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by Chinook
Tue May 28, 2019 9:57 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Location on loop trip
Replies: 3
Views: 694

Re: Location on loop trip

Hi Richard and Jill,

Glad to see you're making good progress. You're getting into some spectacular cruising waters.

Enjoy, Mike and Sandy
by Chinook
Sun May 26, 2019 6:52 pm
Forum: Trailers & Towing
Topic: Roller bunk trailer
Replies: 6
Views: 1013

Re: Roller bunk trailer

I like doing the bump, so I can enjoy the startled looks on faces in the boat ramp area when I accelerate and then slam on the brakes. :D
by Chinook
Fri May 24, 2019 6:59 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Water ballast
Replies: 8
Views: 1551

Re: Water ballast

I first learned about the effect of weight on the water ballast system the evening before we set out on our first Gulf Stream crossing to the Bahamas. We were headed for the Abacos, and the night before departure, I pulled the air vent plug and pulled up the "T" handle on the ballast drain valve. Af...
by Chinook
Thu May 23, 2019 9:18 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Water ballast
Replies: 8
Views: 1551

Re: Water ballast

You should take a look at the water line stripe on the hull, when you're at the dock. It should tell you whether your trim needs adjusting. I agree on the need for weight toward the bow, especially if you're trying to run at full throttle. That bow weight helps the bow to come down at speed. I insta...
by Chinook
Thu May 23, 2019 9:12 pm
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: A few random questions
Replies: 18
Views: 3202

Re: A few random questions

Almost forgot the bow cleat conflict. There's barely room for the anchor stock and the anchor locking bracket along side the bow cleat. I have just enough room to attach a looped bow line through the cleat and around its horns. Many's the time I would have gladly paid Roger $50 per inch, even $100 p...
by Chinook
Thu May 23, 2019 8:17 pm
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: A few random questions
Replies: 18
Views: 3202

Re: A few random questions

If you plan on using a heavier anchor along the lines of a Bruce, Rochna or Manson, the BWY roller is too light duty for storing the anchor. Main problem is that it is so short, that the anchor will likely conflict with the bow of the boat when pulled up to storage position. If you try leaving the a...
by Chinook
Fri May 17, 2019 8:33 pm
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: A few random questions
Replies: 18
Views: 3202

Re: A few random questions

My primary anchor is a Rochna, which I store on the bow roller. Secondary bow anchor is a Danforth style Fortress, which I carry on a bow pulpit bracket. Both anchors are rigged with chain and rode, which are stowed in the anchor locker. I've installed a partition in the locker, to keep the two sepa...
by Chinook
Fri May 17, 2019 1:28 pm
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: A few random questions
Replies: 18
Views: 3202

Re: A few random questions

In my opinion, the anchor locker is totally inadequate for stowing an anchor. While a danforth will fit, it's hard to get adequate chain and rode in with it. I carry a danforth as a second anchor on a bracket which attaches to the bow pulpit. Just hang the stock bar in the bracket and bungee the sha...
by Chinook
Thu May 16, 2019 3:42 pm
Forum: Destinations, Clubs, Events and Venues
Topic: Thinking of Circumnavigating - Vancouver Island, that is
Replies: 59
Views: 19098

Re: Thinking of Circumnavigating - Vancouver Island, that is

I took the boat out first time this season, for a shakedown cruise prior to the mid-June circumnavigation of Vancouver Island. Put in on the mid-Columbia River, on the Wanapum Pool a little downriver from Wenatchee. It's a pretty stretch of river, roadless on both sides, and with steep basalt cliffs...
by Chinook
Mon May 13, 2019 8:42 pm
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Gearbox oil flush screws are stuck!
Replies: 19
Views: 3181

Re: Gearbox oil flush screws are stuck!

I would also suggest making sure that your screwdriver precisely fits the slots in the drain plugs. Slippage often occurs because the screw driver isn't the exact right size, or because the edges of the blade have become worn. Touching it up on a grinder to square it off and adjust fit should enable...
by Chinook
Sun May 12, 2019 2:03 pm
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Gap in main hatch
Replies: 6
Views: 1225

Re: Gap in main hatch

I well remember the spiders of Illinois, while cruising through that region while doing the Great Loop. Starting in Chicago and during our passage down the Illinois River, we started finding turquoise blue spots all over the boat. We were told that they were spider poop, and very hard to scrub off. ...
by Chinook
Sat May 11, 2019 11:48 pm
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Gap in main hatch
Replies: 6
Views: 1225

Re: Gap in main hatch

The posted photo shows an opening gap at an angle. Not sure why that would be. When the sliding hatch is fully pulled back, it should overlap the removable companionway hatch, thus keeping rain out under most conditions. The biggest problem we have had with the gap between the two hatch panels invol...
by Chinook
Thu May 02, 2019 6:20 pm
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Auto Pilot fixed
Replies: 1
Views: 797

Auto Pilot fixed

Six years back I installed a Raymarine Smart Pilot 6002 on our boat. I really loved it, and missed it badly when it failed to work last year. Turned it on and after a short time, the control display went blank. I checked the fuse and it was blown. New fuse wouldn't hold, however. Turns out, I was ge...
by Chinook
Thu May 02, 2019 11:36 am
Forum: Destinations, Clubs, Events and Venues
Topic: Thinking of Circumnavigating - Vancouver Island, that is
Replies: 59
Views: 19098

Re: Thinking of Circumnavigating - Vancouver Island, that is

Hi Phil, Your plans sound great. You should love Barkley Sound and the Broken Islands. On your way up, you may decided to spend a night at Port Renfrew, which is about the only place to pause between Sooke and Ucluelet. Not a lot of protected anchorages there, but we did find a nice Mac nook behind ...
by Chinook
Wed May 01, 2019 9:56 pm
Forum: Destinations, Clubs, Events and Venues
Topic: Thinking of Circumnavigating - Vancouver Island, that is
Replies: 59
Views: 19098

Re: Thinking of Circumnavigating - Vancouver Island, that is

What does your cruising plan look like? What portion of the west coast of the island do you plan to visit? We've been up as far as Hot Springs Cove, cruising out of Port Angeles, on the outside. It was rough going north, especially between Ucluelet and Tofino, but the trip back south was very smooth...