Many years ago the Macwester Owners Association set up a Facebook Group so that Facebook users could exchange comments on their beloved Macs. This page takes a ‘feed’ from that source and shows the ‘posts’ and comments from that site. The posts are organised in latest-first order,  go to the end of the page and click ‘Load More’ button to see the next in the list.
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For those readers who do not want to join Facebook remember you can open discussions and post questions on this website by going to our own Forum Page or Members Posts  pages.
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1 day ago

Hello, I'm new to sailing and assisting a friend with his new MacWester 28. However, it lacks a mainsheet or rail. Any advice on where it should be placed and where I can find these parts? Thanks. ... See MoreSee Less

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Hi Perry, you have no profile picture on your Facebook account. There are filters on this group account that will automatically decline posts from accounts with no picture to deter spam. You may want to add a picture to stop your posts being automatically blocked. Otherwise you will need to wait for an admin to login and see your rejected posts and release them. Doesn’t have to be your picture. Could be one of your boat. 😊

3 hours ago

Hi everyone.

Anyone know what is the material inside the bilge keels of a 1974 Macwester Wight. We had some damage to the port keel and there appears to be damp inside.
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2 days ago

Hi all. I’ve a 1967 Mac 26 and am looking to fit a in hull nasa depth sounder and transducer (I don’t like holes in boats! So don’t want a through hull system) but I’ve read in the specs that this type of transducer is not recommended for grp of more the 19mm. Ive was planning of positioning the transducer amidships- roughly between the keels - however I have previously measured the hull thickness and it’s 20mm. I know it’s only 1mm over recommended but I just wanted to seek others’ experience on this. Has anyone got this system in place? Does it work ok? Or this there any other ideas. Kind regards. ... See MoreSee Less

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I don’t have a NASA system but I do have a Vexilar fish finder and depth gauge transducer bonded to the hull in my Seaforth which would be more than 19mm. It works on a iPhone/iPad app. It also links into the Navionics charts and updates depth contours. It reads depth as good as the through the hull forward facing sonar.

I wasn’t aware of that thickness limit advice when I installed mine 10 years ago and it’s been fine. Perhaps the hull where I fixed it, towards the front of the hull between the keels, wasn’t that thick but it could be.

Is the boat out of the water? If it is you can set it up inside the hull and see what the depth say then measure from the outside

‘Cygnet’ is a 1980 Macwester Mk3 she certainly has a thick hull. The NASA transducer in a tube set slightly to the Port side just forward of the engine. No problem at all.

Mine's fitted between the forward ends of the keels on a Mac Wight. I works very well.

My ‘69 Mac 26 is 16 mm thick between the keels. I found out whilst repairing a screwhole. The previous over used a wood screw to hold the bilge pump in place. In fairness to him, he did tell me I’d need to sort it. Having forgotten, I was reminded when it gouged my hand whilst rubbing down prior to anti fouling.

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5 days ago

Hi, Has anyone tried to trailer sail a Rowan 22, I think it should be possible?
Also what is the ballast like on the Rowan 22, is it lead, is it encapsulated in the keel, or bolt on?
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Hi, Has anyone tried to trailer sail a Rowan 22, I think it should be possible? 
Also what is the ballast like on the Rowan 22, is it lead, is it encapsulated in the keel, or bolt on?

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My Rowan 22 is on a road legal trailer, I launch and recover it from a slipway, so I guess trailer sailing is feasable. However I only launch/recover once a year, I only tow it about a 1/4 mile and I only do it when wind and tide are compatible. I wouldn't like to try it at a slipway I'm not familiar with.

The ballast is encapsulated in the keel.

The encapsulated keel is cast iron I believe.

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Rowan's are heavy wee boats .

I read on the internet that the Rowans sail area is 25m2 or 270 square feet, seems quite a lot for such a small boat (normal seems to be about 230 feet), is this correct?

The other thing I'd like to ask about the Rowan is that it seems not possible to use the seating around the table because the bulkheads get in the way making it uncomfortable (unless you happen to be a small child). If this really is the case, what do people do about this, just not sit there, give it up to the dog?

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3 days ago

Looking for a boat trailer for my macwester 26 foot bilge keel eny body can help me on this macwester boat owners site please thanks Wayne Clist wayne ... See MoreSee Less

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Money available for the trailer for the macwester 26 bilge keel

3 days ago

Need some advise, as a climber and caver, I'm used to working of ropes and steel's. But I need to climb my mast and have no idea where to start !!! Where do I anchor? Will the mast hild my weight ? Etc ... See MoreSee Less

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There are various pieces of equipment you can use for mast ascending. You could start with an article in yachting monthly below. I personally use a Top Climber rig with a safety line to a second halyard.

The mast will hold your weight! Provided you trust your ropes (not aged etc). There are a range o& techniques. Most people use a ‘bosuns chair or a foot loop. You can ask a trusted friend to ‘belay’ from the deck, possibly using a winch to hoist you as they belay. You can climb using an ascender, or a Prussia loop (or two). Just be aware that although rocks and climbing walls are ‘fixed’, masts ‘sway’ with the movement of the hull. This can be disconcerting to people used to rock!

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