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by DaveC426913
Sun May 24, 2020 9:26 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Capsized My 26X
Replies: 119
Views: 30890

Re: Capsized My 26X

I remember reading this thread. Short summary: Captain installed opening ports in the side of the hull (as many others have). They were left open by accident and when the boat healed, they filled the cabin in seconds. The lesson of the story: If you install OPENING portholes in the side of your Mac...
by DaveC426913
Fri May 22, 2020 9:46 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Fuel tanks again (I hate mine)
Replies: 11
Views: 474

Re: Fuel tanks again (I hate mine)

Jim B Mack wrote:
Wed May 20, 2020 8:21 pm

Hi Dave
What kind of tanks do you have what are the capacity?
Got a picture?
How about the dimensions?

Cheers...........Jim
Pretty sure they're standard issue 25L (6.6Gal).

Only mine have a gas gauge.

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by DaveC426913
Fri May 22, 2020 9:43 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Honda BF50 "kicking" in reverse
Replies: 1
Views: 59

Honda BF50 "kicking" in reverse

Just took my SeaSaw in to the mechanic to get the gearshift/throttle tuned professionally and the gearbox checked. When I shift into reverse, I have two options: 1. Shift gently, causing it to grind the gears 2. Shift not gently, causing it to rev and "buck". (The motor "jumps" with a *thunk* every ...
by DaveC426913
Tue May 19, 2020 9:26 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Fuel tanks again (I hate mine)
Replies: 11
Views: 474

Re: Fuel tanks again (I hate mine)

My only pet peeve with the arrangement is how much gunk gathers in the bay. They get quite filthy, and are very difficult to keep clean. My plan is to make some slip-in panels that cover the bay (with plenty of air gaps.) Then they'll match my wood panelled main hatch. Eventually I'll replace the pe...
by DaveC426913
Sun May 17, 2020 4:39 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Fiction: Lost in the Pacific
Replies: 32
Views: 1009

Re: Fiction: Lost in the Pacific

What about water and food? A small vessel just can’t store enough of either for months. No. Both will be a challenge, even for the resourceful castaway. A sail lashed over the foredeck to catch rain and funnel it into the fresh water tank. There's a trick you can do to collect condensation on the u...
by DaveC426913
Sat May 16, 2020 10:15 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Fiction: Lost in the Pacific
Replies: 32
Views: 1009

Re: Fiction: Lost in the Pacific

Sh_t this is amazing how in the hull did u guy,s know I was makin this trip Oh I know now u r watchin my AIS :o , N/P I,ll b fine bilge,s full of food , beer ,wine & Scotch , Boat how did u Know ! :wink: but seeing as my boat has 4 forestay,s , 2 sets of spreaders , masthead rig with 3 sets of shro...
by DaveC426913
Fri May 15, 2020 5:49 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Fiction: Lost in the Pacific
Replies: 32
Views: 1009

Re: Fiction: Lost in the Pacific

And for the original poster that wants to write a story let this be a lesson to you - the very people that are going to be most likely to read your story are going to tear it to pieces on the details. This is normal and it's the reason why you must do your research. Yep. And the reason why they say...
by DaveC426913
Wed May 13, 2020 3:51 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Fiction: Lost in the Pacific
Replies: 32
Views: 1009

Re: Fiction: Lost in the Pacific

If you can stay alive you will be spotted by another ship. Here are all the AIS targets around the Pitcairns as I write this - odds are good you will be spotted within 2 weeks: I think your odds of survival are pretty good. Two weeks at sea is not much of a story. I am imagining months. (jerry-rigg...
by DaveC426913
Tue May 12, 2020 12:07 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Fiction: Lost in the Pacific
Replies: 32
Views: 1009

Re: Fiction: Lost in the Pacific

But that was the 40s. A lot has changed. If the presumption is that all of the modern equipment is gone, you are now back well past the forties. Skipper's eyes still work. I'm asking if a vessel can be lost enough that it's plausible it won't encounter another vessel or civilization over a several ...
by DaveC426913
Tue May 12, 2020 9:51 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Fiction: Lost in the Pacific
Replies: 32
Views: 1009

Re: Fiction: Lost in the Pacific

You mention "3. Is it plausible in modern times". I think that it would be more plausible even 50, or more years ago, pre GPS, satellites, etc. Good luck. Right. But if navigational elements are lost in a storm... I'm thinking a near foundering would pretty much take out most equipment. The EPERB i...
by DaveC426913
Mon May 11, 2020 7:02 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Fiction: Lost in the Pacific
Replies: 32
Views: 1009

Re: Fiction: Lost in the Pacific

NiceAft wrote:
Mon May 11, 2020 6:28 pm
If you have not already done so, look up Thor Heyerdahl’s Kon Tiki.
Well I saw the movie in the 70s. But that was the 40s. A lot has changed.
by DaveC426913
Mon May 11, 2020 2:59 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Fiction: Lost in the Pacific
Replies: 32
Views: 1009

Fiction: Lost in the Pacific

I'm toying with a concept for a short story. Just toying, mind. I'm doing a little research on the South Pacific - from Peru to points West - trying to figure out if it is even *possible* to get lost. I'm looking for just a bit of feedback from other sailors who may have experience in the area. If t...
by DaveC426913
Sun May 03, 2020 3:12 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Would this fit on a 97X?
Replies: 1
Views: 256

Re: Would this fit on a 97X?

Can't say. But Wiki has the rig dimensions (see right column, lower) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MacGregor_26 And here is a diagram for interpreting them: https://www.sailrite.com/Macgregor-26-X-Sail-Data Unfortunately, they disagree. Wiki thinks the fore-triangle height is 23.00ft, whereas sailri...
by DaveC426913
Wed Apr 29, 2020 4:45 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Water in the boat....
Replies: 42
Views: 908

Re: Water in the boat....

Water in the boat?

There's yer problem...

Your boat is inside out.

:D
by DaveC426913
Mon Apr 27, 2020 9:19 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: List of Questions: Ballast, Sails, etc.
Replies: 14
Views: 682

Re: List of Questions: Ballast, Sails, etc.

15. What is the best thing about it? Value and size. For us, it is the largest trailerable sailboat ever built. Stand up headroom in the cabin. Big motor that gets me back in when the weather turns bad. This forum. Tons and tons of information and great people to ask questions. Comfortable and flex...