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03-07-2011 11:53 PM
macgregor keel

hello guys. I'm parting out a mac/venture 22. I have keel and all other hard parts including trailer, mast and boom, spinnaker pole, and pop top. all are for sale for decent offers. call mark at 4407770375 between 10am and 10pm EST. P.s. If you have a damaged hull call me also.
02-03-2011 03:21 AM
chrisrohrer I have done this repair on my Mac with great results... I stripped the keel down, used a two part etching primer to prime it. The next step was epoxy the whole thing once over, then onto the 2 part foam to fill and fair. Last was several coats of epoxy and glass, with sanding in between... A bit of bottom paint, and presto, back into the boat... Check out my pictures here..
04-19-2010 06:37 PM
'69 Mac Venture 17 keel repair

Thanks for your reply, Gorlog. I talked to the folks @ Interlux & they said I could put the West Marine 105 directly on the metal, once the metal is cleaned to a bright finish. I did the best I could, as there were pockets of rust on the steel part of the keel that attaches to the lead portion. Will coat with a couple more coats, then glass, bondo, fair, seal, prime & paint. Hope it works.
Thanks again for yur input,
04-19-2010 02:10 AM
Gorlog You might be able to go to a foundry (if you can find one fairly localy)and get a cast iron duplicate for cheaper than you may first think, I suppose it would then have to be drilled and reamed to size, or even have bushings installed where it's pivot point is. Finishing it with a Zinc Chromate Primer, follwed by an Acrylic high soilds paint coating, followed by an an acrylic finish paint and finaly a clear coat. At least thats my vision of it. I cant say I'm looking forward to one of the many impending disasters which aparently await the keel on my 21' Venture either, when I get her sailing that is, mabey I go ahead and repaint it now, mabey not, well whatever you do - Goodluck
04-16-2010 10:25 PM
keel repair

Dear Woodenu,
I have a 1969 Mac Venture 17 with a swing keel. I'm interested in the process you used to repair yours. How did you remold the fiberglass resin around the metal keel? Any help would be much appreciated.
12-02-2009 11:58 PM
sailormac2 Yeah, done a lot of webcrawling and did find some interesting approaches that different Venture owners have used. Main challenge is getting the keel off and putting it back on! Most of the DYI guys had lots of space to build overhead slings or put the boat on blocks. Unfortunately I do not have the room for that so I may just have to take it to the dreaded shipyard with a travel lift. I'm getting a quote from a local yard tomorrow..should be interesting. Anyway thanks for the response, btw your link is not active, did you sell the boat already?
12-02-2009 10:33 AM
CharlieCobra Google it. I recall a photo essay of the process by a poster over at sailboatowners when he did his swing keel. Mine is non glassed and rusty but still in good shape.
12-02-2009 12:31 AM
Venture222 keel repair

Dear Woodenu

Yet another Venture owner needing help on the repair process of this swing keel. Any help on the removal and repair process is much appreciated!
05-07-2008 02:38 AM
DayStar04 WOODENU --- in your post that you said you had experience in repairing cast iron or steel keels... i have a macgregor 17 1968.. great condition. except for the swing keel... the end of it is cracking length ways.. like a hotdog bun... im more than wiling to put in the time and effort in fixing this, but dont really know how to go about doing it... i could email you some pictures of it if you're interested in seeing it... any information, tips, or ideas you could give me would be greatly appreciated.. thank you for your time in reading this...
12-07-2006 06:24 AM
ranrush I'm afraid that I would have to disagree with Mr. MacGregor. Almost anything can be repaired with the right tools, a little forethought, and a lot of patience. I have a 22' MacGregor and am just beginning a restoration on it. It will need the keel rebuilt along with just about everything else. Here is a link to some information on keel repair.
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