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by bartmac
Tue Oct 05, 2010 2:15 pm
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Golf Cart Batteries
Replies: 28
Views: 2659

Re: Golf Cart Batteries

Having seen what a dropped cell in a AGM battery does when its being charged by a vehicle ie high amperage....they still vent when pushed AND become highly dangerous football shaped BOMBS.....electrics & acid and lead and hydrogen and oxygen well................the result is predictable
by bartmac
Tue Oct 05, 2010 1:33 pm
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Golf Cart Batteries
Replies: 28
Views: 2659

Re: Golf Cart Batteries

With anything...horses for courses.With batteries having lived on 12v dc 24/7 for a number of years if you can buy the right battery for the application with a dedicated charging system you can rely on it to work....however compremise the foundation of your system ie the batteries and the system wil...
by bartmac
Tue Oct 05, 2010 1:10 pm
Forum: Performance & Tuning
Topic: Reefing Time
Replies: 34
Views: 6685

Re: Reefing Time

Its also a comfort thing....the sailing a boat with too much sail is harder work,fine with the boys or for a short/medium time thing but for longer period with SWMBO aboard its just easier to reef....more likely to get a cup of something if the galley is still where you left it.Mind you my wife woul...
by bartmac
Tue Oct 05, 2010 12:57 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Went out of power in 4 hrs.
Replies: 21
Views: 2053

Re: Went out of power in 4 hrs.

You need to carefully add all power used and for how long and then set up a system.But most certainly the fridge is the one item which will suck the most juice.Unless you run your engine regularly or have another charging system what you have described is wholly inadequate except for very minor usag...
by bartmac
Sun Oct 03, 2010 7:40 pm
Forum: Performance & Tuning
Topic: Reefing Time
Replies: 34
Views: 6685

Re: Reefing Time

There are other considerations....like the boss......isn't comfortable with water spilling into the cockpit and considering she sleeps in the same bed for the moment.....I will temper my enthusiasm and limit my more adventurous exploits without her.There's always a blast on the duke or a landsailer
by bartmac
Sun Oct 03, 2010 6:29 pm
Forum: Performance & Tuning
Topic: Reefing Time
Replies: 34
Views: 6685

Re: Reefing Time

Is one of the determinants also boat speed ie the spilling of wind by the heel of the boat will actually slow you down.......a flat boat is a fast boat???Except for cats where the lifting of one hull out of the water will decrease friction.When racing small boats we always attempted to keep hulls as...
by bartmac
Sat Oct 02, 2010 2:46 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Mac in the UK
Replies: 9
Views: 622

Re: Mac in the UK

the breadth of you professed knowledge continues to impress me - you certainly do seem to know it all, and show an inspired lack of restraint in making your opinions known. Who needs valuable insights gained from hard-won personal experience when we can have vapid banalities ad lib? Now now...... w...
by bartmac
Sun Sep 12, 2010 3:30 pm
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Double Anchor Roller for an S....
Replies: 11
Views: 2070

Re: Double Anchor Roller for an S....

Long way to go for a stubbie????
by bartmac
Sat Sep 11, 2010 2:32 pm
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Double Anchor Roller for an S....
Replies: 11
Views: 2070

Re: Double Anchor Roller for an S....

I've been wrestling with the problem forthe need for proper anchor storage ( not to mention proper anchor) and your solution seems to address a number of issues...even the mock up using timber....great.I've found projects like this a hobby which adds to the enjoyment of life and when sailing any imp...
by bartmac
Sat Sep 11, 2010 2:24 pm
Forum: Trailers & Towing
Topic: Placing your boat "on the hard"
Replies: 2
Views: 771

Re: Placing your boat "on the hard"

We placed 4 pallets under the stern with the trailer coupling on the ground,then we wound the jockey wheel up enough to get a truckjack (large slide along)under the middle of the boat near the centreboard case...and jacked up.Supported the boat using cargostraps (5000kg each x 2) using a palletrack ...
by bartmac
Sat Sep 11, 2010 2:10 pm
Forum: Australia Group
Topic: Sailing the Clarence River
Replies: 12
Views: 2191

Re: Sailing the Clarence River

Sailed the Clarence around Easter and enjoyed ourselves for 5 days.Launching at Iluka only presented one problem.... the ramp at low tide ends with a large drop off ..... possibly 300mm??? so launching is OK but pulling the boat and trailer out is another story.....definitely 4wd needed.And watch fo...
by bartmac
Tue Sep 07, 2010 1:36 pm
Forum: Australia Group
Topic: macs on the move
Replies: 0
Views: 518

macs on the move

just been up to Mackay Qld from NSW and saw 4 macs on the move...good to see someone gets to use their boat
by bartmac
Mon Aug 30, 2010 4:46 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Any Good Or Bad Year ?
Replies: 16
Views: 2319

Re: Any Good Or Bad Year ?

As the mac 26 is a highly mobile both on water and land I would consider the need for shore power unnecesarry if a proper 12v system is installed.This has worked for us on both our boat and motorhome.The ability to stop anywhere and do all the things you want to without worrying about 240V or 110 is...
by bartmac
Sat Aug 28, 2010 6:48 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Any Good Or Bad Year ?
Replies: 16
Views: 2319

Re: Any Good Or Bad Year ?

Re jet unit....having considered a number of motors for our 26x and not wanting to plane our boat,we settled on a 15 suzuki four stroke.Does just fine but the idea of something else is interesting.The possible loss of space under the cockpit and the idea of thru the hull installation was too much wo...
by bartmac
Fri Aug 20, 2010 2:49 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Single handed sailing
Replies: 18
Views: 3603

Re: Single handed sailing

I fitted a Raymarine sportpilot...2nd hand off Ebay $200 odd dollars.Works a treat makes for easy 2nd set of hands.The ability to leave the wheel and know its going to keep heading allows me to do jobs around the boat that otherwise I'd have to ask my crew to do.Best investment along with roller fur...