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by Be Free
Tue Apr 14, 2020 7:31 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Routing Electrical Wire 26x - What type of black magic does this require?
Replies: 30
Views: 3640

Re: Routing Electrical Wire 26x - What type of black magic does this require?

Use a thin putty knife and expect to break some. Even on the newest 26x the plugs are likely to be brittle.
by Be Free
Mon Feb 24, 2020 4:12 pm
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Wind Song (26X) repairs and mods log
Replies: 19
Views: 1747

Re: Wind Song (26X) repairs and mods log

It's been a while since I worked on it, but as I recall the holder for the mast support is held in by the machine screws you see on the top and a single long bolt near the bottom that goes all the way through the tube. That bolt is what the support sits on when it is in the tube. You will probably h...
by Be Free
Fri Jan 31, 2020 6:51 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Routing Electrical Wire 26x - What type of black magic does this require?
Replies: 30
Views: 3640

Re: Routing Electrical Wire 26x - What type of black magic does this require?

So this post is a bit stale but I’ll add a trick I’ve used in my X since I didn’t see it mentioned. For spaces tighter than a fish tape will travel, I tie a couple of washers to a string and shove them behind the liner. Then I use a powerful magnet wrapped in something like a microfiber cloth from ...
by Be Free
Tue Oct 08, 2019 6:40 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Routing Electrical Wire 26x - What type of black magic does this require?
Replies: 30
Views: 3640

Re: Routing Electrical Wire 26x - What type of black magic does this require?

The stock masthead and anchor lights are 10W each.
The interior lights are rated at 18.4W each. The LED replacement for the 1141 bulb is 3.6W.
The running lights are 5W each.

The LED replacements are a little pricey but they usually use about 25% of the power of the incandescent bulbs.
by Be Free
Wed Oct 02, 2019 11:38 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Stiff steering
Replies: 15
Views: 3189

Re: Stiff steering

Regarding the hard pull to starboard: Assuming you are not running at speed under power with either the rudders or centerboard down, I'd take a look at the trim tab on your engine. Many outboards hide a bolt under the trim tab that has to be removed to service the water pump. If the tab was not put ...
by Be Free
Wed Oct 02, 2019 11:29 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Routing Electrical Wire 26x - What type of black magic does this require?
Replies: 30
Views: 3640

Re: Routing Electrical Wire 26x - What type of black magic does this require?

On the subject of the original wire choices: the original wire is sufficient, but since I was replacing it I used slightly larger wire to reduce the voltage drop, particularly for the runs going up the mast and I left a little bit more slack than the original runs to make working on fittings easier.
by Be Free
Wed Oct 02, 2019 11:25 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Routing Electrical Wire 26x - What type of black magic does this require?
Replies: 30
Views: 3640

Re: Routing Electrical Wire 26x - What type of black magic does this require?

I've replaced most of the wiring in my 26x and it was not easy. I used a fish tape for most of it but the thing that really helped was pulling the plugs that cover the access holes for the various fittings. The fish tape would often get stuck or bind but when either the tape or the wire got within r...
by Be Free
Sun Jul 07, 2019 7:41 am
Forum: Tattoo Yachts Discussion
Topic: New to sailing - Need help in the Orlando, FL area
Replies: 7
Views: 5296

Re: New to sailing - Need help in the Orlando, FL area

I'm about 100 miles north of you and have a 26X but I'd be glad to give you some advice.
by Be Free
Wed Sep 12, 2018 7:46 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Yamaha 60 hp
Replies: 8
Views: 2291

Re: Yamaha 60 hp

You don't mention the specific models involved, but in the current versions the 50hp and 60hp are built on the same platform. This means that there is no weight difference between them. By my calculations, a 10HP increase on a 26X with no change in weight should result in just a hair over 2 knots in...
by Be Free
Wed Sep 12, 2018 7:31 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: I'm back...and other tales of woe
Replies: 21
Views: 8766

Re: I'm back...and other tales of woe

There is no question that you have a fairly serious leak somewhere if you had 7" of water anywhere in the bilge. Previous posters have mentioned all of the likely places for water intrusion. I'm going to assume that you did not have a leaking fresh water tank (my first unexpected wet bilge), or that...
by Be Free
Thu Apr 05, 2018 9:57 am
Forum: Trailers & Towing
Topic: How do I pull further onto the trailer?
Replies: 44
Views: 17320

Re: How do I pull further onto the trailer?

Why you people care about the 2inch space? Does not harm the boat at all???!!!!! It does not matter to the boat at all. There is still plenty of support even if it is not all the way forward. For me it is a matter of stability at highway speeds. Two inches back and the trailer starts to fishtail ar...
by Be Free
Thu Apr 05, 2018 9:07 am
Forum: Trailers & Towing
Topic: How do I pull further onto the trailer?
Replies: 44
Views: 17320

Re: How do I pull further onto the trailer?

Why you people care about the 2inch space? Does not harm the boat at all???!!!!! It does not matter to the boat at all. There is still plenty of support even if it is not all the way forward. For me it is a matter of stability at highway speeds. Two inches back and the trailer starts to fishtail ar...
by Be Free
Wed Apr 19, 2017 8:32 am
Forum: Performance & Tuning
Topic: Sail boat flips
Replies: 57
Views: 13016

Re: Sail boat flips

... Under sail with ballast The X behaves fine at 45 degrees. Not the best technique to make headway, especially with inexperienced crew, but 45 is no problem. When my boat gets just a bit past 45 it rounds up in the gusts; can't stop it. I love running it at 30+ degrees just for the feeling. ... T...
by Be Free
Sun Jul 31, 2016 12:07 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Optimum wind speed for an X?
Replies: 26
Views: 6281

Re: Optimum wind speed for an X?

Fifteen knots with full main and 100% jib is fun and fast. By the time it hits 20 I'm ready to put a reef in the main. It's a lot less stress on me and the boat and I actually go faster. I also found out that somewhere north of thirty knots a person in the rear berth can stand up on the leeward side...
by Be Free
Mon Jun 20, 2016 8:30 pm
Forum: Trailers & Towing
Topic: Trailer sway - what to do and how to react?
Replies: 30
Views: 7847

Re: Trailer sway - what to do and how to react?

+1 for the Mac bump. If I'm not completely against the front roller I can't get over 45MPH without serious sway; all the way up and 65 is no problem.