Latest Mods

  • fold up ladder
    fold up ladder
    Interior - Ladder (MacGregor 26M) - October 16, 2021

    I wanted to fold up the ladder from my 26m. So I bought a foldable ladder, cut it in part and mounted it. For safety and to support the pull and push load I installed a pipe that is connected to the original screw from the traveller see a) in the pho...

  • Dual Batteries, Switch, & Charger
    Dual Batteries, Switch, & Charger
    Electrical - (MacGregor 19) - October 11, 2021

    Finally finished the electrical installation: Dual Group-24 deep cycle batteries located in the v-berth hatch, BlueSea Systems 10A BatteryLink charger & battery switch located in the settee hatch just forward of the head, and a BlueSea ST Blade 6...

  • Beverage Holder
    Beverage Holder
    Cockpit - (MacGregor 19) - October 8, 2021

    I made this beverage holder out of 1/2” StarBoard—Cut it to fit snug into the stern railing so that it is out of the way yet totally accessible. I rounded and beveled all of the edges so that lines won’t get caught. Pretty happy with the way this lit...

  • Maiden Voyage
    Maiden Voyage
    Miscellaneous - (MacGregor 19) - October 3, 2021

    SNARF’s maiden voyage—Four hours on the Napa River with the boys, a friend & his son (on a separate boat just in case). Launched from Cuttings Wharf around 10am, cruised from Napa down to Vallejo, bought fuel at the Vallejo Marina, rafted in the ...

  • Companionway Latch Mod for Mac26X
    Companionway Latch Mod for Mac26X
    Safety - Interior (MacGregor 26X) - September 19, 2021

    Hi All While most Mac26X come with an External Companionway hatch to secure the cabin from the outside there was nothing provided to secure it from the interior when one is living aboard while cruising. This bothered us a bit… So we decided to modify...

  • Interior Hatch Handles Mod for Mac26X
    Interior Hatch Handles Mod for Mac26X
    Interior - Companionway (MacGregor 26X) - September 19, 2021

    Hi All The companionway sliding hatch exterior handle has two 1/4-20 threaded rods protrude into the interior by several inches. There was no interior handle to open the sliding hatch from the interior other than the two threaded rods. This was provi...

  • More Misc. Projects
    More Misc. Projects
    Miscellaneous - (MacGregor 19) - September 5, 2021

    Moved the batteries to the bow storage hold—just need to finish making the new cables and hook everything up. Built a galley shelf for the jet boil stove/french press, dish soap, CO/smoke detector, and salt/pepper. Also built a utensil storage bin be...

  • Rotary Cable Steering
    Rotary Cable Steering
    Miscellaneous - Steering (MacGregor 19) - September 5, 2021

    Busy weekend—Finally got the new rotary cable steering system installed. The Uflex tilt helm and rotary unit have been on board for several months, but it took me a while to figure out how/where to run the cable and how to connect the cable to the mo...

  • Cruising Storage for a Mac26X
    Cruising Storage for a Mac26X
    Storage - (MacGregor 26X) - September 5, 2021

    Hi All In preparation for our anticipated cruising aboard our Mac26X the Admiral and I decided we needed to organize our storage needs. The Photo is the “General Layout” of our storage bins in the aft berth We used the Hefty Brand clear(ish) sided st...

  • Air Conditioning Mod for Mac26X
    Air Conditioning Mod for Mac26X
    Interior - Air Conditioning (MacGregor 26X) - September 5, 2021

    Hi All This is our Air Conditioning Mod for a Mac26X. We took a 6000 BTU 115 VAC portable single exhaust tube room A/C unit and installed it in our Mac26X just aft of the battery box next to the Galley. We looked at several different options but deci...

  • Setback Bracket
    Setback Bracket
    Motor - Jackplate (MacGregor 19) - August 17, 2021

    When I bought my boat, the newer 40-hp Merc EFI 4-stroke was mounted as low as possible on the transom so that it would clear (barely) the stern railing when tilted-up. This put the cavitation plate on the outboard about 5” below the bottom of the hu...

  • Mac26x - New Smoke & CO Detector Mod
    Mac26x - New Smoke & CO Detector Mod
    Safety - Smoke detector (MacGregor 26X) - August 16, 2021

    We added a permanent location for our new Smoke & CO detector. Located it on the interior aft port wall. The same side as the galley, batteries, VHF radio, intermediate and control switch box. It will also be above the A/C unit once that installa...

  • Clean Vinyl Cockpit Cushions
    Clean Vinyl Cockpit Cushions
    Exterior - Cushions (MacGregor 19) - August 2, 2021

    My vinyl cockpit cushions wouldn’t come clean with soap & water, so I took a chance and tried using soft scrub on a foam disc polisher. Aside from being messy, this was a quick easy way to make the cushions look like new.

  • Mac26X Wall Mounted/Removable Battery Charger
    Mac26X Wall Mounted/Removable Battery Charger
    Electrical - Battery Charger (MacGregor 26X) - July 29, 2021

    Hi All A somewhat recent addition to our DC Electrical System Mod is this compact digital Battery Charger to replace our older “Godzilla” Start/Charger which is great and all but is 8x the volume! Yes there may be smaller ones out there but this suit...

  • Mac26X DC Electrical System Modification
    Mac26X DC Electrical System Modification
    Electrical - DC Electrical (MacGregor 26X) - July 27, 2021

    We were asked to post what we accomplished for our modification of Over Easy’s Mac26X DC Electrical system to this section of the forum. While the existing DC electrical was adequate and functional we wanted to upgrade Over Easy to a DUAL BATTERY SYS...

  • Rubrail Rehab
    Rubrail Rehab
    Exterior - Rubrail (MacGregor 19) - July 25, 2021

    My rubrail was trashed—it was stiff, brittle, crazed, stained white where compound/wax had gotten on it and had a couple of big chunks missing. I was planning on replacing it, but it seems like a huge job so I was procrastinating… I tried some aceton...

  • Preemptive Bilge Pumps to a MAC26X
    Preemptive Bilge Pumps to a MAC26X
    Safety - Bilge pumps (MacGregor 26X) - July 23, 2021

    In preparations for our anticipated cruising of the Atlantic ICW we chose to Preemptively Add Bilge Pumps to Over Easy. Over Easy is a dry boat. We added the bilge pumps as a safety measure preemptively as they will allow us to proactively mitigate a...

  • Mac26X Galley Modifications
    Mac26X Galley Modifications
    Galley - Galley (MacGregor 26X) - July 23, 2021

    In preparation for our anticipated cruising the Atlantic ICW we modified the galley in Over Easy. A detailed description can be found at: Main site < Board index < MacGregorSailors Forum < Repairs and Modifications Under the title: Mac26X Ga...

  • Dual Battery Select Charge & Use Control Switch System Modification On a Mac26X
    Dual Battery Select Charge & Use Control Switch System Modification On a Mac26X
    Electrical - Dual battery (MacGregor 26X) - July 23, 2021

    In preparing Over Easy for our anticipated cruising of the Atlantic ICW we modified our electrical system to incorporate a Dual Battery Select Charge & Use Control Switch System Modification. A complete description of this modification can be fou...

  • Mod to 12 Gal Tanks on a Mac26X
    Mod to 12 Gal Tanks on a Mac26X
    Motor - Fuel tank (MacGregor 26X) - July 23, 2021

    In preparing Over Easy to cruise the Atlantic ICW we chose to make some modifications to our vessel. We upgraded our fuel system to incorporate: 1) dual 12 gallon tanks 2) external fuel filter/separator 3) 3/8 diameter fuel lines 4) 3-way fuel select...