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by Rick Westlake
Mon Apr 18, 2011 7:46 am
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: WIND SYSTEM CHOICE
Replies: 46
Views: 7474

Re: WIND SYSTEM CHOICE

David Mellon wrote:Have you tried Beano? http://www.beanogas.com/?redirectfrom=w ... o.net%20R- I find it helps with my wind sytem!
:evil: I would say something about "old fart" but that one smells pretty fresh from here! :P
by Rick Westlake
Mon Apr 18, 2011 7:44 am
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: WIND SYSTEM CHOICE
Replies: 46
Views: 7474

Re: WIND SYSTEM CHOICE

A simple way to find out if the down-wash from the main is a problem for a stern-mount, is to try it out with a simple Davis windex and see if trimming the main disturbs it. Scores of sailors cross oceans with servo-pendulum windvane steering that is always mounted on the stern. They steer the boat...
by Rick Westlake
Mon Apr 18, 2011 7:23 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Fortress anchor for M
Replies: 11
Views: 1254

Re: Fortress anchor for M

I also have a Fortress FX-11 as my #2 anchor. Fortress says an FX-7 is adequate for our boats; oversized ground tackle, though, is the cheapest of insurance. I keep it on the stern, shank-down in a 3" PVC tube mounted back of the helm seat - I posted this mod for the way I mounted it: Stern Anchor I...
by Rick Westlake
Tue Apr 12, 2011 10:16 am
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Steering cable snapped?
Replies: 55
Views: 6459

Re: Steering cable snapped?

PS - I forgot to mention in my last post - I did replace the Teleflex helm mechanism with a RoTech, back in late February. The Teleflex cable and casing fit the RoTech helm perfectly. I did have to adjust the cable so that the "king post" of the helm wheel lines straight-up when the rudder is center...
by Rick Westlake
Tue Apr 12, 2011 10:03 am
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Steering cable snapped?
Replies: 55
Views: 6459

Re: Steering cable snapped?

enufsed, I'm having just a bit of trouble visualizing why you would have to lift the mast out of the way. Are you planning to remove the entire helm pedestal? That wasn't necessary on Bossa Nova, my 1999 26X; the port side of the pedestal came off and that gave me plenty of room to work. I'm also su...
by Rick Westlake
Sun Apr 10, 2011 11:35 am
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: auto piliot vs chart plotter
Replies: 36
Views: 3311

Re: auto piliot vs chart plotter

PS - and further: No electronic gadget you can buy for your boat can substitute for your own seamanship. I dearly love my chartplotter and I use it constantly. I also keep local charts and chart-books at the ready, and I keep my own situational awareness "up and locked". The chartplotter isn't going...
by Rick Westlake
Sun Apr 10, 2011 11:18 am
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: auto piliot vs chart plotter
Replies: 36
Views: 3311

Re: auto piliot vs chart plotter

Get the chartplotter, period. Full stop. Why? Because your first word is "We". This implies a crew of two (at least), with one to mind the helm while the other works the foredeck. Since you aren't single-handing, you don't need an autopilot. I do sail single-handed 90 percent of the time, and I have...
by Rick Westlake
Sun Apr 10, 2011 10:41 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: So Long
Replies: 6
Views: 666

Re: So Long

Ooooooooohhh, a Westerly ... they aren't so common, this side of the Pond. You're a lucky man, Sailor. The Mac is a lovely boat to learn in - not only learn to sail, but learn to maintain a boat and customize her to fit your needs. She is a fine boat for gunkholing and weekending, and a great boat f...
by Rick Westlake
Tue Mar 15, 2011 7:35 am
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Mast-raising hardware conversion?
Replies: 10
Views: 1052

Re: Mast-raising hardware conversion?

I started with the block-and-tackle that came with my 26X, but after trying the gin-pole winch on my nephew's 26M, I bought a similar self-braking winch (Dutton-Lainson DLB800A, available from NorthernTool.com - the Mac gin pole uses the D-L DLB350AG, which is galvanized) and mounted it on my gin po...
by Rick Westlake
Mon Mar 07, 2011 9:06 am
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Aquair 100 Hybrid Wind & Water Generator
Replies: 11
Views: 1473

Re: Aquair 100 Hybrid Wind & Water Generator

I'm on-board with Mastreb on this, though perhaps not adamantly. I'm skeptical that you would get enough power out of the Aquair, consistently enough, to be "worth the candle". You do see a lot of cruisers sporting wind-generators, though. If I really needed all the amps I could get - i.e. if I were...
by Rick Westlake
Mon Mar 07, 2011 8:52 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Dinghy / Aux Motor advice
Replies: 16
Views: 3544

Re: Dinghy / Aux Motor advice

Rick, I have seen the Aux motor mounted on both the port and starboard sides. Why did you choose the port side? Thanks, Bob Bob, I chose the port side because it's next to the boarding ladder. It's my habit to board the dinghy from there, and I cleat its painter to the port quarter cleat when I hav...
by Rick Westlake
Mon Mar 07, 2011 8:36 am
Forum: Performance & Tuning
Topic: Topping Lift
Replies: 18
Views: 4045

Re: Topping Lift

The previous owner of Bossa Nova had a line tied to the masthead and to a padeye on the tip of the boom. This is adequate, but it can only be adjusted if the boom-end is close to the cockpit. I tried a Boomkicker for a year or so (the PO had it in a box, but never installed it). I decided I could do...
by Rick Westlake
Sun Mar 06, 2011 11:38 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Dinghy / Aux Motor advice
Replies: 16
Views: 3544

Re: Dinghy / Aux Motor advice

I put a Panther lift-up aluminum outboard bracket on Bossa Nova, on the port side of the stern just outboard of the rudder. It was an awkward job, as there isn't much room to spin a wrench up inside the transom; I also had to cut away enough of a fiberglass fillet in the stern to make room for the b...
by Rick Westlake
Tue Feb 15, 2011 3:01 pm
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Heating System on Mac 26x
Replies: 27
Views: 4699

Re: Heating System on Mac 26x

Burning alcohol does appear to produce Carbon Monoxide. I have an Origo cooking stove and my Carbon Monoxide alarm goes off just making a pot of coffee if I don't turn on the galley exhaust fan. Is the Origo heater catalytic or is it vented? If so, then probably safe, although I would still have a ...
by Rick Westlake
Sat Feb 12, 2011 9:05 am
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Stereo ???
Replies: 22
Views: 2876

Re: Stereo ???

Bossa Nova's PO put a car stereo belowdecks, with Poly-Planar 5" round outdoor speakers up over the V-berth for inside listening and in the cockpit bulkheads below the winches for outside. Decent sound, but the outside speakers were blown out (weather) and the CD player didn't play any more. I knew ...