Blue Water Yachts, for MacGregor 26, Venture and Tattoo Yachts
Blue Water Yachts specializes in services for Macgregor, Venture and Tattoo Yachts and also provides new sails made by Rolly Tasker Sails for these boats.
The Early Years of MacGregor Yacht Corporation
Roger and Mary Lou MacGregor began building boats in the late 1960’s, starting with a boat known as the Westwind. From the beginning the company was called Venture Boats, derived from Roger’s MBA Thesis at Stanford University. Within a few years the line had expanded to include swing keel boats from 17 to 24 feet. Development of what we refer to as the “Keelboats“ continued until 1987 with the most popular model being the Mac 25, a boat which has been inducted into the United States Sailboat Hall of Fame. During this time MacGregor also produced the high-performance Mac 36 catamaran and the first version of the Mac 65 ULDB. Blue Water Yachts began selling MacGregor boats in 1988 and quickly became their largest dealer, ultimately selling nearly 1000 new MacGregor Yachts.
Blue Water Yachts
For nearly 30 years Blue Water Yachts, located near Seattle, WA, in the Pacific Northwest, was North America’s largest trailerable sailboat dealer and represented MacGregor Yachts, as well as W.D. Schock, Newport , Gulf and Hunter sailboats. When MacGregor Yachts ended production in 2013, BWY became the factory authorized supplier of all original parts, accessories, upgrades and technical support for Macgregor, Venture and Tattoo yachts. In addition, this company today also offers a range of services and top-quality sails made by Rolly Tasker Sails.
The Water Ballast Revolution
In 1987, Mac introduced the water ballasted MacGregor 26, a boat now referred to as the 26 Classic, or 26C. Early models were equipped with a vertically retracted daggerboard (26D) while the later models had a swing centerboard (26S). The MacGregor 26C was much easier and lighter to trailer than any similar boat, and offer great sailing performance along with improved interior accommodations. This boat, especially the daggerboard models, are widely considered to be the fastest sailing of the trailerable MacGregor models. Over 6000 26 Classic boats were produced, during its production run it was the most widely produce cruising sailboat in the world.
The First “Powersailer”
In 1992 MacGregor introduced the Mac 19, the first model designed as a sailboat with the ability to plane under power. The Mac 19 was produced until 1995 with over 800 boats built. This was the first Mac model that Blue Water Yachts collaborated with the factory during development