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Re: Beginner in a Macgregor-Venture 25 on Lake MI

Originally Posted by TuurboSpaggetti View Post
Are there any major differences between the venture 25 and the macgregor 25? or just name? And does anyone have any experience with the mast raising system on a 1975 vintage Venture? Should I look into the newer system from the 26M? I've heard the install is pretty simple, and I see a lot of bridges in my future.

Also, anything specific to check for on these boats when inspecting them? I've thoroughly reviewed the boat purchase tips thread, but I'm wondering if there's anything especially troublesome about these boats that I should pay special attention to.
Inspect the keel bolt and cable. Also watch for deterioration in the cockpit sole from the inside especially around the drain. Make sure there are backing plates on the cleats.

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