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by Rick Westlake
Mon Dec 20, 2010 5:38 pm
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Helm in a bucket, so to speak....
Replies: 4
Views: 589

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

One of the "high points" of my screwed-up trip to sunny Florida, early in December, was the repair job I had to do on Bossa Nova's helm. I wouldn't quite call it "the trip from hull," or "the trip to hull" - but surely it can be called "the trip to hell-m ...! :P I was about a hundred miles from hom...
by Rick Westlake
Sat Dec 18, 2010 8:42 pm
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: DIY Anchor light
Replies: 7
Views: 1671

Re: DIY Anchor light

West Marine has suitable twist-lock (or screw-down-collar) connectors; they're good for up to 3 amps, and the incandescent-bulb motoring light draws less than 1 amp. They are polarized, with one large pin, so they can only go on one way. They will be ample for my needs. I intend to use two 4-pin con...
by Rick Westlake
Sat Dec 18, 2010 10:21 am
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: DIY Anchor light
Replies: 7
Views: 1671

Re: DIY Anchor light

A proper anchor light, especially an LED light, may be expensive; but being legal is worth it. Actually, it doesn't take a light at the tippy-top of the mast to satisfy the COLREGS. The Davis Mega-Lite , $55 in the 2010 We$t Marine book, can be hung from your boom's topping lift and plugged into a 1...
by Rick Westlake
Sat Dec 18, 2010 9:57 am
Forum: MacGregor/Venture Discussion
Topic: outboard mounting
Replies: 7
Views: 1058

Re: outboard mounting

Trying to get my 1992 26s cleaned up and set up for the spring. I mounted the Johnson 8hp sail drive yesterday in the motor well. It sits so low, that I dont know if it has enough room to turn well (the control handle). How do you guys' handle this? Also--is there a video of how to handle a non-ele...
by Rick Westlake
Fri Dec 17, 2010 5:49 pm
Forum: Trailers & Towing
Topic: Lifespan of a "M" Trailer
Replies: 9
Views: 1451

Re: Lifespan of a "M" Trailer

Last year I bought a Sea Lion trailer - a dual-axle rig with disc brakes, torsion-bar suspension, LED lights, bunks with slicks - from Dave's Boat Trailers in Glen Burnie, MD. About $3600, if I recall correctly. But it's very solid and it took my Florida trip (last week) in stride. I don't doubt tha...
by Rick Westlake
Mon Dec 13, 2010 8:20 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Could this save your life?
Replies: 5
Views: 769

Re: Could this save your life?

Most likely I will drown because I forgot the unit or had it sitting aboard with dead batteries. 8) . There are other ways to play it safe and without electronics. :) That's why I rigged the jacklines and got a PFD with a safety harness. No batteries, just a sturdy and secure connection to help you...
by Rick Westlake
Mon Dec 13, 2010 1:28 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Could this save your life?
Replies: 5
Views: 769

Re: Could this save your life?

I bought a Standard Horizon handheld VHF/GPS with DSC calling for pretty-much the same purpose - and price. I sewed a Phifertex holster for it, and sewed that onto the waist strap of my PFD ... plus I have a stout lanyard on the radio, that I loop into the waist strap for extra security. What strike...
by Rick Westlake
Mon Dec 06, 2010 6:47 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: 26x steering sytem
Replies: 4
Views: 1525

Re: 26x steering sytem

DON"T GET THE TELEFLEX. GET THE UFLEX "ROTECH" HELM.. I had the old 1999-vintage Morse helm on Bossa Nova. It was ... well, okay ... but it jammed up, while I was on my way for a week's cruising in Florida. Probably I should have turned around, but I decided I could fix it when I got closer to my de...
by Rick Westlake
Sun Dec 05, 2010 10:04 pm
Forum: Destinations, Clubs, Events and Venues
Topic: tough winter with pics, ok not really that tough
Replies: 28
Views: 3745

Re: tough winter with pics, ok not really that tough

So of course I decided to head down to Florida for a week ... down to Charlotte Harbor (I'm in Bradenton tonight, long story about the delays) - and I must apologize, but it appears I brought the cold weather with me!
by Rick Westlake
Sun Dec 05, 2010 9:50 pm
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Routing Control Cables (Split from: Confused New Mac owner)
Replies: 18
Views: 1560

Re: Routing Control Cables (Split from: Confused New Mac owner)

Just to add a brief horror-story this ... I found my helm had gotten jammed somehow while I was on the road from Maryland to Florida - I couldn't get the rudder cocked quite out of the way of the boarding ladder. When I tried to force the wheel, something inside the pedestal went BANG and the wheel ...
by Rick Westlake
Thu Dec 02, 2010 6:00 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: boat trailer guide post broken
Replies: 4
Views: 570

Re: boat trailer guide post broken

Yes, on both my Mac trailers. I suspect mine were worse, because the post broke and left a jagged "tooth" of the welded frame. As I see it, water collected in the steel-tubing post and corroded the weakest area - around the weld. Just a matter of time until the tubing snapped. I recommend using a bo...
by Rick Westlake
Thu Dec 02, 2010 5:18 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Re-powering a MacM from 70 HP up
Replies: 220
Views: 31902

Re: Re-powering a MacM from 70 HP up

If I had to repower for my current use, I would probably drop down to the smallest fuel injected 4 stroke I could buy, probably in either the Merc or Nissan line...maybe a 25 HP or so. I just dont powerboat that much. I think a better description of that would be De-Powering not Re- Powering. Or, m...
by Rick Westlake
Thu Dec 02, 2010 9:46 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Re-powering a MacM from 70 HP up
Replies: 220
Views: 31902

Re: Re-powering a MacM from 70 HP up

If I had to repower for my current use, I would probably drop down to the smallest fuel injected 4 stroke I could buy, probably in either the Merc or Nissan line...maybe a 25 HP or so. I just dont powerboat that much. Octaman, Highlander - though I'm reluctant to disagree with an Ultimate Mac Jedi ...
by Rick Westlake
Sun Nov 28, 2010 11:25 pm
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Electric Vent?
Replies: 66
Views: 4247

Re: Electric Vent?

Vizwhiz, thank you for your thorough treatment of displacement. I didn't perform your suggested experiments, though, and I only posted my photos to make my point about displacement and ballast - though I will add that an equivalent weight of lead shot, in the bottom of my milk bottle, would stabiliz...
by Rick Westlake
Sun Nov 28, 2010 10:56 pm
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Confused New Mac owner
Replies: 13
Views: 2007

Re: Confused New Mac owner

Bossa Nova is a '99 X with a fair number of modifications, inside and out. Two "storage" mods are good examples: Bulkhead storage pockets, over the port quarter-berth Storage baskets above the port settee and the dining table In both of these mods, I screwed-and-glued the items to the upper hull-lin...