Like many of you, I do as much of my own maintenance as I can, yet there never seems to be enough time. I would rather sail than work on the boat so I will be out sailing with the hatch needing some paint, etc. She may not look pretty to you, but she does to me. Next winter I will give her the attention she needs...rebedding the life line stauncheons, cutting out wet deck core, replacing the keel bolts and fairing the keel. Already done: rebedded most of the deck hardware in butyle tape after potting the holes w/epoxy, replacing the starboard bulkhead and reinforcing the chainplates. I have also added a furler on my headsail, planning on sewing the new boltrope myself. Along with the stancheon mounted fairleads for the furler line, I added snatchblocks for the spinnaker sheets.
Additional upgrades include 2-10 watt solar panels, charge controller, electric bulge pump and a thruhull for the discharge.
On the Venture, I removed the furler, replaced the bent mast, built a gin pole to raise the mast, added a spinnaker, moved the traveler to the stern, raised the centerboard winch mounting board, replaced the winch with a new braking winch, reinforced the motor mount, added 3M command adhesive straps to hold my coiled halyards and added the necessary blocks for spinnaker handling. Also added a boom vang.
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17' Sears Aluminum Canoe, Macgregor Venture 21
Sailed some in college sailing club, years ago. First time owner.
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