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by Tomfoolery
Sat Sep 19, 2020 1:18 pm
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: New Engine Advice for the 26X
Replies: 2
Views: 31

Re: New Engine Advice for the 26X

Suzuki and Yamaha have always impressed me. But that’s me. I wouldn’t spend money on a SS prop. The aluminium is weak enough that it will take the beating rather than the engine if you hit something that doesn’t give. In all the time I’ve run outboards, I’ve only once hit something, and that was jus...
by Tomfoolery
Sat Sep 19, 2020 9:26 am
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Carb rebuild/cleaning
Replies: 7
Views: 308

Re: Carb rebuild/cleaning

I have a Honda 50 on my 1996 26X and I just had to rebuild the 3 carbs for the first time since 1996. I did not run the carbs dry after use this entire time. In case you weren’t aware, the BF50’s have carb bowl drains. I run mine dry in the fall, then drain the bowls. There’s even a pair of black h...
by Tomfoolery
Sat Sep 19, 2020 4:16 am
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Nominations Open for "Worst Skinflint" of this Site
Replies: 6
Views: 76

Re: Nominations Open for "Worst Skinflint" of this Site

Not an official nomination, but Catigale and his cheapskate trailer fender mod came to mind. Then Chinook came out of nowhere and blew his doors off with the plastic garbage can lid mud flap. But Catigale did manage to kludge together a length of timber to reinforce the self-folding, rusted out pole...
by Tomfoolery
Sat Sep 19, 2020 4:11 am
Forum: Trailers & Towing
Topic: Trailer tire size
Replies: 11
Views: 286

Re: Trailer tire size

I think you’re right - 14” were original. And nobody’s 26X plus OEM trailer weight is 3500 lb or less like the trailer plate says, and I’d bet the OEM tires and axle were overloaded from the moment the new owner put an engine on it, let alone enough stuff to be useful.
by Tomfoolery
Wed Sep 16, 2020 1:38 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Honda BF50 replacement control cable
Replies: 8
Views: 181

Re: Honda BF50 replacement control cable

kurz wrote:
Wed Sep 16, 2020 1:24 pm
Tomfoolery wrote:
Wed Sep 16, 2020 12:04 pm
svscott wrote:
Wed Sep 16, 2020 11:38 am


<snip>
I do transport the boat with the engine all the way up and the tilt lock in place,
What do you mean exactely with the "tilt lock"?
The swing-down metal tabs that prevent the motor from tilting down from the full up position.
by Tomfoolery
Wed Sep 16, 2020 12:07 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: End of season approaching
Replies: 6
Views: 194

Re: End of season approaching

The other half doesn't much care for her experiences. She said, "It leans too much". Well I guess you can see the battle I have on my hands? LOL This is what 27 yrs of power boating has created. A flat world. NO leaning. Ah, yes - "tilting" is the bad word the admiral uses. She comes from a power b...
by Tomfoolery
Wed Sep 16, 2020 12:04 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Honda BF50 replacement control cable
Replies: 8
Views: 181

Re: Honda BF50 replacement control cable

I'm hoping the cables can then be routed under the rack as a long term solution. <snip> I would rather not have the motor in the water at all while at the dock and I certainly don't want to trailer the boat any distance without the engine up and the support lock engaged. 80 or 90 bucks to repair it...
by Tomfoolery
Wed Sep 16, 2020 7:47 am
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Do You Want to Know or Not?
Replies: 103
Views: 3874

Re: Do You Want to Know or Not?

Incidentally, if anyone ever says, "it won't be too bad, it's only a Category 1", tell them to remember Sally... Geez. And we were on the easy side. Long night. I hope everything is alright, or not too terrible, in your neck of the woods. Some sources are saying it hit Gulf Shores as a Cat 2 hurric...
by Tomfoolery
Wed Sep 16, 2020 4:29 am
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Do You Want to Know or Not?
Replies: 103
Views: 3874

Re: Do You Want to Know or Not?

DISCLAIMER: I'm a mechanical engineer that took my electives in the electrical engineering curriculum. I am not an electronics expert. Fortunately, what you are trying to do is on the simpler end of the electronics scale. So am I, but I did my electives, and got a second degree, in Materials Scienc...
by Tomfoolery
Wed Sep 16, 2020 4:09 am
Forum: Trailers & Towing
Topic: Trailer tire size
Replies: 11
Views: 286

Re: Trailer tire size

But when the roll is under the boat and you crank the boat ONTO the V: Will it not get quite hard to crank as the boat is not anymore on the roll? Short answer is yes, it does not sit on the roller. But neither does the rest of the boat, on the other two bunks. So I would have to do the Mac Bump® a...
by Tomfoolery
Tue Sep 15, 2020 8:00 am
Forum: Trailers & Towing
Topic: Trailer tire size
Replies: 11
Views: 286

Re: Trailer tire size

Funny you should say that. The sketch I posted had the bow roller scrubbed out for clarity, but here's the original sequence where I was figuring out if it would work or not. It did. I don't remove it for travel, but it is slightly below the hull when in the little forward vee bunk. If it's contacti...
by Tomfoolery
Tue Sep 15, 2020 5:05 am
Forum: Trailers & Towing
Topic: Trailer tire size
Replies: 11
Views: 286

Re: Trailer tire size

If you really want to drop the trailer for easier loading, you can hinge it at the pole tongue to make it closer to level while on an angled ramp. Like the hydraulic trailers they use for launching and hauling boats that are stored on blocks and stands. There isn't actually very much bending moment ...
by Tomfoolery
Tue Sep 15, 2020 4:32 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Help identify Honda BF50
Replies: 10
Views: 218

Re: Help identify Honda BF50

I think that the EPA standard it refers to was what eventually put the last nail in the coffin of the common 2-stroke outboard. As such, there would have been many years notice, as it's obviously not easy to switch gears to 4-stroke with tight (for the time) pollution control requirements. It looks ...
by Tomfoolery
Mon Sep 14, 2020 4:43 pm
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Do You Want to Know or Not?
Replies: 103
Views: 3874

Re: Do You Want to Know or Not?

p.s. i might attempt to post on the site here from 'boat' on the water next week as we will be offshore. I am going to attempt a tether to my iphone to see how well it works, if it does not work i guess is will post when i gt back. I do that all the time. In the RV. On the water. Even up in a tower...
by Tomfoolery
Mon Sep 14, 2020 4:13 am
Forum: Trailers & Towing
Topic: Trailer tire size
Replies: 11
Views: 286

Re: Trailer tire size

Looking at a couple of similar tires on etrailer, the OD for the 14" (inflated, but unloaded) is almost exactly 1" smaller than the 15" tire. So the trailer would sit 1/2" lower, assuming similar deflection in the tire with the same load on it. Not enough to bother with, if you ask me. https://www.e...