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by svscott
Fri Oct 18, 2019 10:13 pm
Forum: MacGregor/Venture Discussion
Topic: New Sailor, new to me boat
Replies: 6
Views: 1506

Re: New Sailor, new to me boat

I too have a 26d and have owned it since 2005. Congrats on the new purchase! Water intrusion is an ongoing struggle. Fortunately, after rebedding all of the deck hardware, caulking the window perimeters with 795, caulking the rub rail to deck upper joint with 3m 4200 or similar, and installing gaske...
by svscott
Sun Jul 28, 2019 11:10 am
Forum: MacGregor/Venture Discussion
Topic: MacGregor 19 emergency kicker motor
Replies: 6
Views: 1672

Re: MacGregor 19 emergency kicker motor

I've motored hundreds of miles on my 26d with a 1998 Nissan (Tohatsu) 5hp 4 stroke long shaft.
Easily hits 6 knots and runs for more than 50 miles on 3 gallons of gas.
by svscott
Sun Jul 28, 2019 11:05 am
Forum: MacGregor/Venture Discussion
Topic: Hull to deck joint repair
Replies: 5
Views: 1019

Re: Hull to deck joint repair

Is there enough room " below" the sealant to install a closed cell foam backer rod, to stop the sealant from sagging? I think I'd apply the sealant and snug the screws while the sealant is wet, then tool the sealant when it squeezes out. Painter's tape should keep surrounding areas looking good. You...
by svscott
Mon Mar 25, 2019 9:06 am
Forum: Performance & Tuning
Topic: Outboard tachometer?
Replies: 2
Views: 4097

Outboard tachometer?

I'm planning to change out my original propeller on my 1998 Nissan nsf5a outboard with Tohatsu's " elephant ear" high thrust prop for better marina handling. I've never had any sort of tach or anything to monitor rpm, aside from my ears. I've already bolted on a 6hp Tohatsu carburetor for the somewh...
by svscott
Mon Sep 03, 2018 6:43 pm
Forum: MacGregor/Venture Discussion
Topic: Modifying rudder, now I'm concerned about weight
Replies: 22
Views: 6160

Re: Modifying rudder, now I'm concerned about weight

I only have a little 5hp Nissan hanging off the transom and I have to turn around and reach way back to switch gears, which just adds to the difficulty and excitement of slow speed maneuvering in tight places. Consider an extension for the shifter..... http://purplesagetradingpost.com/sumner/macgre...
by svscott
Mon Sep 03, 2018 6:31 pm
Forum: MacGregor/Venture Discussion
Topic: speeds
Replies: 18
Views: 6589

Re: speeds

On my 26d, we routinely see GPS indicated 6.5 to 7.2 knots with full main and any of my head sails, depending on the situation. Today on Presque Isle Bay in Lake Erie, we hit 7.1 knots on a broad reach using full main and an 87% jib with flat water and west wind at 8 to 12 knots. That's with 4 adult...
by svscott
Wed Nov 15, 2017 7:53 am
Forum: MacGregor/Venture Discussion
Topic: Modifying rudder, now I'm concerned about weight
Replies: 22
Views: 6160

Re: Modifying rudder, now I'm concerned about weight

I only have a little 5hp Nissan hanging off the transom and I have to turn around and reach way back to switch gears, which just adds to the difficulty and excitement of slow speed maneuvering in tight places. Aside from the rudder mod, I'm planning on buying and installing a Tohatsu 6hp carburetor ...
by svscott
Tue Nov 14, 2017 8:37 am
Forum: MacGregor/Venture Discussion
Topic: Modifying rudder, now I'm concerned about weight
Replies: 22
Views: 6160

Re: Modifying rudder, now I'm concerned about weight

Just for reference I looked at the rudder setup of 3 or 4, 25 foot plus trailer sailors of different designs that are in the hard next to mine. On average the length of the rudder is about 1.5 meters or around 4 foot 10 inches long. Of that length they all have around 1.2 meters or 4 feet in the wa...
by svscott
Mon Nov 13, 2017 12:39 pm
Forum: MacGregor/Venture Discussion
Topic: Modifying rudder, now I'm concerned about weight
Replies: 22
Views: 6160

Re: Modifying rudder, now I'm concerned about weight

I feel you will like the rudder modifications. Our S came with a ruddercraft rudder so don't have experience with the original but like it. I would just keep an eye on the hardware. My rudder bracket at the bottom of the post, different than a D I believe, broke offshore of Florida coming back from...
by svscott
Mon Nov 13, 2017 7:22 am
Forum: MacGregor/Venture Discussion
Topic: Modifying rudder, now I'm concerned about weight
Replies: 22
Views: 6160

Re: Modifying rudder, now I'm concerned about weight

I just noticed the pictures I uploaded last night from photobucket don't appear to be working and it says I need to update my account for 3rd party image hosting.

What is the best way to post pictures?
by svscott
Sun Nov 12, 2017 10:54 pm
Forum: MacGregor/Venture Discussion
Topic: Modifying rudder, now I'm concerned about weight
Replies: 22
Views: 6160

Re: Modifying rudder, now I'm concerned about weight

Ummm. Yea. 2 gallons of auto body style putty is not actually that swift an idea. Even epoxy and some light weight additive in it would be a waste. I would recommend using foam to form the added shape, then glass over the foam and original rudder with say 4 layers of medium weight cloth. The rudder...
by svscott
Sun Nov 12, 2017 10:43 pm
Forum: MacGregor/Venture Discussion
Topic: Modifying rudder, now I'm concerned about weight
Replies: 22
Views: 6160

Re: Modifying rudder, now I'm concerned about weight

Here is a link to Rudder Craft's HDPE performance rudder that looks almost identical to mine - I don't know what theirs weighs but the notes say it's a direct bolt on unit with no modifications necessary. I think if I make sure my stern mounted brackets have acceptable blocking in the lazarette that...
by svscott
Sun Nov 12, 2017 10:28 pm
Forum: MacGregor/Venture Discussion
Topic: Modifying rudder, now I'm concerned about weight
Replies: 22
Views: 6160

Re: Modifying rudder, now I'm concerned about weight

I used a bead of 3M 5200 sealant to attach the embedded aluminum into the fiberglass: http://i1067.photobucket.com/albums/u433/swebbsboat/IMAG0538_zpsgl91m4yc.jpg Spreading the Fibral filler with the aluminum fixture - After using multiple small batches while learning a bit about the material proper...
by svscott
Sun Nov 12, 2017 10:20 pm
Forum: MacGregor/Venture Discussion
Topic: Modifying rudder, now I'm concerned about weight
Replies: 22
Views: 6160

Re: Modifying rudder, now I'm concerned about weight

First cut with the circular saw - about 2" deep all the way across the bottom and 32" up from the bottom: http://i1067.photobucket.com/albums/u433/swebbsboat/IMAG0289_zpskyosta0y.jpg 1/8" aluminum plate riveted together - It was cut from some leftover extrusions from a storefront project I recently ...
by svscott
Sun Nov 12, 2017 9:32 pm
Forum: MacGregor/Venture Discussion
Topic: Modifying rudder, now I'm concerned about weight
Replies: 22
Views: 6160

Re: Modifying rudder, now I'm concerned about weight

svscott, When I first read your post, and saw your concerns, I couldn’t help but think back several years to posting by MadMike. He was thinking about doing a Pacific crossing to Hawaii. How this relates to your post is that he was concerned about his rudders. He felt that the factory rudder hardwa...