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by Alexis
Mon May 27, 2019 10:50 am
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Mainsail halyard rerouting
Replies: 6
Views: 1610

Mainsail halyard rerouting

Hello,

I am thinking about rerouting the mainsail halyard to the cockpit, but I am not motivated by the idea of drilling through the cabin deck. I was wondering if I could use the stanchions to hold the blocks? Would they be strong enough?
by Alexis
Mon May 27, 2019 9:33 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: What will you miss most about your Mac when you size up to another boat?
Replies: 28
Views: 6075

Re: What will you miss most about your Mac when you size up to another boat?

I live in the Prairies and sail on a lake, so the trailerability is an absolute necessity in my case. If I happen to live by an ocean in the future, I will focus on a 30 ft minimum with a stronger rig. Other place, other boat. But for now I am very happy with the Macgregor which is very well adapted...
by Alexis
Mon May 27, 2019 9:22 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Water ballast
Replies: 8
Views: 2188

Re: Water ballast

Except that on later :macx: boats, if you don’t move some of the heavy stuff back after trailering and let the ballast fill without paying attention, you can get just a bit too much water at the vent. Or out the vent, I should say. Something you only do once. :| That would be a mistake you do only ...
by Alexis
Mon May 27, 2019 9:13 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Water ballast
Replies: 8
Views: 2188

Re: Water ballast

You should take a look at the water line stripe on the hull, when you're at the dock. It should tell you whether your trim needs adjusting. I agree on the need for weight toward the bow, especially if you're trying to run at full throttle. That bow weight helps the bow to come down at speed. I inst...
by Alexis
Thu May 23, 2019 8:47 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Water ballast
Replies: 8
Views: 2188

Re: Water ballast

Hi Baha, Yes you are right, but in my case I was wondering if I had too much water rather than not enough! :) Here is the thing: the ballast is made of a bow compartment and a stern compartment, which are connected by the starboard and port elongated "pipe"-shaped tanks. In a 1996 26X the vent is lo...
by Alexis
Wed May 22, 2019 12:37 pm
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Gearbox oil flush screws are stuck!
Replies: 19
Views: 4583

Re: Gearbox oil flush screws are stuck!

Ahoy! I owe you the last chapter of this story. I purchased all the tools I needed last week, including a small torch. Last Friday night I decided to test again the tightness of these oil plugs, half by curiosity and half by (bad) temper. I placed a wrench on my screwdriver, put on some gloves.... a...
by Alexis
Wed May 22, 2019 12:15 pm
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Gearbox oil flush screws are stuck!
Replies: 19
Views: 4583

Re: Gearbox oil flush screws are stuck!

Seapup wrote:
Mon May 20, 2019 8:45 am
I have been amazed what you can do with a manual impact driver.
:D

Luckily I can learn how to use my tools on this forum!
by Alexis
Wed May 22, 2019 12:11 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Water ballast
Replies: 8
Views: 2188

Re: Water ballast

The more I am thinking about that water level in the ballast setting at the top of the vent hole, the more I believe is has to do with the weight distribution bow VS aft. The water in the ballast was maybe flowing from the bow ballast compartment to the aft compartment. So, my issue might not be the...
by Alexis
Wed May 22, 2019 9:32 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Water ballast
Replies: 8
Views: 2188

Water ballast

Hello, I finally could put our boat on the water this weekend! I brought her to the dock, and then filled the ballast. It was quite interesting while being in a quiet location, to see (and hear) the process of the water entering, as I usually do that on the lake. Because it took a few minutes, at a ...
by Alexis
Fri May 17, 2019 12:39 pm
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Continued Water Leaks
Replies: 16
Views: 4149

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 9:33 am
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Continued Water Leaks
Replies: 16
Views: 4149

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 11:57 am
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Gearbox oil flush screws are stuck!
Replies: 19
Views: 4583

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 2:18 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: How do *you* clean topsides?
Replies: 11
Views: 2719

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 9:21 am
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Gap in main hatch
Replies: 6
Views: 1768

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 8:54 am
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Gearbox oil flush screws are stuck!
Replies: 19
Views: 4583

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...