades.

Duel Battery System with automatic combiner battery charger

12 volt and 120 volt electrical panes with Shore Power

New High performance Cruising Laminate Mainsail with EZ main sail handling system

Roller Furling System with new Cruising Laminate Jib

New Spinnaker with bow sprit

New Cam cleats and Halyards

Dodger, Bimini, and Full Enclosure around cockpit

Stern Rail Seats with all cockpit cushions

Wallas 1300 Marine Heater System

Interior sleeps 4-6 with Butane single burner stove, folding dinette table, sink with pump faucet, marine porta potty

Speed and Distance

Cruising Speed
Max Speed


Nominal Length
Length Overall
Max Bridge Clearance
Max Draft
Cabin Headroom
Length at Waterline


Dry Weight


Fuel Tank Capacity
Fuel Tank Material
Fresh Water Tank Capacity
Fresh Water Tank Material
Holding Tank Capacity


Double Berths

Engine Make Suzuki
Engine Model 70
Engine Year 2007
Total Power 70hp
Engine Type Single Outboard
Fuel Type Gas
Electrical Equipment

Shore Power Inlet



CD Player



Cockpit Speakers



Radar Detector


Genoa Cover

Mainsail Cover

Lazy Bag


Bimini Top

Spray Hood

Cockpit Cover


Steering Wheel

Additional Equipment

Road Trailer


Fully Battened Mainsail

Furling Genoa

Outside Equipment/Extras

Swimming Ladder

Cockpit Cushions

Radar Reflector

Cockpit Table

Inside Equipment

Chemical Head

Battery Charger


Other Details
2007 Macgregor 26M Powersailer

Now available for viewing at Blue Water Yachts this beautiful like new 2007 MacGregor 26M! Lovingly cared for and lots of recent additions and upgrades. This white hull MacGregor has a Suzuki 70 four stroke motor, newly upgraded sails, full enclosure, cabin heat, aluminum trailer, and all cockpit cushions. Garmin GPS chartplotter, VHF, Dual Battery System with combiner. 12 volt and 120 volt electrical panels with Shore Power.

Thanks in advance for any help or suggestions! Sincerely, Cliff

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Cliff Campbell

by Cliff
(Utah (soon to be WA))

hi, thanks for great article. Am 64 in good health and will be moving to the Puget Sound area shortly. Have never owned a boat, nor captained one, but have decided I want to live on one permanently. Still teach scuba diving part-time. Have been looking at a nice 1983 Cape Dory 33' sailboat $52,000 and would like to permanently berth her at the Friday Harbor Marina, then take her sailing around the San Juans, Port Townsend, Liberty Bat etc.Will definitely need sailing lessons

Am I on the right track here with choice of boat, and berthing plans? Any help/suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

Cliff Campbell
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Cliff, I think you are on the right track. I lived aboard in a Florida marina next to a couple who were living on their Cape Dory 33. It was about the same vintage as yours and a very solid boat. $52K seems a bit high to me, but make sure you have it surveyed and appraised and you probably can't go wrong. They hold onto their value pretty well.

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Thanks for a great primer for a novice like myself

by Cliff
(Port Ludlow, WA)

Thank you so much for the comprehensive article! Sincerely, Cliff

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How Important Is Displacement?

by Boat Shopper

For any given length, sailboats can vary in total displacement by 5,000 to almost 15,000 pounds. Traditional wisdom tells the liveaboard to get a beamy, often light, dockominium which will perform will in light air for day sailing and coastal cruising.

...however, wouldn't such a boat be overly tender in a slip or on a mooring? You probably don't want an overly tender vessel where you wake everyone up with the rocking and rolling every time you come home late and step on the deck or go use the head early in the morning.


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by Erica

What is the best place/way to learn about sea worthy liveabords?


Choose one or more of the books listed on our website.

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Disabled army vet.john

by John

I'm Disabled, 52 years old, retired and an army veteran looking for something cheap but livable or live-aboard.

