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by bartmac
Sun Jun 27, 2010 10:24 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Solar Panel installed on top of Bimini
Replies: 15
Views: 2293

Re: Solar Panel installed on top of Bimini

The Bimini and Solar Panels are Put up at Launch, who said anything about Trailer Sailing with Bimini Up?
I was actually refering to a permanent frame which carries the solar panels,a mast cradle,and the bimini is also attached which is travelled in a folded position
by bartmac
Sun Jun 27, 2010 4:13 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Solar Panel installed on top of Bimini
Replies: 15
Views: 2293

Re: Solar Panel installed on top of Bimini

Wind loading of any structure when on the road is a real concern......100 km per hour and being bounced on our wonderfull roads is something to think about
by bartmac
Sun Jun 27, 2010 4:11 pm
Forum: Australia Group
Topic: Lucky B
Replies: 4
Views: 793

Re: Lucky B

Yes but getting my partner to brave the weather at the moment.........well not that easy....have installed a hotwater bottle and working on heating BUT all that aside...the boat was sitting off the trailer so we can stop the never ending battle with rust.It's now back on the newly sandblasted traile...
by bartmac
Sat Jun 26, 2010 3:48 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Solar Panel installed on top of Bimini
Replies: 15
Views: 2293

Re: Solar Panel installed on top of Bimini

I bought a frame off a motor vessel,stainless,raked backwards,I think it was used for a radar installation.Anyway cut the middle out of it,to narrow it and new mounting feet to suit the Mac 26X,installed on the cockpit combing so the top of it coincides roughly with the rear of the boat.It will take...
by bartmac
Thu Jun 24, 2010 2:54 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Weighted centreboard 26X
Replies: 7
Views: 638

Re: Weighted centreboard 26X

Having looked at the 138lb centreboard mod I realise its going to be a serious job mainly because of the lifting purchase point's proximity to the pivot point of the board......any increase in weight is going to increase the effort required exponentially....especially as we would want to increase in...
by bartmac
Thu Jun 17, 2010 5:44 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Winch Rant
Replies: 64
Views: 5701

Re: Winch Rant

Interesting......never thought of that....intentially slow down to adjust your sails,given the mac's known sailing qualities not something I'd consider.We don't race but sailing only on rivers at the moment complete with sand banks & shallows etc further hampered by tidal flows requires at times an ...
by bartmac
Thu Jun 17, 2010 1:07 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Winch Rant
Replies: 64
Views: 5701

Re: Winch Rant

I don't understand......not using winches.....how can you possible achieve sail trim without the use of winches even for a standard jib
by bartmac
Thu Jun 17, 2010 12:19 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Weighted centreboard 26X
Replies: 7
Views: 638

Weighted centreboard 26X

Having now sailed our boat a few times and looking at mods and improvements....I'm just wondering the effect of a weighted centreboard.Two reasons 1 the board doesn't have a particularly positive action ie it doesn't drop with any speed and secondly is there any appreciable advantage in sailing perf...
by bartmac
Sun Jun 13, 2010 6:14 pm
Forum: Australia Group
Topic: Lucky B
Replies: 4
Views: 793

Lucky B

Saw a blue hull 26M anchored in the Twin Towns boatharbour.........lucky B......wish I'd thought of that coinciding with Wintersun......cheap accommodation and right in the thick of things
by bartmac
Fri Jun 04, 2010 8:33 pm
Forum: Trailers & Towing
Topic: advice on towing
Replies: 33
Views: 4375

Re: advice on towing

The light truck path is probably the one for us...Ford Transit 2.4 turbo diesel long wheelbase,fitted with all the fruit IE traction control,stability control ABS and for a small 4 cylinder turbo a ton of grunt....so much so you see the idiots who just have to overtake coming and running out of puff...
by bartmac
Mon May 31, 2010 3:09 pm
Forum: Australia Group
Topic: Trailer
Replies: 15
Views: 2861

Re: Trailer

Hi all,I had no problem buying 2 alloy powder coated wheels rated very clearly @ 1400kgs c/w LT225R15 70 tyres rated @ 1120kgs which would satisfy the requirements of this task....although I haven't put our rig on a weigh bridge loaded yet....given the trailer is limited to 2000kgs in its current fo...
by bartmac
Sun May 16, 2010 8:47 pm
Forum: Australia Group
Topic: Trailer
Replies: 15
Views: 2861

Re: Trailer

For sale.....I don't know whether anyone may be interested in a Mac M trailer ,single axle unregistered,still has the USofA hitch,reasonable condition,will need some work,located Northern NSW Bought to replace our rusty but modified X trailer but have bitten the bullet and sandblasted and painted it...
by bartmac
Thu May 13, 2010 5:42 am
Forum: Performance & Tuning
Topic: Sheet to wheel steering (basic drawing)
Replies: 9
Views: 1728

Re: Sheet to wheel steering (basic drawing)

We've found a raymarine sportpilot to work really well.Bought 2nd hand on ebay for all of $228,easily installed and very effective.An adjustment to our forestay to reduce weather helm now means the sportpilot is not overpowered as readily and the ability to let go and also adjust at any time has fre...