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by Capt Smitty
Sat Jun 01, 2019 7:15 pm
Forum: MacGregor/Venture Discussion
Topic: A starter boat?
Replies: 12
Views: 1342

Re: A starter boat?

My first sailboat is my :macx: . I used to be a motor boater, and felt some apprehension at the idea of going so slow. I bought my Mac BECAUSE it is a compromise. I have my cake and eat it, too. Plus I can camp in it. 3 in 1, I couldn't be happier. I'll hitch a ride with someone if I feel the need f...
by Capt Smitty
Sat Jun 01, 2019 7:05 pm
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Fishing for Suggestions
Replies: 1
Views: 539

Fishing for Suggestions

Greetings mates I raised my mast towing cradles by adding a roller to my new arch at the stern, and a jury-rigged extension on the bow pulpit. Now, when in mast-down trawler mode, I have extra headroom. Enough to raise the Bimini, and not bump my head. When on its trailer, maximum height is a couple...
by Capt Smitty
Tue Apr 23, 2019 6:29 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: MacGregorSailors
Replies: 17
Views: 2394

MacGregorSailors

We Love Ya Heath
by Capt Smitty
Sun Jan 20, 2019 7:48 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Slip usage?
Replies: 24
Views: 4364

Re: Slip usage?

Three words. Fabric Softener Sheets. I keep my :macx: in my driveway, cracked open to improve air circulation. This Fall/Winter it's been stored mast up with boom, sail, & cover in place, as I'm working on it. I have problems with wasps, ants, spiders, Bumble Bees, rodents, and bats. I stuff a sheet...
by Capt Smitty
Sat Sep 08, 2018 4:47 pm
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Repairing keel pivot hole 26x
Replies: 11
Views: 2156

Re: Repairing keel pivot hole 26x

I did this:
http://www.macgregorsailors.com/modt/in ... ?view=1825
Note that I did not use sealer or adhesive. No leaks years later.
by Capt Smitty
Tue Jul 24, 2018 5:22 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Backing original 26X trailer
Replies: 4
Views: 1923

Re: Backing original 26X trailer

Lucky Drifter. Don't know what year your trailer is, but this is what I did to my '02. Your configuration may vary. There is a pair of 'loops' on the front of the sliding tongue, up against the box that contains the brake master cylinder. I was able to put a large bolt thru the loops, thus preventin...
by Capt Smitty
Wed Feb 14, 2018 8:02 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Double Spreader Mod
Replies: 56
Views: 13561

Re: Double Spreader Mod

Hi Sailors Macgregor changed the :macx: mast during it's run. My 2002 spreader brackets are fastened to mast with screws. The early models had a bolt thru the mast to attach the spreader brackets, I think that was a weak point they corrected. I suspect other changes, too. I recently tried a mast gat...
by Capt Smitty
Fri Oct 27, 2017 2:23 pm
Forum: MacGregor/Venture Discussion
Topic: Outboard confusing issues
Replies: 29
Views: 7578

Re: Outboard confusing issues

fritz3000g. This is all my OPINION. Based on 50+ years as a mechanic, and limited info of your situation. I'm looking online at a Yamaha T9.9W manual. First off, if you don't have a operators/owners manual, and a factory or after market service/repair manual, get them. Download free, or buy a book. ...
by Capt Smitty
Thu Oct 26, 2017 2:47 pm
Forum: MacGregor/Venture Discussion
Topic: Outboard confusing issues
Replies: 29
Views: 7578

Re: Outboard confusing issues

May I toss in my 2cents? Up front, I'm not familiar with your outboard, but I am with those symptoms. I'd say you've ruled out fuel delivery (pump, tank, hose, etc), almost ruled out carb. You said there is a carb bowl, so there must be one or more fuel pickups, that have small orifices, feeding sma...
by Capt Smitty
Fri Mar 03, 2017 7:20 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Valterra gate valve
Replies: 5
Views: 1704

Re: Valterra gate valve

Those will both fit. Macgregor used a (what is here in the States) standard RV waste gate valve. I replaced my :macx: 's valve with a plastic one from Valterra with a 6 foot cable instead of a handle. You should visit Valterra's website and check out their products, I think they have an extended han...
by Capt Smitty
Sat Feb 18, 2017 9:29 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Stuck Centerboard
Replies: 15
Views: 4272

Re: Stuck Centerboard

Sailing without the centerboard down can be dangerous. I had a small chunk of tree branch get wedged between the board and the top of the trunk. Could barely see it under trailer with a flashlight, and was so far up in the centerboard trunk that I could not reach it. I had to jack my boat above the ...
by Capt Smitty
Sat Feb 18, 2017 7:51 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Looking for easy Mac boarding in campground
Replies: 39
Views: 8072

Re: Looking for easy Mac boarding in campground

I cut the lower half from an old, bent aluminum ladder. Unevenly, so it would stand straight against the stern. I then attached a board to front legs, an old broom head to the rear legs, and a pair of corks to prevent rubbing on the stern ( I'll replace the cork, it keeps breaking off ). I can brush...
by Capt Smitty
Mon Jul 11, 2016 9:44 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: how high is the mast support
Replies: 21
Views: 4089

Re: how high is the mast support

Beware the towing height! I raised my pedestal mast support, to find the top of the mast was over 12 feet above the ground when towing. I raised the pulpit mast support, and adjusted the pedestal support height, so I could raise the bimini without disturbing the mast, and have a maximum towing heigh...
by Capt Smitty
Sat Jan 30, 2016 9:36 am
Forum: Trailers & Towing
Topic: Boat off trailer
Replies: 20
Views: 10963

Re: Boat off trailer

Don't make a big deal out of this, it's easier than you think. I concur with Tomfoolery and Don T, floor jack and wood blocks. Your boat, loaded, only weighs about as much as a mid sized car. How hard is it to jack up and safely support your car? I suggest lifting only a couple inches above the trai...
by Capt Smitty
Sat Apr 25, 2015 12:31 pm
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: LED replacement problem
Replies: 29
Views: 4791

Re: LED replacement problem

I modified my original :macx: cabin light fixtures by adding a second bulb socket when I changed over to LED's. The reflector is part of the electrical circuit, so I had to insulate the new socket mount with a piece of black plastic. I did this in the head light also, but did not have to add a socke...