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by bartmac
Wed Oct 28, 2015 3:16 pm
Forum: Trailers & Towing
Topic: Steel Trailer Restoration
Replies: 4
Views: 1741

Re: Steel Trailer Restoration

Had my steel trailer sandblasted....allowed it to bloom and then went thru the whole POR15 system and yes successfully....now 4.5 years on it seems to be lasting. Expensive and time consuming given I decided not to spray but apply by brush all the layers and multiple coats....when finished I actuall...
by bartmac
Mon Feb 09, 2015 5:58 pm
Forum: Australia Group
Topic: C-Head compost toilet-Where do you get the plastic bottles?
Replies: 3
Views: 1254

Re: C-Head compost toilet-Where do you get the plastic bottl

I wonder whether the 4 litre commercial juice bottles would be the right size???? Cant sleep in a boat or motorhome with the SMELL of your own P&P even with chemicals....just the chemical smell now gets me so we installed an AIRHEAD...works great and is portable from our motorhome to our Mac Just ha...
by bartmac
Mon Feb 09, 2015 4:47 pm
Forum: Australia Group
Topic: Beaching the Boat
Replies: 18
Views: 4350

Re: Beaching the Boat

The second anchor problem was solved easy.....the anchor that came with our 26X was much too small and insufficient chain so it became our second and bought a BIG new one as primary....like to sleep and wake up in the same place
by bartmac
Sun Feb 01, 2015 4:13 pm
Forum: Australia Group
Topic: Beaching the Boat
Replies: 18
Views: 4350

Re: Beaching the Boat

We prefer to anchor out from the shore a little way and then put out another anchor off the rear quite often using our dinghy and slowly pull the Mac so she's just floating off the beach...nice to just step off the rear and go for a walk (its funny how quickly your senses adjust to the movement of t...
by bartmac
Sun Feb 01, 2015 4:05 pm
Forum: Australia Group
Topic: Sailing on Broken Bay
Replies: 2
Views: 1198

Re: Sailing on Broken Bay

yes beautiful bit of water....spent my youth sailing Brisbane waters even as school sport and did that area and the Hawkesbury year before last for 2 weeks....what can I say...went as far as the Colo river with the tide.Two weeks of living with sun up/down and the tides....but watch the tides when s...
by bartmac
Mon Dec 15, 2014 6:24 pm
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Battery replacement
Replies: 72
Views: 16233

Re: Battery replacement

What most people don't realise that charging a battery to about 85-90% is easy and fast....its the last 10-15% that takes the longest...as the battery voltage rises the amperage drops away rapidly....if it didn't the voltage would continue to rise damaging the battery especially AGM or gell
by bartmac
Mon Dec 08, 2014 8:35 pm
Forum: Australia Group
Topic: Perth/WA Members
Replies: 2
Views: 1248

Re: Perth/WA Members

Had to laugh when I saw your post and googled............. harmless adjective: harmless not able or likely to cause harm. "the venom of most spiders is harmless to humans" synonyms: safe, innocuous, benign, gentle, mild, wholesome, non-dangerous, non-toxic, non-poisonous, non-irritant, non-addictive...
by bartmac
Thu Nov 27, 2014 11:00 pm
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Remove head walls and door
Replies: 6
Views: 1512

Re: Remove head walls and door

There's a post directly opposite the head....so probably a good idea to have one if you take out the head
by bartmac
Thu Nov 27, 2014 10:58 pm
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Installing a bilge pump
Replies: 65
Views: 13878

Re: Installing a bilge pump

well....I installed 2x 12v bilge pumps...one on each side just in case and have a manual one(not yet installed)....I know but it just seems wrong not to have any pumping capacity at all....must admit a wetdry vacuum looks good but my extension cord isn't long enough!!! :D
by bartmac
Thu Nov 27, 2014 6:40 pm
Forum: Australia Group
Topic: Change direction of furler?
Replies: 10
Views: 2758

Re: Change direction of furler?

I was going to suggest that but thought "that's just too simple"
by bartmac
Sun Nov 23, 2014 3:57 pm
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Helm seat
Replies: 8
Views: 3179

Re: Helm seat

I removed our helmseat whilst I was renovating our Mac...and it never made it back....more room in the cockpit as a result and opens up the stern....was going to make false floor over the rear cockpit area where it steps down ,instead installed a series of rosewood stepping pads....cut outs/left ove...
by bartmac
Sun Nov 23, 2014 3:50 pm
Forum: Trailers & Towing
Topic: Boat, bike and jet ski trailer
Replies: 6
Views: 3146

Re: Boat, bike and jet ski trailer

I moded a jetski trailer by installing a floor to hold a motorbike 200-300kg depending on whether the Duke or BMW was on board.The trailer already had a basket come roofrack which I raised further for our Hobie kayaks.The side uprights also allows bicycles to be carried on the outside....our toy tra...
by bartmac
Thu Nov 20, 2014 4:18 pm
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: outboard kicker bracket with rudders
Replies: 5
Views: 1450

Re: outboard kicker bracket with rudders

This is what we did....3.3hp from memory....lengthened arms so travel and in water could be achieved.The thought of having a second method of gaining some forward motion is comforting.Cant imagine it would overcome much tidal/wind/current but in still waters seems to push our 26x slowly http://www.m...
by bartmac
Thu Nov 13, 2014 6:42 pm
Forum: MacGregor/Venture Discussion
Topic: carbon fiber mast
Replies: 33
Views: 11250

Re: carbon fiber mast

I have a 5/6 section Carbon Fibre Mast on my blokart.....expensive and clearly states to treat it especially careful as it strength is also it weakness ie strong when used as intended but easy to break if stressed wrong...mentions dropping section on their end and as I found out they easily split lo...
by bartmac
Mon Nov 03, 2014 11:07 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Building a Blo-Kart
Replies: 8
Views: 1759

Re: Building a Blo-Kart

We own both a BloKart and a Adelaide land yacht class5 (google)....best fun you can have with your pants on...the sensation of speed that close to the ground is great...only one problem here NO saltflats so consigned to beach use and finding the combination of low tide and wind from the right quarte...