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by Alexis
Fri May 17, 2019 2:39 pm
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Continued Water Leaks
Replies: 16
Views: 2567

Re: Continued Water Leaks

Why not? A thin sausage of butyl tape and a couple of minutes with a screwdriver would fix that permanently. 8) I know, I should have done it already... but I have limited time (three kids) and more important repairs on my list. I still didn't change the outboard gearbox's oil for instance... I alr...
by Alexis
Thu May 16, 2019 11:33 am
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Continued Water Leaks
Replies: 16
Views: 2567

Re: Continued Water Leaks

I could see that water was dribbling from the starboard chainplate and from the rear, where the control cables to the engine went The rear arrangement is an easy culprit. I had some water entering through the hole where the engine cables and steering enters the boat above the rear berth. I sprayed ...
by Alexis
Wed May 15, 2019 1:57 pm
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Gearbox oil flush screws are stuck!
Replies: 19
Views: 2659

Re: Gearbox oil flush screws are stuck!

Estate Sail has evidently pulled my favorite stunt. You start with a stuck bolt. Drill a hole in it. Insert an easy-out. Then break the hardened easy-out off in the hole in the center of the bolt. Now, you have a hardened material where you really don't need it. You can't drill it out because it's ...
by Alexis
Tue May 14, 2019 4:18 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: How do *you* clean topsides?
Replies: 11
Views: 1745

Re: How do *you* clean topsides?

Do you guys use straight water from the lake/sea to rinse or clean the boat? Isn't there a risk to bring "biological contaminants" which are going to grow on the gelcoat overtime?

I am wondering if it would be wise to pour a little bit of bleach in each bucket of water?
by Alexis
Tue May 14, 2019 11:21 am
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Gap in main hatch
Replies: 6
Views: 997

Re: Gap in main hatch

I fold up afew paper rags into about a 6" square, pull the hatch rearward past the companionway hatch, place a square in each corner, then slide hatch back to where it belongs to lock up boat. If it rains, they get wet, but stay in place and make a nice seal. Keeps the bees and other bugs from gett...
by Alexis
Tue May 14, 2019 10:54 am
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Gearbox oil flush screws are stuck!
Replies: 19
Views: 2659

Re: Gearbox oil flush screws are stuck!

I thought a lot about these screws during the night and decided that the oil HAD to be flushed what ever it takes! As Tomfoolery said, the reason is that even if the seals are still in a correct condition, a little bit of water entered each season. So, oil change it is! Here is the plan: First, I am...
by Alexis
Tue May 14, 2019 10:18 am
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Gearbox oil flush screws are stuck!
Replies: 19
Views: 2659

Re: Gearbox oil flush screws are stuck!

Thank you very much for all your answers! I really appreciate to have so much to read, so soon after posting!
by Alexis
Mon May 13, 2019 5:57 pm
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Gearbox oil flush screws are stuck!
Replies: 19
Views: 2659

Gearbox oil flush screws are stuck!

Hello, I am trying to change the gearbox oil of my Nissan 9.9 outboard (the last service was probably 4 years ago, but with a very light usage on that period). As I could read everywhere on the internet, it is very common for these screws to get completely stuck and be very hard to extract. They are...
by Alexis
Mon May 13, 2019 12:39 pm
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Portable water tank - head
Replies: 0
Views: 735

Portable water tank - head

Hello, I just replaced the pump faucets with nicer ones, all in steel. I will only reconnect water in the head this year, but I am not sure about the collapsible tanks which came with the boat... They are kind of old and the walls seem very thin. besides the plugs came with a sort of quarter turn ta...
by Alexis
Wed May 08, 2019 11:24 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: How do *you* clean topsides?
Replies: 11
Views: 1745

Re: How do *you* clean topsides?

What I meant was: aside from cleaning, do these products also add a coat of wax that will protect the fibreglass so it lasts longer than the next passage through a gnat cloud? According to Meguiar's website, the oxidation remover contains "enriched feeder oils". https://www.meguiars.com/marine/prod...
by Alexis
Tue May 07, 2019 3:45 pm
Forum: Performance & Tuning
Topic: Better Pointing into the Wind
Replies: 23
Views: 3163

Re: Better Pointing into the Wind

Thanks, Dave. This is very informative! I will watch my sails very closely but I guess that they are not so bad for EOM ones. I have never used them in very strong winds and I know the previous owners didn't as well. BTW, here is a very informative article on the topic of old sails versus new sails:...
by Alexis
Mon May 06, 2019 12:33 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: How do *you* clean topsides?
Replies: 11
Views: 1745

Re: How do *you* clean topsides?

I will soon try Meguiar's oxidation remover. I plan to apply it by hand, then to finish with a soft and thick cotton disk mounted on a drill. I will let you know how it goes. Ahoy! So, I started to deoxidize the boat this weekend. What an huge, huge task! Amazingly the boat seems way bigger when yo...
by Alexis
Wed May 01, 2019 12:34 pm
Forum: Performance & Tuning
Topic: Backstay and Cars?
Replies: 7
Views: 1461

Re: Backstay and Cars?

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?
by Alexis
Wed May 01, 2019 12:25 pm
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Oxidation remover and windows...
Replies: 4
Views: 816

Re: Oxidation remover and windows...

Thanks for the precision! I will not take the risk and I will tape the edges. More work but I guess the boat will be happier, right? :D
by Alexis
Wed May 01, 2019 10:55 am
Forum: Tattoo Yachts Discussion
Topic: "The reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated"
Replies: 25
Views: 10997

Re: "The reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated"

Does anyone here have news on Tatoo Yachts? There is not much information online...