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by Estate Sail
Mon May 13, 2019 9:46 pm
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Gearbox oil flush screws are stuck!
Replies: 19
Views: 3602

Re: Gearbox oil flush screws are stuck!

my recommendation is to go to a tractor dealership and get the best industrial penetrating oil they have. Keep soaking the drain plug for a couple of days and then try it. Another penetrant option if that doesn't work, is dye penetrant used for non destructive inspections. You can find this online a...
by Estate Sail
Thu Dec 27, 2018 10:08 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: MacSanta
Replies: 13
Views: 2488

Re: MacSanta

One of the best mods I made to my 26M. It will greatly reduce the stress on the steering system and improve boat handling.
by Estate Sail
Tue Oct 23, 2018 8:48 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Friends' boat just went down
Replies: 51
Views: 13296

Re: Friends' boat just went down

Like many of you, the sink/transom drain through hull is underwater with the ballast is full. Since I do not use the sink drain, my solution to this concern is to buy a cheap rubber adjustable plug from my local ACE hardware store and install it externally at the transom drain. If I need to drain th...
by Estate Sail
Mon Oct 08, 2018 8:45 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: How to rig the spinnaker?
Replies: 5
Views: 1302

Re: How to rig the spinnaker?

Frank, I rigged my 26M for a spinnaker two years ago. I bought the spinnaker and rigging through Blue Water Yachts. The Spinnaker hound is set at 15 to 18 inches above the Genoa hound. A Backup to the forestay was also a benefit to the set up. I recommend looping the halyard together so you don't lo...
by Estate Sail
Thu Jun 14, 2018 8:28 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Replacing Standing Rigging... are all SS cables equal?
Replies: 14
Views: 4041

Re: Replacing Standing Rigging... are all SS cables equal?

I just replaced my standing rigging on my 26M with a BWY Kit for $300 with shipping. They do a nice job and give me peace of mind that it was done right. I had a main shroud fray with only 6 strands remaining. I don't know if I would have lost the mast if it completely but it scared the crap out of ...
by Estate Sail
Sun Jun 03, 2018 8:38 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: 26m Docking advice and suggested reference videos?
Replies: 43
Views: 10464

Re: 26m Docking advice and suggested reference videos?

My advice is to enroll in the ASA (american sailing association) Docking course. The best course I have taken from them. You will spend 2 days on a boat without leaving the marina. It will be two days of non stop docking under various conditions. Spend the money. It is worth it.
by Estate Sail
Sun Mar 18, 2018 8:55 am
Forum: Performance & Tuning
Topic: Advice on fuel system / water separator racor
Replies: 34
Views: 10748

Re: Advice on fuel system / water separator racor

Three years ago I installed a rancor filter water separator like yours. I installed it below the seat on the forward vertical surface of the transom. No fuel pump required and the bulb is between the filter and fuel tank. Make sure the hose barbs are the largest diameter that will work or the engine...
by Estate Sail
Sat Jan 20, 2018 10:32 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: 12 volt cooler or refrigerator
Replies: 93
Views: 29591

Re: 12 volt cooler or refrigerator

Ditto on the Engel for me. I have had one for the last 2 years. Quiet, efficient and will cool to -5 F. Pricey but worth it to me.
by Estate Sail
Sun Sep 17, 2017 8:35 am
Forum: Trailers & Towing
Topic: Fueling while on trailer
Replies: 15
Views: 5048

Re: Fueling while on trailer

I also only use ethanol free gas for my boat, mowers and cars/trucks. I never have problems with any equipment using ethanol free gas. With ethanol gas, the ethanol will separate from the gas in 30-45 days. It will gum up all of your equipment. I can't believe we don't have a movement in this countr...
by Estate Sail
Wed Aug 02, 2017 8:39 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Cr@p dropped the mast
Replies: 40
Views: 11097

Re: Cr@p dropped the mast

I recently helped a tattoo owner raise his mast. His baby stays were attached to the winch and not left attached to the boat. I think this is a bad idea. My baby stays are attached to the mast and stay there when the mast is up. Leaving the baby stays attached and using tie down straps to keep the w...
by Estate Sail
Wed Aug 02, 2017 8:32 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Has anyone watched the Speedy Rigger videos?
Replies: 11
Views: 3153

Re: Has anyone watched the Speedy Rigger videos?

The BWY quick rig kit has been very helpful. Especially the ability to lower the forward lifelines. The best technique I have found has been using two lightweight tie down straps to secure and center the winch rod using the lifeline stanchions. Before I did this I did screw up the winch attach point...
by Estate Sail
Thu Jul 06, 2017 8:41 am
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: removing wheel
Replies: 17
Views: 4924

Re: removing wheel

Once you get the nut off, use a gear puller to pull the wheel from the shaft. It is a tapered shaft and will not just slide off,
by Estate Sail
Tue Jul 04, 2017 9:42 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Do you have a tender - what size?
Replies: 18
Views: 3812

Re: Do you have a tender - what size?

I have an 8.5 foot inflatable that I bought from west marine. It weighs 50 pounds and fits in the included bag. I inflate it with an air mattress battery pump and then finish it off with the included foot air pump. it comes with oars but I use a cheap hanki 2 stroke chineses outboard. it weighs abou...
by Estate Sail
Tue May 30, 2017 9:07 am
Forum: Trailers & Towing
Topic: Genoa cover necessary for trailering?
Replies: 7
Views: 2805

Re: Genoa cover necessary for trailering?

I cover mine when trailering and when the mast is down. Blue Water Yachts sell a very nice cover.
by Estate Sail
Sun May 28, 2017 9:23 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Docking
Replies: 34
Views: 6791

Docking

This is my 4th year with my 26M and I have to say that docking has always been the most challenging event. I have taken ASA 101, 103 and 104. This year I took ASA 118 docking endorsement. It was 2 days of never leaving the marina and non stop docking techniques and practice. I have to say it was wel...