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by Tomfoolery
Fri May 18, 2012 11:03 am
Forum: Performance & Tuning
Topic: Recommendation for 50 HP 4 cycle Out Board Motor
Replies: 103
Views: 16155

Re: Recommendation for 50 HP 4 cycle Out Board Motor

I do realize that you guys have larger diameter props and that has a lot of effect on it. There is a 9 and an 8 pitch available in the same blade that I purchased so I'll probably go with an 8. I believe your prop(s) are the same diameter as the Hondas. That's why I compared prop speed to prop spee...
by Tomfoolery
Fri May 18, 2012 10:19 am
Forum: Performance & Tuning
Topic: Recommendation for 50 HP 4 cycle Out Board Motor
Replies: 103
Views: 16155

Re: Recommendation for 50 HP 4 cycle Out Board Motor

My Honda BF50 has the same prop speed at max engine speed (2.08:1, 6000 rpm engine, 2885 rpm prop) as your Evinrude (2.27:1, 6500 rpm engine, 2863 rpm prop). Most folks with the same Honda, sailing the :macx: , use an 11.75" dia. x 10" pitch three-blade OEM prop, or a 11.8" dia. x 9" pitch 4-blade S...
by Tomfoolery
Fri May 18, 2012 7:08 am
Forum: Performance & Tuning
Topic: Recommendation for 50 HP 4 cycle Out Board Motor
Replies: 103
Views: 16155

Re: Recommendation for 50 HP 4 cycle Out Board Motor

I have the Evinrude 50hp 4 stroke fuel injected on my :macx: and so far love it. Quiet as can be and barely sips the fuel. At 4000 rpm, I do a solid 20.5 mph. That's with a brand new 4 blade 10 pitch....wish I would have gone with the 4 blade 8 pitch as 4500 rpm is all I can get out of it. I would ...
by Tomfoolery
Thu May 17, 2012 3:29 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Halyard Hound Mounting for Jib Cover
Replies: 10
Views: 1370

Re: Halyard Hound Mounting for Jib Cover

Fair enough, but my erroneous assumption was in support of the geometry being very good for raising a jib cover even with the angles experienced when the halyard block is 24 ft above the base of the mast. Better if it's higher still (smaller angle between the forestay and the mast), assuming the for...
by Tomfoolery
Thu May 17, 2012 9:12 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Halyard Hound Mounting for Jib Cover
Replies: 10
Views: 1370

Re: Halyard Hound Mounting for Jib Cover

BWY also recommended approximately 18" so it could double as a Forestay for a Spinnaker. <snip> !8" just seemed like it may be to high and result in a poor angle for raising the cover. Here's a sketch of the geometry of an :macx: with a 28 ft mast (cyan), forestay starting 4 ft from the top of the ...
by Tomfoolery
Thu May 17, 2012 8:08 am
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: BWY Steering Quick Disconnect
Replies: 69
Views: 9422

Re: Anyone had a BWY engine quick disconect ...?

I thought the BWY system also had a ball that mounted on the deck to terminate the engine link quick disconnect rod end onto when sailing, but I could be wrong. Having the engine secured straight ahead when sailing would be important to me, since you can just drop the engine and go after someone in ...
by Tomfoolery
Wed May 16, 2012 11:20 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Halyard Hound Mounting for Jib Cover
Replies: 10
Views: 1370

Re: Halyard Hound Mounting for Jib Cover

I would mount it 18" above the headstay, so it can be used as a spinnaker halyard too. If you're going to use the same parts, and do the same work, might as well gain the benefits.
by Tomfoolery
Tue May 15, 2012 11:34 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Finally got the 26X on the water, first time!!
Replies: 35
Views: 2616

Re: Finally got the 26X on the water, first time!!

Thanks for the info - so the line is on the OUTSIDE of the boat (26x). I will have a look - I think I saw a little line I thought it was part of the mast raising system. Nope, the line is not on the outside. It runs from the centerboard up through the inside of the stainless pole (in the cabin by t...
by Tomfoolery
Mon May 14, 2012 2:33 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Finally got the 26X on the water, first time!!
Replies: 35
Views: 2616

Re: Finally got the 26X on the water, first time!!

(like captain Ron coming into the yacht club) Ben Harvey, to the sound of air leaking out of the fenders: :D "Did you see that? That was . . . cool!" Captain Ron: "Alllright! Let's tie her off, and kick back some cold ones!" I just happen to have the disc in the DVD drawer, as I just finished watch...
by Tomfoolery
Mon May 14, 2012 9:02 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: I'm having Choke Throttle issues
Replies: 5
Views: 706

Re: I'm having Choke Throttle issues

How timely. :D We're going to tear into my BF50 remote this week to a) see why it does that (it shouldn't), and b) move it up and rotate it so it's mostly for/aft rather than up/down, and c) flip the handle over so the tilt/trim button is on the thumb instead of outside where I bump it constantly, a...
by Tomfoolery
Mon May 14, 2012 8:53 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Finally got the 26X on the water, first time!!
Replies: 35
Views: 2616

Re: Finally got the 26X on the water, first time!!

All but pulling into a slip with cross wind in a tight marina with only the 50 hp down....not very much turnability....I backed off and dropped one rudder and it made all the difference in the world. Next time, try the centerboard down half way, or all the way if you have the depth. Just watch for ...
by Tomfoolery
Mon May 14, 2012 8:13 am
Forum: MacGregor/Venture Discussion
Topic: Quick Question About Nav Lights
Replies: 20
Views: 2304

Re: Quick Question About Nav Lights

Here's the USCG web site. Check out rules 21, 22, 23, and 25. The first sentence under Rule 22 - Visibility of Lights is, "The lights prescribed in these Rules shall have an intensity as specified in [Section 8] of Annex I to these [Regulations | Rules] so as to be visible at the following minimum r...
by Tomfoolery
Mon May 14, 2012 5:12 am
Forum: MacGregor/Venture Discussion
Topic: Quick Question About Nav Lights
Replies: 20
Views: 2304

Re: Quick Question About Nav Lights

I'm not sure what you're asking. For a vessel less than 12m length, the sidelights (red/green) only need to have 1 nm visibility, and the masthead (steaming) and stern lights, which are both white, need to have 2 nm visibility. Those are minimums - you can always go bigger.
by Tomfoolery
Fri May 11, 2012 7:57 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: motor up or down?
Replies: 12
Views: 1174

Re: motor up or down?

Water freezing in the lower unit where the prop shaft originates is a really good reason to leave the motor down when stored outside. The PO of my boat stored it tilted up, but with the prop shrink wrapped. I didn't think much of that practice then, and even less now. I take the prop off and store t...
by Tomfoolery
Fri May 11, 2012 4:53 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: motor up or down?
Replies: 12
Views: 1174

Re: motor up or down?

If in doubt, look at the lower units of the I/O powerboats, which stay in the water. If that's how you want your OB to look, then fine, but I keep mine out. Oh, and I agree that Evinrude's use of the term 'storage' applies to on the hard or in a rack, pickled for the winter, rather than in between u...