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MacGregor Venture 17
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3 10904 Thu March 23, 2006
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100% of reviewers $2,300.00 8.0












Description: MacGregor Venture 17
Keywords: MacGregor Venture 17
 


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Registered: January 2000
Location: maryland
Posts: 1888
Review Date: Tue July 1, 1997 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
Pros:
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A very good boat for the size and weight. The boat weighs 900 lbs, the trailer about 600. No problem trailering with a 4 cylinder minivan and very easy to rig by yoursel in about 30 minutes. Very stable, this little boat will take a stiff wind and the retractable keel is a big plus for trailer sailing and gunk holeing.

While I have overnighted with as many as 3 other adults on this boat, it is perfect for two adults and two toddlers. The small, but very usable cabin will sleep four people if you have to. But, it is perfect for the family with children who need a place to get out of the sun or foul weather.

I love this boat. It can sail small inland lakes as well as the Great Lakes. It is a good boat for the person who thinks small and simple is better.

I have found no real weaknesses in the design of the boat. I am extremely happy to have her. Her big sister, the Mac Venture 21 is almost identical and I am told, a very fast boat, just a bit larger.
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Registered: November 2001
Posts: 4
Review Date: Mon December 31, 2001 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
Pros:
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My first venture into cabin sailboats. Swing keel nice for trailering, but the setup to raise/lower it is CHEAP.
Light boat, good for trailering, but pounds badly in any kind of chop... This pounding caused me to loose my rig once, cotter pin sheared off due to metal fatigue, mast came tumbling down into cockpit.
Everythign on the boat is a bit too light, it was cheaper to build this way, but is isnt overly strong. OK for inland protected waters, but I never felt safe venturing too far from shore...
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Review Date: Thu March 23, 2006 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: $2,300.00 | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Affordable, easy to rig and sail
Cons: Swing keel maintenance, ramp operations

The Venture 17 is a great little microcruiser. We downsized from a Mac 26S to simplify our boating life. The boat can be stored in the backyard and is easy to rig and sail singlehandedly, but is big enouigh to keep a new sailor out of trouble. We use a 50# thrust trolling motor for aux power. The cabin is fairly spacious for a 17-footer. The boat is well balanced under sail, has foam floatation and is very stable with the 270# swing keel down. Keel maintenance is a pain and it doesn't fully retract, making life a little harder at the ramp. We usually use a tongue extender for launching and have added boat and keel guides for retrieval. The factory keel winch can freewheel and hurt someone if released without the ratchet pawl engaged. Our boat was in terrific shape after more than 30 years of use. We are very happy with it and would definitely buy another Venture again.
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