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by Chinook
Tue Aug 14, 2018 10:09 pm
Forum: Destinations, Clubs, Events and Venues
Topic: I plan my trips early obviously
Replies: 21
Views: 3085

Re: I plan my trips early obviously

We planned our first trip to the Bahamas in 2004. Despite our lack of experience with the boat, stories about the Exumas convinced us that was where we wanted to go. A wise old dockmaster in St. Augustine listened to our plans and suggested that we might consider going to the Abacos for our first Ba...
by Chinook
Sun Aug 12, 2018 9:13 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Clanging Swing-Keel
Replies: 14
Views: 2672

Re: Clanging Swing-Keel

If you have good enough info to know there is a threat of squalls and a sudden, strong shift in wind direction, stern anchor would definitely be a bad idea. You really need to have a good anchor which has a fighting chance of resetting. Most dramatic example of that, for us, occurred in the Berry Is...
by Chinook
Sat Aug 11, 2018 11:24 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Clanging Swing-Keel
Replies: 14
Views: 2672

Re: Clanging Swing-Keel

You might consider using a stern anchor. If set at the proper angle, it can hold the boat so it points into the swell, as opposed to taking the swell on the beam. Sometimes, when in bays or coves, the swell can refract around at a different angle than the wind, and a stern anchor can be very helpful...
by Chinook
Sat Aug 11, 2018 11:10 pm
Forum: Destinations, Clubs, Events and Venues
Topic: Sailing from Toronto to New York
Replies: 30
Views: 8096

Re: Sailing from Toronto to New York

I've been away for a while and just noticed this thread. For bonadCA, in 2016 we cruised the Great Loop via the Champlain, Chamblis, Rideaux and Trent Severn waterways. I posted a daily blog of the trip, which can be found at http://chinook.cecka.us . If you do make the trip from Toronto to New York...
by Chinook
Sat Jul 28, 2018 7:10 pm
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Running / Recovering mast coax line
Replies: 7
Views: 2521

Re: Running / Recovering mast coax line

Regardless of how it happened, it sounds to me that you'll need to lower the mast, pull out the old coaxial cable, and either re run it, if it's still in usable condition, or install a new one. Not that expensive, and not that hard to do. It gives you a good excuse to install sound dampening on the ...
by Chinook
Tue Jun 19, 2018 10:25 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: 26X Makeover
Replies: 8
Views: 3200

Re: 26X Makeover

Update on the 26X makeover project. It's done! (Well, very nearly done.) Only took 5 weeks of work, but my friend has one sweet Mac cruiser now. New AIS VHF radio with remote cockpit mike. New pressurized water system. New galley with stainless sink, fold down faucet, and 2 burner propane stove. Sto...
by Chinook
Tue Jun 19, 2018 10:16 pm
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Making rudders
Replies: 58
Views: 13555

Re: Making rudders

I'm pretty sure replacement rudders and dagger boards for the 26M are available through Blue Water Yachts.
by Chinook
Tue Jun 19, 2018 10:14 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Question to those who have used their kicker
Replies: 27
Views: 6616

Re: Question to those who have used their kicker

Others have covered the issues well. I had a retractable Fulton kicker mount installed on our boat, and I recently installed one on a friend's boat. Cutting the access hole, like said above, allows access for installing backing plate and nuts. Not that hard a job. When I'm running my 2.5 hp Suzuki t...
by Chinook
Fri Mar 16, 2018 8:34 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: 26X Makeover
Replies: 8
Views: 3200

Re: 26X Makeover

My friend works at home, operating a cidery that's in the early stages of development, and growing fast. They specialize in heritage apples, and are working toward the high quality end of hard cider. They've won several awards, and it's fun to see a family business, started from scratch and growing ...
by Chinook
Thu Mar 15, 2018 11:57 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: 26X Makeover
Replies: 8
Views: 3200

26X Makeover

Stories about our sailing trips captured the imaginations of a young couple we know, a few years ago. They decided to start shopping for a used 26X. It didn't take them long to find just what they were looking for. It's a 1998 model, very lightly used and virtually unmodified. A blank canvass so to ...
by Chinook
Sun Mar 11, 2018 11:23 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Bow mounted roller anchor
Replies: 2
Views: 1438

Re: Bow mounted roller anchor

It depends on the year your 26X was produced. Earlier X models, up to around 1999, have a triangular cover panel screwed to the underside of the cabin liner, up in the forward part of the Vee berth. You can remove the panel, pull out the blocks of flotation foam, and gain access to the underside of ...
by Chinook
Fri Mar 09, 2018 9:20 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Marina etiquette upon arrival
Replies: 18
Views: 5407

Re: Marina etiquette upon arrival

My suggestions include having a pencil and paper handy when calling the marina, whether on cell or vhf. Especially if entering a marina for the first time, you'll want to jot down your slip assignment, directions to it, whether it's a port or starboard tie heading bow in. If you have a preference, d...
by Chinook
Tue Mar 06, 2018 12:02 am
Forum: Destinations, Clubs, Events and Venues
Topic: San Juan islands in early April
Replies: 6
Views: 3113

Re: San Juan islands in early April

April in the San Juans could be wonderful. Of course, it could also be really windy and soggy. All depends on what the weather is doing. By April, the weather should definitely be improving. It will be windier, on average, than in mid summer, which can be a plus for a sailboat. Forecasting for this ...
by Chinook
Sun Mar 04, 2018 12:55 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: 2nd hand report x rolling over and swamping
Replies: 16
Views: 5444

Re: 2nd hand report x rolling over and swamping

My one experience with instability occurred at the tail end of a 2 month trip to the Bahamas. We were just a few miles from the take out point, cruising up the ICW. I had emptied the water ballast, and was getting a head start on taking the boat apart. I was sitting on the cabin roof, working to unb...
by Chinook
Fri Mar 02, 2018 9:52 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Cruise to Desolation Sound this summer
Replies: 18
Views: 7102

Re: Cruise to Desolation Sound this summer

We've cruised the waters, but got there the long, slow way. If you're limited on time, you can save 4 days or so. The Broughtons are a fun place to cruise. Be sure and stay at some of the small, local marinas. The folks there are super friendly, the rates are reasonable, and you'll enjoy the experie...