Affordable Sailing Boats and Yachts
They are Paul Sharp and Laura MacGregor Sharp. Their family has been building boats under the MacGregor brand for over 50 years. Their parents, Roger and Mary Lou MacGregor, have decided to retire from production boat building. They are continuing the tradition of providing great trailerable sailboats, but with their own modern touches.
They had already started setting up to build the new Tattoo 22. This was rather a lucky decision, as the MacGregors' retirement leaves a void in the trailer sailer market. They will now offer the Tattoo 26, which is on the same lines as the current MacGregor 26, and the new Tattoo 22, which will be extremely light, and easy to tow behind smaller vehicles.
They have been building boats together for many years, from International 14 racing skiffs to 70' cruising boats. They ran the MacGregor 65 factory, where they built and sold almost a hundred MacGregor 65s. They both have extensive sailboat racing and cruising backgrounds, in catamarans and monohulls, from Lasers to Reichel Pugh 68 sleds, and everything in between.
They have been the overseas distributors for MacGregor sailboats since 1990, and have exported thousands of boats. They owned the UK dealership for almost 20 years, which was one of the highest volume MacGregor dealerships in the world.
They have long appreciated the niche market of affordable trailer sailers. They intend to keep making boating fun, safe and affordable.
Tattoo Yachts is a nod to our British and
Scottish heritage. The word 'tattoo' comes from the
closing-time cry in the inns in the Low Countries during the 17th
and 18th centuries - 'Doe den tap toe' ('Turn off the
taps'). It evolved into a tradition of evening music (like
Taps in the U.S.).
The logo reflects the drums of the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, a world famous event with stirring pipe and drum music.
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