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by Herschel
Wed May 27, 2020 8:44 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Dinghy!
Replies: 4
Views: 109

Re: Dinghy!

I chose an inflatable, but I chose one that I could put a sail kit on and haul around with my travel trailer with my "boat" in the bed of my pickup. That way, I always have a sailboat handy even when not traveling with my Mac. I know that is unusual, but it has worked out for me. This particular mod...
by Herschel
Mon May 25, 2020 11:34 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: How Robust are the MacGregor Rudders?
Replies: 10
Views: 506

Re: How Robust are the MacGregor Rudders?

I have the original 26X brackets and rudders on my 1998X. I have run aground about four times over the 16 plus years I have had her. I did recover the boat once with the rudders still in the down position. The groundings did not cause any damage. The very short distance I drove up the ramp with the ...
by Herschel
Sat May 23, 2020 7:42 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Pics of companionway conditioning mod?
Replies: 8
Views: 336

Re: Pics of companionway conditioning mod?

Has anyone tried one of these types of AC? https://www.popularmechanics.com/home/g3066/best-portable-air-conditioners/ They could be installed inside the boat, say in the V-berth or in the back of the aft berth, and then just a 6" flex hose could be run out of the boat anywhere. Yes, I had one give...
by Herschel
Fri May 22, 2020 8:18 pm
Forum: The Front Room
Topic: A Lament
Replies: 41
Views: 1145

Re: A Lament

Luna is back at home prepping for launch. All waxed up, engine maintenance performed, mods done, what else can I do during this shutdown, she's ready to get dunked. I added the home port lettering this year (after 12 years). Weather permitting, we'll take her up to the lake this week. So, Russ, wer...
by Herschel
Wed May 20, 2020 1:01 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Fiction: Lost in the Pacific
Replies: 32
Views: 1084

Re: Fiction: Lost in the Pacific

The only "lost in the Pacific" story I have read in recent memory is the incredibly true story of Louis Zamperini, a WWII aviator whose B-24 plane was hit and ditched in the Pacific south of Hawaii. The surviving crew were adrift for about 45 days and 2,000 miles in life rafts during which they endu...
by Herschel
Wed May 20, 2020 12:37 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: How Much Work Do These Need - CHEAP!
Replies: 12
Views: 675

Re: How Much Work Do These Need - CHEAP!

Here's my quick, off the top, take on a shopping list for getting a used boat ready to take out onto open waters. Bear in mind that the items listed below do not include anything related to creature comforts such as mattress upgrades, food storage, cooking gear including barbque, water system impro...
by Herschel
Tue May 19, 2020 9:22 am
Forum: The Front Room
Topic: I can use some help.
Replies: 18
Views: 390

Re: I can use some help.

NiceAft wrote:
Mon May 18, 2020 3:33 pm
That is interesting.

I intensified the colors, and enlarged so as to focus on the :macx: better.
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Sweet, thanks. I like the treatment; balances the pic better, too. Herschel
by Herschel
Mon May 18, 2020 3:03 pm
Forum: The Front Room
Topic: I can use some help.
Replies: 18
Views: 390

Re: I can use some help.

Not exactly the parameters requested, but it is my favorite one of my boat, taken in Aster, Florida on the St. Johns River several years ago. I just like the setting and the colors.

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by Herschel
Mon May 18, 2020 2:54 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: 26M Better than 26X?
Replies: 22
Views: 1005

Re: 26M Better than 26X?

Ballast was the wrong word to use - the M boat is heavier. It's 200 pounds heavier than the X mostly because of an added layer of fiberglass mat and roving to the underwater area of the hull. Because it's underwater I consider that 'ballast' but technically, that would not be correct but it has the...
by Herschel
Thu May 14, 2020 8:44 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: 26M Better than 26X?
Replies: 22
Views: 1005

Re: 26M Better than 26X?

At the time I purchased my X in 2003, my choice was between a new M or a nicely equipped used X that a PO had upgraded. I was able to get an X with all the bells and whistles (or at least most of them) for less than a comparable new M. The main factor for me, sailing in shallow Florida waters was th...
by Herschel
Wed May 13, 2020 8:51 pm
Forum: Trailers & Towing
Topic: Super Sport Marine
Replies: 22
Views: 854

Re: Super Sport Marine

I understand your issues with projects that are not boat related. I have spent the past 2 years restoring our van motorhome. It's been like building a house; no, like an airplane because everything is lightweight, but stronger. Even on that project the whole thing started because of steel that rust...
by Herschel
Wed May 13, 2020 8:48 pm
Forum: Trailers & Towing
Topic: Super Sport Marine
Replies: 22
Views: 854

Re: Super Sport Marine

Thanks for the info, people. Although my original question seems to have begun a thread that has devolved into a discussion about re-welding the original steel trailer, you did answer my inquiry. Having no welding equipment, skills, or the time to acquire such, I am going ahead with the aluminum tr...
by Herschel
Tue May 12, 2020 8:07 pm
Forum: Trailers & Towing
Topic: Super Sport Marine
Replies: 22
Views: 854

Re: Super Sport Marine

I am not going to add all the good quotes here or the post will get too long but for the 900th time Tom points out that I have been severely handicapped as a boat captain because of my lack of welding skills. As I have said about 2000 times: "man, I sure wish I knew how to weld". :cry: It occurred ...
by Herschel
Tue May 12, 2020 1:21 pm
Forum: Trailers & Towing
Topic: Super Sport Marine
Replies: 22
Views: 854

Re: Super Sport Marine

I am not going to add all the good quotes here or the post will get too long but for the 900th time Tom points out that I have been severely handicapped as a boat captain because of my lack of welding skills. As I have said about 2000 times: "man, I sure wish I knew how to weld". :cry: It occurred ...
by Herschel
Mon May 11, 2020 8:14 pm
Forum: The Front Room
Topic: A Lament
Replies: 41
Views: 1145

Re: A Lament

Luna is back at home prepping for launch. All waxed up, engine maintenance performed, mods done, what else can I do during this shutdown, she's ready to get dunked. I added the home port lettering this year (after 12 years). Weather permitting, we'll take her up to the lake this week. So, Russ, wer...