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by Tomfoolery
Sun May 19, 2019 11:29 am
Forum: MacGregor/Venture Discussion
Topic: Mac 222
Replies: 4
Views: 1409

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: 1121

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: 3202

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: 3202

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: 3030

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: 3030

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: 3581

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: 3181

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: 3181

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: 3181

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: 1225

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: 3658

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: 1503

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: 1679

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: 1356

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...