Latest Mods

  • Handy temporary anchor mount
    Handy temporary anchor mount
    Anchoring - anchor (MacGregor 26S) - December 25, 2020

    Not exactly a mod, but an easy, effective, and inexpensive way to keep the anchor handy when you are planning to use it. A #8 anchor rests between the mast tangs at the fore pulpit, and is held in place with a short bungee cord. You will want to put ...

  • Head locker
    Head locker
    Storage - storage (MacGregor 26S) - December 25, 2020

    Storage cabinet for the head. This was tricky to make because the fore and aft walls for the head are not square with the ledge the cabinet rests on. I made a mock-up with cardboard and went from that. Note the anchor doubling as a TP holder. Everyth...

  • M19 Improvements
    M19 Improvements
    Miscellaneous - (MacGregor 19) - December 22, 2020

    I bought a 1995 M19 over the summer and have been slowly making improvements to the boat for aesthetic, functionality, & safety purposes. When I bought the boat, the electrical system consisted of a single galvanized bolt with about six ring term...

  • Hatchway Doors
    Hatchway Doors
    Cockpit - (MacGregor 26X) - August 17, 2020

    As other owners have done, I've replaced the large white door that came with our '02 X. 3/4" plywood with 6 layers of spar urethane (the first 3 thinned 50% for absorption) and an oak piece for the overlap. Still need an inside latch or two when I fi...

  • Mac 26X Hatchway Screens
    Mac 26X Hatchway Screens
    Ventilation - (MacGregor 26X) - August 15, 2020

    Made some ventilation/bug hatchway screens. I believe this material is used for making RV screen porches. Also looks similar to what is sold at Home Depot or Lowe's in garden section for greenhouses. (Which all means I don't remember who gave it to m...

  • Helm Seat Fenders
    Helm Seat Fenders
    Storage - (MacGregor 26X) - August 12, 2020

    Liked this mod another owner had done so copied it with a bit different attachment idea. Drilled the holes, tapped in and glued those plugs used in drywall. If the cup hanger hooks ever fail due to the thin plastic here I'll glue on some treated wood...

  • 3D Printed West Marine Panel od
    3D Printed West Marine Panel od
    Electrical - (MacGregor 26X) - August 7, 2020

    I have three West Marine power panels in my 26x right now. I had only one small 4-switch one initially, but my system and needs have grown with my recent revising of the electrical system. I have an issue with these simple and inexpensive panels. Old...

  • Low cost option to repair Nicro Marine Solar Vents
    Low cost option to repair Nicro Marine Solar Vents
    Ventilation - Nicro Solar Vent (MacGregor 26X) - July 20, 2020

    Like many people, I have Nicro Solar vents on my boat and after 4-5 yrs they fail. As they run basically 24x7, that's not unexpected. Nicro used to sell an overhaul kit with new batter/motor but no longer offer that and suggest that you just buy a ne...

  • Lines Aft with SpinLock XAS Clutch & ViadanaUsa Deck Organizers
    Lines Aft with SpinLock XAS Clutch & ViadanaUsa Deck Organizers
    Rigging - Lines Led Aft (MacGregor 26X) - July 6, 2020

    I've finally run my lines aft to the cockpit using SpinLock XAS Roap clutches and Viadana deck organizers. I'm also using the BWYacth mast deck plate. I picked up the Rope Clutches on sale over the past yr and recently came across the Viadana sailing...

  • Head bifold/vberth door
    Head bifold/vberth door
    Interior - Head (MacGregor 26M) - June 27, 2020

    To add legroom in the head, I created a bifold door panel which I added to the main door on the inside out of 6mm marine ply I had left from another project. I used 3/4 wrap around hinge, which I installed backwards since both the main door and the e...

  • Teak Hatch Tracks
    Teak Hatch Tracks
    Cockpit - (MacGregor 26X) - June 18, 2020

    Always hated the stock tracks. Finally realized that you can get to the 'hidden' nuts by removing the bolts to the head so that you can flex the fiberglass enough to access them.

  • Shore Power 120v AC panel 26M
    Shore Power 120v AC panel 26M
    Electrical - Shore power (MacGregor 26M) - May 21, 2020

    Marinco Stainless inlet, Blue Sea Systems AC Panel 8101 and outlets on a 2007 26M The key to successful inlet placement when you have to cut the Large hole in the boat was to cut the panel hole first, remove all foam, make a template of the inlet siz...

  • Folding Cockpit Table
    Folding Cockpit Table
    Cockpit - (MacGregor 26X) - April 21, 2020

    Laminated hinged cockpit table.Hope you enjoy the mod.

  • EV-100 Tiller Pilot below decks
    EV-100 Tiller Pilot below decks
    Cockpit - autopilot (MacGregor 26M) - April 20, 2020

    Installing a Raymarine EV-100 tiller pilot below decks. This mod is from BOAT and is quite possibly the best and cleanest autopilot for the 26M Here is the link to the thread https://www.macgregorsailors.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=8&t=25657

  • Extension of V berth 26X
    Extension of V berth 26X
    Berths - (MacGregor 26X) - April 17, 2020

    Extension of ā€œVā€ Berth and additional storage

  • Galley Mods 26X
    Galley Mods 26X
    Galley - (MacGregor 26X) - April 17, 2020

    I removed the original galley storage and replaced with three sliding draws, a cutlery draw and a large cupboard door, The mod created much more storage space with easier access, hope you like the mod

  • Plate and Cup Storage
    Plate and Cup Storage
    Galley - (MacGregor 26X) - April 14, 2020

    Plate and cup storage unit located above galley table in a 26X

  • Correct Mast Raising Stay Design
    Correct Mast Raising Stay Design
    Rigging - MRS (MacGregor 26M) - January 30, 2020

    The 26M raising stays are not connected to the mast. This is easily rectified by connecting the stays at the mast raising bail. The problem is, the stanchion connection is not in line with the hinge pin at the mast step bracket. In this mod, I reloca...

  • Another Furler Support
    Another Furler Support
    Trailer - Furler (MacGregor 26M) - January 17, 2020

    4" PVC pipe with 1/8" x 3/4" aluminum straps. Velcro straps attach support to mast and furler to support. Finally losing the crutch!

  • Galley, Wallas stove-heater
    Galley, Wallas stove-heater
    Galley - Galley (MacGregor 26X) - January 15, 2020

    Galley update, including a Wallas stove / heater 800D + 200D, a mechanical controls microwave and a deep sink. https://wallas.fi/index.php?id=1062