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by Chinook
Fri Jan 04, 2019 8:11 pm
Forum: Performance & Tuning
Topic: Off season books and movies
Replies: 8
Views: 1678

Re: Off season books and movies

I heartily recommend the Honor series of books by Robert Macomber. Up to 14 books now, I believe, and still in the writing. Macomber has been described as America's Patrick O'Brian. Not sure I can go that far, but his work is nonetheless highly entertaining. He begins his tales during the Civil War,...
by Chinook
Fri Jan 04, 2019 7:55 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Rewiring my Mac 26X
Replies: 4
Views: 1160

Re: Rewiring my Mac 26X

I've employed several tricks in pulling new wire. You can't always count on simply attaching to the old wire and pulling. It usually gets hung up between layers. I use several different thicknesses of wire for pushing between access points. A neat trick, which has helped me in some tough situations,...
by Chinook
Fri Nov 09, 2018 12:55 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Weighed our 2003 26X today.
Replies: 34
Views: 7033

Re: Weighed our 2003 26X today.

Hi Rich and Jill, I just looked around your website. I'm going to have to spend a little more time with it. You sure have seen some great places in your travels. By the way, I just sent a boat buck to a Florida company located not too far from your home, and am now installing a pair of 18 gallon alu...
by Chinook
Mon Sep 10, 2018 11:32 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: I'm back...and other tales of woe
Replies: 21
Views: 7421

Re: I'm back...and other tales of woe

We had water problem after pounding into rough seas on the Neuse River a couple years ago. The deck/hull seam under the rub rail in the bow area was the culprit. After so many years of use, and a lot of flexing of the hull in rough conditions, waves can force their way up under the rub rail and thro...
by Chinook
Sat Aug 18, 2018 10:06 pm
Forum: MacGregor/Venture Discussion
Topic: speeds
Replies: 18
Views: 5816

Re: speeds

Our boat is usually very heavily loaded for extended cruising. Best sail we ever had was on the passage from Nassau to the north end of the Exumas, across the Yellow Banks. Wind was about 15 knots on the beam and the seas were moderate, probably 3 feet or less, decently spaced. I started out with fu...
by Chinook
Sat Aug 18, 2018 6:59 pm
Forum: Trailers & Towing
Topic: EXPLAIN PLEASE - Mac Bump (trailer)
Replies: 37
Views: 11783

Re: EXPLAIN PLEASE - Mac Bump (trailer)

Keeping the brakes functional on my stock trailer has been a continuous struggle. Doing the Mac bump turns out to be a great way of confirming that the brakes are working. 10 mph or so is fast enough to snub the boat up if the brakes work. If the brakes have quit, I need go get going faster, and the...
by Chinook
Sat Aug 18, 2018 1:42 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: 12 gal fuel/gas tank for MAC26X
Replies: 15
Views: 3764

Re: 12 gal fuel/gas tank for MAC26X

This shouldn't be such a big deal. I mean, come on! It's just two polyethylene fuel tanks built to specs Not sure about the big deal part. I googled Blitz fuel tanks once, trying to see where to buy them. I had gotten a couple at Walmart once, but they no longer carried them. I ended up finding a st...
by Chinook
Sat Aug 18, 2018 9:39 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: 12 gal fuel/gas tank for MAC26X
Replies: 15
Views: 3764

Re: 12 gal fuel/gas tank for MAC26X

Thanks, RSVPASAP, for the cost figure. It's lower than I expected. One more question: did you have to remove your pedestal to slide them in, or did they slip in with it still in place?
by Chinook
Sat Aug 18, 2018 12:53 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: 12 gal fuel/gas tank for MAC26X
Replies: 15
Views: 3764

Re: 12 gal fuel/gas tank for MAC26X

Do you recall what the cost was per tank? I'm thinking I'll contact them and see if they still have the modification specs on file.
by Chinook
Fri Aug 17, 2018 2:24 pm
Forum: Destinations, Clubs, Events and Venues
Topic: I plan my trips early obviously
Replies: 21
Views: 3051

Re: I plan my trips early obviously

Yeah, lobster season is only open through the end of March. So, if you go then you'll be dealing with the tail end of norther season, which, along with cool water temperatures, can interfere with snorkeling. The best compromise I've come up with is to get over there around the 2nd or 3rd week of Mar...
by Chinook
Fri Aug 17, 2018 2:13 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: 12 gal fuel/gas tank for MAC26X
Replies: 15
Views: 3764

Re: 12 gal fuel/gas tank for MAC26X

We ordered our boat in 2002 with a pair of 12 gallon tanks installed. They fit into the X fuel lockers, with a bit of trimming. However, Tempo, the manufacturer of the tanks, discontinued making them a few years ago. I recently met up with a friend while out on the water, and he showed me his new 17...
by Chinook
Thu Aug 16, 2018 11:49 pm
Forum: Destinations, Clubs, Events and Venues
Topic: I plan my trips early obviously
Replies: 21
Views: 3051

Re: I plan my trips early obviously

You've mentioned 2 coral reefs in the Keys, and I'm guessing you had lots of company when there. I recall some pretty amazing snorkeling around coral reefs in the Double Breasted Cay and Moraine Cay area (Abacos), and we had the place all to ourselves. There are some other spectacular snorkeling are...
by Chinook
Thu Aug 16, 2018 5:57 pm
Forum: Destinations, Clubs, Events and Venues
Topic: I plan my trips early obviously
Replies: 21
Views: 3051

Re: I plan my trips early obviously

Alas, I didn't start writing and posting blogs of our trips until our 2005 Alaska trip. That started with us emailing daily descriptions, along with mailing cd's of pictures, to our high tech son. When we got home, he surprised us with this great posted blog, which matched pictures with the daily en...
by Chinook
Wed Aug 15, 2018 2:23 pm
Forum: Destinations, Clubs, Events and Venues
Topic: Sailing from Toronto to New York
Replies: 30
Views: 8033

Re: Sailing from Toronto to New York

Valcour Island is one of my favorite episodes from the Revolution. We anchored once at Valcour Island, and just absorbed the scene, thinking back to those amazing deeds. If you ever make it the Smithsonian Museum of American History in DC, you can see the actual original Philadelphia. It was discove...
by Chinook
Wed Aug 15, 2018 12:34 am
Forum: Destinations, Clubs, Events and Venues
Topic: I plan my trips early obviously
Replies: 21
Views: 3051

Re: I plan my trips early obviously

Lots of good info sources for the Abacos. I recommend Cruising Guide to Abaco, as a good value with excellent local info. There are numerous other cruising guides to choose from. I suggest you get a couple, as it's always nice to have different takes on ports, anchorages, and routes. You definitely ...