About us

Tattoo_faces_032613The owners of Tattoo Yachts, LLC have been the overseas distributors for MacGregor sailboats since 1990, and have exported thousands of boats.  We owned the UK dealership for almost 20 years, which was one of the highest volume MacGregor dealerships in the world.

Tattoo Yachts, LLC is our new boatbuilding company in Florida. This has been in the works for some time and we have already built tooling for a 22’ power sailer.

This was rather a lucky decision, as Roger and Mary Lou MacGregor’s retirement leaves a void in the trailer sailer market that we now hope to fill.  We will be selling both the Tattoo 26 and Tattoo 22 through many of our existing overseas dealers, as well as major dealers in the US.

We have long appreciated the niche market of affordable trailer sailers. We intend to keep making boating affordable.

We have been building boats together for many years, from International 14 racing skiffs to a 70’ cruising boat. We ran the MacGregor 65 factory, where we built and sold almost a hundred MacGregor 65s. We both have extensive sailboat racing and cruising background, from Lasers to Reichel Pugh 68 sleds and everything in between.

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 US). Our logo reflects the drums of the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, a world famous event with stirring pipe and drum music.  If you have 6 minutes to spare there is an excellent clip at :


We are sure you can appreciate the scope of introducing two new boats in a new location. We will be updating our website as we finalize designs and specifications. If you are interested, follow us on facebook.com/tattooyachts. There isn’t much posted yet but there will be soon.

We’re very excited about this new project, and we will be shipping boats to our dealer network starting in May 2013.