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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: 3493

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: 4113

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: 3493

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: 3493

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: 8670

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: 3493

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 ...
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: 3493

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: 2894

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: 2894

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: 8670

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: 2682

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: 3355

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: 14635

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: 6918

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: 3355

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 ...