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Here are most of the interior mods done to the interior of my Macgregor 26s. These make the boat pretty livable.

I wanted to showcase the mods I did to my Macgregor 26S as I have found a lot of helpful info on the web from other people and hope that I can help someone else. First of all, I have to specifically call out Sumner at Purple Sage for his incredibly informative website. Most of this […]

The pace of work on the boat continues at glacial speed. When they say that boat projects take 3 times longer than you plan for, it is definitely true in my case, but mainly because I do everything 3 times! So far I replaced the forestay as I noticed it was frayed. To do that […]

Took the boat out this weekend for a day sail, and like every other trip, our departure was delayed by last minute upgrades and mods. I have to admit, some of this was fueled by a West Marine shopping binge that only happened when I went in to replace a broken windvane, but then bought […]

Sunday morning opened with rain showers for a bit while we hunkered in in the bunker. I finally just put on some rain gear and crossed back to the Cheatham Dam Rec area to dump our portable toilet. Katherine definitely likes to use this toilet which actually is pretty nice. But emptying it after only […]

Again I awoke fairly early in part due to a passing barge. Some of the wakes from passing boats are fairly strong, and instead of lulling you off to sleep they make their presence known. We had a breakfast of eggs and sausage, and started off down the river. One goal of mine was to […]

Friday morning dawned and I was up pretty early. I tried fishing with crickets and caught a very small bass and a blue gill, but threw them both back in. When everyone was ready we pushed off and headed towards the lock. For navigation purposes, I had a Garmin etrex 30 GPS that I mainly […]

Like every boat trip, mods and loading take until the last minute and then some. Originally we planned to set off no later than 7, but I think it wasn’t until 830PM that we actually finally set off on the trip. We fueled up, taking on 11 gallons of gas, and filled up our water […]

I suppose one could have just jumped in the boat with whatever food and water was required and done a 3 day cruise down a river without any problems, but I decided to improve and add on to the Macgregor.

Next weekend, I should have 3-4 days to do something that I’ve wanted to do for over a year, and that is cruise down the Cumberland River from Nashville to Clarksville. My route shows a distance of approximately 91 river miles. I’m pretty excited and probably have been thinking of little else now for the […]

Not sure if I can’t ever leave things alone, or if the Macgregor 26S we have actually needs all the mods and things I do to it, but every time we go out, we have new stuff. This time was no different.

As much fun as we had with the Hitia 17, we decided that building something like Wharram’s Tiki 38 was more than we wanted to do.  And the Hitia 17 is definately a day sailer, not a family cruiser. So I began looking for some sort of cheap sailboat on Craigslist. Susan found a boat […]

This time, we planned to head down to some abandoned grain elevator or such about 12 miles from Paris Landing. Susan waited at the mouth of the harbor to take some pictures of me while I launched the boat. Once can do this in about 20 minutes with planning and practice. Noticing a favorable wind, […]

Here are a few photos from the first sailing excursion on the Tennessee  River near Paris, Tennessee. On Saturday, I made a quick sail out of a blue polytarp and wasn’t even sure if the stitching would hold together. We launched the boat and started motoring out through the little harbor until we entered the […]

Well, I haven’t updated this in quite a while, but I have finished my boat.  Well, I should say that the boat is usable, but perhaps will never be 100% finished. About a week after the last post, on the 28th of July, I launched the boat. Rather than deal with dissembling the boat, transporting […]

For about a month now, I’ve been rather busy at work, so there has been no work on the boat. Good news, I finally am going back to the old schedule, so I should be able to work faster on the boat. Very excited. Prior to the sabbatical, I actually glassed the bottom of one […]

I haven’t posted in a couple of weeks but I have still been making slow progress on the Hitia 17.  At this point, I’m on page 5 of the plans, and the beams have the fillets done. I also picked up the rudders and coated them with epoxy. I’d done those months ago but haven’t […]

This Saturday I got a late start on the boat due to needing to go into work, but Susan helped a bit so it wasn’t a huge hit. She worked on the hulls a bit sanding the insides  to prepare them for the decks.  Meanwhile, I built a second hull cradle out of scrap wood […]

Quick update on the Hitia 17 build: On Saturday I started the cross beams by cutting out the plywood for the “webbing”, the butt blocks and the compression blocks. I glued it all together and used a pnuematic finishing nailer to nail the pieces together. I continued the beams on Sunday by glueing on the […]

Didn’t do anything this week, but yesterday I worked a good bit on the boat. I wired in the rest of the bulkheads, glued in the diagonal hull stiffeners, and did the epoxy fillets for the keel and bulkheads. Finally, I also built a new hull cradle, this one with wheels so that I can […]

This weekend saw a lot of progress on the Hitia 17.  No longer is it a jumble of plywood parts on the garage floor. It looks like a boat. This weekend I glued the sheer stringers and keel pieces together to make them long enough, glued them to the hull panels, then started the drilling […]

Just a quick post from an iPod so no photos or anything too long. I’ll probably write another post this weekend anyway.  It has been raining a lot this weekend so no cottage work. I finished the hull sides tonight  and in 12 hours or so I’ll start drilling the wire holes and lining up […]

Well, this past week was a fairly slow week for build progress due to not having materials. About all I could do was continue to coat the bulkheads and other internal parts in epoxy. However, with new funds and new tools, the build jumped forward. In fact, I feel that I’ll start stitching by mid […]

Today I got a chance to work on the Hitia 17 some more. It was mainly just a few hours of sanding and double checking to see if everything was ready to try coating with epoxy this weekend. The problem is that the temperatures are going to be fairly cool and I”m not sure if […]