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  1. Swing Keel / Flotation Block Questions

    Gear & Maintenance
    Just acquired a 1974 Macgregor Venture 21 about 2 weeks ago. Knew going in the craft needs a good bit of work, particularly below the waterline. Figured working my way through the issues will help me get to know the boat, its good and less good points and parts. Am figuring out what needs...
  2. Introducing myself from Jersey Shore

    Introduce Yourself
    Hello, Sailing New Jersey bays for twenty years. Asa keel boat certified on Delaware River (under the Ben Franklin Bridge). Learned on Laser and Hobie Cat 16. Own Force5 dighy (13') & Macgregor 26S. Macgregor sails very much like a dighy,mini van can pull & sleeps (camps) 4 nicely. So far...
  3. 1985 MacGregor keel

    Gear & Maintenance
    Hello, After posting whether to buy or not, I did! I now have a 1985 MacGregor on the trailer, and the keel laying beside it... I had originally assumed it slid into place from the inside, wrong. How does this thing go on?? And last but far from least where are the cables to raise and lower...
  4. The Saga of the Sad Swinging Keel

    Introduce Yourself
    First of all, let me thank those that have been kind enough to reply to my earlier posts. FishDragon is my first real sailboat (relatively speaking), and the first boat I've ever worked on - so if I seem clueless, that's why. Just got the boat up on blocks (is that the correct term?) a few days...
  5. Removing Swing Keel Advice Sought

    Introduce Yourself
    My '72 Venture 21 has a 400-lb swing keel (according to VENTURE 21 sailboat specifications and details on that needs to be removed, cleaned up and painted. The boat should be put on blocks tomorrow so I can start working on it. Any advice? It's held in place by a single...
  6. Nincompoop ...

    Gear & Maintenance
    ... is a word that my 8 year old unfortunately learned last weekend when he went with me to the marina to have a proper look at "Rockhopper's" forehatch. ;) Here is the background: The Mac26S came originally with a simple (I guess) fiberglass foredeck hatch. A previous owner upgraded this by...
  7. Running Rigging Installation

    General Discussion (sailing related)
    I bought all new running rigging for my Macgregor Venture 25 but I haven't found any helpful information on how to set it up. I have never done this before, so does anyone know of any diagrams or just have any helpful advice? Thanks
  8. The 10-12 year plan

    Introduce Yourself
    Greetings, I've come across references to this site from multiple cruising blogs and other resources while digging up information related to our plan. The short end of it is that once the kids are out on their own we're basically planning on selling just about everything and buying a blue water...
  9. Swing Keel repair

    Gear & Maintenance
    I recently purchased a 1978 Macgregor 25. The bolt on the swing keel had wiggled and created a gap. I need to fix this problem before I can get her in the water, but I am not sure how to go about fixing it. Any suggestions would be much appreciated. Thanks.