I should say and praying I can find something that's suits my situation.I have a small dog and a cat and someone told me that this would be my best chance at being able to afford my own place.

I know nothing about boats, so I'm hoping that a God-fearing person or at least someone that cares enough about his fellow man that can help me figure out what to do.

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Looking for a boat

by Dee Dee Pompeo-Maltby
(Cape Coral Florida)

Your article was great. You seem like you are very knowledgeable regarding boats.

We have done some extensive research, but can't seem to find the boat we love. We want to live on the boat, entertain and have guests stay on when we are traveling. We would like to travel to the Florida Keys, the Caribbean and more....So far we only love the layout of the Blue Water which seems after extensive research to have gone out of business, gas engines, diesel engines rarity, and specifically constructed for lakes.

We want to be able to live comfortably, single level living layout which we can have full vision from front to back and some luxury and outdoor living which the Blue Water solves all the above. Do you have any other boats you can recommend on this type of living that is more sea worthy. Any feedback, thoughts or recommendations would be greatly appreciated.

Have a marvelous day,

Be well
Dee Dee and Bruce


I am not familiar with the Blue Water brand of boat. When I hear about a blue water boat I think of heavy construction and rigging, a relatively deep draft and other features associated with the term blue water.

If there was a brand Blue Water maybe some of our site visitors can help you out with that one. Our website is fairly new so I don't have any yacht broker advertisers or they would be all over your question.

Good luck.

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Retired.....on my own.....looking to reignite a dream!

by Cliff

In the 1980's upon selling our first house, my intention was to spend some years with the family sailing/living aboard. It was not everyone's wish so it was placed in memory as a dream.

Had spent a couple years in the Navy in the later part of the 1960's(loved the water hated the Navy)

Now, at some point in the future to be left alone, the dream will take the place of what will be lost.

You only live twice!


Good luck with the dream. It's easy to do once you decide to do it. I have to laugh because I also served in the Navy. Loved the sea, hated the military life. I even considered going to the Merchant Marine Academy. But I did what I could with what I had.

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Americas Great Loop

So my dream is to travel America's great loop. I will spend a lot of time in the Great Lakes, but ultimately will be sailing from Lake Michigan down the Atlantic coast and back up through New Orleans and back into Lake Michigan. There will only be two of us and I want to be economical. So far I'm fairly certain I want single engine and super simple. I'm looking at used boats to save money. I'd like to spend less than $15000 and half that would be great lol. So my biggest question now is what type of vessel is best? Do I want a motor sail boat or trawler or is there another type of vessel that could suit my needs? I'd like to be comfortable in the cockpit with plenty of room for my wife to sit comfortably next to me. There should also be plenty of deck space as we love the sun. Thanks for your time!

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Thoughts on Marlow?

by Jake
(Florida )

Thoughts on living aboard a Marlow?

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I have seen and wonder if it's an option.

by Stephen

I have seen a 30 foot sailboat that was de-rigged. All the sailing components were removed and stored at this guys country home/barn. He said he put it up carefully but would never use these components.

The sailboat I believe was a San Jon (I'm not certain of the spelling) and he had a trailer to allow removing it from the water for bottom jobs or other repairs.

His on-board diesel was a Yanmar I believe and moved the boat around the harbor and out on the lake quite well. It was a diesel I believe.

I don't want to sail but this sail boat had a huge upper deck that was able to be used for sunbathing, fishing on chairs, and so on. It had a rail around it with some sort of really taut netting and ropes to keep people from falling off and had a foot rail (some angle iron piece at the very edge of the deck).

Is this ever done? Or is this one person the only one you have ever heard of doing this?

Seemed like a great way to enjoy the water for much less money and trouble than a power boat which I have had a large Chris Craft sedan.

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Great information!! Thank you

by DC
(Providence, RI)

Wow... Have you given me a ton to think about.

