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by FlyboyTR
Fri Apr 28, 2017 2:16 pm
Forum: MacGregor/Venture Discussion
Topic: Preparing For a High Wind Sail
Replies: 8
Views: 2123

Re: Preparing For a High Wind Sail

Thanks for the info, guys! I just received an updated NOR. The have postponed the race due to our degrading weather conditions. I'm good with that! And to think...I was ready to win last place............... :) Good call for the race committee. If you put the forecast into a go no-go calculation My...
by FlyboyTR
Fri Apr 28, 2017 1:10 pm
Forum: MacGregor/Venture Discussion
Topic: Preparing For a High Wind Sail
Replies: 8
Views: 2123

Re: Preparing For a High Wind Sail

Thanks for the info, guys! I just received an updated NOR. The have postponed the race due to our degrading weather conditions. I'm good with that! And to think...I was ready to win last place............... :)
by FlyboyTR
Fri Apr 28, 2017 9:45 am
Forum: MacGregor/Venture Discussion
Topic: Preparing For a High Wind Sail
Replies: 8
Views: 2123

Re: Preparing For a High Wind Sail

Thanks, TomF.

Is there any advantage to tightening the backstay when the main is 50% reefed?
by FlyboyTR
Fri Apr 28, 2017 8:33 am
Forum: MacGregor/Venture Discussion
Topic: Preparing For a High Wind Sail
Replies: 8
Views: 2123

Preparing For a High Wind Sail

Tomorrow, April 29th is the 59th annual Dauphin Island Regatta. This will be our first race. Our concern is we are forecast to have winds near 20 knots at our 0945 start time. The first leg we need about 188 degrees and the winds are forecast for 148. I am hoping I can squeeze that out without havin...
by FlyboyTR
Fri Apr 28, 2017 8:15 am
Forum: MacGregor/Venture Discussion
Topic: what size line on roller furler
Replies: 18
Views: 6414

Re: what size line on roller furler

I am a bit late to the party but wanted to chime in. I wanted a larger furling line. I went with a quality double braid 5/16" line. Yes, that is too large to fully deploy my 126 genoa. But... I removed about 40" of the inner core at the business end of the line. That allows the line to wrap flat aro...
by FlyboyTR
Thu Oct 27, 2016 10:57 am
Forum: Destinations, Clubs, Events and Venues
Topic: Blue Angels Airshow Rendezvous in Pensacola FL, Nov. 11 & 12
Replies: 3
Views: 1158

Re: Blue Angles Airshow Rendezvous in Pensacola FL, Nov. 11

We will be in Grand Mariner Marina this Friday And Saturday nights. Possibly Sunday night also. We would like to meet you if possible. Great! Our Saturday is shot due to another "all day" obligation. However, nothing for Friday evening or Sunday. We were talking about sailing on Sunday. We live 7 m...
by FlyboyTR
Thu Oct 27, 2016 10:10 am
Forum: Destinations, Clubs, Events and Venues
Topic: Blue Angels Airshow Rendezvous in Pensacola FL, Nov. 11 & 12
Replies: 3
Views: 1158

Re: Blue Angles Airshow Rendezvous in Pensacola FL, Nov. 11

For trailer/launching, there are a lot of options around the Pensacola Area. The Gulf Coast Small Boat Map (in the original post) will show almost every available ramp and details.
by FlyboyTR
Thu Oct 27, 2016 9:48 am
Forum: Destinations, Clubs, Events and Venues
Topic: Blue Angels Airshow Rendezvous in Pensacola FL, Nov. 11 & 12
Replies: 3
Views: 1158

Blue Angels Airshow Rendezvous in Pensacola FL, Nov. 11 & 12

The Blue Angels will be performing on November 11 & 12, 2016 at their home-base in Pensacola, Fl. We are trying to put together a raft-up/rendezvous for that weekend, plus local sailing. The air show starts on Friday the 11th, also a night show and then another day show on Saturday the 12th. I live ...
by FlyboyTR
Wed Sep 28, 2016 8:54 am
Forum: Destinations, Clubs, Events and Venues
Topic: Chinook's Great Loop
Replies: 157
Views: 55792

Re: Chinook's Great Loop

I have greatly enjoyed following your adventure. Congratulations on a successful voyage.
by FlyboyTR
Tue Sep 27, 2016 6:46 pm
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Toilet Bowl Wax... In-Hull Transducer Mounting
Replies: 4
Views: 1572

Re: Toilet Bowl Wax... In-Hull Transducer Mounting

Very nice write-up Flyboy. Thank you. I considered mounting my transducer in wax but living in the desert the inside of the hull can reach temperatures high enough to either melt the wax or soften it enough that the transducer would slide out of place. With that in mind I decided to mount it with R...
by FlyboyTR
Tue Sep 27, 2016 10:26 am
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Toilet Bowl Wax... In-Hull Transducer Mounting
Replies: 4
Views: 1572

Toilet Bowl Wax... In-Hull Transducer Mounting

Below is a short article I wrote for our local boating page regarding mounting transducers inside the hull. Just thought I would share. ============================== The installation of a transducer to the outside hull of a boat can bring on certain concerns. If your boat is in the water full-time,...
by FlyboyTR
Tue Sep 27, 2016 10:15 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Smartphone for navigation?
Replies: 53
Views: 18497

Re: Smartphone for navigation?

I have used EarthNC for 5 years. While connected to cell/internet service, you can download the NOAA charts for the area you plan to operate in. Once that is done, you don't need a cellular signal...the phones internal GPS takes care of everything. EarthNC is also downloadable for your PC and allow...
by FlyboyTR
Tue Sep 27, 2016 9:56 am
Forum: MacGregor/Venture Discussion
Topic: Spreaders and lazy jack
Replies: 2
Views: 1421

Re: Spreaders and lazy jack

I had built a quick lazy jack system for our 91-S. It was poorly adjusted and would trap the battens from time to time. But it was temporary and was attached to the spreaders next to the mast. With our new sail, I built a sail pack and lazy jack system for it. Each bridle runs to a padeye located ab...
by FlyboyTR
Tue Sep 27, 2016 9:48 am
Forum: MacGregor/Venture Discussion
Topic: Enjoying The New Sails on Mobile Bay (Video)
Replies: 11
Views: 2803

Re: Enjoying The New Sails on Mobile Bay (Video)

Yay I have found something thats cheaper in Australia :) I have been chasing a sewing machine for a few weeks, old Juki industrials I can get for around $500, and a walking foot second hand for about $1500. As you can see we get well hooked into by our local dealers, so DIY is the best option, migh...
by FlyboyTR
Tue Sep 27, 2016 9:33 am
Forum: MacGregor/Venture Discussion
Topic: Mac 26S swing keel won't retract, what's wrong!
Replies: 16
Views: 4897

Re: Mac 26S swing keel won't retract, what's wrong!

We have a 91 S-model. I, like others, blocked up the boat and removed the trailer for painting, etc. I also had to do repair to the cracked and damaged swing keel. There is not a lot that could cause things to NOT swing up or down. If it swings up easily while you are under the boat (in the water), ...