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by Freedom77
Sun Jan 12, 2020 8:28 am
Forum: MacGregor/Venture Discussion
Topic: New boat (26S)owner in Texas!
Replies: 22
Views: 3402

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: 3402

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: 1936

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: 3402

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: 1035

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: 3188

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: 3188

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: 2041

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: 2235

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...
by Freedom77
Sun Sep 16, 2018 8:28 am
Forum: Performance & Tuning
Topic: Who makes a good spinnaker
Replies: 19
Views: 5478

Re: Who makes a good spinnaker

Do you want symmetrical or asymmetrical, (sometimes referred to as a "genacker"). If you have a large body of water near you, there is probably a sailmaker near.Never bought from Judy B, but as mentioned, a lot of happy folks and you have a go to live person. At one time Hyde was supplier for Ventur...
by Freedom77
Sat Aug 18, 2018 8:12 am
Forum: MacGregor/Venture Discussion
Topic: speeds
Replies: 18
Views: 6852

Re: speeds

Hi 1st Sail: YEP!! Had 1972 V-222. Planing downwind with spinnaker, following sea and mucho wind. 22 is short and beamy. Friend in other boat took a movie. Long gone. In those conditions you can round up or knock down in a heartbeat. :)
by Freedom77
Sat Jul 14, 2018 8:17 am
Forum: MacGregor/Venture Discussion
Topic: Mac25 Upwind
Replies: 19
Views: 5133

Re: Mac25 Upwind

The roller reefing on Macs is useless. By the time you need to reef it's usually pretty dicey. Find a sailmaker and have a double set of reef point put in. You will be glad you did. Fair Winds and Full Sails...Old Salt :D
by Freedom77
Sat Jul 14, 2018 8:10 am
Forum: MacGregor/Venture Discussion
Topic: centerboard winch
Replies: 2
Views: 1356

Re: centerboard winch

Blue Water is a great source for all things Venture/Mac. I think Harbor Freight Carrys those.Fair Winds and Full Sails...Old Salt
by Freedom77
Sat Jul 14, 2018 8:08 am
Forum: Tattoo Yachts Discussion
Topic: "The reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated"
Replies: 25
Views: 12280

Re: "The reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated"

Another paraphrased Twain quote: "You're a politician, You're an idiot, but I repeat myself" 8) Fair Winds and Full Sails..Old Salt
by Freedom77
Sat Jul 14, 2018 8:02 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: washing my sails
Replies: 3
Views: 1369

Re: washing my sails

Never use harsh chemicals. Do you have, or know anyone, who has a swimming pool. Throw the sails in the pool and let them soak for a while. If you have a few kids have them get in and push them around. Take them out. rinse off, and run them up the mast. Don't attach to the boom. just tie off and let...