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by fritz3000g
Tue Aug 13, 2019 1:20 pm
Forum: MacGregor/Venture Discussion
Topic: Rudder Mod
Replies: 3
Views: 723

Re: Rudder Mod

Just to post an update about two experiences with this rudder design. First, prior to reinforcing the top with the biaxial cloth I went sailing. When turning sharply on a run the bottom half of the rudder broke off entirely. I repaired it by drilling 7/8" holes deeply into the remaining portion of t...
by fritz3000g
Fri Jul 26, 2019 1:36 pm
Forum: MacGregor/Venture Discussion
Topic: Add ballast
Replies: 8
Views: 986

Re: Add ballast

Reading through some other forums and specs, and it looks like both the Chrysler 26 and the Ericson 25 have keels or centerboards with another 1000 lbs of lead in triangle-shaped cavities around the keel... which is exactly what I was thinking of adding to my Mac. That said, just buying one of those...
by fritz3000g
Fri Jul 26, 2019 8:18 am
Forum: MacGregor/Venture Discussion
Topic: Add ballast
Replies: 8
Views: 986

Re: Add ballast

Thanks @The Cuscus. I could do that for sure, and it might help with adding tongue weight too.

@Others Any particular reason the Seaward is better than a Chrysler or a Balboa in heavy weather?

I'd assume they all suffer from the same risk of fiberglass breakage if the keel slaps back and forth.
by fritz3000g
Fri Jul 19, 2019 9:06 am
Forum: MacGregor/Venture Discussion
Topic: Add ballast
Replies: 8
Views: 986

Re: Add ballast

Wow - yeah that would toast my price range. Seems not that different from a Balboa though.

Chrysler 26 looks pretty appealing -- heavier than a Balboa, and more headroom.
by fritz3000g
Fri Jul 19, 2019 8:55 am
Forum: MacGregor/Venture Discussion
Topic: Rudder Mod
Replies: 3
Views: 723

Re: Rudder Mod

Thanks kurz. I think it should work now.
by fritz3000g
Thu Jul 18, 2019 8:51 pm
Forum: MacGregor/Venture Discussion
Topic: Add ballast
Replies: 8
Views: 986

Add ballast

I have a Mac 25 which I love, trailer to fun destinations all the time, and have customized to fit my cruising needs. The only thing I don't love is the poor comfort ratio, tenderness, leeward slippage, and my fear of getting knocked down in a surprise squall on Lake Michigan. I'd like to add some b...
by fritz3000g
Thu Jul 18, 2019 8:11 am
Forum: MacGregor/Venture Discussion
Topic: Rudder Mod
Replies: 3
Views: 723

Rudder Mod

Here are some photos of my rudder mod. Went for a NACA 12 shape. The last photo shows how I'm reinforcing it with biaxial cloth on the weakest point (where the wide part connects to the narrow part). Highly recommend hooking a shop vac up to your sander :) https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/d5-Ww83bK...
by fritz3000g
Mon Feb 11, 2019 10:15 am
Forum: MacGregor/Venture Discussion
Topic: Alternative Swing keel replacement
Replies: 3
Views: 1633

Re: Alternative Swing keel replacement

Speaking splashing, has anyone found a good solution to prevent water from splashing into the boat from the area near the keel when heeled with a heavy crew?
by fritz3000g
Wed Jan 30, 2019 9:47 pm
Forum: MacGregor/Venture Discussion
Topic: Old Tiller Pilot
Replies: 0
Views: 935

Old Tiller Pilot

Does anyone have an old broken tiller pilot where the motor won't move the shaft anymore, but the electronics still work?

If so, I'd like to buy it off you to do some futzing.
by fritz3000g
Wed Nov 28, 2018 11:43 am
Forum: MacGregor/Venture Discussion
Topic: Rudder Flip Up
Replies: 1
Views: 1328

Re: Rudder Flip Up

by fritz3000g
Tue Nov 27, 2018 11:46 pm
Forum: MacGregor/Venture Discussion
Topic: Rudder Flip Up
Replies: 1
Views: 1328

Rudder Flip Up

Hi there, I'm looking forward to my Mac25 rudder modification this winter (NACA 012 and more surface area below and afore) and I'd also like to extend out the bottom of the aluminum piece so that I can flip the rudder completely up for travel. I could go to a welder, but it seems like the lip on the...
by fritz3000g
Thu Jul 19, 2018 9:50 pm
Forum: MacGregor/Venture Discussion
Topic: Epoxy for Rudder
Replies: 5
Views: 1970

Re: Epoxy for Rudder

Thanks all! I'll check out Raka and see what I can learn. Thanks!
by fritz3000g
Tue Jul 17, 2018 8:54 am
Forum: MacGregor/Venture Discussion
Topic: Epoxy for Rudder
Replies: 5
Views: 1970

Epoxy for Rudder

I'm getting ready to modify my rudder on my Mac25. Was looking at West Systems for the epoxy, but it's a bit spendy. Is there a more affordable option that's appropriate for a rudder mod?

Thanks!
by fritz3000g
Tue Jul 17, 2018 8:53 am
Forum: MacGregor/Venture Discussion
Topic: Mac25 Upwind
Replies: 19
Views: 4620

Re: Mac25 Upwind

Here's a good explanation of all of this:
http://www.catamaranvega.com/vega/saili ... son11.html

Just learned that the scows which race on Lake Mendota have asymmetrical daggerboards on each side. You swap them on each tack. Learning so much!
by fritz3000g
Mon Jul 16, 2018 11:19 am
Forum: MacGregor/Venture Discussion
Topic: Mac25 Upwind
Replies: 19
Views: 4620

Re: Mac25 Upwind

Thanks Sailboat Mike. The roller reefing certainly has its weaknesses. At the moment replacing it isn't my first priority (getting a working motor is). I can always reef down smaller than I'd otherwise do if the sail bellies out. The fact that the leech is thinner than the luff means that it does te...