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by Tomfoolery
Thu Feb 28, 2019 9:16 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: What's everyone doing about curtains?
Replies: 32
Views: 4489

Re: What's everyone doing about curtains?

Seems to me the solution depends upon why you want to cover the windows. As much to block some heat and allow a little privacy as to cover the crappy, dried adhesive that's around the windows from the PO, or the OO (I'm the third owner). Naked, in new condition, it's a rather sparse white interior,...
by Tomfoolery
Wed Feb 27, 2019 3:38 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: What's everyone doing about curtains?
Replies: 32
Views: 4489

What's everyone doing about curtains?

I've been fighting with the dried crud that used to hold velcro some PO used for curtains, and so far I only have one port cleaned up to clean white. Using some really nasty chemicals, such that I need to use organic filters on my respirator, and a bucket or two of elbow grease I might add, and that...
by Tomfoolery
Wed Feb 27, 2019 3:29 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Model year questions
Replies: 9
Views: 2071

Re: Model year questions

warfin wrote:Also there is one above and abaft of the stove area.
Mine is riveted to the horizontal part of the seat cushion support, abaft the galley. And to the stern, starboard side, like most boats of course.
by Tomfoolery
Fri Feb 22, 2019 8:08 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Model year questions
Replies: 9
Views: 2071

Re: Model year questions

Here's the pedestal guard.

http://shop.bwyachts.com/product-p/6303-1x0.htm

It keeps the main sheet lower block higher than my engine control, which I reconfigured to make it easier to use, but resulted in the lever being higher up.
by Tomfoolery
Thu Feb 21, 2019 5:32 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Model year questions
Replies: 9
Views: 2071

Re: Model year questions

Hi, The Mac 26X I purchased is a third hand from 1998. I have a flew clues that I was told the correct production year, but I was wondering if I could check it? I looked at pictures online and noticed that: - the rudder heads on my boat are the aluminum ones - the pedestal is the lower version: it ...
by Tomfoolery
Tue Feb 19, 2019 11:53 am
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Where you have the fresh water fill in?
Replies: 19
Views: 3800

Re: Where you have the fresh water fill in?

My X has the fill port cut right into the cabin wall on the port side, with a fat, ugly hose bending down and into the galley area, along with a vent hose. The beefy plastic 7 gallon tank is under the port side seat, up against the galley. My Hunter keel boat had the tank under the vee berth, and th...
by Tomfoolery
Sat Feb 16, 2019 4:37 pm
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Engine tilt motor successfully replaced
Replies: 1
Views: 894

Re: Engine tilt motor successfully replaced

Well done. And that motor info now resides in my file, just in case. :)
by Tomfoolery
Mon Feb 11, 2019 10:14 am
Forum: Performance & Tuning
Topic: PFD's - WTF?
Replies: 5
Views: 1192

Re: PFD's - WTF?

I noticed there are several mfg making pfd with higher buoyancy ratings. What about the quality of the trigger/inflation mechanism on cheaper pdf's? I've seen an article about the differences in dependability except reminders to replace them per specifications. AFAIK, there are only a couple of com...
by Tomfoolery
Thu Feb 07, 2019 5:01 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Roller furler inspection and maintenance
Replies: 14
Views: 3218

Re: Roller furler inspection and maintenance

If you get a headsail cover, it will add years to the sacrificial strip on your headsail. This may sound dumb but I didn't think about this sacrificial aspect of things. Hey, it is the first time I own a sailboat with a furler after all! So it is actually ok for this strip to have some wear from th...
by Tomfoolery
Wed Feb 06, 2019 5:43 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Roller furler inspection and maintenance
Replies: 14
Views: 3218

Re: Roller furler inspection and maintenance

I also checked the genoa. The biggest surprise was about the black canvas sewed around the sail which was falling apart. The original thread was so decomposed that it was almost disappearing at places (I am not talking about the thread on the white sail fabric which seems durable) I had to glue it ...
by Tomfoolery
Wed Feb 06, 2019 10:49 am
Forum: Trailers & Towing
Topic: East coast source for trailer axles & axle parts
Replies: 6
Views: 1463

Re: East coast source for trailer axles & axle parts

Looks like you'd have to put something together from parts. When I got my trailer, it had (and still has) two mismatched axles. The original rectangular axle, which had a really heavy spring stack with thick leaves (never found any commercial offerings with that thickness), and a more common round-t...
by Tomfoolery
Tue Feb 05, 2019 11:23 pm
Forum: Trailers & Towing
Topic: East coast source for trailer axles & axle parts
Replies: 6
Views: 1463

Re: East coast source for trailer axles & axle parts

I know that Eastern Marine is in Newark, Delaware, and they have a lot of axles and suspension parts and such, including heavy trucks. But that’s a bit of a drive from VA, but perhaps shipping can be reasonable since it’s not the other side of the country. https://www.easternmarine.com In an odd coi...
by Tomfoolery
Tue Feb 05, 2019 1:54 pm
Forum: Performance & Tuning
Topic: Fuel Additives
Replies: 13
Views: 2641

Re: Fuel Additives

Sounds like a marketing blurb. I have gasoline in my 4kW 'portable' generator that's often more than a year old, and it starts and runs just fine. Smells OK, too (though I miss the smell of leaded regular from when I was a kid). My generator isn't a high-tech fuel-injected modern engine, though. I d...
by Tomfoolery
Thu Jan 31, 2019 8:12 am
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Common leak locations on 1985 Mac 25 and rub rail advice
Replies: 6
Views: 1363

Re: Common leak locations on 1985 Mac 25 and rub rail advice

Did you remove the chain plates or just the small plates around the chain plates that are held on by rivets? BTW replacement cover plates are available from Blue Water Yachts. There are a number of threads here about how to do this. Basically just drill out the rivets, clean up the mess, and put th...
by Tomfoolery
Thu Jan 31, 2019 8:10 am
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Common leak locations on 1985 Mac 25 and rub rail advice
Replies: 6
Views: 1363

Re: Common leak locations on 1985 Mac 25 and rub rail advice

The hull joint actually has the deck piece over the top of the hull and the open part of the sealed joint points down, so I doubt that rain water gets in there. You might get some water in if you heal it enough, and of course each bolt could leak a little bit. They are a pain to reseal. It's possib...