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by seahouse
Thu Jun 16, 2016 1:50 am
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Lol etec
Replies: 10
Views: 2326

Re: Lol etec

Stainless steel used in a location where it is in constant contact with water (ie below the water line) is bad news (and not the best choice of materials if you are looking for longevity). There might be some specific stainless alloys (not the common ones) that are an exception, with other compromis...
by seahouse
Thu Jun 09, 2016 1:28 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Flipping a Macgregor
Replies: 150
Views: 15982

Re: Flipping a Macgregor

Countering with rudder is not the only response. Simultaneously releasing the mainsheet (already in your other hand) slightly (enough to allow the rudders to retain authority) will reduce the roundup tendency of course, the two are done together. A person new to the helm (or with less sporty passeng...
by seahouse
Thu Jun 09, 2016 1:17 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Flipping a Macgregor
Replies: 150
Views: 15982

Re: Flipping a Macgregor

Those, among many, are ways that lead to the end result he describes. It is not unreasonable to hear that a Mac is within the bounds of these adjustments. I would guess you might even be able to balance beyond that point to lee helm (if you chose to for some reason).
by seahouse
Thu Jun 09, 2016 12:26 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Flipping a Macgregor
Replies: 150
Views: 15982

Re: Flipping a Macgregor

There are many details here to be considered than are being acknowledged/ recognized. BOAT has taken the time and effort to properly balance his M, something that is not as important to most sailors. Which is to say that, because of his experience he does not need the safety margin (and consequentia...
by seahouse
Wed Jun 01, 2016 2:51 pm
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: BF50 water pump replacement - water comes out holes
Replies: 26
Views: 4073

Re: BF50 water pump replacement - water comes out holes

From the picture, those holes look like they would normally be below water level, so you would not normally see water coming from them, water would flow into them until the motor starts (?) Is the bearing on top a conventional steel bearing, with roller/balls and races, or a sleeve/ bush? If of corr...
by seahouse
Thu May 26, 2016 10:49 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: First Sail - Engine failure - Smoking Batteries
Replies: 4
Views: 904

Re: First Sail - Engine failure - Smoking Batteries

It sounds like there was arcing at the battery terminal as the melting was at that point and not all along the entire wire (?) So other than normal aging you might luck out without damage to the battery. Check the fluid levels in the battery cells to be sure they aren't low (and are all even). There...
by seahouse
Thu May 26, 2016 9:02 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: First Sail - Engine failure - Smoking Batteries
Replies: 4
Views: 904

Re: First Sail - Engine failure - Smoking Batteries

Sounds like you handled it well. Wing nuts are not an approved method for fixing terminals on the battery. Especially when only hand tight. I use them, but torque them to the same torque they would be if they were the proper hex nuts. You will want to do either that, or, to be in compliance, replace...
by seahouse
Thu May 26, 2016 9:52 am
Forum: MacGregor/Venture Discussion
Topic: How to lock cabin hatch.
Replies: 17
Views: 3719

Re: How to lock cabin hatch.

Not offended in any way. This is the disadvantage of written communication. One can't determine voice inflection, or facial expression. That is why I used the laughing emoticon. All is good. Never an intent to attack and offend. I attribute it all to my ineffective writing skills. Ray Ditto. Awesom...
by seahouse
Thu May 26, 2016 12:05 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Wing-on-wing
Replies: 17
Views: 2489

Re: Wing-on-wing

In light winds you can also use gravity to influence the boom to stay reaching by shifting the weight in the boat (move people around to favour that side) so the side the boom is on is lower. It also presents a slightly lower drag hull profile to the water. (If yer racin').
:wink:
by seahouse
Wed May 25, 2016 11:11 pm
Forum: MacGregor/Venture Discussion
Topic: How to lock cabin hatch.
Replies: 17
Views: 3719

Re: How to lock cabin hatch.

Here we go again :D Michael, If somebody wants in; hinge up or down, covered, not covered, they will get in, it' only surrounded by fiberglass. Berber Boy had an engine stolen off of his boat. Does one think those people couldn't overcome some rinkydink hasp. :P The hasp just prevents the hatch fro...
by seahouse
Mon May 23, 2016 10:02 pm
Forum: MacGregor/Venture Discussion
Topic: How to lock cabin hatch.
Replies: 17
Views: 3719

Re: How to lock cabin hatch.

If you do install a hasp install it with the hinged part down (not as shown in the picture in the previous post). That way the screws will be covered when it is closed and locked, (I mentioned this in the old thread, but I think I didn't explain it well then), adding a (small) additional level of se...
by seahouse
Mon May 23, 2016 9:39 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Highlanders Pride and joy...
Replies: 15
Views: 1960

Re: Highlanders Pride and joy...

Nice video G! Cool pad J!
:wink:
by seahouse
Fri May 20, 2016 2:21 pm
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Electrical Grounding for the house system
Replies: 6
Views: 1704

Re: Electrical Grounding for the house system

We have the factory wire (+/-) running from battery(s) to our panel(s) and the negative is still factory single ground pole behind panel. Thinking ahead; if we are increasing the load to the panels and require additional voltage we may need to max out the voltage to the panels by increasing the AWG...
by seahouse
Thu May 19, 2016 11:46 am
Forum: Destinations, Clubs, Events and Venues
Topic: Sail-in theatre in TO.
Replies: 2
Views: 1379

Sail-in theatre in TO.

For some of you guys near to this….

http://notable.ca/toronto-is-hosting-a- ... is-summer/
by seahouse
Tue May 10, 2016 12:04 am
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: One of these at the back of our Mac
Replies: 24
Views: 3388

Re: One of these at the back of our Mac

If you have what you think is a through hull that would be vulnerable to impact failure, it would be a good idea to have something in your on-board tool kit that is capable of either plugging it, or at least reducing the flow (eg. rag and screwdriver handle) so your bilge pump could at least keep up...