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by DaveC426913
Fri Jul 10, 2020 6:53 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Self tacking jib
Replies: 11
Views: 1743

Re: Self tacking jib

I've done a lot of singlehand sailing on my :macx: and what makes it easy for me is where I sit at the helm. I prefer to position myself on either side of the helm pedestal, depending on tack. The working area of the cockpit is between the pedestal and the companion way. My positioning is so that I...
by DaveC426913
Thu Jul 02, 2020 8:44 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Help! Looking at a 26x, soon, on the hard
Replies: 9
Views: 384

Re: Help! Looking at a 26x, soon, on the hard

Once it's on your (very) short list, but before you put down any money...

Pony up the money for a surveyor. Esp. if it's your first.

The few hundred clams or so you invest in a survey will seem like nothing if, instead, you get a lemon and have to pour money into it.
by DaveC426913
Tue Jun 30, 2020 2:38 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: fouled wind vane
Replies: 4
Views: 162

Re: fouled wind vane

I even have one laying around here somewhere, but they're certainly easy to make, especially for a one-time chore like spider web clearing. Doesn't have to be pretty, does it? :wink: (Unless you're BOAT or Highlander, of course - then you wouldn't be able to make an ugly one if you tried. :D ) I've...
by DaveC426913
Tue Jun 30, 2020 11:39 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: fouled wind vane
Replies: 4
Views: 162

Re: fouled wind vane

Don't need a 30 ft Swiffer - use a pig stick on the main halyard or topping lift, with anything on the end that will clear some webs. But don't forget the downhaul, or you'll be dropping the mast to retrieve the halyard. :wink: :D Ah! Brilliant idea! Thanks! I've already got a downhaul, so we're go...
by DaveC426913
Tue Jun 30, 2020 9:59 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: fouled wind vane
Replies: 4
Views: 162

fouled wind vane

Short of dropping the mast, or using a bosun's chair, can anyone think of a way to get spider webs out of my wind vane at the top of my mast?

Not sure I can create a 30ft geyser of water from a hose.

I guess I could rig up a 30 foot swiffer...
by DaveC426913
Tue Jun 30, 2020 8:52 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: How would you design a trailerable power sailor?
Replies: 15
Views: 449

Re: How would you design a trailerable power sailor?

It's 150 miles from Toronto ON to Kingston ON.
In a race, which will get there first? A factory Mac or your custom-designed dream sloop?

The Mac - because it can leave 2 years sooner! :D

(Just kidding. I know this is an exercise in design.)
by DaveC426913
Mon Jun 29, 2020 3:59 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: What line do you use for MRS?
Replies: 4
Views: 231

Re: What line do you use for MRS?

Jimmyt wrote:
Sun Jun 28, 2020 6:46 am
DaveC426913 wrote:
Sat Jun 27, 2020 4:26 pm
I ran out of line. Slipped right through my fingers, and the mast whammed down on my bimini frame.
Yikes! Glad no one was hurt!
Ehh. Now that I think of it, prob'ly closer to 5 degrees.
by DaveC426913
Mon Jun 29, 2020 3:51 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Planing
Replies: 5
Views: 280

Re: Planing

In my 2000 X with its Honda 50, and several hundred pounds of gear stowed, I have been able to reach just shy of 14 knots. Prop choice might be an issue. Are you sure you are able to open it all the way up? Mine comes pretty close to banging into the pedestal rail when full out. Throttle cable tuned...
by DaveC426913
Sat Jun 27, 2020 4:26 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: What line do you use for MRS?
Replies: 4
Views: 231

What line do you use for MRS?

I used to go for the 4:1 boom vang, but have started using the 4:1 mainsheet because it has a very convenient built-in cleat to hold the mast where I want it while I run back to disentangle shrouds n such. Then one day, in the middle of the season, I decided the main sheet was far longer than it nee...
by DaveC426913
Sat Jun 27, 2020 4:20 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Swing Keel rope replacement
Replies: 38
Views: 4291

Re: Swing Keel rope replacement

The red tape on the up and down positions caught my eye, but I had to see it a few of times to realize that their positions meant the board was down. I was convinced that it was up, and my brain read the tape positions as up just so that I would agree with myself, it seems. Odd. My board line is on...
by DaveC426913
Sat Jun 27, 2020 4:17 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Swing Keel rope replacement
Replies: 38
Views: 4291

Re: Swing Keel rope replacement

Am I the first one to point out that calling any line on a boat a "rope" will get you keelhauled? :D


(Definition of a "line": a rope with a job. :) )
by DaveC426913
Tue Jun 23, 2020 12:14 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: 26X main sail slider question
Replies: 7
Views: 380

Re: 26X main sail slider question

Only loosely related, but if you're having trouble getting your mainsail down, might I suggest a downhaul?

I lashed a 1/8" line from the head clew down the mast to a block at the base, then back to a clam cleat next to the vang cleat.

Bringing the sail down is a cinch.
by DaveC426913
Tue Jun 23, 2020 6:17 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: 26X main sail slider question
Replies: 7
Views: 380

Re: 26X main sail slider question

2000 X here. All my sliders are the same.
by DaveC426913
Sat Jun 20, 2020 1:55 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Why is my gearshifter screaming bloody murder?
Replies: 4
Views: 412

Re: Why is my gearshifter screaming bloody murder?

Hm. I just had my engine tuned and lubed at the local mechanic. If I hadn't had an incident-free milk run from public ramp to yacht club, I'd immediately suspect they'd forgotten something. As, it is, I think I'll call them first thing next week and ask if maybe they missed something. But before I d...
by DaveC426913
Fri Jun 19, 2020 3:24 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Mystery Crack and Leak. Mac 26x
Replies: 16
Views: 872

Re: Mystery Crack and Leak. Mac 26x

1) Motor cable entry. You can place a second, larger boot over the original tiny one, and that worked for me. 2) Rubrail. I caulked the entire rubrail with black outdoor caulk and it stopped a bunch of leaks. 3) Chainplates. Need to remove the rivets and the cap plate, reseal, and reinstall the cap...