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  1. patrickfarley

    Companionway Hatch Storage

    Is there a good place to store the companionway hatch on a 1981 MacGregor 25. I usually put the hatch at the back of the main cabin and put an ice chest in front of it while sailing. While sleeping or in heavy/wavy water the hatch is in place. Does anyone know if there is a good place to...
  2. patrickfarley

    I left the lights on

    I left the lights on on the boat. When I return to the boat the battery read 7.1 volts. I turned off the electricity and left the solar charger hooked up. The battery is red 11.4 volts when I left the boat that afternoon. I am hoping that the battery will fully charge and last for a while...
  3. patrickfarley

    Mast Support

    Is the mast support a pine 2 x 4? I was cleaning and noticed that there was mess at the bottom of the support. I started cleaning it up and found the mast support had been damaged by water collection. It feels like a pine 2x4 but would like to know for sure. Does anyone know for sure. I am...
  4. patrickfarley

    Rigging turning while raising the mast

    I have a mast raising system that clips onto the two standup poles that support the rail. A rope leads to the bow and hooks on. the jib line is extra long and fits the pulley at the top of the mast raiser. I release the mast form the front and rear rails. Place the mast on the support and...
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    How to cool a 25 Macgregor on the Gulf of Mexico in Florida in the Summer,,, Zero Breeze?

    I grew up on a ranch/farm in the central valley of California. I worked in the heat. The summer in Florida does not bother me. If I get hot I anchor and jump off the boat. I open the hatches to get a breeze through the boat in the evening and have no trouble sleeping. However, I am not the...
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    Macgregor 25 1981 Knockin Keel

    I cleaned the keel 2 years ago. The keel had 4" of growth on it. I cleaned the keel, went down to metal and then high pressure kind of material for removing rust. Then I covered it with a metal paint to keep the water and rust off of the keel. The keel has stayed the same for the last two...
  7. patrickfarley

    Panama City Beach Florida

    Well my boat is in the driveway getting cleaned to the last corner. The outside is getting shiny following the directions I have found on this site. I am repairing the last few things including the mast tip that his a bush as I was parking at night. I will finish this by Spring Break and hope...
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    I am tired of the keel knock

    So I am tired of the keel knocking around when I am anchored or when I am motoring. I am sure it does not do much damage because I cannot find any damage when I check the keel and the keel bolt. However, the noise sounds like the boat is breaking. As a solution I took a 5/16" fuel line and cut...
  9. patrickfarley

    Faceplant

    When I take people on my boat I tell them the same thing every time. The first thing I tell them is that they need to step onto the boat or stay on the dock. They need to decide to step and then complete the step and not change their mind in the middle of getting on the boat(unless I have a...
  10. patrickfarley

    New Scary Experience In the Marina

    I went sailing today. My new used motor fired right up, ran like a champ and was so quiet. I backed out of the slip like a pro. I shifted into forward and throttled up. Suddenly the engine make a loud bad noise and I was moving between two piers full of boats in slips and no engine. I have...
  11. patrickfarley

    My keel is too low to lock in place

    The hole in my keel must be too long to keep the keel high enough to lock into place with the second bolt. I tried to lock it into place for the first time yesterday and found that the hole was 1/8" too low. I am going to continue to sail until January or February when it is too cold for me to...
  12. patrickfarley

    Mac 25 Compression Post

    I noticed that my compression post was a little loose. It will wiggle with the mast down. I then looked under the fiberglass support for the compression post and found that the compression post is sitting on the fiberglass with no support under the fiberglass. Is this normal? I am trying to...
  13. patrickfarley

    I don't think I need a 9.9hp for a Mac25

    I have been sailing my current boat for 3 years now. I have a 9.9hp 2 stroke engine. According to the GPS I can make 7.7 Knots into the wind at full throttle. I use lots and lots of fuel at this speed. I have never had the need to use all of the power. I have learned that my 52lb thrust...
  14. patrickfarley

    Rear Mast Support

    I have been working on speeding up trailer to sailing. I am trying to get it to under 30 minutes(by myself). One of the big things that slowed me was the rear support for the mast. I made this rear support out of PVC. When the cross brace is not in place the mast is tied down to the rear...
  15. patrickfarley

    Cayo Costa State Park

    A friend of mine takes her family to Cayo Costa every year for Christmas vacation. She will not make it this year due to economic conditions. However, she has sold me on visiting the key. She stays in the cabins(four walls with bunks) and takes the ferry over. She said the shelling is great...
  16. patrickfarley

    After languishing for two decades...

    She finally has a name. I took "Sailing With Porpoise" out to an island and put a name on her. I roasted a chicken(and then ate it). Is there any other ceremony I should undertake? I had a lot of fun but my outboard quit going in forward about 20' from the dock. I think the linkage slipped...
  17. patrickfarley

    Thanks for all the advise, mast raising, keel, paint, ladder

    I am now in Sarasota Florida and have been having a great time. I am not even close to being done with all the repairs and improvements. However, I have to sail. I have been fishing and daysailing. I plan to head down to Port Charlotte this week and then come back. I am staying in a condo on...
  18. patrickfarley

    Macgregor 25 1982 Keel What should I do?

    The boat sat for years in fresh water. It had encrustations of mud and iron 2" thick. I scraped it and gave it a quick wire brush. I have the feeling it was made in Mexico. I had no idea that there was so little metal around the pivot hole. The pivot hole is 11/16" round in the center of...
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    Setting up a trailer for a Macgregor 25 1982

    I have a 99 Suburban 6.5L turbo diesel. I plan to tow down to Sarasota Florida this Christmas vacation. I just bought a galvanized tandem trailer. I have replaced the tires, rims and cleaned and repacked the bearings. Wow, tandem means repacking 4 hubs. I am replacing the bunks...
  20. patrickfarley

    Found out what happens when you forget to put down the keel

    I went out on the lake single handing. I had everything set up so it only took a few minutes to raise the sails. I motored out to the big part of the lake turned off the motor and tied off the rudder. This allows me to raise the sails and start sailing before I loose momentum. I raised the...