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by Phil M
Thu May 02, 2019 2:29 pm
Forum: Destinations, Clubs, Events and Venues
Topic: Thinking of Circumnavigating - Vancouver Island, that is
Replies: 59
Views: 17869

Re: Thinking of Circumnavigating - Vancouver Island, that is

Part of the crew will be a three year old and a five year old so parks and trails and tidal pools are definitely on the agenda. Thanks. :)
by Phil M
Thu May 02, 2019 10:35 am
Forum: Destinations, Clubs, Events and Venues
Topic: Thinking of Circumnavigating - Vancouver Island, that is
Replies: 59
Views: 17869

Re: Thinking of Circumnavigating - Vancouver Island, that is

We will be starting out from Saanich Inlet up through Juan de fu@ to Barclay Sound. We have never been that way before. We have a time limit of around 2 weeks or so and a limit that involves two small children. In selling my MacGregor I had to compromise.
by Phil M
Wed May 01, 2019 9:02 pm
Forum: Destinations, Clubs, Events and Venues
Topic: Thinking of Circumnavigating - Vancouver Island, that is
Replies: 59
Views: 17869

Re: Thinking of Circumnavigating - Vancouver Island, that is

I haven't been on this board for almost 2 years - since I sold my MacGregor and my son and I upgraded to a larger sailboat. we are finally just going to go to the west side of Vancouver Island in June. And you are going to circumnavigate? Good for you. I will have to try and follow. :) Phil
by Phil M
Tue Aug 01, 2017 6:15 pm
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Genoa Furler Pin Failure - Mast came down.
Replies: 26
Views: 4387

Re: Genoa Furler Pin Failure - Mast came down.

Also I believe that wind/current moves boat faster that person can swim. Unless boat is anchored there is very little chance to swim to it in case one falls out. Then if you do fall out and manage to swim to your boat how are you planning on getting inside if you are by yourself and it is not dead ...
by Phil M
Tue Aug 01, 2017 5:59 pm
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Where do you run 110v Shore Power wire to below deck area?
Replies: 17
Views: 5190

Re: Where do you run 110v Shore Power wire to below deck are

ABYC marine wiring standards do not approve of soldering either. In fact, I doubt any of the wiring in my MacGregor would pass any sort of inspection. :(
by Phil M
Sat Jul 29, 2017 10:28 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Where to store cabin door?
Replies: 24
Views: 6154

Re: Where to store cabin door?

I once came across a cabin door or companionway hatch floating in the water out in the middle of nowhere. There were no boats around or any obvious owners that I could see. I recognized what it was as soon as I saw it, as I didn't think they actually floated. :o My original companionway hatch is now...
by Phil M
Sat Jul 29, 2017 10:16 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Can't raise mainsail???
Replies: 13
Views: 2438

Re: Can't raise mainsail???

I have the same system which I prefer over using a sale stop. Unscrew the plate to put the sale slugs in, then tighten the screws again, just enough to hold the sail slugs in.
by Phil M
Wed Jul 26, 2017 10:18 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: VHF Channel 16 monitoring
Replies: 9
Views: 2087

VHF Channel 16 monitoring

From Active Captain: Always have one radio on and listening to VHF 16 when underway. If you're trying to conserve power, use a handheld. If you have a VHF of any type, it is a US and international regulation that you must have it on and monitoring VHF 16 when it is not being used to communicate on a...
by Phil M
Tue Jul 25, 2017 5:27 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Steering system friction
Replies: 6
Views: 1736

Re: Steering system friction

If you single hand then you need an autopilot. If mine broke down I would have to buy another one, probably from Raymarine again. Now that I have one, I could not Sail Without It. :)
Yes, they are expensive and rather difficult to install, but a poor man's autopilot is a bungee chord.
by Phil M
Sun Jul 23, 2017 10:33 pm
Forum: Destinations, Clubs, Events and Venues
Topic: Thinking of Circumnavigating - Vancouver Island, that is
Replies: 59
Views: 17869

Re: Thinking of Circumnavigating - Vancouver Island, that is

Usually decent weather in August in the San Juan Islands and Gulf Coast, however, the trek out to the coast takes me through the interior. Some places have fires flaring up. :o
Maintenence seems to take longer each year, and when I get lazy, the trailer bearings take a vacation too. :(
by Phil M
Sun Jul 23, 2017 11:15 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Refrigeration options for a mac
Replies: 30
Views: 6190

Re: Refrigeration options for a mac

Been the coldest winter I can remember down south, had the heater on everyday for the last 3 months and we are only half way through winter grrrrrrr Regularly below zero at night, sunny Australia my bottom Below zero? OMG! How do you survive? :wink: A block of ice in a proper cooler often will last...
by Phil M
Fri Jul 14, 2017 9:00 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Mooring Difficulties
Replies: 15
Views: 4394

Re: Mooring Difficulties

And don't forget to have the steering linkage to the motor connected when you need it the most for control. Under way, out in the open, the motor can be fixed straight ahead and the Rudders will take care of steering. You need to have a mechanism for quickly connecting and disconnecting the motor.
by Phil M
Tue Jul 11, 2017 2:12 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Photobucket breaking images with 'ransom' demand
Replies: 27
Views: 5397

Re: Photobucket breaking images with 'ransom' demand

This means that quite a few threads will no longer have photos, almost essential in the mods section. :(
by Phil M
Mon Jul 10, 2017 8:54 pm
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: What happened to my CDI furler?
Replies: 22
Views: 5151

Re: What happened to my CDI furler?

From this thread it seems many dealers didnt read the instructions when installing our furlers or they were just too lazy to do the job properly. I do a preseason rigging check in which I check every bit of rigging, pins wires, toggles etc, because we live mast up I wont see those parts up the top ...
by Phil M
Mon Jul 10, 2017 11:18 am
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: What happened to my CDI furler?
Replies: 22
Views: 5151

Re: What happened to my CDI furler?

Now that I think of it, there was a time or two when the line did seem to Jam at the bottom of the spool, and I could never figure out why it would do that. Adding a piece of tubing at the top is a relatively easy fix.

:)