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by 4jh1zz
Tue Jun 01, 2010 6:48 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Neutral bypass
Replies: 1
Views: 192

Neutral bypass

I can't find a way to throttle-up my engine without engaging the gear. I have searched the site and only found one instance of my problem and his solution does not work in my case. Or, at least it does not appear to. When I try to pull out on the shift/throttle lever it will not budge. Have I got so...
by 4jh1zz
Tue May 11, 2010 8:47 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Restoring or Recharging Dead Batteries
Replies: 55
Views: 4402

Re: Restoring or Recharging Dead Batteries

IMHO, cool and dry is better than warm and humid for battery storage. I could be wrong. So many great battery experts with good advice. Okay.. so is the boat in Florida? If so you don't have cold freezing temps to kill the batteries. Just normal sitting around without being charged discharge right? ...
by 4jh1zz
Mon May 10, 2010 7:04 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Honda shift cable failure
Replies: 24
Views: 4079

Re: Honda shift cable failure

Opie Thanks for the post. I am new to sailing and learning a lot from this forum. FYI, I did the same thing about seeing how the boat handled with the motor in the fixed position and steering with just the rudders ( while out in open water). It handled so well that got the bright idea that could jus...
by 4jh1zz
Fri May 07, 2010 4:16 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Honda shift cable failure
Replies: 24
Views: 4079

Re: Honda shift cable failure

I had the same problem, in the same place with my :macm: They were broke when I bought it. When I replaced the cables the "counting threads" method did not work for me. On my Yamaha there is an index mark that tells you when you are in neutral. I put the motor in neutral and shifter in the neutral p...
by 4jh1zz
Tue Apr 06, 2010 8:10 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Engine woes
Replies: 21
Views: 1727

Re: Engine woes

Join the club. I was about ready to call a mechanic because the motor just would not fire. Then I figured out what the little "V" shaped plastic thingy, tethered to the key, was for. :|
by 4jh1zz
Sun Apr 04, 2010 2:17 pm
Forum: Trailers & Towing
Topic: Surge brakes and going downhill
Replies: 35
Views: 5312

Re: Surge brakes and going downhill

This is the way to go down a long grade: When you start down, put the transmission in "Georgia Overdrive" ( that's out of gear for you non-truckers) If you get to going too fast just ease over and let the boat drag against the mountain....that will slow you down quick...if that don't work, pull into...
by 4jh1zz
Sun Apr 04, 2010 8:24 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Engine woes
Replies: 21
Views: 1727

Re: Engine woes

If you have to put a new shift cable on; the way to adjust it ( on my boat anyway) is to run the adjuster at the shift leaver end all the way in (put the leaver in the neutral position) and when you attach the other end to the shift post at the motor make sure the post in in the neutral position (sh...
by 4jh1zz
Sun Apr 04, 2010 7:40 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Engine woes
Replies: 21
Views: 1727

Re: Engine woes

Could be your shift cable. Take the cover off , with motor down, crank it up and put it into gear while you (or a helper) watches what the end of the cable does. If the outer sheathing of the cable moves, you need a new cable. Happened to me on my Yamaha. Putting on a new cable is a piece of cake (w...
by 4jh1zz
Sat Apr 03, 2010 8:40 am
Forum: Performance & Tuning
Topic: Steering disconnect
Replies: 34
Views: 7709

Re: Steering disconnect

In the photo that "Duane" put in his reply it looks like there is a "C" bracket that attaches to the bolt coming thru the deck that has a little ball on top. The BWY link would snap on this I think. On mine, the bolt/pin that you attach the "L" bracket to ( when you are steering with both motor and ...
by 4jh1zz
Thu Apr 01, 2010 11:19 am
Forum: Performance & Tuning
Topic: Steering disconnect
Replies: 34
Views: 7709

Re: Steering disconnect

Thanks everyone. I took "Southern Smoke " out for my first test drive yesterday. I tried the rubber washer between the "L" brackets and it worked fine. It will certainly do until I get the BWY link. Also, I tried to put her in the slip with just rudder steering. I played with it in open water and th...
by 4jh1zz
Tue Mar 30, 2010 7:45 am
Forum: Performance & Tuning
Topic: Steering disconnect
Replies: 34
Views: 7709

Re: Steering disconnect

Thanks David. I will take your advice. It's just that I am taking my new toy to the lake for the first time tomorrow and want something to make do until I can get some experience sailing. I am very new at this. I have already suffered one setback. As I was preparing for my maiden voyage a couple of ...
by 4jh1zz
Mon Mar 29, 2010 6:18 pm
Forum: Performance & Tuning
Topic: Steering disconnect
Replies: 34
Views: 7709

Re: Steering disconnect

My motor sets at 3-5% angle in the fixed position also
by 4jh1zz
Mon Mar 29, 2010 6:15 pm
Forum: Performance & Tuning
Topic: Steering disconnect
Replies: 34
Views: 7709

Re: Steering disconnect

I just took the "L" link off and straightened it. When I leave the nut & bolt, that holds the two linkage arms together, very loose (I mean sloppy, rattling loose) the motor will tilt up and down without putting anything in a bind. Maybe if I made a thick rubber washer to put behind the nut at this ...
by 4jh1zz
Mon Mar 29, 2010 5:26 pm
Forum: Performance & Tuning
Topic: Steering disconnect
Replies: 34
Views: 7709

Re: Steering disconnect

My problem seams to be when the motor moves both arms too much when it is tilted. In the down position the linkage is an inch and a half above the bolt in the deck. In the up position it goes on the bolt OK. There is some play in the linkage arms to move up and down but not enough. Maybe I am missin...
by 4jh1zz
Mon Mar 29, 2010 3:08 pm
Forum: Performance & Tuning
Topic: Steering disconnect
Replies: 34
Views: 7709

Re: Steering disconnect

Thanks Jim. I am just west of Atlanta and will be doing my sailing at Allatoona lake. When you get back to the states maybe you could drop by. I checked the BWY system. $129 + S&H . I would like to make what I have work, if possible, for a month or two. I am putting it a slip this week and would rat...