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by Chinook
Thu Mar 19, 2020 8:43 am
Forum: Destinations, Clubs, Events and Venues
Topic: Dreaming About Haida Gwaii
Replies: 26
Views: 3442

Re: Dreaming About Haida Gwaii

Definitely attention getting description of the extreme conditions which can occur on Hecate Strait. It's a body of water which deserves great respect. We've ventured forth before on other waters which can quickly get extremely nasty, such as the Gulf Stream crossing to the Bahamas, Cape Scott and B...
by Chinook
Sun Feb 16, 2020 11:19 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Worst weather and waves
Replies: 16
Views: 1718

Re: Worst weather and waves

That's quite a story, and one we can relate to. When we crossed on that same route while on our Loop cruise in 2015, we had moderate winds out of the east, and closely spaced seas around 2 feet. We were entertained along the way with radio chatter about a boat taking on water. Coast Guard was involv...
by Chinook
Sat Feb 15, 2020 7:01 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Seakeeper 1 for boats 23 - 30 feet
Replies: 6
Views: 947

Re: Seakeeper 1 for boats 23 - 30 feet

This outfit had a booth at the Seattle Boat Show, and it looks pretty cool. It's really nothing more than a big gyroscope, with a fast spinning disc sized for the boat, which tends to stabilize the boat. They had a small water tank set up, with a scale model boat about 18 inches long, with a miniatu...
by Chinook
Tue Feb 11, 2020 4:29 pm
Forum: Destinations, Clubs, Events and Venues
Topic: Dreaming About Haida Gwaii
Replies: 26
Views: 3442

Re: Dreaming About Haida Gwaii

There are 3 marinas in Prince Rupert, namely the Prince Rupert Rowing and Yacht Club, Cow Bay Marina, and Rushbrooke Floats Small Craft Harbour. The only launch ramp in Prince Rupert is at Rushbrooke. I plan to contact them in the near future regarding long term parking for truck and trailer. I was ...
by Chinook
Mon Feb 10, 2020 7:00 pm
Forum: Destinations, Clubs, Events and Venues
Topic: Dreaming About Haida Gwaii
Replies: 26
Views: 3442

Re: Dreaming About Haida Gwaii

Update time on Haida Gwaii. I talked with a lady at Explorations Northwest at the Seattle Boat Show. They take flotillas out to Haida Gwaii from time to time. I got some great information, and may be able to borrow some charts. Canadian Hydrographics copyrights all their charts, and they cost $23 pe...
by Chinook
Mon Feb 10, 2020 6:44 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Onboard shoes
Replies: 16
Views: 1466

Re: Onboard shoes

I wear Tiva type sandals almost all of the time. The soles don't leave marks, traction is good, feet are protected while moving about on the foredeck, they make a great watershoe for getting in and out of the dinghy at the beach, and they're easy to slip on and off. When I'm relaxing underway in the...
by Chinook
Sun Feb 09, 2020 9:42 pm
Forum: Trailers & Towing
Topic: Lifting a Mac 26M
Replies: 20
Views: 1507

Re: Lifting a Mac 26M

I tried the technique described by Highlander one time, with less than successful results. It seems that my trailer jack was just a little tired. Asking it to lift the entire weight of the boat was simply too much for the old jack, and the gears stripped out. If the jack is in good shape, and well g...
by Chinook
Thu Feb 06, 2020 6:59 pm
Forum: Destinations, Clubs, Events and Venues
Topic: Any one heading for the Seattle Boat Show?
Replies: 8
Views: 895

Re: Any one heading for the Seattle Boat Show?

I spent the last Saturday at the show, and enjoyed the time. Took advantage of the $3 parking in the Mariner's stadium parking garage, a short walk from the show. Enjoyed visiting with folks at the Waggoners both, and also had a nice time reconnecting with Tova and Pierre at their Echo Bay Marina bo...
by Chinook
Thu Jan 30, 2020 5:14 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Routing Electrical Wire 26x - What type of black magic does this require?
Replies: 30
Views: 3570

Re: Routing Electrical Wire 26x - What type of black magic does this require?

When I rewired Chinook, one of the biggest challenges was routing wire from the cabin ceiling liner down to the battery box. I ended up using short lengths of white PVC pipe, 1" I think, which I placed vertically, between the ceiling liner and the galley counter, tight up against the cabin side wall...
by Chinook
Mon Jan 27, 2020 9:32 pm
Forum: Destinations, Clubs, Events and Venues
Topic: Charleston / Savannah
Replies: 2
Views: 343

Re: Charleston / Savannah

We toured both Charleston and Savannah twice while cruising through the area on our boat. First trip in the fall of 2003, going down the ICW, second in the spring of 2016, going north while on our Loop trip. Bus tour of Savannah was great. I'd also recommend spending some time in Brunswich GA, which...
by Chinook
Sun Jan 26, 2020 5:27 pm
Forum: Destinations, Clubs, Events and Venues
Topic: Sechelt Inlet?
Replies: 3
Views: 1829

Re: Sechelt Inlet?

I was cruising around some older posts and spotted this one. We haven't cruised in Sechelt yet, but did look Skookumchuck Narrows over from shore. There are a couple of marinas located within walking distance of the start of the narrows. A 2 mile long trail leads to several excellent viewing places....
by Chinook
Wed Jan 22, 2020 2:38 pm
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Motor Cowling
Replies: 8
Views: 662

Re: Motor Cowling

There was a guy with a 26X, used to show up at BWY rendezvous on occasion. He took his boat up to Alaska and back one summer and, somehow, along the way he managed to lose his engine cowling overboard. I've dropped lots of strange things overboard but never an outboard cowling. Not the best look for...
by Chinook
Mon Jan 13, 2020 10:39 pm
Forum: Destinations, Clubs, Events and Venues
Topic: Classics Across the Gulfstream
Replies: 27
Views: 2107

Re: Classics Across the Gulfstream

Another suggestion when starting out on a crossing to the Bahamas. Since it's advisable to set out at 3am or so (to allow arrival in the Bahamas when the sun is still high, enabling a good look at water color and depth), I found it helpful to make a trial run from the starting point (either anchorag...
by Chinook
Thu Jan 09, 2020 4:59 pm
Forum: Destinations, Clubs, Events and Venues
Topic: Any one heading for the Seattle Boat Show?
Replies: 8
Views: 895

Any one heading for the Seattle Boat Show?

I'm tentatively planning to go to the Seattle Boat Show on the second Saturday, February 1. Anyone out there planning to go? It won't be quite the same, now that Blue Water Yachts is no longer selling new Macs/Tattoos. They were a fixture at the Boat Show for decades, and it was always fun to go ove...
by Chinook
Thu Jan 09, 2020 11:03 am
Forum: Destinations, Clubs, Events and Venues
Topic: Classics Across the Gulfstream
Replies: 27
Views: 2107

Re: Classics Across the Gulfstream

There is a saying that goes: "Man cannot discover new oceans until he has the courage to lose sight of the shore". Reasonable prudence, sensible preparation, and careful planning are all essential when considering venturing out beyond one's comfort zone. That said, you still need to take that big ne...