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by Tomfoolery
Wed May 15, 2019 2:10 pm
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Gearbox oil flush screws are stuck!
Replies: 19
Views: 2679

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: 2679

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...
by Tomfoolery
Fri May 10, 2019 4:19 pm
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Gap in main hatch
Replies: 6
Views: 1006

Re: Gap in main hatch

There is a vertical clearance between the top of the hatchboard and the sliding hatch lip, but without the hasp attached, the slider pulls back a fair bit to overlap the hatchboard. My hasp is bent into a dog leg to allow the slider to go all the way back and still allow the padlock through. I think...
by Tomfoolery
Fri May 10, 2019 8:59 am
Forum: Performance & Tuning
Topic: Better Pointing into the Wind
Replies: 23
Views: 3184

Re: Better Pointing into the Wind

I would think a hank-on foresail would be a pain, especially since I usually am single-handed. On my Aquarius, I added a downhaul to the jib, which certainly helped dowse the sail especially when the water was too rough to go forward. Single-handed sailing also made it tough to go through the cabin...
by Tomfoolery
Thu May 09, 2019 8:07 am
Forum: MacGregor/Venture Discussion
Topic: 1985 Mac 25 hull thickness
Replies: 7
Views: 1032

Re: 1985 Mac 25 hull thickness

I've never seen a small trailer boat with a cored hull. Only big boats. FWIW.

Cored decks, yes, but not hulls. :|
by Tomfoolery
Fri May 03, 2019 5:48 pm
Forum: Performance & Tuning
Topic: Backstay and Cars?
Replies: 7
Views: 1473

Re: Backstay and Cars?

No, nothing was said about "catching wind higher above water level" 8) For lake sailors: I assume that backing up the cars could allow to catch the wind higher above the water level, if the flow of air is broken by the shores. Does that seem correct? If anything, moving the cars back would allow mo...
by Tomfoolery
Fri May 03, 2019 5:46 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Love me my Honda BF50
Replies: 9
Views: 1167

Re: Love me my Honda BF50

As for are your non-peeing 50 Ray, was it the impeller or just blockage in the tube? I ended up removing the plastic piece that connects the house to the fairing and ran the tube straight through it. Much better since then but I may replace the smaller diameter port in the block with a larger one s...
by Tomfoolery
Sat Apr 27, 2019 6:44 am
Forum: Trailers & Towing
Topic: is this forum for "trailers & towing" only or can we talk about tow vehicles?
Replies: 13
Views: 2073

Re: is this forum for "trailers & towing" only or can we talk about tow vehicles?

I don’t see why not. We have in the past. If memory serves, you have an older T1N diesel Sprinter serving as the main tow vehicle, and a new last year black Grand Cherokee (Darth Vader) as grocery getter and backup tow vehicle. Making a change? https://www.macgregorsailors.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=...
by Tomfoolery
Fri Apr 26, 2019 10:30 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Humminbird 5" or 7" screen
Replies: 2
Views: 490

Re: Humminbird 5" or 7" screen

Johnson Outdoors' web site shows 615mA vs 800mA for the 5" vs the 7". I'd pick the 7" mainly because I hate a small screen. Since you rarely need the screen to be lit all the time, you could save power by either shutting it off or letting it go dark (assuming it has the ability) and taking a peek ev...
by Tomfoolery
Thu Apr 25, 2019 10:55 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Outboard problem
Replies: 2
Views: 663

Re: Outboard problem

Is your antiventilation plate even with the bottom of the vee of the hull? If it's higher, that's the problem. It must be even or the propeller will suck air (called "ventilation" - NOT the same as "cavitation"). Slide down to picture. https://www.mywestshore.com/boat-transom/ Il tuo piatto anti-ven...
by Tomfoolery
Tue Apr 23, 2019 6:34 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: MacGregorSailors
Replies: 17
Views: 2036

Re: MacGregorSailors

Let me be the second to say, it's good to be back. I was getting worried for a bit there. :wink:

Thanks, Heath. 8)
by Tomfoolery
Mon Mar 25, 2019 7:32 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: My keel line broke.
Replies: 3
Views: 624

Re: My keel line broke.

Use a floor jack, or some wooden cribbing, or a helper under the boat. It's light weight and not hard to handle, but clumsy at best to do alone. Very easy job.
by Tomfoolery
Fri Mar 22, 2019 9:16 am
Forum: MacGregor/Venture Discussion
Topic: Slip storage
Replies: 17
Views: 3079

Re: Slip storage

2) Any tips on how to tie off in the slip? I don't have a cleat midships so spring lines are off the list unless I add a midships cleat. My slip has a midship cleat, so I run a spring line from the bow cleat to that to serve as a spring. The stern line is something like 45 degrees off vertical, and...
by Tomfoolery
Sat Mar 16, 2019 8:53 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: any mods / suggestions for reducing heel in a 26x?
Replies: 21
Views: 2832

Re: any mods / suggestions for reducing heel in a 26x?

New sails should make a difference. My blown-out old bed sheets create more heel than thrust.
by Tomfoolery
Sat Mar 16, 2019 5:12 pm
Forum: Performance & Tuning
Topic: Backstay and Cars?
Replies: 7
Views: 1473

Re: Backstay and Cars?

Moving the cars forward takes some of the twist out of the jib/genoa. Think of it like stepping on the accelerator - forward is more power, back is less.