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by seahouse
Thu May 05, 2016 10:01 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: earmuffs for Honda BF50
Replies: 21
Views: 3095

Re: earmuffs for Honda BF50

Note that in some older engines cooling water comes out mixed with the exhaust, instead of, or in addition to, a dedicated stream, as I mentioned above. It should be standard operating procedure for any marine engine that uses open loop cooling (any we will encounter here), whether in water or out ...
by seahouse
Thu May 05, 2016 2:03 am
Forum: Trailers & Towing
Topic: New trailer tire warning
Replies: 15
Views: 5159

Re: New trailer tire warning

I find it is much tougher to find recent tires in Canada. The turnover is just too slow, they have to guess at how many to order and warehouse without undershooting too much, plus they tool up and produce certain tires only once a year (or more). I phoned around in the US and had to buy my last pair...
by seahouse
Mon May 02, 2016 10:47 pm
Forum: Performance & Tuning
Topic: Know Your Fire Extinguishers
Replies: 7
Views: 2126

Re: Know Your Fire Extinguishers

One can't emphasize enought that if needed, always aim at the base of the fire. Don't waste precious seconds shooting above the combustion-able material. Also, dry chemical extinguishers should be inverted once a year, and hit ( not really hard) with a rubber mallet. This helps prevent the powder f...
by seahouse
Mon May 02, 2016 10:29 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: earmuffs for Honda BF50
Replies: 21
Views: 3095

Re: earmuffs for Honda BF50

I think the best way to tell if you have enough water going through the flush system is the strength of the stream coming out the "Tell-Tale" pilot hole (pee-hole). You're right of course. That is the definitive test. Note that in some older engines cooling water comes out mixed with the exhaust, i...
by seahouse
Mon May 02, 2016 4:26 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: earmuffs for Honda BF50
Replies: 21
Views: 3095

Re: earmuffs for Honda BF50

Is it possible to trim some of the rubber away to get a better seal?
by seahouse
Mon May 02, 2016 1:10 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: earmuffs for Honda BF50
Replies: 21
Views: 3095

Re: earmuffs for Honda BF50

I have yet to find a set of earmuffs for my BF50. I bought the round set and the rectangular set but neither come anywhere near to making a seal. Instead, I fill a garbage pail and lower the motor into it. It works, but a set of earmuffs is definitely easier on storage space. :) They don't have to ...
by seahouse
Mon May 02, 2016 1:02 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: earmuffs for Honda BF50
Replies: 21
Views: 3095

Re: earmuffs for Honda BF50

So to confirm, there is no garden hose threaded fitting for flushing or running the motor out of the water? I have to say that is a very un-Honda - like design. Or maybe later models have the hose thread?
by seahouse
Mon May 02, 2016 12:52 pm
Forum: Performance & Tuning
Topic: Know Your Fire Extinguishers
Replies: 7
Views: 2126

Re: Know Your Fire Extinguishers

One can't emphasize enought that if needed, always aim at the base of the fire. Don't waste precious seconds shooting above the combustion-able material. Also, dry chemical extinguishers should be inverted once a year, and hit ( not really hard) with a rubber mallet. This helps prevent the powder f...
by seahouse
Mon May 02, 2016 11:40 am
Forum: Performance & Tuning
Topic: Know Your Fire Extinguishers
Replies: 7
Views: 2126

Re: Know Your Fire Extinguishers

Good article. Often not mentioned is that in the case of a larger extinguisher, you need to step back farther from the fire to use it than you would with a smaller one. IIRC, the larger one I had required 7 feet. If you had a galley fire for e.g., getting 7 feet between you and the fire wouldn't be ...
by seahouse
Mon May 02, 2016 11:15 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Great Sailing location
Replies: 20
Views: 3420

Re: Great Sailing location

I recognize Bluffer's Park Marina, I "flew" over there recently via Google Earth, as the new owner of Boat of Us has it slipped there; it looks like a beautiful facility.

And (once again) a very nicely done video, G!

- B. :wink:
by seahouse
Fri Apr 22, 2016 12:19 pm
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Water ballast vent
Replies: 46
Views: 6654

Re: Water ballast vent

Boat That is a very elegant bit of engineering, how do you check the tank is full? That is the next step Dutch - I need to install a float switch in the bowl so it will send a signal to the helm when water in the bowl floats the switch (when 'boat' is full I usually get about 1 inch of water in the...
by seahouse
Tue Apr 19, 2016 1:04 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Sawzall or multitool to cut fiberglass?
Replies: 24
Views: 3339

Re: Sawzall or multitool to cut fiberglass?

...that or you can slit a length of hose of the right diameter and thickness and slide that over the edge, and glue/ silicone/adhesive/caulk it.
by seahouse
Mon Apr 18, 2016 11:39 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: May I ask a stupid question about my boat?
Replies: 76
Views: 6790

Re: May I ask a stupid question about my boat?

Oh yeah, just saw John's post, you have an X, so the backstay will counter the forestay as well. The X has aft-swept spreaders too I think (?)

On edit: Good video J,! :wink:
by seahouse
Mon Apr 18, 2016 11:36 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: May I ask a stupid question about my boat?
Replies: 76
Views: 6790

Re: May I ask a stupid question about my boat?

Yes, the foil is that grey plastic extrusion with the slots in it that the sail (luff) fits into. For ease of understanding, just consider that it "floats" loosely on the stay. The forestay runs along inside that part, but the tension to keep the mast up remains borne by the forestay. Since the top ...
by seahouse
Mon Apr 18, 2016 10:14 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: What holds up the boom?
Replies: 30
Views: 3654

Re: What holds up the boom?

No no no! It's a sky hook that holds up the boom. Everybody knows that.