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by Chinook
Sun Jul 14, 2019 9:51 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Canada rules & North Channel
Replies: 3
Views: 347

Re: Canada rules & North Channel

We passed through that area on our Great Loop trip in 2016. I'd heard about the toilet regs as well. We have a composting toilet and I was certain it would pass muster. No one ever checked or inspected, and I don't know if they ever do. It is my understanding that porta potties don't meet their requ...
by Chinook
Sun Jul 14, 2019 6:32 pm
Forum: Destinations, Clubs, Events and Venues
Topic: Thinking of Circumnavigating - Vancouver Island, that is
Replies: 57
Views: 16124

Re: Thinking of Circumnavigating - Vancouver Island, that is

Cruise is going great. We've had excellent conditions for getting around the two really challenging places, Cape Scott and the Brooks Penninsula. Cruising on the outside is delightful in this kind of weather. Swell has been about 1 foot most of the time, and often glassy smooth. Not great for sailin...
by Chinook
Sat Jun 29, 2019 11:47 pm
Forum: Destinations, Clubs, Events and Venues
Topic: Thinking of Circumnavigating - Vancouver Island, that is
Replies: 57
Views: 16124

Re: Thinking of Circumnavigating - Vancouver Island, that is

We've made it as far as Port Hardy, posting daily on the blog. For the next couple of weeks we'll likely be out of communications, with no cell service on the west side of Vancouver Island. Things are going very well thus far, and we're really looking forward to seeing the waters and country on the ...
by Chinook
Fri Jun 21, 2019 9:27 pm
Forum: Destinations, Clubs, Events and Venues
Topic: Thinking of Circumnavigating - Vancouver Island, that is
Replies: 57
Views: 16124

Re: Thinking of Circumnavigating - Vancouver Island, that is

Vancouver Island cruise is underway,just finished day 5, which was an epic 80 miler from Schooner Cove on the west side of the Strait of Georgia, all the way over to Refuge Cove, in the heart of Desolation Sound. We needed to make a long day, since we were blocked by high winds for 2 days. We holed ...
by Chinook
Mon Jun 10, 2019 11:40 pm
Forum: Trailers & Towing
Topic: BWY Disc Brake Kit
Replies: 5
Views: 346

Re: BWY Disc Brake Kit

I had Todd install disc brakes on our trailer when it was new, in 2002. They are definitely better than drum brakes, especially if you dip your trailer in salt water. It's virtually impossible to adequately rinse drum brakes after launching in saltwater. The disc brakes are much more open, and can b...
by Chinook
Mon Jun 10, 2019 11:36 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Inexpensive Mac 26x 200Watt Solar Installation
Replies: 2
Views: 355

Re: Inexpensive Mac 26x 200Watt Solar Installation

Nice job. It looks like you'll really be able to maximize solar exposure on the panels. Installation on the center line of the boat creates shaded areas, from mast and boom. Only concern I would have, at least in the way I use my boat, would be in the ease of stepping on and off the boat when at a d...
by Chinook
Wed Jun 05, 2019 3:18 pm
Forum: Destinations, Clubs, Events and Venues
Topic: Thinking of Circumnavigating - Vancouver Island, that is
Replies: 57
Views: 16124

Re: Thinking of Circumnavigating - Vancouver Island, that is

No, we'll be on the other side of the island then, just starting to head up the inside route. We plan to leave the dock in Oak Harbor on Monday, June 16, and won't get around to Ucluelet until late July. I'll begin posting the trip, as wifi connection permits, in a couple of weeks.
by Chinook
Tue May 28, 2019 9:57 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Location on loop trip
Replies: 3
Views: 451

Re: Location on loop trip

Hi Richard and Jill,

Glad to see you're making good progress. You're getting into some spectacular cruising waters.

Enjoy, Mike and Sandy
by Chinook
Sun May 26, 2019 6:52 pm
Forum: Trailers & Towing
Topic: Roller bunk trailer
Replies: 6
Views: 662

Re: Roller bunk trailer

I like doing the bump, so I can enjoy the startled looks on faces in the boat ramp area when I accelerate and then slam on the brakes. :D
by Chinook
Fri May 24, 2019 6:59 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Water ballast
Replies: 8
Views: 1179

Re: Water ballast

I first learned about the effect of weight on the water ballast system the evening before we set out on our first Gulf Stream crossing to the Bahamas. We were headed for the Abacos, and the night before departure, I pulled the air vent plug and pulled up the "T" handle on the ballast drain valve. Af...
by Chinook
Thu May 23, 2019 9:18 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Water ballast
Replies: 8
Views: 1179

Re: Water ballast

You should take a look at the water line stripe on the hull, when you're at the dock. It should tell you whether your trim needs adjusting. I agree on the need for weight toward the bow, especially if you're trying to run at full throttle. That bow weight helps the bow to come down at speed. I insta...
by Chinook
Thu May 23, 2019 9:12 pm
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: A few random questions
Replies: 12
Views: 1663

Re: A few random questions

Almost forgot the bow cleat conflict. There's barely room for the anchor stock and the anchor locking bracket along side the bow cleat. I have just enough room to attach a looped bow line through the cleat and around its horns. Many's the time I would have gladly paid Roger $50 per inch, even $100 p...
by Chinook
Thu May 23, 2019 8:17 pm
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: A few random questions
Replies: 12
Views: 1663

Re: A few random questions

If you plan on using a heavier anchor along the lines of a Bruce, Rochna or Manson, the BWY roller is too light duty for storing the anchor. Main problem is that it is so short, that the anchor will likely conflict with the bow of the boat when pulled up to storage position. If you try leaving the a...
by Chinook
Fri May 17, 2019 8:33 pm
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: A few random questions
Replies: 12
Views: 1663

Re: A few random questions

My primary anchor is a Rochna, which I store on the bow roller. Secondary bow anchor is a Danforth style Fortress, which I carry on a bow pulpit bracket. Both anchors are rigged with chain and rode, which are stowed in the anchor locker. I've installed a partition in the locker, to keep the two sepa...
by Chinook
Fri May 17, 2019 1:28 pm
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: A few random questions
Replies: 12
Views: 1663

Re: A few random questions

In my opinion, the anchor locker is totally inadequate for stowing an anchor. While a danforth will fit, it's hard to get adequate chain and rode in with it. I carry a danforth as a second anchor on a bracket which attaches to the bow pulpit. Just hang the stock bar in the bracket and bungee the sha...