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  1. C22
    Just bought a 1977 C22 swing keel from a guy who stated he has never swung the keel, overall the boat looks good. This is my first boat and new to the swing keel, the guy told me that given I would probably just stay in the harbor I should just keep it up to be safe. I am not comfortable with...
  2. General Discussion (sailing related)
    I just purchased a Sirocco 15 and I am fixing it up, but I cannot find very much information online. According to Wikipedia, they only made about 350 of these boats in the 70s and 80s. If there are any other Sirocco 15 owners out there, I would love to connect. I am trying to figure out how...
  3. C25 and 250
    I have a '77 Catalina 25 with swing keel. The keel is deeply pitted and I wish to prep for painting. Did the keel originally have an epoxy barrier or some sort of filler? What is the best way to fair and finish the keel for freshwater use?
  4. Sailboat Design and Construction
    I am looking to downsize from a racer/cruiser to a trailer sailer. But I am also kean on performance, particularly in light winds to make day sailing more pleasant and for weeknight races. Here is my first question: how much performance do I give up with a swing keel design versus a fixed fin...
  5. Boat Review and Purchase Forum
    As I continue to work on my contest getting ready for a launch in a year or two once I have sufficient time to go cruising, I am considering buying a swing keel trailer sailor to get out on the water in the meantime. I haven't been able to go sailing for 2 or 3 years now and while working on my...
  6. 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...
  7. Soverel
    If you have a Soverel 28 I would like to know how your centerboard is set. Does it hang from a small shackle and cable when in the up position? Does a centerboard claw rest on a pin in the keel in the down position? I am having LOTS of centerboard issues; nearly sunk my Soverel 28 and ended up...
  8. 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...
  9. 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...
  10. Gear & Maintenance
    Right now I have two stainless wire rope clamps keeping my keel cable attached. It has served well while I was working on the boat, but I am nearing the end of my restoration, so I want to make sure I have something that will hold up when I put the boat in the water, and I'm worried that isn't...
  11. General Discussion (sailing related)
    I've been surfing SailNet for a while and learning a lot, but now I have a question...or two. I'm finally going to purchase my own boat to live aboard. I've found a New Horizons 26 that needs some work, but it's available for the right price. Sadly, there were only 175 of these made by Ray...
  12. 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.
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