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by Tomfoolery
Mon Jun 10, 2019 6:30 am
Forum: MacGregor/Venture Discussion
Topic: 26D Mast Raising system
Replies: 3
Views: 1046

Re: 26D Mast Raising system

If you attach the bottom block or static line to the forestay chain plate, you won't be able to use the MRS to pull the mast forward while you pin the forestay. I would attach it somewhere else.

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by Tomfoolery
Mon Jun 10, 2019 6:21 am
Forum: Trailers & Towing
Topic: BWY Disc Brake Kit
Replies: 5
Views: 436

Re: BWY Disc Brake Kit

Don't forget that disc brake master cylinders are different than that for drum brakes. Drum brakes hold a residual pressure, while disc brakes are vented completely when the brakes are released. BWY offers a cylinder for retrofit, but it's much cheaper than the full-on replacement cylinder, and I do...
by Tomfoolery
Sun Jun 09, 2019 2:58 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Aluminum Trailer - Need help
Replies: 58
Views: 3649

Re: Aluminum Trailer - Need help

You’ll need to know the flange thickness of those beams, too. Web thickness usually is secondary to flange thickness, or at least it is with steel W-beams, but the beam properties (section modulus and moment of inertia) depend on those dimensions. Material strength is also important, not for stiffne...
by Tomfoolery
Fri Jun 07, 2019 11:37 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: New Outboard Recommendations
Replies: 15
Views: 1396

Re: New Outboard Recommendations

Jimmyt wrote:
Fri Jun 07, 2019 7:35 am
Get off my lawn!
:D :D :D

I agree especially about having a qualified dealer/service center as close as possible, especially if you're based in one place primarily, as opposed to doing the Great Loop where you won't be near any one dealer for very long anyway.
by Tomfoolery
Fri May 24, 2019 11:17 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Water ballast
Replies: 8
Views: 1312

Re: Water ballast

Except that on later :macx: boats, if you don’t move some of the heavy stuff back after trailering and let the ballast fill without paying attention, you can get just a bit too much water at the vent. Or out the vent, I should say. Something you only do once. :|
by Tomfoolery
Sun May 19, 2019 11:29 am
Forum: MacGregor/Venture Discussion
Topic: Mac 222
Replies: 4
Views: 1212

Re: Mac 222

The big dagger rudder on the stern of my Aquarius 7.0 slid up and down on a long stainless rod. You could pull it up and cleat it for skinny water and loading on the trailer. BUT, when hitting the bottom, it would bend that rod, which caused me to straighten and sometimes replace it. A real PITA. If...
by Tomfoolery
Sun May 19, 2019 9:00 am
Forum: Performance & Tuning
Topic: 26X forestay length
Replies: 2
Views: 975

Re: 26X forestay length

. . . or am I missing something? Maybe. Sounds like you’re adjusting the shrouds correctly, which will tension the forestay to where it’s difficult to pin. Make sure the back stay is loose (I use a turnbuckle to tension afterward), and crank down on the mast raising system (MRS) until you can pin t...
by Tomfoolery
Fri May 17, 2019 4:03 pm
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: A few random questions
Replies: 18
Views: 2371

Re: A few random questions

Chain is 1/4" galvanized. I don't know what grade, but it could just be proof coil since it doesn't wind on a gypsy, and it's just a little boat. Grade 30 proof coil has a WLL of 1300 lb.

Line is 3/8" 3-strand nylon. Very stretchy, which is good of course.
by Tomfoolery
Fri May 17, 2019 2:20 pm
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: A few random questions
Replies: 18
Views: 2371

Re: A few random questions

In my opinion, the anchor locker is totally inadequate for stowing an anchor. Yeah, the only anchor that fits in there is a small Danforth-type fluke anchor, and it's too small for anything but a lunch hook. Which is what I keep in there, with 30 ft of chain and around 100 ft of light 3-strand rode...
by Tomfoolery
Fri May 17, 2019 6:41 am
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Continued Water Leaks
Replies: 16
Views: 2528

Re: Continued Water Leaks

This is what I use. Got it from someone on another boat forum (user name Maine Sail), but I see it's available online now. https://shop.marinehowto.com/products/bed-it-tape This stuff stays flexible, like, forever. :| I first used it years ago, and it's still as soft and sticky as the day I placed i...
by Tomfoolery
Thu May 16, 2019 12:12 pm
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Continued Water Leaks
Replies: 16
Views: 2528

Re: Continued Water Leaks

Other than that, my last and remaining leak is from the bow light, where a little bit of water can run inside the boat and soak the bow side of the berth mattresses. I won't fix it this season, I placed an old towel at the bow between the lower and upper berth liners to collect the water. Why not? ...
by Tomfoolery
Thu May 16, 2019 12:06 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Ballast leak
Replies: 14
Views: 3269

Re: Ballast leak

All was well EXCEPT water just POURED out of the centerboard trunk. <snip> Does anyone have any thoughts about how serious this problem is (My aim is eventually to sail the boat from LA harbor across the channel to Catalina) and how to proceed. If it pours out of the trunk when level, it will pour ...
by Tomfoolery
Wed May 15, 2019 2:14 pm
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Gearbox oil flush screws are stuck!
Replies: 19
Views: 2642

Re: Gearbox oil flush screws are stuck!

I was trying to imagine WWTFD... (what would Tomfoolery do)! :D :D Well, Tomfoolery would be tempted to just pay someone to make it right, but the last time I did that, they stripped out a hole for a bolt holding the lower leg on, and just filled the hole with caulk while charging me for drilling a...
by Tomfoolery
Wed May 15, 2019 2:10 pm
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Gearbox oil flush screws are stuck!
Replies: 19
Views: 2642

Re: Gearbox oil flush screws are stuck!

If it were me, I'd gently heat the area around the screw rather than the screw itself. The screw will warm too, but if you work fast, the surrounding metal will expand faster than the screw itself. However, if the screw is steel, the surrounding aluminium will expand much faster than the steel screw...
by Tomfoolery
Mon May 13, 2019 7:12 pm
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Gearbox oil flush screws are stuck!
Replies: 19
Views: 2642

Re: Gearbox oil flush screws are stuck!

I would probably use a drift pin and shock them a number of times. I’d also put heat on them, but with an electric heat gun, mostly because I don’t have a torch any more. :P I take it the “1/2 screw driver” is a very large one. I’ve had stuck gear oil screws in the lower leg when I got the boat, and...