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by Rick Westlake
Sun Jan 16, 2011 11:05 am
Forum: Destinations, Clubs, Events and Venues
Topic: Caribbean 1500 - and a Mac?
Replies: 3
Views: 871

Caribbean 1500 - and a Mac?

Well, no, not a trailer-Mac like Bossa Nova. The January 2011 SpinSheet Magazine had a blurb on the Caribbean 1500 fleet-rally from Hampton, VA to Tortola in the British Virgin Islands (BVI's). First to finish was "Sunsets," a MacGregor 65 whose owners live in Gaithersburg, MD. Gaithersburg? That's ...
by Rick Westlake
Wed Jan 12, 2011 12:59 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Macgregor 26M on The Price is Right!
Replies: 17
Views: 1678

Re: Macgregor 26M on The Price is Right!

Sure hope it was the traditional, fast white hull ... :D
by Rick Westlake
Wed Jan 12, 2011 12:56 pm
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: advice on autopilot for Mac26M
Replies: 31
Views: 3468

Re: advice on autopilot for Mac26M

I pulled mine off with a C130...truly a hurculean effort Speaking of C-130s ... and bacon ... did you know that the Brazilian nickname for the C-130 is "o cerdo volante"? Translates to "the flying pig"! By the way, you could use a little fresh hot bacon grease if you don't have penetrating oil. It ...
by Rick Westlake
Wed Jan 12, 2011 12:46 pm
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: VHF radio location?
Replies: 28
Views: 2829

Re: VHF radio location?

On my belt; rather, on my lifejacket's waist-belt. I use a Standard Horizon HX851 walkie-talkie, with Digital Select Calling and a built-in GPS "self-locator". I sewed up a fitted pocket for it, made of "Phifertex" heavy mesh fabric (scraps from another project), and sewed that onto the waist-belt o...
by Rick Westlake
Wed Jan 12, 2011 10:22 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Food / Drink Poll
Replies: 68
Views: 5738

Re: Food / Drink Poll

The first "odd item" for me is canned evaporated milk, for my cereal in the morning. Evaporated milk has twice the protein of whole milk - yes, twice the fat and carbohydrates, too, but a robust breakfast with a decent share of protein is important to me; but sun-up is just too early for me to actua...
by Rick Westlake
Fri Jan 07, 2011 11:50 am
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Steering cable snapped?
Replies: 55
Views: 6452

Re: Steering cable snapped? (Continued)

I couldn't post more than three pictures, but I did want to show you the internal difference between the Rotech and the Safe-T helms: This is a cutaway of the Teleflex Safe-T helm, from the Uflex website. The small pinion gear, attached to the wheel, is at the bottom of the helm; this is why the Saf...
by Rick Westlake
Fri Jan 07, 2011 11:40 am
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Steering cable snapped?
Replies: 55
Views: 6452

Re: Steering cable snapped?

Are you sure it's the cable? I would bet your problem is in the steering-gear mechanism itself (the "helm", as the manufacturers call it). When the helm on Bossa Nova broke, the rudders and motors were jammed over to one side. I tried to push them but they wouldn't budge. I tried to force them aroun...
by Rick Westlake
Mon Jan 03, 2011 10:44 pm
Forum: Performance & Tuning
Topic: Stack Pack ? Lazy Bag?
Replies: 11
Views: 4705

Re: Stack Pack ? Lazy Bag?

Hi Madguy, Thanks for the info, I've printed it all off and it could easily be my next project in the spring. By the way does the bag material slide easily into the boom groove with the sail foot or do I need to try a few samples of material first. Thanks , Phil. My Doyle stack-pack has a "luff-rop...
by Rick Westlake
Sun Jan 02, 2011 10:02 pm
Forum: Destinations, Clubs, Events and Venues
Topic: Messing with Real Sailboats
Replies: 13
Views: 2381

Re: Messing with Real Sailboats

Rob S, you have it pinned. Every boat is a compromise - it does some things well, and other things not-so-well. A hull that's good for sailing is unlikely to be as good for a power-boat; a keel that's great for keeping your boat upright is going to be difficult to put on a trailer; a boat with a hul...
by Rick Westlake
Sun Jan 02, 2011 9:36 pm
Forum: Performance & Tuning
Topic: Stack Pack ? Lazy Bag?
Replies: 11
Views: 4705

Re: Stack Pack ? Lazy Bag?

Yes, I have, and I love it. Several different sailmakers make them, and they really are a help. I had Doyle Chesapeake Sails, in Annapolis MD (close to my home), make me a "Cradle Cover" last winter, for Bossa Nova. It has a foot-rope that slips into the groove in the top of Bossa Nova's boom, and i...
by Rick Westlake
Sun Jan 02, 2011 8:51 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Dinghy Running Lights
Replies: 5
Views: 792

Re: Dinghy Running Lights

I don't trust Wally World when it comes to buying safety gear, although I do have a 2-mile Atwood LED bow light on Bossa Nova (from West Marine, as if it made a difference!) and it has been bright and reliable. Defender.com has the Innovative Lighting brand LED bow light (with glue-on mount for infl...
by Rick Westlake
Thu Dec 30, 2010 11:02 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Winter Boat Camping
Replies: 19
Views: 2323

Re: Winter Boat Camping

I spent two different weekends in November anchored out overnight solo with temps at or below freezing (but not much below). No issues at all. Slept like a baby in my sleeping bag. I guess you just have to get used to it. Nothing like a hot cup of coffee on those cold mornings. Was hoping to go out...
by Rick Westlake
Mon Dec 27, 2010 4:07 pm
Forum: Destinations, Clubs, Events and Venues
Topic: Google Maps
Replies: 14
Views: 2469

Re: Google Maps

pokerrick1 wrote:Know-it-all
No, Know It All would be KIL. KML is "Keyhole Markup Language." You find it being used in ArcGIS as well.
by Rick Westlake
Tue Dec 21, 2010 8:21 pm
Forum: Performance & Tuning
Topic: MAINSHEET TRAVELLER
Replies: 17
Views: 4756

Re: MAINSHEET TRAVELLER

Rather than killing your cockpit with a traveller you can just rig another main sheet block combo and then cleat the boom on the genoa tracks (or a cleat if you dont have these) for the same effect. That's what I do, Cat - here is the mod I've posted: http://www.macgregorsailors.com/modt/index.php?...
by Rick Westlake
Mon Dec 20, 2010 9:15 pm
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Helm in a bucket, so to speak....
Replies: 4
Views: 588

Re: Helm in a bucket, so to speak....

Nice repair job As I sit here in -15 degree (Celcius) weatehr I was really trying to work up some sympathy, I tried real hard...but.... Best to have had this happen on the hard rather than out in a good blow. Absolutely, Trout. I'm glad I was able to repair it, very glad I was able to make it look ...