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  1. fritz3000g

    6000 lb tow vehicle

    I'm looking to buy a boat in the next couple years and will need to upgrade to a vehicle with tow capacity of 6000 lbs for a couple of extended trips per year. My primary concerns are price (<10k), fuel economy (20+ mpg combined, so <3.5L engine), and reliability (10 years of life and <$8k in...
  2. fritz3000g

    Chrysler vs. Seaward

    I've been looking for a "heavy" but easily-trailerable ~26 ft boat for the Great Lakes and the Caribbean. I've been most impressed by the Chrysler 26 because it's got both internal ballast (basically a shoal keel) and a swing keel which add up to 2000 lbs, though the Catalina 25, San Juan...
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    Floatation of wet foam

    Hi all, I didn't get a response on another forum and wondered if you smart folks know. Is there anywhere that I can find an estimate for the water displacement / flotation capacity of waterlogged closed and open cell foam? I'm wondering how much additional flotation (read new space) I could...
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    PVC Furler

    On the Mods page there's the following DIY PVC furler. I've messaged the poster, and he/she hasn't responded. Does anyone have any thoughts on whether something like this is feasible? https://macgregor.sailboatowners.com/mods.php?task=article&mid=155&aid=8066&mn=25 As an FYI, I'm unlikely to...
  5. fritz3000g

    Teak in Mac25?

    Hi there, Does anyone know whether the companionway slats, the hatch sliders, the hull-to-deck joint cover, or the table trim on a Mac25 are Teak or something else? If something else, what are they? Mine look pretty awful, and I'm wondering if it's worth the bleaching regimen that folks...
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    Buy Tiller Pilot

    I'm thinking of buying an old Autohelm tiller pilot for a really good price. My question is - if it has issues and doesn't work quite right - can it be fixed? Are these repairable devices, or chuck-and-buy-a-new-one devices?
  7. fritz3000g

    Super Cheap Yachting

    I've been reading lots of articles on affordable cruising which seem to suggest that $15,000 is an "affordable" amount to spend getting out on the water. However, that's not affordable for me. I have a $100 monthly budget which includes meals out, clothes, etc... along with any hobbies...