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by THE CUSCUS
Mon Feb 08, 2016 4:39 pm
Forum: MacGregor/Venture Discussion
Topic: Mac 25 Restoration
Replies: 41
Views: 12256

Re: Mac 25 Restoration

Sisu, your boat is looking good there. I do agree the Ventures had many good features. The ones towards the end on their run, especially. Mine is a 1979. I know having the jib track closer to centerline will allow you to point alittle better when using the jib as compared to having the track outboar...
by THE CUSCUS
Sat Feb 06, 2016 11:08 am
Forum: MacGregor/Venture Discussion
Topic: Mac 25 Restoration
Replies: 41
Views: 12256

Re: Mac 25 Restoration

I can't comment on those fairleads, as I have never used them. I removed them. I have the older style 25 with the nice side decks and have 1" tracks up to the chain plates. I don't use my working jib very often, and when I do it works fine using the cars on the track . I would definitely get some tr...
by THE CUSCUS
Fri Feb 05, 2016 4:54 pm
Forum: MacGregor/Venture Discussion
Topic: Mac 25 Restoration
Replies: 41
Views: 12256

Re: Mac 25 Restoration

Looking good!! The Mac 25 is a great boat. Enjoy, and keep posting your progress.
by THE CUSCUS
Thu Feb 04, 2016 11:07 am
Forum: MacGregor/Venture Discussion
Topic: Venture 224 bilge
Replies: 7
Views: 2245

Re: Venture 224 bilge

A kayak type pump and a bucket are your best bet. The really absorbent sponges are great too, also found with kayak stuff.
by THE CUSCUS
Wed Feb 03, 2016 11:38 am
Forum: Destinations, Clubs, Events and Venues
Topic: FLORIDA KEYS ADVENTURE
Replies: 100
Views: 16426

Re: FLORIDA KEYS ADVENTURE

Glad you made it. Sounds like you had a lot going on. That's a long way to drive to drop the wife off at an airport......couldn't find one closer to NY :wink:
by THE CUSCUS
Tue Feb 02, 2016 10:40 am
Forum: Destinations, Clubs, Events and Venues
Topic: FLORIDA KEYS ADVENTURE
Replies: 100
Views: 16426

Re: FLORIDA KEYS ADVENTURE

Are ya there yet?? Are you staying at Duck Key the whole time? I'm launching March 7th at South Dade Marina and heading down to Bahia Honda. I have a slip therefor the 10th to 13th. I'll be going by Duck Key twice, its a possible stop off point if need be due to bad weather or late timing.
by THE CUSCUS
Mon Feb 01, 2016 3:39 pm
Forum: Destinations, Clubs, Events and Venues
Topic: FLORIDA KEYS ADVENTURE
Replies: 100
Views: 16426

Re: FLORIDA KEYS ADVENTURE

Man, you must be bringing a lot of stuff, to be packing that long :wink:
Safe driving the second half. Looks like you will have some nice easy wind days for afew days. I hope all those crazy windy days are done for the season.
by THE CUSCUS
Mon Feb 01, 2016 10:32 am
Forum: Destinations, Clubs, Events and Venues
Topic: FLORIDA KEYS ADVENTURE
Replies: 100
Views: 16426

Re: FLORIDA KEYS ADVENTURE

GAZMN, did you make it down there? Looking forward to your trip reports, as I am headed that way in the beginning of March.
by THE CUSCUS
Fri Jan 29, 2016 12:55 pm
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Keel replacement mac 25
Replies: 11
Views: 1950

Re: Keel replacement mac 25

Ryan, I have only physically examined 2 cast keels. They measured exactly the same and matched the Macgregor print, but the pivot bolt holes were in different spots. My boat is a '79 and I'm not sure what year the other keel was. I just redrilled the hole in the same spot as my original keel. From l...
by THE CUSCUS
Mon Jan 25, 2016 12:00 pm
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Keel replacement mac 25
Replies: 11
Views: 1950

Re: Keel replacement mac 25

Hi. Needs to be a keel from a V25 or M25, which are 625lbs. The keels from the smaller Macs are only around 500lbs and a slightly different shape. Stay away from from the early 25 keels, pre-1974,, as they are steel plates covered in glass and are troublesome. The newer 25 keels are all cast iron. S...
by THE CUSCUS
Mon Sep 14, 2015 2:21 pm
Forum: MacGregor/Venture Discussion
Topic: Original plumbing 1977 V25
Replies: 6
Views: 1429

Re: Original plumbing 1977 V25

That is the "stock" set up. :wink:
Put a hard plastic water tank under the v-berth and a thru hull drain in the side of the hull. Its an easy mod to do.
by THE CUSCUS
Tue Sep 01, 2015 11:44 am
Forum: MacGregor/Venture Discussion
Topic: Rigging for Single-handing
Replies: 19
Views: 3357

Re: Rigging for Single-handing

+1 on the autopilot. It will be the best item you could spend money on for singlehanding. Even if your lines are led to the cockpit, you will have to try and hoist the sail while holding the tiller or let go and pull quick and back and forth. And what happens if something jams and you need to go for...
by THE CUSCUS
Mon Aug 31, 2015 3:25 pm
Forum: MacGregor/Venture Discussion
Topic: Questions on Rudder Weight etc.
Replies: 3
Views: 1058

Re: Questions on Rudder Weight etc.

They are fairly heavy, in the 50 lb range, to begin with. The lower half can become waterlogged making it heavier. Dril a hole in the bottom, deep enough to get into the core, and see if water runs out. The lower half should easily be pulled down with the line. How tight is the pivot bolt? Is there ...
by THE CUSCUS
Mon Aug 24, 2015 11:03 am
Forum: Destinations, Clubs, Events and Venues
Topic: 2015 Sippy Cup
Replies: 2
Views: 1530

Re: 2015 Sippy Cup

Race write up. We need to have more Macs for next year's race. Twenty-one boats graced the starting line of the Sippy Cup at red #2 in the North East River, a mile or so north of Turkey Point. In light to moderate southwest winds, the fleet beat their way toward Annapolis. As the sun departed, a stu...
by THE CUSCUS
Mon Aug 24, 2015 11:00 am
Forum: Destinations, Clubs, Events and Venues
Topic: Chinook's Great Loop
Replies: 157
Views: 54964

Re: Chinook's Great Loop

I really enjoy reading your well written and descriptive accounts of your trips. Thank you for taking the time to share.
Fair winds and safe travels.