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Macwester 26

Brief Notes


Macwester Marine Co. Ltd.

Length OA

26' 0"

Sail Area

301 or 330 sq ft

The Macwester 26 was designed by C. S. J. Roy, who had previously worked for Westerly Marine. The 26 was the first boat built by Macwester, in 1964, when it sold for £1,695 new. The Macwester 26 had a long production run, Mk II versions with a slightly greater sail area being built for a short while in 1971 and 1972 before production ceased. About 400 were built in total.

Length WL

21' 0"




9' 2"




2' 9"




6,720 lbs

Engine type

various, originally usually a Vire 7 hp or Stuart Turner 10 hp petrol


2,265 lbs

Engine bhp

typically 12 - 20

Keel type

Twin bilge keels with rudder on long skeg

Macwester 26's are very solidly built, and offer a lot of space for a 26 foot boat. Various interior layouts were built, and many boats have subsequently been modified. When introduced they were in direct competition with the more expensive but slightly smaller Westerly Centaur - the Macwester had the better accommodation thanks to her greater beam, and perhaps a stronger hull, and the Centaur the better performance.

Sailing performance is steady rather than fast, and the very shallow bilge keels seriously limit windward performance. A few were built from new with an optional short bowsprit, and many have been retro-fitted with a bowsprit, as this is said to reduce weather helm and improve handling. By now most will have been re-engined, the original 7 hp Vire or occasionally 10 hp Stuart Turner petrol engines having been replaced with more modern and powerful diesel inboards

The Macwester 26 was replaced by the Macwester 27 in 1972, which was very similar, except for deeper keels with a draught of 3' 9", considerably improving windward performance.

The boats are still popular, offering a very tough little cruiser with a lot of space for a 26-footer, at a sensible price. They inspire considerable loyalty in their owners - it being not that uncommon to still find one-owner examples

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