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thanks so i will plan on selling just my sailboat in the fall and see if i can still buy this boat.

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Inspect the trailer as well, especially the wheel bearings, and since you're there already, repack or replace them. Tires good? Look out for rust on the trailer that would cause you to lose the boat.

If this little boat checks out, I would jump all over it. Just be prepared to fork out cash on a regular basis.
Very good point. The leaf springs on the trailer can also rust out and need replacing and the tires do not last forever.

Things to check on the boat itself:
- chain plates - if there is any rust bleeding out from these it could indicate a problem. This is fixable but not a quick and easy job.
- center board cable and pivot pin (if the Mac 21 has this)
- pintles and gudgeons for rudder
- standing rigging wires - should not have 'meat hooks' or broken strands
- soft spots on deck
- motor mount - it will hold a motor if it can support your weight
- running rigging (lines) may be old but can be replaced (hold on tight to your wallet)
- general overall condition or obvious flaws - will indicate how well the PO took care of the boat

One good thing is that MacGregor is still in business. They don't make the 21 footer anymore but may offer some support for it. There were a lot of those made.

Above all, have fun you crazy kid!

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thanks so i think i will sell my sailboat i got this year for this boat. but i will wait to end of winter/spring and sell my boat and buy thi before the begining of the season enxt year.

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smallboat, that is a good TYPE of boat for you, even if that particular boat sells before you get your boat sold. Mac Venture 21s and 22s are a boat that comes up for sail at lowish prices fairly frequently, so don't get panicky if this one sells- another will be alojng next week.

In fact, there will be more choices in the fall and the prices will be more flexible... so don't be in a hurry.

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thanks but i'm not to sure about seeing them all the time this is the first time ive seen one like this,.

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so i asked about the sails and rigging and she said that the sails have patched but are ok. and the rigging apears to be new is that bad patchy sail? please should i just give up now and keep looking for exatly what i want. i thing is the price is pretty good for 1k

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she also sayed there is some flex in the hull but all fiberglass boats have that. she also said " there is no core in the deck, so no soft spots due to rot. there is some flex in the hull as there will be with anything made of fiberglass. sound fishy,bad, good whats up.

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Any thin hull with no core will flex

Just look at a brand new West Wight Potter sailboat really flex and they seem to do the job

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Are you going to buy this boat now, or do you have to sell yours first to have the money?


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So this boat has no outboard included? Is that in your budget? I'm certainly not the last word, but $1500 for a '69 21-foot sailboat with no motor sounds like a lot. At the very least, you should be able to bargain on this.

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