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by Tomfoolery
Fri Aug 05, 2011 11:00 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Do you need a pump out on porta potty set up to sail on
Replies: 17
Views: 2503

Re: Do you need a pump out on porta potty set up to sail on

Just found this by following some links from another site, but it's just plain english, not the actual law.

FWIW.

http://www.tc.gc.ca/eng/marinesafety/de ... htm#sewage
by Tomfoolery
Fri Aug 05, 2011 10:50 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Do you need a pump out on porta potty set up to sail on
Replies: 17
Views: 2503

Re: Do you need a pump out on porta potty set up to sail on

I've been poking around Canada's web sites that deal with this issue, and all I've been able to find is some law that's listed as 'repealed'. I can't find any authoritative site or document. I'd like to trailer the boat to the Thousand Islands region, and not have a potential problem with a PP witho...
by Tomfoolery
Thu Aug 04, 2011 3:06 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: How Do You Cleat a Line on a Boat?
Replies: 18
Views: 1432

Re: How Do You Cleat a Line on a Boat?

Mine usually look like the last one, but I've noticed that the cleats on my :macx: are so smooth and slippery that the braided dock lines I've been using slip fairly easily. Now I'm using a full round turn before the first cross, but even then, I tie the bitter end off to the winches since I don't t...
by Tomfoolery
Tue Aug 02, 2011 12:27 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Motoring the 26X
Replies: 14
Views: 1766

Re: Motoring the 26X

If you are often in water shoal enuf to risk a rudder hitting bottom, keep rudders full up, and either put up with bad steering or, as I did when slipped way up the river at South Haven MI, add a shoal draft ruddder ( mine shared a longer horizontal pivot bolt with the stock stbd rudder and drew ab...
by Tomfoolery
Tue Aug 02, 2011 10:01 am
Forum: Destinations, Clubs, Events and Venues
Topic: MacGregors Everywhere
Replies: 33
Views: 5423

Re: MacGregors Everywhere

seahouse wrote:I know they are quite common on Lake Ontario, and uplake in some areas.
Mine is the only one I've seen, but this is the first season with it, so my eyes haven't been tuned to that particular frequency for very long. :|

Edit: I can't sign into that map, either.
by Tomfoolery
Mon Aug 01, 2011 9:14 pm
Forum: Performance & Tuning
Topic: Poor performance in strong wind
Replies: 44
Views: 7258

Re: Poor performance in strong wind

Short of putting out an anchor (sea or bottom biting), how does a singlehander reliably hold an X head to the wind to drop and particularly to raise the main? My main halyard comes back to the cockpit with a rope clutch on the cabin roof. Without an autohelm to hold it into the wind, hoisting from ...
by Tomfoolery
Mon Aug 01, 2011 8:22 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Steering Cable Replacement
Replies: 9
Views: 1068

Re: Steering Cable Replacement

I don't have anything useful to add other than Wow, that's clean back there! :o
by Tomfoolery
Mon Aug 01, 2011 8:13 am
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: switch for anchor and steaming lights
Replies: 17
Views: 2033

Re: switch for anchor and steaming lights

Our original steaming light on the mast is at the moment non-functional. When motoring at night we have turned on the anchor all around light and the running lights, bow and stern. Don't forget to put a piece of tape over the white stern light when you do that. Or pull the bulb. I've been debating ...
by Tomfoolery
Fri Jul 29, 2011 9:34 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: missing Genoa car on my 26X
Replies: 4
Views: 331

Re: missing Genoa car on my 26X

Those might be useful for the asymmetric spinnaker, too. Easier to cut loose in a gust than when they're at the cabin roof, though not as easy as ratchet blocks with the sheet held manually.
by Tomfoolery
Thu Jul 28, 2011 2:07 pm
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: switch for anchor and steaming lights
Replies: 17
Views: 2033

Re: switch for anchor and steaming lights

As far as using a single switch to switch between the lights - not a good idea unless you combine both one way and only one the other way (will need to use diodes to prevent cross feeding) That's how my Hunter was set up from the factory. But if he wants to use two completely separate units for ste...
by Tomfoolery
Thu Jul 28, 2011 1:56 pm
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Honda BF50 control - worst installation ever seen
Replies: 19
Views: 2499

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: 4055

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: 2033

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: 1297

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: 2057

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...