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by robbarnes1965
Thu Apr 05, 2018 2:00 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Love My Heavy Sails
Replies: 24
Views: 7186

Re: Love My Heavy Sails

Hmmm never thought of it that way ..... ok prob a strange question but what is anyone's opinion of adding a 4th reef to the main this is strictly for squall sailing.... I've just recently had a 3rd reef put in the stock main sail and have yet to see how much that helped but already wondering if I s...
by robbarnes1965
Thu Feb 20, 2014 3:06 pm
Forum: Destinations, Clubs, Events and Venues
Topic: Sailing to Bimini and then to Berry Islands Bahamas
Replies: 102
Views: 22280

Re: Sailing to Bimini and then to Berry Islands Bahamas

The Slocum book is great. Here is another two: http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/4277 Two Years Before the Mast. I is also a very cool look at what California looked like not so long ago. http://manybooks.net/titles/vossjother10voss-venturesomevoyages-00-t.html The Venturesome Voyages of Captain Voss ...
by robbarnes1965
Fri Jan 17, 2014 9:51 am
Forum: Destinations, Clubs, Events and Venues
Topic: Macgregor Sailor's Map Tutorial
Replies: 39
Views: 72453

Re: Macgregor Sailor's Map Tutorial

Added Airbender to Haverstraw Marina in Haverstraw NY - not much up North in my neck of the woods yet. Hope to see more soon. :macx: Paulieb Well, now that we have our little place on Lake Champlain, once we have a dock installed I'll move the Mac up there and they'll be one more. Yeah, it's a wee ...
by robbarnes1965
Thu Jan 16, 2014 10:22 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: sailing from Shanghai to Sanya
Replies: 21
Views: 2207

Re: sailing from Shanghai to Sanya

We regularly do 90mn (one way or return depending where we go) in a day to go fishing. I’d be purchasing a solar panel rather than completely relying on your motor to charge your batteries, especially with a 300nm leg with no services. You’ll be completely reliant on the weather for that leg with l...
by robbarnes1965
Thu Jun 20, 2013 7:40 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: SAFETY TIP: properly label your heel-meter!
Replies: 32
Views: 3337

Re: SAFETY TIP: properly label your heel-meter!

I find shroud telltales the most useful. An extra benefit is not having to hurt your neck looking up - especially when the bimini is up. http://www.davisnet.com/marine/products/list_marine.asp?grp=m23-1 I have also used strips cut out of plastic shopping bags ties to the shrouds on rented boats. The...
by robbarnes1965
Tue May 21, 2013 3:09 pm
Forum: Destinations, Clubs, Events and Venues
Topic: Ontario Sailors Rendezvous 2013
Replies: 281
Views: 59750

Re: Annual MAD MEN of Ontario Rendezvous IV

Dock space request sent. I'm in! 8) I don't know if the Admiral will come, though. I'm making a trip to the Thousand Islands this summer (don't know when yet), and a couple of nights on the boat, with no A/C, but with some bugs and a fidgety Labrador Retriever, might make her decide it's better if ...
by robbarnes1965
Tue May 14, 2013 10:22 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Stern mooring an M or X
Replies: 22
Views: 3176

Re: Stern mooring an M or X

One way to get the best of both worlds would be to moor or anchor in a heave-to position. This would be done with a dock line lead from a cockpit winch to the anchor line with a snatch block (diagram J-G) http://www.para-anchor.com/news4_more_on_storm.html This would probably achieve the stability n...
by robbarnes1965
Sat May 04, 2013 12:35 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Freeze dried meals
Replies: 32
Views: 2337

Re: Freeze dried meals

I read this book last month : http://www.landlpardey.com/the-care-and-feeding-of-sailing-crew-3rd-ed.html Really interesting. Tricks and tips for preserving food and food that keeps without refrigeration - all inserted in between logs of a trip from Japan to Canada. Sheri and I have done several 2 w...
by robbarnes1965
Tue Mar 19, 2013 10:17 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Can anyone tell me about my head sail?
Replies: 2
Views: 535

Re: Can anyone tell me about my head sail?

You may be able to prolong the use of your sail with a little stitching and tape. Give the links below a look. Regarding the head sail type: If the clew goes just to the mast it's a jib. Much more and it's a genoa. The numbers represent the overlap of the forward triangle if I am not mistaken. A hea...
by robbarnes1965
Wed Mar 13, 2013 1:57 pm
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Blood Stain Remover
Replies: 49
Views: 3864

Re: Blood Stain Remover

Excellent work as usual Judy
by robbarnes1965
Tue Mar 12, 2013 5:52 pm
Forum: MacGregor/Venture Discussion
Topic: Keeping Saltwater Ballast in tank for 6 months
Replies: 31
Views: 6955

Re: Keeping Saltwater Ballast in tank for 6 months

Our local are has lot of , err, "organic" matter in it. The tank can get really funky. I found a little bleach really does the trick too. But it's fresh water. Would be a good mod to turn the whole tank into a washing machine :) Jokes aside, I have tested a cruising trick I read about putting clothe...
by robbarnes1965
Mon Mar 11, 2013 10:41 pm
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Blood Stain Remover
Replies: 49
Views: 3864

Re: Blood Stain Remover

I think the lesson learned from this thread is: Don't wrap the body in one of your sails.
by robbarnes1965
Thu Feb 14, 2013 7:51 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Galley Sink Drains Annoyingly Slow
Replies: 25
Views: 2269

Re: Galley Sink Drains Annoyingly Slow

I have always had the same problem. The T-connection can't help but it just occurred to me the it needs a vent. I wonder if it will drain faster if you put a drinking straw in it (the kind you can kink so it won't got down). I had a similar issue filling a large water bottle with a funnel. It was sl...