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by Chinook
Wed Feb 13, 2019 2:30 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Boarding ladders
Replies: 9
Views: 1897

Re: Boarding ladders

I tried a boarding ladder early on, and decided it wasn't a good option. With the curve of the hull in the bow area, your weight sways the ladder in toward the boat, leaving you hanging awkwardly backwards. The rigid ladder shown on the second post would be a better bet, however, I much prefer setti...
by Chinook
Thu Feb 07, 2019 10:49 pm
Forum: Performance & Tuning
Topic: amas (outrigger on a mac 26)
Replies: 11
Views: 2163

Re: amas (outrigger on a mac 26)

A somewhat legendary guy named MadMike, who posted here around 2004-2007, did exactly that to his 26X. His boat was named Xena's Arrow, and he fabricated retractable outrigger pontoons using a pair of retractable kicker motor mounts on either side of the hull, so he could raise or lower the pontoons...
by Chinook
Wed Jan 30, 2019 11:21 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Land Macgregor spotted
Replies: 9
Views: 2432

Re: Land Macgregor spotted

Accuracy issues aren't surprising. When we went down there we had paper charts produced by Gerry Cunningham. He developed his charts, which offered very little detail, using GPS to map anchorages. He also recorded depth readings for popular anchorages. At that time the best (read that "only") charts...
by Chinook
Mon Jan 28, 2019 1:48 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Land Macgregor spotted
Replies: 9
Views: 2432

Re: Land Macgregor spotted

No first hand familiarity with the Baja road down to Loreto and La Paz. I'm guessing that much of it is just 2 lane. It certainly is a much longer drive than trailering to San Carlos. The road to San Carlos is 4 lane divided highway for the entire distance, 250 to 300 miles from the Nogales border t...
by Chinook
Tue Jan 22, 2019 8:15 pm
Forum: Tattoo Yachts Discussion
Topic: In-hull transducer
Replies: 12
Views: 1819

Re: In-hull transducer

Not certain about the 26M/Tattoo boat, but in terms of the 26X, I looked into installing a thru hull transducer and the conclusion was negative. I talked with Todd at BWY about the best place to install one, and he said there's really no good place for one on the X. The problem involves water ballas...
by Chinook
Tue Jan 15, 2019 12:50 am
Forum: Destinations, Clubs, Events and Venues
Topic: Baja California
Replies: 2
Views: 2116

Re: Baja California

We cruised our 26X to the places mentioned in your post in spring 2008. The trip is detailed in our blog, which can be found at http://chinook.cecka.us. We trailered across the border at Nogales, then drove 300 miles south to San Carlos, near Guyamas, on the mainland side of the Sea of Cortez. San C...
by Chinook
Fri Jan 04, 2019 8:11 pm
Forum: Performance & Tuning
Topic: Off season books and movies
Replies: 8
Views: 1888

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: 1279

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: 8416

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: 7799

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: 6329

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: 12449

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: 4120

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: 4120

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: 4120

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.