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by Chinook
Sun Jul 30, 2006 8:36 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Can U live on Mac on Land Like an RV?
Replies: 21
Views: 2628

We frequently use our 26x as an RV on long hauls. Usually have to unhitch in order to get her leveled up properly. Wheel chocks are a must. A small 3 step folding ladder makes climbing in and out a lot more convenient. We've had the same experience as noted above regarding the comments from other RV...
by Chinook
Sat Jul 29, 2006 8:58 pm
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Auxilliary engine for 26M
Replies: 36
Views: 8593

Can't help with ideas on where to mount, since I have an X. I do use my Nissan 3.5 two stroke as a trolling motor on a lowerable motor mount, and also power my dinghy with it. In smooth conditions I can troll the X at 2.5 to 3 knots with the kicker running about 1/2 throttle. I can probably get 5 kn...
by Chinook
Fri Jul 28, 2006 10:11 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: How big is too big,
Replies: 40
Views: 5686

I've used a 10 foot porta-bote as dinghy for several years, and it works great for us. We generally set it up when launching and trail it. It rows well. I have a 3.5 hp kicker we carry on a retractable mount on the stern of the Mac. I don't trail the dinghy with motor on it. The small grommets on th...
by Chinook
Fri Jul 28, 2006 8:48 pm
Forum: Destinations, Clubs, Events and Venues
Topic: Mac on rails
Replies: 15
Views: 3543

Mac on rails

We just returned from a great 2 week cruise on a remote lake in interior BC. The lake is in northern Tweedsmuir Provincial Park, out of Burns Lake, BC., at the base of the Coast Range on the east side. Eutsuk Lake has about 70 miles of length, counting its various arms. It is a true wilderness lake ...
by Chinook
Fri Jul 28, 2006 8:22 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Motor - Battery Issue, very strange
Replies: 10
Views: 1976

I had a similar problem. In my case the motor would raise, but not lower. I suspected a bad solenoid and ordered a replacement. When I went to install it I discovered a faulty ground wire connection to the original. I put the new one in anyway, and now have a good spare. I haven't had any problems w...
by Chinook
Fri Jul 28, 2006 8:17 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Stepping on 26X steering linkage?
Replies: 7
Views: 1115

I needed a platform for ease of access, as well as to provide a place to attach 2 extra 5 gallon gas cans for extended cruising. I didn't want to use wood, because of the difficulty in maintaining finish. I ended up using some snap together decking components, which worked out great. I screwed some ...
by Chinook
Fri Jul 28, 2006 8:08 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: centerboard problems ?
Replies: 12
Views: 1671

My centerboard failed to drop after launching on a remote lake in British Columbia a couple weeks ago. I don't paint the bottom, so couldn't blame that. I suspect gravel from extended trailering. The board was hanging slightly out of the well, enough to expose the 1/2 inch hole through the end. I ha...
by Chinook
Sun Jun 04, 2006 7:59 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: BWY Bimini
Replies: 10
Views: 1989

We've used the BWY bimini for the past 4 seasons. We had it installed by BWY when we bought our 26X new in 2002. You are correct in noting the problem of it rubbing the backstay when it gets folded completely down. After folding it up a few times and allowing it to rub the backstay, the sunbrella fa...
by Chinook
Tue May 02, 2006 6:54 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: I hope this doesn't sound familiar
Replies: 29
Views: 3562

Probably not the came cause, but early on I had problems with the motor tilt solenoid on my Nissan 50. I ordered a new solenoid, and while installing it, I discovered a ground wire that was badly frayed and hanging by a thread. Rather surprising to see that on a nearly new engine. I installed the ne...
by Chinook
Thu Apr 20, 2006 5:54 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Sailing in the Florida Keys??
Replies: 18
Views: 3395

Regarding no see ums, yes they can really drive you nuts. We sewed up a forward hatch cover like described in the mod link. We used a pair of snaps on the front corners, and weighted the perimeter with pencil lead in a nylon tube sleeve. Works very well. We have the BWY wide dodger, bimini and full ...
by Chinook
Tue Apr 18, 2006 8:33 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Getting the most out of your Cooler
Replies: 27
Views: 4588

I saw something in the mod section once which involved substituting the stock ice chest and fiberglass tub it sits in with a new ice chest with extra insulation. It works well, with the seat cushion resting directly on top of the ice chest. We get extra mileage out of the ice chest up here on Puget ...
by Chinook
Tue Apr 18, 2006 6:38 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Sailing in Alaska
Replies: 8
Views: 1340

I've read Windmusher's stuff before, and it's great. Good site for you. You might want to look at our website, which describes our cruise up the Inside Passage last summer. We went as far as Glacier Bay, and had a great time on our Mac 26X. The site is at: http://chinook.home.dyndns.org. Enjoy, Mike...
by Chinook
Sun Apr 16, 2006 8:49 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: NORTH CHANNEL
Replies: 7
Views: 1179

Take a look at driving in to Killarney. We did a 5 day cruise out of that place in 2003 and really enjoyed the area. Good launch ramp and parking opportunities, and a great fish and chips place right next to the ramp. We cruised north and west, and explored Baye Finn to its extreme end, a place call...
by Chinook
Thu Apr 13, 2006 1:08 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Got the 26x, took it out for the first time. OOPS!
Replies: 31
Views: 5353

With a few years experience maneuvering to and from docks with the Mac, it still amazes me how much trouble I had on my first time out. We put in on the Columbia River in central Washington. This water is a reservoir, lots of open water, some current. The launch area is notorious for its strong wind...
by Chinook
Tue Apr 11, 2006 1:33 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Sailing in the Florida Keys??
Replies: 18
Views: 3395

In 2003 we cruised our Mac X in both the Keys and Bahamas. You're correct in paying respect to the Stream. We crossed over in early February, and didn't have to wait for a window. The weather cooperated, and we crossed with about 10 knots from the southeast, and 3 - 4 foot swell. While out there we ...