I have to admit I m not super impressed with my Mac 19 construction. Maybe it s lack of experience on my part. I ve been digging around in it putting in newMessage 1 of 1 , Aug 1, 2003View SourceI have to admit I'm not super impressed with my Mac 19 construction. Maybe
it's lack of experience on my part. I've been digging around in it putting
in new wiring and trying to refasten the screws around the head bulkheads. I
don't know if it came like this from the factory but most of the screws that
hold the head to the rest of the boat were loose and the holes where the
thread is supposed to grip were extra large, which is why the screws just
hung there or fell out. I ended up drilling the thin panels and putting in
several large dry wall anchors. The head panels are now tight but I
consider the workmanship (Macgregor's, the previous owners and mine)
marginal. My excuses are not having much practice with handyman labor,
having only 2 left hands, and this being the first boat I've worked on.
I also found wood in the cabin deck laminate, bathroom floor laminate and
one strip under the cabin liner on the starboard side. Good shape but I
don't like wood laminate in boats as I've seen an Aquarius 23 where it
rotted and left a soft spot in the cabin top. I also found floatation blocks
under the rear berth liner as well as under the cockpit and in the bow.
Finally, I spotted a pinhole in the hull. You could see it only from a
certain angle - looking up from rear birth with the head jammed against the
starboard transom (was trying to track wire and spotted sunlight in the
upper exterior hull). A degree off to one side or the other and the pinhole
disappeared. Can't see if from the outside. Yuck. I think I will dab it
with 5200, if I can find it again when I have the tube open and can reach
it. This one is not worrisome as it is very high in the hull and not likely
to get under water. I'm surprised by this since the hull seems a bit
thicker than my old SouthCoast hull seemed. The sides on the SC used to
flex when I pushed on them, but it never had water in the bilge. On the
other hand, it didn't go through Chesapeake chop either. Anyway, I'm
playing at re-caulking (with 5200) all my railings and screw holes.
I just bought the PVC pipe for my ballast tank vent mod - a whole $5.xx at
Home Depot. I'm going to try 5200 instead of PVC glue so I saved $4 there.
I can't believe I didn't do this last year.
I have to wonder if the boat will see sea water this year.
MMM - Mac 19 - "Fred" - MACP02921293
"When I grow up I want to be a Mac 26M?"