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by Berber Boy
Sun Aug 04, 2019 2:27 am
Forum: Australia Group
Topic: Steering Upgrade
Replies: 4
Views: 1561

Re: Steering Upgrade

Thanks Dennis, It is good to know that Mac owners can replace sails reasonably here in Oz. Thanks for sharing that. Since coming here to East Gippsland I joined the local sailing club. They have a group called "Ancient Mariners" and we race on Tuesday. I say race not in the strictest sense but rathe...
by Berber Boy
Sat Jul 13, 2019 4:33 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Upgrade already?
Replies: 37
Views: 3690

Re: Upgrade already?

A heeling MACM 26 in 20+ knot conditions is not just about design inadequacies. You do not say whether you purchased a new :macm but presume that it was not as they are no longer manufactured. The Dacron sails that the Boat comes with very quickly stretch especially if used under higher wind conditi...
by Berber Boy
Sun Jul 07, 2019 2:19 am
Forum: Australia Group
Topic: Steering Upgrade
Replies: 4
Views: 1561

Re: Steering Upgrade

Upgraded :macm: post upgraded Steering. Had almost no wind today so took Windsong out to test the new steeering upgrade for three hours under motor. Tested with and without Ballast at varying speeds up t 17.5 knots. The improvement was way above all expectations under all conditions. Can't wait unti...
by Berber Boy
Thu Jul 04, 2019 3:50 am
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Time to replace standing rigging?
Replies: 10
Views: 2155

Re: Time to replace standing rigging?

On my 2009 :macm: I have just replaced my stand up rigging with some modifications to the chain plate adjusters. My reason being that in the sailing community where I live Marine Insurers have been refusing to reimburse for broken masts and rigging if they are older than ten years and have not had s...
by Berber Boy
Wed Jul 03, 2019 6:38 am
Forum: Performance & Tuning
Topic: Suzuki 100BTL
Replies: 12
Views: 1783

Re: Suzuki 100BTL

BOAT was asking for experience with larger motors. My 60hp ETEC on my :macm: was stolen so I had to replace. I did so with a 75HP ETEC and have found it much more effective but not in Speed. 18.5 kn in wavelet water or glassy is maximum with a full ballast. The benefit for me is the torque available...
by Berber Boy
Wed Jul 03, 2019 2:57 am
Forum: Australia Group
Topic: Steering Upgrade
Replies: 4
Views: 1561

Steering Upgrade

Last week i bit the bullet :) and ordered the upgraded steering and cable kit from BWY. Surprisingly it arrived in 4 days so today I have removed the old one and installed the upgrade. Although I have not put :macm: WindSong in the water yet, the slop in the former Rack and pinion is gone entirely. ...
by Berber Boy
Sun Jun 09, 2019 4:56 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: New Outboard Recommendations
Replies: 15
Views: 1843

Re: New Outboard Recommendations

I replaced my stolen ETEC 60 with a 75HP ETEc on my :macm: . It has, solved for me the controlling of the stern while slowly approaching mooring in adverse winds. Because of the added power I can stop much more quickly therefore allowing me to approach quickly with more control) and then come to a h...
by Berber Boy
Thu May 19, 2016 1:40 am
Forum: Australia Group
Topic: Stolen Engine
Replies: 18
Views: 5770

Re: Stolen Engine

Just returned from a quick trip down to Paynesville to install some motor protection. Really pleased with the new ETEC 75. Gives a lot more control to the boat at slower speeds and cruises faster at lower RPMs. Have installed an alarm that has a 12mm HT wire that have passed from Cabin through the e...
by Berber Boy
Wed May 04, 2016 1:20 am
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: UPGRADED to ETEC 75HP
Replies: 2
Views: 906

UPGRADED to ETEC 75HP

Further to my stolen ETEC 60. Insurance coughed up about 50% for the 2009 Engine and I bit the bullet and purchased a 75HP. Would have liked to have gone to a 90HP which is same size but the Admiral said the budget could not stretch that far :cry: Have just tried it out for a few days at Paynesville...
by Berber Boy
Wed May 04, 2016 12:53 am
Forum: Australia Group
Topic: Australian Marine Insurance Query
Replies: 5
Views: 2541

Re: Australian Marine Insurance Query

Try a mob called Professional Insurance Brokers, they are in Monbulk in Melbourne but the insure boats from all over the country, my X is valued at $30k and that allows me 20% additional so up to $36k. I have claimed before when our Sunmaid got hit by storm debris and did $4.5k damage, it was the e...
by Berber Boy
Sat Apr 23, 2016 7:15 pm
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Best Prop for ETEC 75
Replies: 1
Views: 624

Best Prop for ETEC 75

Hi, Has anyone had experience with an ETEC 75 on a :macm: as to what Prop works best. By Best I do not mean top speed but plenty of grunt at the lowend and decent reverse thrust for mooring under breezy conditions?
by Berber Boy
Thu Apr 21, 2016 10:49 pm
Forum: Australia Group
Topic: Your Moderator is coming to Australia in June/July...
Replies: 16
Views: 4794

Re: Your Moderator is coming to Australia in June/July...

Sorry I am going to miss you. We live just outside of Sydney but we will be in Europe and the Baltic at that time. Not sure how many Macs we have around Sydney. Most are in QLD and down South I think. You should be here for our election.

Enjoy our great country.

Dave
by Berber Boy
Thu Apr 21, 2016 10:41 pm
Forum: Australia Group
Topic: Australian Marine Insurance Query
Replies: 5
Views: 2541

Australian Marine Insurance Query

Having just had to deal with marine insurance matters I have been reminded again that these days it is up to the "insured" to ensure (forgive the pun :D ) that they select a fair market value for their boat and have the premium adjusted accordingly. If you look at Macs for sale online in Australia t...
by Berber Boy
Wed Apr 20, 2016 11:09 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Mainsail won't fully raise - why?
Replies: 24
Views: 3265

Re: Mainsail won't fully raise - why?

The most common reason is that the mainsheet is on too tight and holds the boom down but I am sure you would have noticed that. A tight boom vang can also do that if you have one. Short of that have you checked the channel at the top end of the mast?? If not then I would think that the sail is not c...
by Berber Boy
Wed Apr 20, 2016 11:00 pm
Forum: Australia Group
Topic: Stolen Engine
Replies: 18
Views: 5770

Re: Stolen Engine

Gee some people have a nerve, stealing a 60Hp, I mean its not just a small kicker you can wack in your boot, I would think well in excess of 100Kg so they must of had lifting gear or maybe thats why the cover got broken, because they couldnt lift it. We have had a couple of break ins at the local b...