I'm NO expert but I like to think I have been considering most things. After reading your entire page you have me rethinking things!!! To live off the hook for a month or 2 is one thing as that has its own challenges as far as disposing of trash and rationing your water /holding tanks, etc but now I'm really rethinking it ALL......

Perhaps instead of buying the cat I want and moving onboard with my spouse full time we should just keep chartering a few months a year & keep our real estate on land???

I don't know it does NOT seem completely unrealistic to get a large cat (60-80 feet) and take off and explore the world but I'm sure there are still going to be many challenges. After all we don't want a live aboard crew or any type of "help"!! Sure it would be nice but part of doing this is because I want to adventure & want my privacy.

Thank you so much for posting this information. It's already been very difficult to find a marina that allows liveaboards & for the size cat we want we would need two slips. So perhaps we put a mooring in and live solely off of solar power and batteries?

Is that realistic thought? The vessels I've looked at have a single unit, front loader washer/dryer combo, and a dishwasher but these seems extremely wasteful and after reading seem like something we really would not use because if we were not plugged into marina power & water we really wouldn't have the capacity to use the washer or dishwasher without sacrificing much of of clean water in the tanks.

I'm baffled now and think perhaps maybe just a nice new home and our yearly private charters are the way to go..... If you have the time any advice or the sharing of your opinions and thoughts would be greatly appreciated!!! Thank you again!!!!! My name is Dennis and my email is [email protected]

Thanks again!!! I hope your living a happy and healthy life!!!!




Dennis, at least our website has given you food for thought. Many of the questions you've asked can really only be answered by you and your wife. The size cat you are considering is huge by my standards, and I usually recommend trying the liveaboard life in something much smaller. That way if you don't like it, you haven't invested so much it makes you cry. Most people who live aboard do just fine without onboard laundry facilities or other energy hogs. The higher your boat's energy needs, the less you will be able to rely only on solar and wind power. Take care and have fun figuring out what to do.

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Getting started

by Jeff
(Venice, ca)

I am a recent transplant from Ohio to Venice California. I I really enjoy living by the beach however it seems that the only way I can afford to live your long-term is by possibly living on a boat. I don't know how to get started though, there is a marina nearby I would assume I need to look there for docking, but I don't know where to get a boat. I don't know how to find out if I would even like living on a boat although I think I wouldn't be okay with living in a boat from some of the stories I've read. Can anyone help me out with resources on where to start looking and if there are any resources to determine if this really would be the right fit for me.


The purpose of our website is to answer the kind of questions you are asking. It looks like we have failed at out job.

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3055 Ciera Bayliner

by Deb
(Colorado )

We retire in less than a year and currently have a 31 foot Bayliner. Thoughts on living aboard that sort of boat? With 3 small Yorkies? Thinking of California. All thoughts would be greatly appreciated as we are a bit nervous.

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Hauling your own shor transportation

by Antonio
(87031 USA)


I am almost retired and considering a Live Aboard boat and cruise the planet. How to the others Get inshore for Excursions? I would like to take my own Motorcycle, but need some sort of onboard garage. For tools and stuff to maintain the bike as well as the boat.

Any suggestion or Ideas.

I was thinking of a Small powered and steerable and auto piloted, 60'-70' Noah's Arc (giggle) with a Crane of some sort. Speed is not of the essence. Space and Durability are.

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Young and hopeful

by Kyle O'G
(Miami, FL currently abroad)

I am pretty new to sailing, and am still a couple of years out from purchasing my own boat. But my eventual plan is to have a live-aboard that I can use to travel. I know I want a sailboat to minimize travel costs. I am undecided if I want to fork out extra for a catamaran to benefit from faster travel.

My question is how many feet should I be looking at for something that is seaworthy enough for a transatlantic voyage? Is there any difference in foot-to-seaworthiness for a single-hull and catamaran? What size would I need to look into if I eventually decide on a circumnavigation?

Someone else asked about doing a loop through the Great Lakes and Mississippi. Is there a size that would be too big to make a trip like that on calm water?

Thanks for the article. It was a helpful find.

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