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by Freedom77
Fri May 08, 2020 9:26 am
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Keel Restoration?
Replies: 4
Views: 431

Re: Keel Restoration?

Best suggestion for keel restoration. Drop keel, sandblast, repaint....This will also allow you to inspect condition of keel including pivot hole and lock bolt hole.
by Freedom77
Fri May 08, 2020 9:24 am
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Keel Restoration?
Replies: 4
Views: 431

Re: Keel Restoration?

I am considering putting a stainless steel bushing in pivot bolt hole. put bushing in dry ice, slowly heat cast iron keel. insert bushing. This would help prevent wearing a bigger hole in pivot hole. Any thoughts? 8)
by Freedom77
Wed Mar 18, 2020 9:43 am
Forum: MacGregor/Venture Discussion
Topic: Looking for ideas Deck Hardware
Replies: 15
Views: 1762

Re: Looking for ideas Deck Hardware

As with most anything K.I.S.S. Do you have pics of current setup?
by Freedom77
Sun Mar 15, 2020 7:26 am
Forum: Performance & Tuning
Topic: Lake Mead water level highest since 2014
Replies: 6
Views: 1141

Re: Lake Mead water level highest since 2014

dlanderson, NAH!! 8)
by Freedom77
Sun Mar 15, 2020 7:24 am
Forum: Performance & Tuning
Topic: Lake Mead water level highest since 2014
Replies: 6
Views: 1141

Re: Lake Mead water level highest since 2014

Tomfoolery, Yes it was built overbudget and death of some workers from cave in.
by Freedom77
Sat Mar 14, 2020 9:46 am
Forum: Performance & Tuning
Topic: Lake Mead water level highest since 2014
Replies: 6
Views: 1141

Re: Lake Mead water level highest since 2014

Lived in Boulder City (Best town by a dam site) for 50 years. Seen lake rise and fall. In 1982 Water went over spillway which hadn't happened since lake was filled to test spillway integrity in the forties. As you can see by the brown cap on the Island how much the lake is still down. Two of the thr...
by Freedom77
Sun Jan 12, 2020 8:28 am
Forum: MacGregor/Venture Discussion
Topic: New boat (26S)owner in Texas!
Replies: 22
Views: 4402

Re: New boat (26S)owner in Texas!

Hi Buck: Just came out of hibernation. Don't thing furling gear has a great effect on tenderness. 25's have a big main. If you think you're over to far just sheet out and spill a little air.
by Freedom77
Sat Nov 16, 2019 10:00 am
Forum: MacGregor/Venture Discussion
Topic: New boat (26S)owner in Texas!
Replies: 22
Views: 4402

Re: New boat (26S)owner in Texas!

Hi Buck: Once again, congrats on the new Yatch. Yeah, Trailerable. Been sailing for 50 years. I look at all the slip bound boats and they don't know what they are missing. We trailered as far south as Ensenada Mexico and north to British Columbia, east to lake Powell, Catalina, San Cruz and points i...
by Freedom77
Mon Nov 11, 2019 7:53 am
Forum: MacGregor/Venture Discussion
Topic: Venture 222 Restoration / New Owner
Replies: 7
Views: 2411

Re: Venture 222 Restoration / New Owner

Aero Mech, You should be arrested for a steal like that. As mentioned the winches alone are worth almost as much. Looks to be in pretty good shape. A bit of TLC and you'll have a great boat. We had a '71 V222 for five years. Used to sail to Catlalina from San Pedro and drop anchor for a week every y...
by Freedom77
Mon Nov 11, 2019 7:44 am
Forum: MacGregor/Venture Discussion
Topic: New boat (26S)owner in Texas!
Replies: 22
Views: 4402

Re: New boat (26S)owner in Texas!

Hi Buck, This is a great site as well as Sailboatowners.com. Welcome to the Legion of the Damned :evil: Open your checkbook. Seriously, Congrats. Where are in the Lone Star state? Like the boat name. As far as changing it, a cautionary tale. My dad was aboard and aircraft carrier in WWII. The navy c...
by Freedom77
Sat Sep 14, 2019 11:46 am
Forum: MacGregor/Venture Discussion
Topic: Keel-up refit 1977 Venture
Replies: 1
Views: 1231

Re: Keel-up refit 1977 Venture

Hi new V-25 owner. Freedom is late '76 V-25. Hull # 928. Best way to remove keel is to hoist boat off trailer if possible. Roll trailer out and drop keel onto a moveable flat bed with casters. I jacked up stern on oil drum with 2x4 cross beams covered with carpet. Used bottle jacks to raise hull and...
by Freedom77
Sun Feb 17, 2019 9:24 am
Forum: Trailers & Towing
Topic: Life at my boat ramp
Replies: 6
Views: 3494

Re: Life at my boat ramp

Baha. LOL!! En Espanol...NWJ. NO WAY JOSE. If only 8)
by Freedom77
Sat Feb 09, 2019 4:24 pm
Forum: Trailers & Towing
Topic: Life at my boat ramp
Replies: 6
Views: 3494

Re: Life at my boat ramp

Over 50 years on the water I believe some of the most unusual and tragic events, can be found on any given weekend at the launch ramp. It tests patience, marriage and common sense. Once at Marina del Rey I witnessed what I consider the all time event. Wish I had a video camera. It was dusk. Man pull...
by Freedom77
Sat Dec 15, 2018 10:14 am
Forum: MacGregor/Venture Discussion
Topic: M25, Rebuilding the compression post base
Replies: 2
Views: 2233

Re: M25, Rebuilding the compression post base

Do you have pics? Mast post base can start to "pump". Makes mast flex and could result in dismasting from spreader failure. Also, deck is pretty thin at top of mast post. I reinforced under deck with a piece of 1/4" stainless.
by Freedom77
Sat Nov 03, 2018 10:42 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: can I use a 9.9 2 stroke motor on my V21
Replies: 7
Views: 2464

Re: can I use a 9.9 2 stroke motor on my V21

9.9 seems a little overkill. We had V-21 with a Merc 4 hp which was plenty and would push the boat at hull speed. Even used it on our V-222. 7.5 would be more than enough. Have Honda 7.5 on Freedom V-25. 4 cycle if you don't have to mix gas and oil in the tank. As I always preach, three things to re...