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by Night Sailor
Sun May 17, 2009 4:28 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Disaster Averted
Replies: 19
Views: 1613

Re: Disaster Averted

Yours may be a good example of how pounding at high speed, even in releative flat water can put very hard strain on hardware, especially mast components, since the mast is like a giant lever compounding the forces as it trys to pivot from the cabin top tabernacle fulcrum. Measure the size of the hol...
by Night Sailor
Sun May 17, 2009 4:18 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Emergency Reaction time while boating
Replies: 5
Views: 596

Re: Emergency Reaction time while boating

I"ve been told by a former test pilot that it's a dicutm among his kind that when something goes badly wrong.... DO something immediately........ don't wait to think, analyze, etc. just DO something. Chances are very good he said, that your unconscious brain is way ahead of you and will make a decis...
by Night Sailor
Tue May 12, 2009 11:05 pm
Forum: Performance & Tuning
Topic: Cavitation Plate location?
Replies: 13
Views: 2317

Re: Cavitation Plate location?

According to several marine authorities, what's popularly called the cavitation plate, or anti cavitation plate is the one immediately above the prop. As stated, it's important to prevent the prop sucking air from the surface, especially during sharp turns or turns at high speed.
by Night Sailor
Tue May 12, 2009 1:19 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Anchoring at Sea
Replies: 23
Views: 1829

Re: Anchoring at Sea

Anchor watches are simply a part of life at sea and prudent seamanship at times and places of the skipper's choosing. They can be really nice to have for time alone to reflect on many things, and to see and hear things others don't. I'll never forget a 3am watch on a cold, clear, windless night up i...
by Night Sailor
Tue May 12, 2009 1:01 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Macgregor Limits
Replies: 22
Views: 2352

Re: Macgregor Limits

Mike has two points. One, regulatory bodies usually only look only at boats structures and plans. Measure, run formulas, make a quantitative decision. That's helpful, but not the complete picture. The "does it sink" question would certainly change a safety rating if common sense were applied. And tw...
by Night Sailor
Tue May 12, 2009 12:44 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Strobes to avoid collision legal?
Replies: 13
Views: 962

Re: Strobes to avoid collision legal?

Relplies from local CG folk will vary. It seems some are concerned about your safety most, others more concerned with the public in general. One old fisherman told me he slept better at sea with his anchor light a lantern tied to a length of rope so that it hung from a cargo boom and swung back and ...
by Night Sailor
Tue May 12, 2009 10:41 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Need a new Anode
Replies: 7
Views: 567

Re: Need a new Anode

I don't know if this still applies to the newer models, but for my '97 Merc 2 stroke, the trim tabs and other body parts were the same for the 40, 50, and 60 hp 13 spline classic lower unit.
by Night Sailor
Mon May 11, 2009 6:32 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: I'm Back!
Replies: 7
Views: 685

Re: I'm Back!

Welcome back! Those of us who have owned or sailed much larger craft know about those endless maintenance chores, parts that are always very expensive, and "shoal draft" that catches every shoal and traps the boat til next high tide.... so we downsized to a Mac for very solid reasons, not the least ...
by Night Sailor
Mon May 11, 2009 12:18 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Macgregor Limits
Replies: 22
Views: 2352

Re: Macgregor Limits

I think the factory recommendations are very reasonalble, though very conservative considering what is possible under the best of conditions. The factory caution is well advised given the wide range of owner's experience, seaworthiness of individual boats and weather conditons possible. I once had 1...
by Night Sailor
Mon May 11, 2009 12:01 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: genoa control
Replies: 3
Views: 367

Re: genoa control

I frequently sail with genny only, especially with inexperienced guests as crew. Even in the very lightest air you can sail with good control and the wind has to pipe up fairly well to say time to furl and use the iron wind. Being on the furler, even first time sailors can unfurl without leaving the...
by Night Sailor
Mon May 11, 2009 11:49 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Injured Admiral, a MacHero, The story must be told
Replies: 31
Views: 2498

Re: Injured Admiral, a MacHero, The story must be told

I'm glad to see a happy ending to that adventure. Hats off to both of you for making the best outcome from a dangerous situation. I'm also glad it was only a cut. The last time a friend was hit by the boom (on their Catalina 42) she had enough brain injury to require surgery and a year of rehab incl...
by Night Sailor
Mon May 11, 2009 11:23 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Anchoring at Sea
Replies: 23
Views: 1829

Re: Anchoring at Sea

Your gps reference was very helpful to formulate my remarks: I put myself in your place and considered the following things based on my Florida experience long ago: In my view, anchor and rode is adequate for up to 50" of water in a good set, good holding sand bottom you should find there, in winds ...
by Night Sailor
Sun May 10, 2009 5:25 pm
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: weekend mods: cockpit lockers, table addition to stock
Replies: 29
Views: 4275

Re: weekend mods: cockpit lockers and simple table

There's just something about boats that attracts leaks in places you want secure. Appreciate any boat manufacturer now days who makes a boat that is water tight, even temporarily, and yet has good light and ventilation below. It's not easy to accomplish. The very reason all the old seagoing boats we...
by Night Sailor
Sun May 10, 2009 5:14 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: VHF FM Radio Antenna question
Replies: 18
Views: 2045

Re: VHF FM Radio Antenna question

FM signals are a line of sight signal. The higher the antenna, the farther from shore you can recieve a good signal over water. I"ve always used an antenna splitter shared with my VHF or CB and it's worked with a variety of makes and models of antenna. I curently use on my X a 5' Shakespeare fibergl...
by Night Sailor
Sun May 10, 2009 5:05 pm
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Is this mod structurally safe
Replies: 17
Views: 2642

Re: Is this mod structurally safe

This could be done safely. Two ways: First is to glass in a strong flange of 1" wood or 1" sq. tubing around the opening with tangs that extend out into the adjoining areas of original material. Be sure to consider adequate drainage to safeguard the interior from leaks. Second is to extend the sides...