On transferring computers, I found the original instructions to my old sail boat, the
Macgregor Venture 25′, late 1970’s vintage. Perhaps someone will find these useful in the future.
I had many enjoyable adventures in that old boat. Both sadly and happily, I sold it last year in preparation for my Antarctic expedition this past season. The boat handled decently even in rough seas. Rough meaning 5-6 swells. My brother and I took it on an overnight trip to the Coronado Islands off Tijuana, Mexico.
The previous owners had half-cocked every repair and upgrade on that boat. The Macgregor Venture 25 should have smooth cables for the forestay. Yet, they went cheap and used wound cable meant for winches. It’s heavier and wasn’t as strong for what they put on. For the backstay, they put on a cable half the thickness necessary and as a consequence, the cable half-frayed while Jason (brother) and I were out in the ocean.
That was exciting.
Over the years of owning it, I upgraded and put everything back in the boat that was supposed to be there. Like a sump pump. I was blown away the previous owners actually removed that. And the compass. Unbelievable! You just don’t take those things off a boat, especially a sail boat. It was an education in people being cheap.
And then there was the fun experience of trying to sell the boat to people on Craigslist.
My family and friends got to enjoy going out on the boat, too. The best times for sailing were non-summer days. The parking lot at Oceanside was nearly empty, so it wasn’t ever a problem.
During 2006, I found a PDF of the complete manual:
Below are the images for anyone looking for the original instructions for the MacGregor Venture 25 from the late 1970’s (1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979).