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by seahouse
Mon Apr 18, 2016 10:09 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: May I ask a stupid question about my boat?
Replies: 76
Views: 6582

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

sailboatmike wrote: I would think that it would all be theoretical, you can do all the maths but at the end of the day if the wind shifts a few degrees it will send all your maths up the creek It's like flying by the seat of your pants, as it were. On a plane, the pilot might choose to fly by the i...
by seahouse
Mon Apr 18, 2016 10:04 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: May I ask a stupid question about my boat?
Replies: 76
Views: 6582

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

I get how you measure the tension on a stay or a shroud - but how would you measure the tension on a furler? The forestay runs within the foil on the CDI furler. It is the tension on the forestay and not the furler foil itself (which, being a solid piece would need little tension, relative to the t...
by seahouse
Mon Apr 18, 2016 1:08 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: May I ask a stupid question about my boat?
Replies: 76
Views: 6582

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

If your using the furler check for forestay tension, boats will never point with a sloppy forestay, I find that somewhat of an issue with the CDI furler, its very hard to get reasonable tension. How can you measure the tension on a CDI furler? And what should it be? The tension on the forestay on a...
by seahouse
Thu Apr 14, 2016 7:37 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Every trip I do something stupid, what about you?
Replies: 56
Views: 6640

Re: Every trip I do something stupid, what about you?

Well if there is anything to be learned from this thread it is that you not make the same mistake twice.

...Make it four or five times, just to be sure.

:wink:
by seahouse
Tue Apr 12, 2016 5:11 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Fuel additives - StarTron v SeaFoam comparison
Replies: 31
Views: 3378

Re: Fuel additives - StarTron v SeaFoam comparison

Different fuel treatments do different things. Some actually have ethanol in them. If you would talk to the manufacturer of each product you would have an understanding of that particular product's strong points, but not necessarily its weak points. Reading about the individual ingredients and what ...
by seahouse
Mon Apr 11, 2016 9:05 pm
Forum: MacGregor/Venture Discussion
Topic: Tiller Length
Replies: 15
Views: 4307

Re: Tiller Length

You can get two nice tiller sticks for about $30 if you buy a good quality post hole digger and take the head off. Compare and contrast with tiller sticks at WM for $300...lol Yeah. That or a hockey stick that has a rudder already attached to it on one end. Eh? :D :D :D You can buy shoots left/righ...
by seahouse
Mon Apr 11, 2016 12:56 am
Forum: MacGregor/Venture Discussion
Topic: Tiller Length
Replies: 15
Views: 4307

Re: Tiller Length

Catigale wrote:You can get two nice tiller sticks for about $30 if you buy a good quality post hole digger and take the head off.

Compare and contrast with tiller sticks at WM for $300...lol
Yeah. That or a hockey stick that has a rudder already attached to it on one end. Eh?
:D :D :D
by seahouse
Mon Apr 11, 2016 12:53 am
Forum: MacGregor/Venture Discussion
Topic: Tiller Length
Replies: 15
Views: 4307

Re: Tiller Length

It might not be within the realm of what you are willing to do (although it sounds like you are replacing the whole thing anyway), but the force on the tiller is partly set by the design of the rudder which you can alter if you are willing to go to the effort. The line of pivot position and its angl...
by seahouse
Fri Apr 08, 2016 2:32 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Every trip I do something stupid, what about you?
Replies: 56
Views: 6640

Re: Every trip I do something stupid, what about you?

I have fitted a few of my tools that are dedicated to the boat with a lanyard that is a short piece of line with a loop that I put around my wrist. It is a bit more awkward than a tool without it, but I don't have to worry about it going in the drink. A small adjustable spanner is easy to do it with...
by seahouse
Thu Apr 07, 2016 3:45 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: If you wanted a good laugh
Replies: 11
Views: 1528

Re: If you wanted a good laugh

P.S. The Mac is highly maneuverable in reverse. It's even easier to handle: both rudders down, turn around face aft, wheel behind you thumbs down for the side you want to steer to, go slow :wink: Good one Gaz! Standing facing rearward, with the pedestal in FRONT of you (step around it) is also an o...
by seahouse
Wed Mar 30, 2016 3:29 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Fried my Battery
Replies: 5
Views: 894

Re: Fried my Battery

So when you switch to just the properly connected battery only, still nothing works at all anywhere? Then there must be a failure in a fusible link or fuse or a diode meant to protect against reverse current that is fairly close to the battery (since it affects everything) that has opened (after so...
by seahouse
Wed Mar 30, 2016 12:58 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Fried my Battery
Replies: 5
Views: 894

Re: Fried my Battery

So when you switch to just the properly connected battery only, still nothing works at all anywhere? Then there must be a failure in a fusible link or fuse or a diode meant to protect against reverse current that is fairly close to the battery (since it affects everything) that has opened (after som...
by seahouse
Tue Mar 29, 2016 10:26 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: New Head for a New Boat
Replies: 22
Views: 3453

Re: New Head for a New Boat

Yeah Herschel, the Jabsco heads are probably the most common one to find in a sailboat (our size and up, old or new) around here. I think they are the old reliable standby product; when I think marine head it is the Jabsco head that I picture first. The ones in the higher-end boats are electric.
by seahouse
Mon Mar 28, 2016 3:53 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: killing zebra mussels in ballast tanks
Replies: 11
Views: 2314

Re: killing zebra mussels in ballast tanks

Note Mike that the function of salt in a pool is solely as an easier to handle source of chlorine, you won't cause as much harm spilling salt as you will with the various other forms of chlorine. And also that the concentration of salt in the pool normally is less than that of sea water. (Though it ...
by seahouse
Mon Mar 28, 2016 3:42 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: killing zebra mussels in ballast tanks
Replies: 11
Views: 2314

Re: killing zebra mussels in ballast tanks

I use chlorine bleach (in Canada known as Javex) or sodium hypochlorite solution. I use the 10% solution because I already have it on hand for a swimming pool as shock (which is twice the concentration of Javex). 1/2 cup more than does it. A funnel made from a 2 l pop bottle cut in half makes a neat...