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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3 months ago

Here's a few photo's of our MacWester 26 and what she looked like we first got on board.
As you can see she's not looking her best but she did excel in the tide mark challenge!
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Heres a few photos of our MacWester 26 and what she looked like we first got on board.
As you can see shes not looking her best but she did excel in the tide mark challenge!Image attachmentImage attachment+5Image attachment

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It does need a lot of work but it will be worth it 👌

That certainly is a big project Chris! Well done for taking it on.

Must have been cheap, and I want to see the after pics 😀

Good luck and don’t give up!

A good jet wash inside and out will make a huge difference. Good luck with her.

Huge amount of work there but if you are young fit and willing to graft it will reward you.

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3 months ago

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Oh my!

3 months ago

Got my first ever boat 2 years ago: a 12 year abandoned Manchester 26. Today I sailed out past the mull of galloway for the first time. A goal of didn't think possible!

Sailed about half a mile past and came back (just for a test)

Got 7 knots over ground at one point! She was flying.

Tide was a bit foul which made for a slower but easy enough return.

This is my first major stepping stone to making "proper" passages. I'm well chuffed!

Oh well, back to the weekly "fix this and paint that"
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Got my first ever boat 2 years ago: a 12 year abandoned Manchester 26. Today I sailed out past the mull of galloway for the first time. A goal of didnt think possible! 

Sailed about half a mile past and came back (just for a test) 

Got 7 knots over ground at one point! She was flying. 

Tide was a bit foul which made for a slower but easy enough return. 

This is my first major stepping stone to making proper passages. Im well chuffed!

Oh well, back to the weekly fix this and paint thatImage attachment

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Very impressive!

a great achievement

Well done. Look forward to more sailing pics. 👍

Life doesn't get much better than that, congratulations and well done. Keep us posted on your progress and post more pictures pls 🙏

Fantastic. I can just imagine how you must feel. Well done!

Well done !! wishing you many years of enjoyable cruising

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4 months ago

I am the daughter of Michael Pickles and I have some Macwester flags and ties. Please can someone in the Cornwall area get in touch with me so I can pass them on? ... See MoreSee Less

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Hi Susie. Geoff Wright here, from Cargreen YC. My Macwester is still at Cargreen and gets re-launched shortly. I'd be happy to help you if no one else is available? Not sure how many of us there are now in Cornwall. We live in Altarnun (you may remember?). I do check on Mike's wellbeing (by phone) from time to time, and hope he is as well as can be expected. Please send me a msg if I can help out. Thanks Geoff(aka Jeff Smith )

Hi Geoff/Jeff and Susie. Firstly, thanks Geoff/Jeff for picking this up. One of the problems we had with Mike was that at some point he was made an 'Honorary Member' who no longer paid Subs so from that point onwards we had no contact with him. We don't have Area Reps anymore as Facebook, the Website and other electronic wizardry have taken over. I think we would be quite interested in any stuff he's got as probably goes back a long way. If either or both of you want to collect it and parcel it up to me I'll quite happily refund the postage (as I'm the Treasurer of Macwesters). Let me know on here if you want to do this and I'll forward my address.

Thanks Susie; the intricacies of Facebook are beyond me!

Hi Susie Williams, delayed thanks for the goods arrived a week ago last Monday. Not sure what happened to the bit in between. I gather from my friendly post office bloke that postage was £4.25, not sure about packaging. If you would like reimbursement please send sort code and account number by messenger or by WhatsApp on 07707 456450.

3 months ago

Hi folks!
Thanks for the invite into the group.
I am the new owner of a MacWester 26 called Vincente and she's a real mess, lol.
She's been on the hard unused and unloved for at least 12 years and it shows...
She was full of water up to and over the seats inside so everything is pretty much toast and has to go but I'll keep what I can. In fact, one of the few things that did survive and the only piece of paper that did, was the original registration book with document inside, showing the name has never changed and that she was built in '66, (making her 5 months older than me)
The hull though seems to be ok with no obvious blisters or cracks which is good (I hope, fingers crossed and touch wood)
I'll post some pics of her soon of me and my partner slowly bringing her back to life again.
Wish us luck as we're going to need it lol.
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Look forward to the pics and seeing your progress. Sounds like a big project!

Good luck! Sounds like a big job but one thing at a time and you'll soon make progress.

Hi Chris, lots of info from the Macwester club, cheap to join plus you'll find Mac owners are really happy to share knowledge

Good luck ! There is hopefully a bright shiny boat and many happy holidays to look forward to. We found one under the slime and grime - just the rigging, some electrics and an Autoterm heater to do - and probably a cover for the cockpit.

Our Macwester 26 is also 1966 Cocabana no26 made on the little tag on the stern end. A good year by all accounts.😆

First advise is that for structural integrity, you have to be certain that in particular, the main bulkhead under the mast step, and the other plywood pieces bonded to the hull moulding are still solid, as that is what keeps the mast standing when you are sailing. If you have any doubts, don’t hesitate to get help from qualified folks. Look forward to following the story. Good luck 😉

This was my 67' mac 26 that was abandoned for somewhere around 12 years, so full of water up to the benches! She's came and way. I'll post a few photos I had never owned a boat, owned a couple odd ends of spanners and had never taken on anything like this kind of task. Worked away over winter pouring lot of hours and a fair bit of cash on her but I absolutely can't imagine not having it now. Gained loads of skills as well as hundreds of hours of at sea experience with her. I modified it to have cockpit control lines for solo sailing. I'd never sailed before, had the help of some neighbours to take me out and spent loads of time myself just learning and practicing as well as hundreds of hours of DIY on it. They're great solid hulls and safe boats, they deserve to be brought back from the grave! Feel free to get in touch if I can help any. I'm no expert but I've been where you are just two years ago

There's hope yet! The car stereo left behind on the boat works!.... bonus!

Brilliant photos I am doing a 1969 macwester sailing yacht 26 foot bilge keel

Going to put a beta inboard in it shortly

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