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Re: Sailboat without a mast

"Sawzall will work on rigging too"
If you want to bash stuff up that's a great idea. But sailboat rigging UNBOLTS so all you need to clear it, is a wrench. And the job is done cleanly.
Then you pull the mast, in one piece, and sell it. Again no Sawzall, unless your goal is just to bash stuff up and make a noisy mess.
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unless your goal is just to bash stuff up and make a noisy mess.
Wasn't that the point of this whole thread??
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Re: Sailboat without a mast

If I was to remove the mast (remove, not destroy), I would install a fairly large water tank to balance the keel, somewhere on top of the cabin. You can always use more water. Keep the draft to 4 ft or less. If you are not in a hurry, it will be a fun trip. Wait for good weather to cross long stretches of open water or you will puke your guts out.
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No, it operates marginally in either setup. The Mac is the "spork" of boats. It does everything mediocre, and nothing very well.

Your definition of "perfect" is merely that it is capable of motoring and sailing at all. Yes, I've sailed aboard the Mac. I've also sailed rings around two of them in my Pearson 30. If you had any sailing experience, you'd know that although it sails, it doesn't sail all that well.

I'm not really sure what your point is here. You've made your decision, you're not looking for advice. You're looking for validation. Do whatever you like, but don't look at us for validation. Really, all you're seeking is a free beer-drinking platform on the water.

Your decision to turn a screwdriver into a hammer instead of just buying a hammer is your business. Good luck with that.
Just being an angry sailor? or an ass it seems to me!
The Mac meets his needs and allows him to later sail if he chooses to.
Wasn't that the real point of his needs?
Not stepping into this industry and be popeye from day one, but having a chance to get out on the water, do his thing, and then if he chooses to, begin sailing. He can achieve his goals with a Mac easier than with any other sailboat out there.
You must be stuck in your ways really deep. Sad to be your son I'd say.
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I'm new to this forum. Am planning to purchase a used 30' sailboat but I'm not interested in sailing. I would like to remove the mast except for about 8 feet for antenna mounting. Would like to do the great loop and not have to worry about a mast, also very economical cruising. Would removing the mast as described have any ill effects on the vessel?? Thanks Al.
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Re: Sailboat without a mast

Just go under a low bridge, that will remove the mast.
Took 4.5 feet off the mast of the supply boat I was operating... Had a mate who (according to him), knew every thing about the area water ways around Morgan City La. He didn't.... went under the first two bridges without a problem That last bridge is what did me in...
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Just go under a low bridge, that will remove the mast.
Took 4.5 feet off the mast of the supply boat I was operating... Had a mate who (according to him), knew every thing about the area water ways around Morgan City La. He didn't.... went under the first two bridges without a problem That last bridge is what did me in...
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I too am curious what peoples burn rates really are. I know thats not the point of sailing, but some of you guys must keep track?
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Re: Sailboat without a mast

The Macgregor bashers risk sounding a bit silly or uninformed if they assume ALL Macs sail the same. There was quite a lot of design variation throughout the Venture-Mac build history.
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Re: Sailboat without a mast

First of all running around at sea with no mast is no problem ON THE GREAT LOOP! Sure when you get an ocean swell causing the boat to roll the roll will period will be less due to the loss of pendulum weight. How often will that be.

10 ft mast say an old windsurfer mast will do just fine and can be left unstayed and dropped easily if required.

A sailboat will be more economical than a trawler.

One thing I might do is add some pitch to the prop to get closer to cruising speed at max torque as fuel burn will be reduced.

Seems a reasonable idea and maybe the mast etc could be sold?
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