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by bartmac
Tue Oct 26, 2010 6:24 pm
Forum: MacGregor/Venture Discussion
Topic: rudder position
Replies: 2
Views: 472

Re: rudder position

I don't own a venture 19 but every boat I've owned has had the rudder in a vertical or near vertical....so much so that if it's positioned off vertical the amount of effort required to steer increases dramatically.We used to sail hobies with a kickup system and if you hit an object in the water the ...
by bartmac
Thu Oct 21, 2010 4:20 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Rounding up.........
Replies: 18
Views: 1766

Re: Rounding up.........

I originally after purchase found my 26X forestay wound out to maximum length.Gusts would round it up to a stage where it was uncontrollable and overpowering the rudders.After shortening to minimum forestay length..... all problems solved...still has some weather helm for safety but is now controlla...
by bartmac
Thu Oct 21, 2010 2:01 pm
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Sailors with bad backs need a better mattress.
Replies: 21
Views: 2233

Re: Sailors with bad backs need a better mattress.

But why spend $400 when it can be done successfully for so much less :?: Rick suggestions? The Froli system is as expensive if not more by the time you count a good mattress The foam in a Mac is the cheapest available and doesn't have a long lifespan...I think the other thing to remember is that th...
by bartmac
Tue Oct 19, 2010 7:41 pm
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Sailors with bad backs need a better mattress.
Replies: 21
Views: 2233

Re: Sailors with bad backs need a better mattress.

Our 26X suffered from the same problem...3" of cheap foam and 10 years old not conjusive to a good nights sleep.Replace with 3"high density yes expensive but worth it and we now are experimenting with memory foam 2" overlay again expensive but nice.We have a 8" latex mattress at home and if there wa...
by bartmac
Mon Oct 18, 2010 5:31 pm
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Where to mount a 30 watt solar panel?
Replies: 5
Views: 534

Re: Where to mount a 30 watt solar panel?

Yes ofcourse the sealing of the wooden core to arrest moisture ingress is a given....as you would seal any fitting ....your panel won't curve?I tend to think damage to the flat panel on a curved hatch is very likely given theres no edge protection.I struggled with the same problem and found not much...
by bartmac
Mon Oct 18, 2010 1:28 pm
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Where to mount a 30 watt solar panel?
Replies: 5
Views: 534

Re: Where to mount a 30 watt solar panel?

From reading these forums I believe your year model could have a wooden core.I'm not sure the core material to be a problem.....I glued a chinese made (ebay)flat bendable solar panel to our hatch and it follows the curvature exactly....all I have to do is figure out the cord location....maybe a curl...
by bartmac
Tue Oct 12, 2010 4:55 am
Forum: Performance & Tuning
Topic: Cutter Rig on the cheap
Replies: 24
Views: 5041

Re: Cutter Rig on the cheap

I'm also sold on the idea of the mac x having been around ie in the family and owned a long list of boats...all trailable :RL's,Dennis,investigator,San Juan 25,and various smaller dingies and cats.I can't see the use of modifying a mac into a "sportsboat" ie like a 18 footer with a day cabin carryin...
by bartmac
Mon Oct 11, 2010 5:10 pm
Forum: Performance & Tuning
Topic: Cutter Rig on the cheap
Replies: 24
Views: 5041

Re: Cutter Rig on the cheap

No you misunderstand...I think the addition of a little foresail is not a bad idea......but some other additional sails and rigging on these forums is exploring the envelope just a bit too far
by bartmac
Mon Oct 11, 2010 2:08 pm
Forum: Performance & Tuning
Topic: Cutter Rig on the cheap
Replies: 24
Views: 5041

Re: Cutter Rig on the cheap

Call me chicken or just lazy.....but whilst I can understand modifications for the sake of safety,comfort and general usefullness of a Mac the extent of the sail modifications that are shown in these forums baffle me.Lets be brutally honest.....Macs X & M are a design which allows for maximum space ...
by bartmac
Wed Oct 06, 2010 12:03 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Went out of power in 4 hrs.
Replies: 21
Views: 2046

Re: Went out of power in 4 hrs.

LPG (Aussie speak) propane (North American) used to be cheap but our goverment decided that "world parity pricing" was a good idea so in our summer your winter our LPG tends to be more expensive .....lots of BTU's required to heat your cold asses and now has become too expensive for tasks like refri...
by bartmac
Wed Oct 06, 2010 11:31 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Went out of power in 4 hrs.
Replies: 21
Views: 2046

Re: Went out of power in 4 hrs.

Re- the front opening fridges and the air rushing out....my thoughts were the same however the actual math of the volume of air and the amount of BTU's.....well my knowledge is not good enough but it was explained to me to relatively insignificant.We live in an area where there are a lot of alternat...
by bartmac
Wed Oct 06, 2010 11:21 am
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Golf Cart Batteries
Replies: 28
Views: 2650

Re: Golf Cart Batteries

The ability to use or obtain batteries at a discount will obviously effect one's choice however the steering away from anything automotive and more deep cycle would have to be an overiding determinant.The choice of LED's in all lighting has reduced the load of one catagory,the other loads are simila...
by bartmac
Tue Oct 05, 2010 7:25 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Went out of power in 4 hrs.
Replies: 21
Views: 2046

Re: Went out of power in 4 hrs.

Its also a case of be prepared......freeze everything you can...bottles of water which can later be drunk,milk..... BUT NOT THE BEER.....get the fridge cold on mains prior to departure
And maybe you can't have all the comforts of home but that makes it an adventure
by bartmac
Tue Oct 05, 2010 7:06 pm
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Golf Cart Batteries
Replies: 28
Views: 2650

Re: Golf Cart Batteries

Having seen a AGM battery venting a constant stream of visible gas? more than 2 feet in the air,the top and side of the battery bulged nearly 2 inches....football shaped 6 hours later it was still too hot to touch.We put it down to a cell dropped and a truck alternator probably dropping 60 amps into...
by bartmac
Tue Oct 05, 2010 3:05 pm
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Golf Cart Batteries
Replies: 28
Views: 2650

Re: Golf Cart Batteries

Think again......they all have a vent in case of.... well 6 cells @2volts...reduce that to 5 cells if a cell fails....same input voltage across 5 cells means they'll be making hydrogen OR some other high voltage or longer term charging higher than it should be