Latest Mods

  • 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

  • Coachwhipping the helm
    Coachwhipping the helm
    Cockpit - steering (MacGregor 26M) - January 4, 2020

    I found that with such a small steering wheel I needed better grip so I took weeks of patience in coachwhipping it,

  • Cherry wood Galley
    Cherry wood Galley
    Galley - Galley (MacGregor 26X) - December 31, 2019

    P.O. made a cherry galley with drawers and a small door and made a small upper cabinet with sliding doors. Drawers have clear plastic sliding covers and self lock. Lock requires finger press in hole. Son in-law made a very useful tray that doubles as...

  • 12’ KeelGuard
    12’ KeelGuard
    Exterior - (MacGregor 26M) - December 29, 2019

    I had some scratches and dings on the bow of my boat from the last 14 years of constant use. I was considering doing some gelcoat repair, but that is expensive and difficult, and will just get scratched and dinged again anyway. Instead, I added the l...

  • Sink and doors sliding galley
    Sink and doors sliding galley
    Galley - (MacGregor 26M) - December 24, 2019

    Replaced fiberglass sink with bar sink from Lowes. Took out cubbies and replaced with 2 new doors. Much more space now. Pressure pump under galley. Published by: Russ

  • Anchor Light and Windvane
    Anchor Light and Windvane
    Lighting - - December 1, 2019

    This picture shows the mount for the anchor light and windvane. We didn't have a mast cap, so I used a piece of plexiglass (B) that I mounted on the brackets that the backstay attaches to. I picked plexiglass because it was handy, and it doesn't stan...

  • 12V Plug, Screen
    12V Plug, Screen
    Electrical - - December 1, 2019

    This picture shows a 12V plug that I added just inside the companionway, above the head door. There is a convenient, out of the way place in the corner in the corner of the head for the inside part of the plug. The wiring runs above the head door, th...

  • Steering Connector and Drainage Holes
    Steering Connector and Drainage Holes
    Motor - - December 1, 2019

    This picture shows the custom-built connector from the steering system to the engine. We started with a connector from the dealer, but it didn't fit right. We had a welder build a new one, and it works great! We leave the engine and rudders both conn...

  • Drainage Holes
    Drainage Holes
    Miscellaneous - - December 1, 2019

    Here you can see the new lower drainage holes I drilled in the battery and gas compartments. The caulking in the compartment also needed to be redone since it had a few leaks which brought water and gas into the space between the inner and outer shel...

  • VHF Radio, Hooks
    VHF Radio, Hooks
    Instruments - - December 1, 2019

    (A) shows the VHF radio we had installed. The guy doing the installation ran into the lower-upper liner problem and decided to just run the power lines outside the wall for a short distance from the upper liner and then into the side of the house bat...

  • VHF Antenna
    VHF Antenna
    Instruments - - December 1, 2019

    The VHF antenna cable (B) passes through the deck near the mast base. When you drill you hole for the cable, you have to watch for two things: * Make sure that you drill far enough to the side so that you do not hit the metal backing plate (A). * Mak...

  • VHF Antenna
    VHF Antenna
    Instruments - - December 1, 2019

    This shows where the antenna cable exits the deck. It comes out right next to the conterboard cable without rubbing against it. This end connects with the antenna cable exiting the mast on the same side. To get the coaxial antenna cable to come out t...

  • Rewiring
    Rewiring
    Electrical - - December 1, 2019

    (A) is the power cables coming from the VHF and the compass. (B) is a bus bar that I glued onto the wall in the battery compartment. Wires run from the battery to this, and then to other circuits in the boat. I put a new heavier marine-grade cable fr...

  • Circulation Fan, Interior Light, Gear Hammock
    Circulation Fan, Interior Light, Gear Hammock
    Interior - - December 1, 2019

    (A) is a circulation fan which pivots up and out of the way when not in use. (B) is a red/white flourescent light. The red light is nice for night sailing. (C) is the gear hammock over the galley area. Published by: Heath

  • Rewiring
    Rewiring
    Electrical - - December 1, 2019

    No wiring other than the VHF power cords (I didn't do it) and a short wire from the fan are exposed in the interior. With patience, everything can be run through the conduits. All along the conduits are plastic hole covers from where the factory need...

  • Rewiring
    Rewiring
    Electrical - - December 1, 2019

    This shows a conduit above the galley on the port side which is used for bringing wires from the upper to the lower parts of the boat, or vice-versa. My first guess was to drill hole (A) which is a two-inch hole. I soon found that the center drill gu...

  • Compass in Cockpit
    Compass in Cockpit
    Instruments - - December 1, 2019

    I have added a compass in the cockpit. The only thing to watch out for is when you are drilling the hole in the bulkhead, make sure that when you insert the compass, it does not hit the sides of the access compartment behind the bulkhead. The line yo...

  • Head Door Handle
    Head Door Handle
    Interior - - December 1, 2019

    This is an easy one that makes a big difference. Our boat came from the factory without a handle on the head door. In order to close it you had to grab the little latch. I installed a nice little wooden handle on the inside of the head door so that i...

  • Hatch Adjuster
    Hatch Adjuster
    Ventilation - - December 1, 2019

    The front hatch did not come with a hatch adjuster so there was no easy way to keep the front hatch open except for letting it flop all the back against the deck. This put a lot of stress on the hinges plus it was pretty unattractive. I installed a h...