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Macgregor 26s Interior Mods

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

The interior of the main cabin.

The interior of the main cabin.

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Macgregor 26S Trailer Mods

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 stuff I really can’t say that I thought up on my own, and while I got ideas from other sites, Sumner’s site is probably the best out there.

My Macgregor 26S and trailer. Note extra lighting.

My Macgregor 26S and trailer. Note extra lighting.

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Another Road Trip

Well, it has been a bit since I’ve posted, but today I decided to get off my butt and post some of the photos. Basically, I had 15 days to do a road trip. Oh boy. I planned to head out to Denver, Vegas, etc. Go West young man!  (and family.)  But then I found out that my inlaws had to see New York and Washington DC. Ok, East it is then. The plan was to do Washington DC, NYC, Boston, Niagara Falls, Chicago, and St Louis.  In DC and NYC the hotels were very expensive, so I decided to  camp. Inlaws had never camped before, and Fall might bring colder temps. What could go wrong?

En route to DC: Thanks to an early morning departure, we were able to see the sun rising on the road.

En route to DC: Thanks to an early morning departure, we were able to see the sun rising on the road.

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Slow Progress

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 required a trip to West Marine. I’m luck as we have on in Nashville, or possibly unlucky as it makes it easier to spend all my money. It took a lot of time to get a new forestay as I wasn’t sure how to use their tools and they didn’t appear very experienced either. I was definitely worried that I’d end up with one that was wrong some how, but the rig tension is good.

The boat usually looks worse when I'm working on it.

The boat usually looks worse when I’m working on it.

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Into the Clouds

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 a whole bunch of small stuff.

The approaching squall line. (Note, I'm using the term "squall"rather loosely here.)

The approaching squall line. (Note, I’m using the term “squall”rather loosely here.)

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The End Arrives

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 2 days surprised me. We might have been 80% full and could have probably made it, but since this wasn’t a Carnival Cruise, I wasn’t going to risk exposing my passengers to an overflowing toilet. Thankfully, the job was not that bad thanks to the holding tank chemicals. No smell at all, and the toilet was well designed to make emptying it an easy thing. Thankfully the rain stopped.

The day started very overcast and raining. Here the boat is tied up while I empty the portable toilet.

The day started very overcast and raining. Here the boat is tied up while I empty the portable toilet.

 

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