Winds of Change

Winds of Change

Today is 8 March 2013. Last Tuesday I took the day off to meet a man from Leadville, Colorado. He had been looking at our boat on Craigslist and decided he wanted her. He came down Tuesday and spent about five hours with me while I showed him everything on the boat, then he paid me, we signed the Bill of Sale and then I taught him how to take down the (and reverse the process) rigging.  So Winds of Change has moved to a new owner who is learning to sail – and to him I wish “Fair Winds!”

A couple of weeks prior to that we sold my Jeep Cherokee. So things are moving along!


Our boat was purchased in October 2008 before we learned to sail. We spent the winter working on things that needed doing, including wood work, some fiberglass work and a few other things. (And now sold in March 2013)

The boat needs to be sold so we can move on to the next phase (our last year of the five year plan to get out of here and spend a few years cruising). Therefore she is up for sale. Here are the particulars if you would be interested. There are currently (22 September 2012) up at Craigslist and sailboat listings. However, this link will be provided so that folks can read about the boat.

Macgregor Venture 25

Year: 1979

Length: 24′ 11″

Beam: 7′ 11″

Draft: 5′ 8″ with keel down, 18″ keel up (Swing keel)

Keel weight: 625 lb

Weight: 2300 lb

Engine: Evinrude 9.9 HP

Sail area: Approx 230 sq feet

2 anchors (Danforth, Hall)

100′ nylon rode per anchor, plus 30′ chain on each rode

Two burner propane stove (2010)

Porta-potty (2009)

IdaSailor kick-up rudder and tiller (2009)

Depth finder

The interior wood has all been replaced. Blue bottom paint, red boot stripe. Standing rigging in excellent shape. Halyards and Jib sheets replaced in 2011 along with main sheet blocks. Bow mounted anchor bracket (for Danforth). Sails are older but work fine; Mainsail and working jib. Sail bag. Whisker pole. Boat hook. There is a gin pole and block and tackle to step the mast and I will teach new owner how to step mast and set up rigging. (It’s very easy to do.)

Interior white/red lights, new bow-mounted navigation lighting. AM/FM Stereo. Depth finder. Sleeps five in drop down table berth, Vee-berth and pilot berth. Two fire extinguishers, new life jackets, two 6 gal fuel tanks, life rings (2). Trailer tie down straps and other hardware. Cockpit cushions. Heel indicator (angle of heel). Wind direction indicator on mast. Interior flotation material in place in boat. Dock lines and fenders.

Galley has sink, ice box, hand pump water faucet, and 2 gallon fresh water tank and gray water tank below sink. (We normally carry a 5 gallon tank for refilling on weekend trips) Two burner propane stove, mounted in galley. I have the manual for the Macgregor 25.

She is on the trailer ready to go sailing!

Vessel registered in Colorado.

There is an 8′ Walker Bay Dinghy, complete with oars, sailing rig, rudder and a small, home built carriage to move the boat around – it is NOT included with the boat price and I’m asking $800.00 FIRM for it so if you want it with the boat we can discuss it when you look over the boat.

Edit: (22 Sep 2012) While cleaning and checking the boat over yesterday, I found that the battery needs to be replaced. I will purchase a new battery for the boat before you take possession. Cash, local (Colorado Springs) checks ONLY. If you write a check you will need a D/L so I can process the check through my bank before you take possession of the vessel. If you prefer we can go to my bank for processing. Thank you.

Contact: Rick’s cell @ (redacted) (3PM-7PM M-F, Anytime after 8AM Weekends until 8 PM) leave message if I don’t answer and I will return your call.


Below you will find images of the boat. Feel free to contact me at my cell or write to me at rickdonaldson (At) earthlink (dot) net, or to the contact addressed provided on this site.

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