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  1. Captain Ron 18

    Mac 25 upper shrouds & spreader positioning

    On my ‘85 Mac25, I have the spreaders at a 90 degree angle to the mast. Plus, at the ends of each spreader, there is a clamp of sorts (a cap that is adjusted using the 2 screws) that holds the shrouds to keep them in place and keep the spreader in position and NOT sliding up or down. Annually...
  2. Captain Ron 18

    Pop-up assist for Venture 25

    Do you still use the support poles to hold the top up even though you’re using the struts? I would assume yes?
  3. Captain Ron 18

    Can anyone recognize this boat?

    Reminds me very much of a Southerly - very sweet boat manufactured in England. Although if it’s a home build, probably not unless they sell plans...
  4. Captain Ron 18

    Merry Christmas everyone...

    More please! And Merry Christmas all!!
  5. Captain Ron 18

    Wood in cabin of Mac 25

    I have an ‘85 Mac 25, which came with particle board bulkheads plus all the “wood” hatch covers in the cabin and all are covered with wood grain vinyl. If I had more time, I would replace the particle board with some sort of real wood and finish it nicely. A project for another time... The...
  6. Captain Ron 18

    New to the MacGregor 25 lifestyle

    Welcome Lost Hannah! Sounds like you’ve got a few projects to attend to, but they’re not outrageous. Welcome to sailing “well loved” (old) boats! The large drain hole in the back of the boat is indeed how “extra” water exits the cockpit. The only way to get to the hose for...
  7. Captain Ron 18

    Corona virus

    Sounds like a creative plan, but sorry, saw this last night...
  8. Captain Ron 18

    Cabin cushion cleaning

    Did you try Simple Green? Also, the trim is made of what material? I have similar cushions and for them, Simple Green, a hose and brush work great. Obviously, you can’t use bleach on the cushions themselves, but I have spot cleaned the white trim with it carefully using a q-tip — worked like a...
  9. Captain Ron 18

    Keel removal help

    What year Mac25 is it? I have an '85 and the swing keel is 750#. You'll find a number of folks on this site who have posted a variety of removal/replacement techniques. Not an easy or friendly task, to be sure! While you have it out, IMHO it would be prudent to replace the bolt and rubbers...
  10. Captain Ron 18

    Compass location

    (Sorry - accidentally hit post...). Patching covers are fairly easy to make and install. Make sure you have no magnetic interference wherever you decide to place it. Let us know what you end up doing and post a picture. We all love before and after pics!
  11. Captain Ron 18

    Compass location

    I mounted both my compass and depth sounder on the starboard side, and rather high up which I find easier to see when I’m out at night. This picture has the compass cover on.
  12. Captain Ron 18


    Before you lay your hard earned money down for a new ob, please follow the advice of timebandit and troubleshoot yours. I’ve never owned a Merc, but if you’re mechanically inclined, you might find it’s a reasonably simple matter. I would definitely check that impeller, too, since you were...
  13. Captain Ron 18

    16 Foot M16 Melges, need help with approx year, serial number location

    Just one thought: if you can get a ballpark for spars and sail sizes, I understand there are places around the country that part out old boat parts, sails, etc. If you can find one somewhat close to you, could be a reasonably easy solution. Also, the original builder of the scows was a company...
  14. Captain Ron 18

    16 Foot M16 Melges, need help with approx year, serial number location

    1970’s sounds about right. Where’s the boat located and where would you be using it? Those things were built for the lakes where you wouldn’t get much waves action that could bury your bow.
  15. Captain Ron 18

    16 Foot M16 Melges, need help with approx year, serial number location

    Hopefully, they were able to provide you with specs for the spars , and sail sizes. The tillers should be easy enough to replicate by an experienced woodworker. On the D boat, there was a bar connecting the 2 tillers together so they’d work in sync. The psychic, you’re on your own...
  16. Captain Ron 18

    16 Foot M16 Melges, need help with approx year, serial number location

    You’re looking at a Melges M 16 inland lake racing scow. The scows are really fun and unbelievably fast since they have a mostly flat bottom and carry a lot of sail area. Many years ago, I used to sail on a D Boat (20’) in northern Minnesota that had a boom, and of course the sail, that...
  17. Captain Ron 18

    M 25 bilge pump location?

    So, I’m wondering why you think you even need an auto bilge pump. I have the same boat same year as you that I bought new and have never ever wished that I had one. (Knock on wood...!) Even if there was a hull breach, all the floatation would keep it from sinking.
  18. Captain Ron 18

    **New sailor** What are these in deck blocks/pulleys for?

    Those wouldn’t be for running back stays would they? Used to have to deal with those on inland racing scows, but those booms were very long and protruded well past the stern.
  19. Captain Ron 18

    Interior flotation blocks on a Venture 22.

    In my Mac25, (of course same builder), in addition to the stern floatation blocks, the hatch under the V berth holds an equal number of blocks. No other floatation on the boat. I know it’s a little smaller but I would think that there should be floatation there as well. Maybe previous owner...