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by Chinook
Fri May 22, 2020 4:39 pm
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Honda BF2.3 Kicker
Replies: 8
Views: 745

Re: Honda BF2.3 Kicker

Hi Starscream, I remember fondly you and your boat BEAR HUNT, while on our loop trip. You are definitely the welcome committee for loop cruisers in your part of the world. We have a 2.5 hp Suzuki 4 stroke, and for reference, it pushes the Mac fairly well in flat, smooth water with minimal to no head...
by Chinook
Tue May 19, 2020 5:16 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: How Much Work Do These Need - CHEAP!
Replies: 12
Views: 637

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 improv...
by Chinook
Tue May 19, 2020 8:55 am
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Anyone need a GPS?
Replies: 2
Views: 245

Re: Anyone need a GPS?

Garmin has found a new home. Being shipped out today.
by Chinook
Sun May 17, 2020 7:25 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: How Much Work Do These Need - CHEAP!
Replies: 12
Views: 637

Re: How Much Work Do These Need - CHEAP!

I would say that the 26X in Tampa would be a very good deal, without even examining the condition of the boat. The aluminum tandem axle trailer is probably worth the asking price. If you find a 26X which is sitting on its original steel trailer, I expect the first thing you'd need to do is buy a new...
by Chinook
Sat May 16, 2020 11:37 am
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Anyone need a GPS?
Replies: 2
Views: 245

Anyone need a GPS?

I just finished replacing my Garmin 541 chartplotter/sounder with a new Garmin Echoplus 90 series unit. The old one still works, and I'd be happy to pass it along for the cost of shipping. I bought it around 2013, so Garmin no longer supports it. It has a color 5 inch diagonal screen, and is loaded ...
by Chinook
Tue May 12, 2020 10:17 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: 26M Better than 26X?
Replies: 22
Views: 932

Re: 26M Better than 26X?

I've heard it said, and rightly so, that the X and the M are two completely different boats, despite their superficial similarities. Best answer to these questions would come from someone who's owned and operated both designs. The answer will depend, to a degree, on how you want to use the boat. In ...
by Chinook
Tue May 12, 2020 4:52 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: How Robust are the MacGregor Rudders?
Replies: 8
Views: 396

Re: How Robust are the MacGregor Rudders?

A couple of years ago, while cruising the Great Loop, we were headed north on the Intracoastal Waterway, and with both rudders down and cleated off, I managed to hit bottom, hard, with the rudders. Rudders and rudder brackets survived the collision just fine, however, I managed to break both rudder ...
by Chinook
Sun May 03, 2020 12:05 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Water in the boat....
Replies: 42
Views: 908

Re: Water in the boat....

I have an X, but expect that bilge is similar to that in an M. When I've found water in the bilge (caused by rainwater and/or water tank leak), I've noticed that when I sponge it up, in a short while more water appears. It seems to take forever to finally get rid of the water. When the boat is nearl...
by Chinook
Sun Apr 26, 2020 8:44 am
Forum: Trip Logs
Topic: The "Trips I would have taken in 2020" Thread
Replies: 10
Views: 1356

Re: The "Trips I would have taken in 2020" Thread

We had hoped to make it out to Haida Gwaii (Queen Charlette Isands, off the coast of British Columbia) in July. With the border still closed, and no talk yet of opening, that trip no longer seems possible this year. I'm scaling back hopes, with some sort of trip out on Puget Sound, probably around t...
by Chinook
Sat Apr 25, 2020 8:47 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: List of Questions: Ballast, Sails, etc.
Replies: 14
Views: 683

Re: List of Questions: Ballast, Sails, etc.

I think a comprehensive response to your post would require a small book. The format here is not well adapted to such a shotgun approach to researching the boat. Each one of your questions could easily sustain a major thread. I commend your interest, and I hope you can obtain satisfactory answers to...
by Chinook
Thu Apr 23, 2020 2:07 pm
Forum: Destinations, Clubs, Events and Venues
Topic: Are there Lake Powell People on this Site?
Replies: 11
Views: 383

Re: Are there Lake Powell People on this Site?

That looks like a picture taken when the lake was within 6 feet of being full. I'm guessing it's up the Escalante Arm or maybe in an alcove near Rainbow Bridge. Can't be sure. I doubt it's the Cathedral in the Desert, since the water level is so high, but that place looks a lot like the pictures. On...
by Chinook
Thu Apr 23, 2020 11:48 am
Forum: Destinations, Clubs, Events and Venues
Topic: Are there Lake Powell People on this Site?
Replies: 11
Views: 383

Re: Are there Lake Powell People on this Site?

That launch ramp was incredible. I think I drove straight down and then did a U turn at the bottom, then backed in. The ramp is so wide, semi tractor trucks towing monstrous houseboats on trailers can make U turns at the bottom in one swing. As the lake kept dropping, they just kept lengthening the ...
by Chinook
Wed Apr 22, 2020 11:48 pm
Forum: Destinations, Clubs, Events and Venues
Topic: Are there Lake Powell People on this Site?
Replies: 11
Views: 383

Re: Are there Lake Powell People on this Site?

I just checked water level report for Lake Powell. As of today, the lake is 100 feet below full pool. This is 31 feet higher than last year on the same date. Snowpack in the drainage above the lake is 110% of average. Based on past water years, the lake should continue to rise till mid summer. This ...
by Chinook
Wed Apr 22, 2020 11:36 pm
Forum: Destinations, Clubs, Events and Venues
Topic: Are there Lake Powell People on this Site?
Replies: 11
Views: 383

Re: Are there Lake Powell People on this Site?

A quick google search for Lake Powell Lake level will let you know what the water level is. If it's still over 100 feet down, it's definitely cruisable, but with the problems I mentioned. At any level you need to be on your toes with visual navigation, since uncharted rocks can occur just below the ...
by Chinook
Wed Apr 22, 2020 5:49 pm
Forum: Destinations, Clubs, Events and Venues
Topic: Are there Lake Powell People on this Site?
Replies: 11
Views: 383

Re: Are there Lake Powell People on this Site?

Lake Powell is a fascinating place to cruise, but it has its challenges. Lake level causes many issues. It hasn't been anywhere near full pool for decades. It was 130 feet below full pool when we cruised there in 2004. Launch ramp was 1/2 mile long just to reach water. The low level made us cruise t...