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by Tomfoolery
Thu Jul 28, 2011 1:56 pm
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Honda BF50 control - worst installation ever seen
Replies: 19
Views: 2306

Re: Honda BF50 control - worst installation ever seen

This was my last boat.

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This is what you did.

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Functionally equivalent, and a really clean installation. I'm jealous.

Maybe I should be looking into a new control instead of brute forcing the Honda unit into submission.
by Tomfoolery
Thu Jul 28, 2011 9:55 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Motor speed
Replies: 38
Views: 3858

Re: Motor speed

Just LIL, here, but coincidentally I had my '99 :macx: out last night in relatively calm water (for a change - been pretty windy here lately). Got it up to 16 mph, according to my little spare handheld GPS. That's with mast up, main on the boom (covered), genoa rolled up, no ballast, all foils retra...
by Tomfoolery
Thu Jul 28, 2011 9:31 am
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: switch for anchor and steaming lights
Replies: 17
Views: 1915

Re: switch for anchor and steaming lights

Since a picture is worth a thousand words, here's a sketch of the four types of switches being discussed. You can have more poles, by the way, and you can also have more 'throws', usually by using rotary switches, but these four should cover almost anything you'd want to do with common boat wiring. ...
by Tomfoolery
Thu Jul 28, 2011 9:01 am
Forum: Performance & Tuning
Topic: Shroud covers
Replies: 6
Views: 1238

Re: Shroud covers

My :macx: has pvc tubes and caps with slits over the adjusters. They work ok, but they tend to jamb against each other when putting the mast up, and it's not easy to reach down there from the deck to pull them up while the mast is raised. I'm curious myself as to what others are doing. Not a good pi...
by Tomfoolery
Thu Jul 28, 2011 8:36 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: thinking of buying a 1998 mac 26x advise please?
Replies: 22
Views: 1900

Re: thinking of buying a 1998 mac 26x advise please?

What the previous poster said. Something's fishy here. No sail inspection. No chance to examine the rig in it's working configuration. No engine survey (who found the mechanic who didn't show - you, or the seller?). Big gash, poorly repaired. Trailer that needs new brakes, and probably lights all ar...
by Tomfoolery
Wed Jul 27, 2011 2:16 pm
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Honda BF50 control - worst installation ever seen
Replies: 19
Views: 2306

Re: Honda BF50 control - worst installation ever seen

you might be able to flip the handle, take off the protective cap on the handle (the big grey circle) and see what you have. Looks like its reversible to me. be carefull of the trim wires, you dont want to pinch them when you reinstall it. I poked around the service book for that engine, and it loo...
by Tomfoolery
Wed Jul 27, 2011 12:04 pm
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Honda BF50 control - worst installation ever seen
Replies: 19
Views: 2306

Re: Honda BF50 control - worst installation ever seen

I don't know much about outboards, but from poking around Teleflex's catalog, it appears it's a gunwale type control. I need something suitable for a center console type boat. My last boat had a diesel inboard, with a single-handle control at the helm, mounted on the starboard side. That's what I ne...
by Tomfoolery
Wed Jul 27, 2011 11:43 am
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Honda BF50 control - worst installation ever seen
Replies: 19
Views: 2306

Re: Honda BF50 control - worst installation ever seen

Found one. I took this when I first looked at the boat. I thought I had one somewhere. http://i56.tinypic.com/2mfj7ev.jpg I'm thinking about somehow moving it up (longer cables), forward, and rotated. Even if the cables take a bend behind the wheel (not too close, though), and even if the control st...
by Tomfoolery
Wed Jul 27, 2011 11:34 am
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Honda BF50 control - worst installation ever seen
Replies: 19
Views: 2306

Re: Honda BF50 control - worst installation ever seen

I'll take a few pics tonight. I should have done that first, but I thought I had some (not so, though). I did find a pic of the same controller that someone here had installed with a 9.9 in the 'modifications' area, which I'm linking to below. As far as the PO's go, in one word, "firstandonlyboatthe...
by Tomfoolery
Wed Jul 27, 2011 10:24 am
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Honda BF50 control - worst installation ever seen
Replies: 19
Views: 2306

Honda BF50 control - worst installation ever seen

My new to me '99 :macx: has the ubiquitous Honda BF50 with binnacle mounted remote. To put it mildly, it stinks on ice. Because of the need to turn the control cables downward, into the binnacle, it was mounted with the ignition switch almost underneath it. The lights aren't visible, and the control...
by Tomfoolery
Wed Jul 27, 2011 8:58 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Motoring the 26X
Replies: 14
Views: 1659

Re: Motoring the 26X

Timely post. I too am new to the :macx: , and have found out the hard way that it's a hockey puck on ice without the rudders and keel down. Having traded down from a 34 ft. keel boat, I got quite the surprise when I first tried to dock it (no ballast, rudders, or keel), and I was getting blown all o...
by Tomfoolery
Mon Jul 25, 2011 10:32 pm
Forum: Performance & Tuning
Topic: Prop Ventilation Issues
Replies: 44
Views: 4716

Re: Prop Ventilation Issues

Is your centerboard all the way up?