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by Tomfoolery
Sun May 03, 2020 11:09 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Water in the boat....
Replies: 42
Views: 925

Re: Water in the boat....

Unless my cel phone math is wrong ( :| ), 2 ft of water depth with a 7 ft wide tank is only 16.6 degrees of heel. Which is around the sweet spot for my X at least. But it can certainly ‘tilt’, as the admiral calls it, much more than that, so water pressure on the top of the tank could easily see 2 p...
by Tomfoolery
Sun May 03, 2020 8:58 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Water in the boat....
Replies: 42
Views: 925

Re: Water in the boat....

In the link he says that the design value is 1 psi. That’s only about 2 ft of depth, which isn’t much heel, though it’s probably typical of ‘normal’ sailing. Maybe. I figured 7 ft of width, out to out on the ballast tank’s widest part, with the boat knocked down. But either way, 1 psi would be appli...
by Tomfoolery
Sun May 03, 2020 5:49 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Water in the boat....
Replies: 42
Views: 925

Re: Water in the boat....

Along the lines of what Jimmyt said, fresh water exerts about 0.43 psi per foot of depth, so if you want .4 psi at the top of the tank, you can fill the ballast tank through the vent hole through a hose extension that’s well sealed to the vent hole. Every foot of additional water in that little hose...
by Tomfoolery
Sun May 03, 2020 4:47 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Water in the boat....
Replies: 42
Views: 925

Re: Water in the boat....

Just be really careful pressure testing it. Only a few pounds per square inch, applied to a LOT of square inches, can break your boat in half, or at least pop a seam somewhere. The max water pressure anywhere in the ballast tank with the boat on its side is about 3 psi, not counting dynamic effects....
by Tomfoolery
Sat May 02, 2020 9:52 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: High Sides
Replies: 62
Views: 1960

Re: High Sides

It's a Mad Max loading challenge to get it onto the trailer, too. The current, which is normally relatively sedate, can move right along when the locks are bypassing a lot of water, and especially when they drain down locking a boat through. And the trailer is almost completely beyond the docks, wit...
by Tomfoolery
Sat May 02, 2020 9:13 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: High Sides
Replies: 62
Views: 1960

Re: High Sides

According to this: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Riprap If there was Rip Rap, how could any boat get close to a dock? Don’t think it’s applicable for a dock. A coastline, yes. The launch ramp I use in the Erie Canal. Can't dock with both rudders down or I'll have one rudder. The CB has to be most...
by Tomfoolery
Sat May 02, 2020 8:57 am
Forum: The Front Room
Topic: A Lament
Replies: 41
Views: 1099

Re: A Lament

Herschel, I'm glad you and the Admiral had a good day on the water! Pics next time please... How are we doing pics these days. I used to use Tiny Pics, but I thought that was gone now. :? Use the blue “Add image to post” link at the bottom-left of the box you key responses into. Easy and quick. :wi...
by Tomfoolery
Sat May 02, 2020 4:27 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: High Sides
Replies: 62
Views: 1960

Re: High Sides

NiceAft wrote:
Sat May 02, 2020 4:06 am
I don’t see any Rip Rap at all in BOAT’s drawing.
Downwind of the pier.
by Tomfoolery
Fri May 01, 2020 11:10 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: High Sides
Replies: 62
Views: 1960

Re: High Sides

If it's a really strong cross-wind that will blow you away from your finger pier and into another boat, use a spring line off the cabin winch. That's about the closest thing you have to a midship cleat unless you tie the spring line to the mast. Or better, just take a quarter turn around the mast to...
by Tomfoolery
Fri May 01, 2020 10:53 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: 1997 Macgregor 26X mast spreader bars
Replies: 6
Views: 416

Re: 1997 Macgregor 26X mast spreader bars

There's nothing special about the spreaders. They're just 1" OD x .125" wall, 6061 T6 tube. https://www.onlinemetals.com/en/buy/aluminum/1-od-x-0-125-wall-x-0-75-id-aluminum-round-tube-6061-t6-drawn/pid/1213 I'm not clear on what you're asking about regarding boots, but the OEM arrangement did not h...
by Tomfoolery
Fri May 01, 2020 5:01 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Bow in Mast.
Replies: 16
Views: 522

Re: Bow in Mast.

adudinsk wrote:
Fri May 01, 2020 12:18 am
my bow is side to side.. bows to stern .. from base to spreaders.. a few inches
You lost me. Bows to stern, or bows to starboard or port?
by Tomfoolery
Mon Apr 27, 2020 5:19 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: List of Questions: Ballast, Sails, etc.
Replies: 14
Views: 687

Re: List of Questions: Ballast, Sails, etc.

Below are a list of questions that I could not find answers anywhere on the web. Instead of 14 additional posts, I put them in one. Someone on the forum asked what I wanted to do with it. I am attracted to the MacGregor 26 because it is the only boat with a big cabin for week long sails and it is t...
by Tomfoolery
Fri Apr 24, 2020 9:11 am
Forum: Destinations, Clubs, Events and Venues
Topic: Dana Point
Replies: 13
Views: 1063

Re: Dana Point

NiceAft wrote:
Fri Apr 24, 2020 7:12 am
I was about two months shy of turning seven. Funny how I don’t remember this :D :D. Must of had the little girl next door on my mind. :)
We moved when I was 4 years old. I still remember the little girl who lived next door. Her name was Jamie. She was a biter. :|
by Tomfoolery
Thu Apr 23, 2020 4:51 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: High Sides
Replies: 62
Views: 1960

Re: High Sides

BOAT wrote:
Wed Apr 22, 2020 7:07 pm
I was unable to win the fight with the monkey.
Oh, I know the feeling. :wink:
by Tomfoolery
Wed Apr 22, 2020 2:45 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: High Sides
Replies: 62
Views: 1960

Re: High Sides

As Starscream said (paraphrasing), it's doable, but takes a little getting used to. I put the CB down just a little and normally have just one rudder down. That's enough for good control even with a cross wind. One thing you do have to get used to is the transition point between directional engine t...