1989 65′ Macgregor Pilothouse Sailboat
1989 65' Macgregor Pilothouse Sailboat
Hi- have a1989 65' Macgregor Pilothouse sailboat up for sale!Macgregor made 2 versions of the 65- the first was a very light racing sled of which about 25 were made. Being lightly built for racing these early boats had a reputation for being flimsy and structurally marginal- their positives being that they were cheap and extremely fast- up to 26 knots. Here are the details: https://sailboatdata.com/sailboat/macgregor-65 Starting around hull #26 Macgregor redesigned the deck to include a pilothouse and greatly increased the strength of the boats adding about 7,000lbs of fiberglass and 3,000 lbs of ballast in a shoal finned keel. That is the boat we are selling here. You will undoubtedly run into folks who out of ignorance or rumor confuse the two boats so it’s important to understand the differences. Here’s the data on the pilothouse: https://sailboatdata.com/sailboat/macgregor-65-pilot-house The last dozen or so boats built were changed by moving the engine from the pilothouse to the aft lazarett/cabin and installing a V-drive. The old engine space was converted to a freezer. Molded in steps were added to the transom. This is the version shown in the second sailboat data page above. My boat, being a mid production model, differs only in the location of the engine and lack of transom steps. All of the pilothouse models are extremely well built to offshore standards. The hull is up to 3” thick under the keel and is a minimum of 3/8” found on the aftermost topsides. Heavy stringers and solid fiberglass bulkheads ensure offshore strength. There is no coring in the hull or the deck except for some marine plywood under the winches and mooring cleats. Having a solid glass hull and deck eliminates any concern about core rot or delamination issues. Many of the boats come with ABS certificates stating A1+ standards are met. All boats were built the same way to the same standards. The certificate was an additional expense as it required inspections to document the layup standards during construction. Macgregors were all built with high quality hand mixed/catalyzed resins and as such do not have a history of blistering. In fact blisters are extremely rare. This is the second Macgregor I have owned, the first being the original non-pilothouse version. Neither has had a history of blister issues. I own several autobody businesses, one of which specializes in restorations. I have always advised customers to looking for a restoration candidate to find the most worn out but structurally solid car they could. After all, what is the point of paying more to get a worn but usable interior or mechanicals if everything is going to be replaced anyway? Is a worn but usable interior really worth an extra $$$$ if all you’re going to do is throw it all out? No. That same thinking applied to my original purchase of this boat. Why pay for old sails, outdated electronics, worn interior cushions, past due standing/running rigging, etc. if it was all going to be replaced in anticipation of a world cruise or long term ownership? I sought out the cheapest Mac 65 I could find with a solid hull, deck, mast, keel, rudder, and engine. That was all I cared about. With this thinking a $70k boat with $50-60k of refurbishment ends up being a much better investment value than the equivalent $125K boat off Yachtworld, etc. This same logic is the major selling point of this boat. Yes, the realistic buyer will still spend $100K in the end but gets a boat with fresh paint, new standing and running rigging, state of the art electronics, new sails and a freshened interior, not some mid life worn out beater. Or you could be a buyer looking for a project that can be bought low and improved as funds become available. This is your chance! The boat has been dived on and the hull, keel, and rudder are all sound. The engine, a 140 hp Yanmar, and related bits operate as they should. The engine has about 2,800 hours as best I can recall. It starts easily and runs well without smoke but does need fresh batteries and the wiring cleaned up. It also has a folding Max-Prop and modern dripless shaft seal. There are no sails- they were trash and we threw them out. I have quotes for the main, inner jib, and genoa in Dacron from several local lofts totaling about $14k. Used sails are also available for a fraction of that cost, typically less than $1,000 each. The rig is essentially the same as a J-44.... the main measures out to within inches. I've found a dozen or so excellent used J-44 mains in modern materials and many more jibs, all in excellent condition for less than $1k each. There’s a good selection ofblocks- all that are required to sail the boat- onboard. The boat has 4 Lewmar #52 winches. Also on board are 3 Lemar #40 winches, all in good shape. All winches are self tailing. The inner staysail and genoa sails are mounted to Harken #3 furlers, both in good shape. I got a quote here to replace all the standing rigging for about $5k. The hydraulics for the boom vang and backstay are all there. The galley has a CNG stove/oven with two tanks in the aft stateroom. CNG is of course safer than propane as it is lighter than air and self vents out of the boat. Water pumps, etc are functional. Refrigeration needs to be replaced or use as an ice box. Both heads are functional. Many folks are fooled by the length of the boat and expect sails, etc. to be as expensive as a more conventional 65’ boat. In fact the rig is more proportional to the average 45’ boat. Vertical clearance for the ICW is 67’ Obviously sold as is where is, as a project. Given I live in Seattle and the boat is in North Carolina I have listed the boat a broker- you can contact either Ileana Turner @ (910) 713-4554 or Donald Jones @ 305-934-2164. See listings on POPYachts.com or Yachtworld.com. Feel free to contact me @ 425-941-7807 My only reason for selling is that I’ve been offered an outstanding deal on a friends boat here on the West coast- saves me the hassle of shipping this one out and gets me a ready to go refurbished boat. They are amazing boats to sail- incredibly stable with little pitching, easily single handed and extremely fast, often passing everything in sight with little effort.The boat is Coast Guard Documented in my name, free and clear of all liens or encumbrances.
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1989 65' Macgregor Pilothouse Sailboat