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by Rick Westlake
Thu Feb 10, 2011 9:55 am
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Aurinco Solar Panels
Replies: 26
Views: 7219

Re: Aurinco Solar Panels

Hi Guy's throw your cash my way :o I bought one of these a few yrs ago 15 watt for about $66. on Sale of course $$ :D :D , never did get the time to install it yet Sunforce http://i844.photobucket.com/albums/ab1/TheHighlander111/Mods/Electrical%20panels/0111882_1.jpg j I'm replacing one of those, o...
by Rick Westlake
Mon Feb 07, 2011 1:14 pm
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Aurinco Solar Panels
Replies: 26
Views: 7219

Re: Aurinco Solar Panels

I looked over the Aurinco panels at the Annapolis boat show last October, and I am quite impressed. They are "ultra-thin" as advertised, and they're made so the wires don't have a protruding "strain relief" like the Sunwize SolCharger panels - another panel that's "step-on strong," or so I gather fr...
by Rick Westlake
Thu Feb 03, 2011 9:00 am
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Kinked roller furler luff...and "extra" forestay?
Replies: 15
Views: 1612

Re: Kinked roller furler luff...and "extra" forestay?

Since I use the "regular" jib halyard for a whisker-pole topping lift (when sailing) or the genoa sleeve (when not-sailing), I added a dedicated spinnaker halyard to Bossa Nova's masthead. When I'm not using the chute, I tie it off to a spare mast-tabernacle bolt through the "ears" on the bow pulpit...
by Rick Westlake
Mon Jan 31, 2011 5:01 pm
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Keeping cockpit cushions dry
Replies: 13
Views: 1734

Re: Keeping cockpit cushions dry

Out of curiosity I checked REI.com - their website shows an "REI Brand" self-inflating sleeping pad, very much like the Therm-A-Rest mattresses that ROAD Soldier is using, but a 29"x78" pad (3 1/2 inch thick) is $109 plus shipping and handling. (Or sales tax in my case; I'll buy in-store.) I have be...
by Rick Westlake
Sun Jan 30, 2011 8:38 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: 26M Rear Berth Bedding
Replies: 15
Views: 3961

Re: 26M Rear Berth Bedding

I put "Froli" plastic camper-bed springs under the port-side quarter berth (rear berth) of Bossa Nova. They add about 2 1/2 inches of "extra comfort" to the bed. They also provide a lot of air space for any condensation to evaporate. Sorry I don't have a photo of them in the quarter-berth area; I do...
by Rick Westlake
Thu Jan 27, 2011 8:43 pm
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Keeping cockpit cushions dry
Replies: 13
Views: 1734

Hypervent under cushions

Hypervent is excellent for keeping condensation out of your cabin cushions. Last winter I bought 6 yards of it from Defender.com; they did up-charge for the shipping, but the roll I got looked like a 55-gallon drum on my front porch! That was enough to put it under every seat and cushion in Bossa No...
by Rick Westlake
Tue Jan 25, 2011 12:48 pm
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Rusted out CB hanger
Replies: 12
Views: 1676

Re: Rusted out CB hanger

Quintamala, The centerboard hanger is still in the Blue Water Yachts online catalog.Their URL is http://www.bwyachts.com and you will need to use Microsoft Internet Explorer, Firefox or Opera as your web browser. Here is what I found in the Blue Water Yachts online catalog: http://i880.photobucket.c...
by Rick Westlake
Tue Jan 25, 2011 11:18 am
Forum: MacGregor/Venture Discussion
Topic: Tiller questions...
Replies: 36
Views: 6456

Re: Tiller questions...

Aha, now that makes sense - the rudder hold-down cleat DOES need to be on the tiller, in a 26 Classic's case. The self-releasing camcleat is an extremely good idea. I have them for each of the twin rudders on Bossa Nova (remember, she's a 26X) and I have had them "pop" a few times, in the shallows, ...
by Rick Westlake
Tue Jan 25, 2011 8:20 am
Forum: MacGregor/Venture Discussion
Topic: Tiller questions...
Replies: 36
Views: 6456

Re: Tiller questions...

(1) Tiller on my 26S (wood) is in pretty bad shape. Doesn't look like anyone has done anything to it in 15 years... Most of the coating is gone from the top and part way down the sides, and the exposed wood is rough. I was thinking of removing what's left of the old varnish (?) with paint thinner a...
by Rick Westlake
Mon Jan 24, 2011 1:58 pm
Forum: MacGregor/Venture Discussion
Topic: So the journey begins...
Replies: 10
Views: 1432

Re: So the journey begins...

Things I've learned so far - 1. It looks a lot bigger in the backyard than it did on a storage lot or behind the truck in the gas station on the way home. :? 2. ***The more you look over your new-to-you used boat, the more stuff you see wrong with it that you didn't see when you were looking at it ...
by Rick Westlake
Fri Jan 21, 2011 8:42 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Do I need a barrier coat?
Replies: 32
Views: 3403

Re: Do I need a barrier coat?

Better safe than sorry, I say. Once you've gone to the trouble of preparing your boat for bottom paint, the added time and expense of a good barrier coat would not seem to be all that much. Even though I keep Bossa Nova on a trailer, I have been pondering the notion of painting her below the waterli...
by Rick Westlake
Thu Jan 20, 2011 6:08 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: wind speeds for mac
Replies: 27
Views: 3113

Re: wind speeds for mac

I may be a wuss, but I believe the Mac is at its best in light winds. I find it delightful, ghosting along in 5 - 10 kts of wind; I'm thinking of my first reef at 10 kts, and 20-kt gusts will see me pulling in my second reef. The Macs are definitely light for their size, and lightly ballasted. Also,...
by Rick Westlake
Wed Jan 19, 2011 11:37 pm
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Heating System on Mac 26x
Replies: 27
Views: 4699

Re: Heating System on Mac 26x

Has any one tried the origo heat pal 5000, alcohol heater/stove. It's good and bad points? Will it work as a stove as advertised? I used my HeatPal (bought at a boater's flea market) for the first time last month, in Florida, during the coldest December in local memory. It helped, but my own extrem...
by Rick Westlake
Sun Jan 16, 2011 9:04 pm
Forum: Destinations, Clubs, Events and Venues
Topic: Caribbean 1500 - and a Mac?
Replies: 3
Views: 873

Re: Caribbean 1500 - and a Mac?

That looks about right; it's got the MacGregor window-stripe and the Caribbean 1500 flag up on the spreader. It sure looks like a lot of boat. I wouldn't be surprised if they could carry a Mac 19 as a dinghy. Certainly couldn't handle that by myself, physically or financially; now, if I could get Hi...
by Rick Westlake
Sun Jan 16, 2011 8:43 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Legend "The Edge" vs S-850 vs 26M
Replies: 47
Views: 4227

Re: Legend "The Edge" vs S-850 vs 26M

Ahem.................one is NEVER finished, we only stop working on them long enough to go sailing every now and then. 8) Ahem yourself, Don ... when you address a remark like that to Highlander, you are not merely "preaching to the choir," you are attempting to lecture the Archbishop from the back...