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by Be Free
Sun Jul 07, 2019 9:41 am
Forum: Tattoo Yachts Discussion
Topic: New to sailing - Need help in the Orlando, FL area
Replies: 6
Views: 802

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 9:46 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Yamaha 60 hp
Replies: 8
Views: 1717

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 9:31 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: I'm back...and other tales of woe
Replies: 21
Views: 7413

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 11:57 am
Forum: Trailers & Towing
Topic: How do I pull further onto the trailer?
Replies: 44
Views: 14347

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 11:07 am
Forum: Trailers & Towing
Topic: How do I pull further onto the trailer?
Replies: 44
Views: 14347

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 10:32 am
Forum: Performance & Tuning
Topic: Sail boat flips
Replies: 57
Views: 10769

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 2:07 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Optimum wind speed for an X?
Replies: 26
Views: 5650

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 10:30 pm
Forum: Trailers & Towing
Topic: Trailer sway - what to do and how to react?
Replies: 30
Views: 6689

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.
by Be Free
Tue Jun 14, 2016 3:00 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Fish question
Replies: 17
Views: 2726

Re: Fish question

I caught a tuna sandwich my wife tossed to me from the cabin. Does that count?
by Be Free
Tue Jun 14, 2016 2:56 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Is the difference between 40/50hp negligible or significant?
Replies: 33
Views: 4516

Re: Is the difference between 40/50hp negligible or signific

I have the BF40 on my X and it does everything I want it to. I can cruise all day at 6kts and sip fuel or open it up and run into the high teens. It never quite comes completely on a plane but lightly loaded on smooth, salt water it comes awful close. Even heavily loaded (my normal mode) it will tur...
by Be Free
Thu Jan 07, 2016 11:09 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Trouble Raising the Main
Replies: 93
Views: 16484

Re: Trouble Raising the Main

I hate to admit it but I have occasionally crossed the main halyard under itself when attaching it to the headboard. This results in the halyard pinching itself against the mast when the sail is almost to the top and making it impossible to raise the main completely. Just to keep things interesting,...
by Be Free
Wed Aug 12, 2015 10:20 am
Forum: MacGregor/Venture Discussion
Topic: drag from the outboard
Replies: 17
Views: 3622

Re: drag from the outboard

I have a paddle wheel speedometer that measures my speed through the water and a GPS device that measures speed over ground. Both display on the same screen at the helm. If there is no significant current they stay pretty close together. I've seen both give wildly inaccurate speeds at times. I've se...
by Be Free
Tue Aug 11, 2015 9:48 pm
Forum: Trailers & Towing
Topic: New owner with basic trailering questions
Replies: 26
Views: 7665

Re: New owner with basic trailering questions

Make sure that your boat is all the way forward on your trailer. One time it would give me grief anywhere above 45mph and the next time it would be perfect at 60. I finally realized that if the boat was even an inch back on the trailer it began to get unruly.
by Be Free
Tue Aug 11, 2015 9:41 pm
Forum: MacGregor/Venture Discussion
Topic: drag from the outboard
Replies: 17
Views: 3622

Re: drag from the outboard

My 26X with a Honda BF40 loses about 1/2 knot if I leave the engine down. You are probably losing less.
by Be Free
Sun Jun 28, 2015 10:21 pm
Forum: MacGregor/Venture Discussion
Topic: When do you Reef?
Replies: 13
Views: 3690

Re: When do you Reef?

I almost hate to admit it, but the reason I reefed that day was because I saw a Hunter on the other side of the river who had already reefed and was going significantly faster than I was. He was already on the trailer when I pulled up to the dock and I asked him how much wind he had measured in the ...