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by bartmac
Fri Aug 20, 2010 6:08 am
Forum: Australia Group
Topic: Clarence River Yacht Club's Classic Cruise and Race,Oct 2010
Replies: 4
Views: 730

Re: Clarence River Yacht Club's Classic Cruise and Race,Oct 2010

Laid underneath the "Starship" whilst being build at Swan Bay Far north coast NSW...once launched they then partially had to sink it to get it under a bridge at Woodburn...then out to sea at Ballina down the coast to Yamba BUT with no ship registration they had a spot of trouble getting permission t...
by bartmac
Tue Aug 17, 2010 5:47 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Mac Spinnaker Knock Down
Replies: 13
Views: 2376

Re: Mac Spinnaker Knock Down

Not the sort of thing you'd want to do with a Mac.......!!!!! Well I won't be attempting the same thing...ie BIG spinnaker.Had it happen on a 26ft San Juan swingkeel thru not watching the change in wind and the river we were following reading the Sunday papers...next minute boom in the water and whi...
by bartmac
Mon Aug 16, 2010 10:44 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Mac Spinnaker Knock Down
Replies: 13
Views: 2376

Re: Mac Spinnaker Knock Down

A knockdown would imply the boat laying right down.....mast in the water????
by bartmac
Sun Aug 08, 2010 5:04 pm
Forum: Performance & Tuning
Topic: New outboard on the market
Replies: 40
Views: 9350

Re: New outboard on the market

I know this will probably marks me as a wimp......we have a 15 HP Suzuki 4 stroke....no planing,ballast always in and our 26x does about 10 kilometres ph on our GPS at 2/3 revs @ approx 2litres ph .We bought a floating caravan which at a pinch will sail and motor nice and relaxed.If I want to go fas...
by bartmac
Thu Aug 05, 2010 9:53 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: 14 Year Old Casts Off
Replies: 27
Views: 2007

Re: 14 Year Old Casts Off

At 14 I was sailing in a protected bay on weekends and for school sport....mind you GPS,internet etc all the technology to make a long journey easier hadn't been invented and now as a father the thought my 14 yr old going around the world makes my head spin.Then again its been done and what does it ...
by bartmac
Thu Jul 22, 2010 11:41 pm
Forum: Australia Group
Topic: Heaven Can Wait / October LWE L. Mac.
Replies: 8
Views: 1167

Re: Heaven Can Wait / October LWE L. Mac.

:macx: We're looking at a super long weekend ie starting in September.....MMMMMM Myall lakes or Hawkesbury ....hadn't thought of lake Macquarie I guess it doesn't matter as long as it's on the water HOWEVER lots to do, a list as long as my arm of things I want to start/finish/finesse....but we'll be...
by bartmac
Thu Jul 22, 2010 9:27 pm
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Tiller Pilot project for 2002 X
Replies: 33
Views: 6855

Re: Tiller Pilot project for 2002 X

We've got a Raymarine sportpilot on our 26X ....I installed it between the wheel and steering shaft.It's probably not designed for a sailing vessel but does the job really well.It has a stalk mounted on/off switch and incorperates a sensitivity dial.It has GPS inputs which we haven't done as yet.The...
by bartmac
Thu Jul 22, 2010 9:07 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Solo Sailing
Replies: 18
Views: 2057

Re: Solo Sailing

On our 26XFor many reasons I find an autopilot very handy especially if solo.Even with a crew on board the ability to leave the helm has made many a job easier. The combination of furling and yet to be sorted lazy jacks further enhances the sailing experience.In my opinion none of these things are l...
by bartmac
Tue Jul 13, 2010 6:59 am
Forum: Trailers & Towing
Topic: I'm thinking of getting my 2006 M trailer hot-dip galvanized
Replies: 7
Views: 927

Re: I'm thinking of getting my 2006 M trailer hot-dip galvanized

We sandblasted our 2000 M26X trailer and then treated it with POR15.....lots of coats of lots of different coatings as per the instructions and then coated the whole lot with a fishoil & tar gunk...looks good time will tell....steel salt water not a good combo.Galvanizing is a proven corrosion preve...
by bartmac
Mon Jul 12, 2010 3:58 pm
Forum: Australia Group
Topic: spare wheel for mac trailer
Replies: 5
Views: 1402

Re: spare wheel for mac trailer

i've believe they are early ford rims later model have too small a centre.....however giving the load on only two wheels......a car weighs 1500-1750 kgs on 4 wheels and a Mac weighs??????2000kgs plus??????.So I purchased dedicated alloy trailer wheels clearly rated at 1480 kgs each fitted with truck...
by bartmac
Sun Jul 04, 2010 3:35 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Abby Sunderland Interview
Replies: 17
Views: 1473

Re: Abby Sunderland Interview

Your point of view is just that .....a point of view.....I did not say we should not test ourselves in lots of ways but properly prepared And I did not call into question rescuers dedication to their task You also have to take other facts into consideration.Australia's coastline is about twice a lon...
by bartmac
Fri Jul 02, 2010 5:53 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Abby Sunderland Interview
Replies: 17
Views: 1473

Re: Abby Sunderland Interview

Ho well maybe you'd think about differently if you had to risk your life to rescue an "adventurer" seeking what ? Fame.... riches
by bartmac
Thu Jul 01, 2010 10:53 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Abby Sunderland Interview
Replies: 17
Views: 1473

Re: Abby Sunderland Interview

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by bartmac
Thu Jul 01, 2010 4:44 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Abby Sunderland Interview
Replies: 17
Views: 1473

Re: Abby Sunderland Interview

Fine young lady.....however how about we look at what she and a number of people have done....set of on an adventure... fine....how about the people who have to risk thier lives rescueing some of the illfated jounts....and what about the cost.There's been a number of sailers who have had to rescued ...
by bartmac
Mon Jun 28, 2010 6:24 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Solar Panel installed on top of Bimini
Replies: 15
Views: 2259

Re: Solar Panel installed on top of Bimini

The frame is a done deal....already fitted as per my entry earlier in this thread.I'll post some photos soon and although the solar panels are not yet fitted the weight issue is not of great concern.The actual frame is light enough for one person to pick it up easily but is contructed with bracing t...