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MacGregor Venture 222
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Description: MacGregor Venture 222
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Registered: January 2000
Location: maryland
Posts: 1888
Review Date: Wed April 8, 1998 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Full rig, trailerable. Light, but still a struggle to launch and pull out. Tight weekender, but a good introduction to a cabin boat after day-sailing. Not for cruising or use in heavy winds.

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Review Date: Fri November 13, 1998 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Great little boat for a beginning sailor, or novice. Easily sets up for launch and recovery. Removable Tiller steering. Steel pivoting center board (keel) with hand crank and lock bolt. Sleeps 2 easily, 4 a little harder. No standing room, but Galley has a Pop Top that works well while at anchor, not for underway (needs wind/sea skirt). Fore and Aft compartments filled with blocks of foam for flotation, in case the hull is breached, and if storage is required the foam could be easily removed. Made for calmer conditions like lake sailing, but does well in heavier seas. I purchased this boat with trailer, radio, safety gear and 2 bags of sails for less than $1000.00 in 1996, the boat is 20 years old, and was in exceptional condition.

NOT Rigged up to sail solo. The original owner bought a "Show boat" Some modifications were required to place sheets in proper position for ease in solo sailing, but once accomplished, sailed well. Electronics not set up well, through hull for cables to the mast not water proofed and
needed modifications. Electronics switching panel next to cabin/cockpit hatch, and gets wet in foul weather. No provisions for pumping bilges, but "Off the shelf" pump worked well. Bilge setup so the keel slides into a "slot" in the hull, thereby creating a double bilge in the boat, this
creates trouble when positioning bilge pump intake hoses.

Sailed this boat solo from Channel Islands harbor to Anacapa Island (11 miles) in 20-30 knots winds and very choppy seas. Handled well, even when pounded by seas 30 degrees off the starboard bow. Purchased a used 150% Genoa for $75.00 and accomplished hull speed easily, 6 knot hull, couldn't get more. With all that, was surprisingly stable. Keel bolt not waterproofed and took on water during heavy seas, used rubber washers and worked well. Hull around Keel bolt not very strong, struck a rock and elongated the hole for the Keel bolt, although this boat can sail without the keelbolt, I chose not to do so. The insertion and extraction of the keel bolt somewhat uncomfortable, must be performed by
feel.

Overall, and after the usual complaints and trivialities for any trailerable sailboat, my personal experience has been very good. This boat is small, but I was impressed with her seaworthiness and handling during the typical "mini gales" that occur in the Channel Islands passages. This is the perfect boat for a "CHEAP" soloist who wants to explore some nearby Islands or sail through out a lake and her tributaries. Although I've not sailed the "Ghost of a Chance" as often as I've liked, this little boat was exactly what I was looking for. I wanted a cheap trailerable boat, that could handle well for a novice sailor like myself, and not have to worry about the usual expenses of harboring at a dock.
For me, this was the perfect choice !



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Review Date: Mon November 27, 2000 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
Pros:
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Easy to setup but plan for some time to get sailing. Centerboard is 500 lb iron swing keel design. Keel bolt is tough to insert and easy to bend (keep a hammer near by) I use a 4 1/2" SS bolt with wing nut, rubber & SS washers to prevent leaks.

Heavy weather helm in winds above 10 knots. Above 15 knots, cannot sail with main. Can reach hull speed of 6.2 knots with standard rig but can only point within 5 degrees without changing trim.

Great daysailor cabin with table for 4, Ice Box, Sink and Countertop. Ours has a potty. Cabintop can be raised to give 6' headroom when at anchor (cannot be raised when under sail). Sleeps five (three kids) and can sail with 7.

Minimum electrical system consisting of flashlight nav lights and anchor light.
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