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by Maraquita
Wed Jan 15, 2020 7:20 pm
Forum: Performance & Tuning
Topic: New Mac 26 Roller Furling for Main
Replies: 27
Views: 5321

Re: New Mac 26 Roller Furling for Main

I had the set-up that Blue Water is showing on my old 25. It was a miserable thing. The "crank" at the mast did not have enough leverage to roll the sail well and the pivot at the rear of the boom tangled the main sheet. I eventually installed reef cringles and slab reefing in my main and moved the ...
by Maraquita
Tue Dec 31, 2019 4:09 pm
Forum: MacGregor/Venture Discussion
Topic: New Rudder Build for 26S
Replies: 15
Views: 1020

Re: New Rudder Build for 26S

The only reason for having an adjustable trim tab is to sail with the rudder offset from center. You don't want to sail that way (unless you are sailing in circles, I guess). As soon as you turn the boat and are on your new course, you will trim the sails so that the rudder is streamlined and stays ...
by Maraquita
Tue Dec 10, 2019 5:46 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Remember Me (stay logged in) and secure
Replies: 41
Views: 1769

Re: Remember Me (stay logged in) and secure

I just re-found the sight last night. My favorites page was delivering me to "Page not found" message and I had to go the Google route to get to the new page (I had about a week at Thanksgiving of no computer access, the change appears to have occurred then). I'm that computer guy who only knows how...
by Maraquita
Wed Sep 18, 2019 5:50 pm
Forum: MacGregor/Venture Discussion
Topic: '89 26D missing bulkhead
Replies: 3
Views: 1246

Re: '89 26D missing bulkhead

I don't know about buying one. If Blue Water Yachts hasn't got one, I doubt that anybody does. I just looked at my D and I am sure that my forward bulkhead is original, it is simply 1/2" plywood, with either vinyl or Formica installed to impersonate wood. I doubt that it is even marine plywood down ...
by Maraquita
Sun Aug 18, 2019 4:33 pm
Forum: MacGregor/Venture Discussion
Topic: Venture 222 goose neck hardware missing???
Replies: 1
Views: 729

Re: Venture 222 goose neck hardware missing???

That looks like the gooseneck on my old V-25. The boat had a "Roller Furling" boom. I will bet that the main sheet on yours attaches (or did at one time) to the far aft end of the boom and had provisions there of some sort for rotating also. On my boat the bolt that fit in that hole filled the mast ...
by Maraquita
Fri Aug 16, 2019 8:16 pm
Forum: MacGregor/Venture Discussion
Topic: Venture 222 Restoration / New Owner
Replies: 7
Views: 2042

Re: Venture 222 Restoration / New Owner

Lots of people have spent a lot more for a lot less boat! Have fun and keep us informed.
by Maraquita
Wed Jun 12, 2019 5:35 pm
Forum: MacGregor/Venture Discussion
Topic: Venture 21 questions from a novice
Replies: 2
Views: 776

Re: Venture 21 questions from a novice

I have no experience with the V-21, so take all with a grain of salt. My older boat was an early 70s V-25. So, for what is is worth: Don't worry about the roller furling gooseneck. The system was not very good (in fact, it was terrible!) If you don't have them already, a good sail loft can add reef ...
by Maraquita
Mon Jun 10, 2019 6:13 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Almost ready
Replies: 4
Views: 837

Re: Almost ready

Congrats and Good Luck!
by Maraquita
Fri Jun 07, 2019 5:37 pm
Forum: MacGregor/Venture Discussion
Topic: 26D Mast Raising system
Replies: 3
Views: 1636

26D Mast Raising system

I'm finally putting together the MRS on this older 26D. Roger used an S hook in to the center mounted forward cleat to attach the pulley system going back to the gyn pole. That is fine except that I have not used that cleat for anything in the time I've owned the boat. Has somebody been using the or...
by Maraquita
Fri May 31, 2019 6:20 pm
Forum: MacGregor/Venture Discussion
Topic: A starter boat?
Replies: 12
Views: 1846

Re: A starter boat?

Thanks Boat! I'm going to show your post to my wife in yet another attempt to get her to go to Catalina with me. When we lived in Phoenix, we took our Mac 25 over there once every other year or so (on the trailer to the coast, of course). Now she isn't comfortable on the 26D on anything bigger than ...
by Maraquita
Thu May 16, 2019 4:33 pm
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Continued Water Leaks
Replies: 16
Views: 3675

Re: Continued Water Leaks

I don't wish to hijack this thread, but when you talk about Butyl Tape do you mean the gray or light green putty that one can buy at True Value or Ace? Or is there a particular "marine" Butyl tape?
by Maraquita
Thu Jan 31, 2019 5:03 pm
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Common leak locations on 1985 Mac 25 and rub rail advice
Replies: 6
Views: 1627

Re: Common leak locations on 1985 Mac 25 and rub rail advice

Seadoc, Tomfoolery is right, I never needed to remove the fittings, just the cover plates on the deck
by Maraquita
Wed Jan 30, 2019 5:55 pm
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Common leak locations on 1985 Mac 25 and rub rail advice
Replies: 6
Views: 1627

Re: Common leak locations on 1985 Mac 25 and rub rail advice

I had a mid 70s Venture 25, which was the same boat, and fixed nearly all of my water ingress problems by re-sealing around the chain plates. It looks like a small area, but it is amazing how much water will pour in there during a driving rain. It is a pain to remove the metal ring and you have to g...
by Maraquita
Wed Jan 30, 2019 5:33 pm
Forum: MacGregor/Venture Discussion
Topic: 1985 Mac 25 deck coring
Replies: 2
Views: 1287

Re: 1985 Mac 25 deck coring

On my Venture 25 (Older version of the same boat) I remember that most of the deck was solid, and I seem to remember some plywood being laminated in the area around the mast tabernacle. At my age memory is a dangerous thing, but I am sure there was nothing on the deck comparable to todays coring, su...
by Maraquita
Fri Jul 06, 2018 6:06 pm
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Sealing Windows with 3M VHB Heavy Duty & Dow Corning 795
Replies: 11
Views: 3010

Re: Sealing Windows with 3M VHB Heavy Duty & Dow Corning 795

I have just gotten the windows for my 26D, and the 795 Silicone sealant, from BWY. I would like to paint the gelcoat behind the plastic, but not cut out, a flat black. Would the RTV seal to a Krylon type flat black paint? Or does it need to stick to pure Gel-coat?