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by Chinook
Tue Jan 26, 2021 7:56 am
Forum: Trip Logs
Topic: Suwannee River Trip by my wife
Replies: 8
Views: 269

Re: Suwannee River Trip by my wife

Hi Richard and Jill,

Any sign of sturgeon in the river? I recall hearing that there are some very large sturgeon in the rivers of that region, and they like to jump. That could be scary in a canoe. Love the pictures and descriptions. Enjoy.
by Chinook
Sat Jan 02, 2021 1:43 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Airhead Composting Toilet Integration Project
Replies: 20
Views: 1253

Re: Airhead Composting Toilet Integration Project

It's perhaps worth noting that one of the di-stink-t (sorry) benefits of the airhead and related composting toilets is their quite odor free characteristics. The only times when we notice an odor issue is when the unit is actually in use. Once the session is completed, and the crank handle turned to...
by Chinook
Fri Jan 01, 2021 5:05 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Airhead Composting Toilet Integration Project
Replies: 20
Views: 1253

Re: Airhead Composting Toilet Integration Project

Rather long run. Fan pushing air into the vent hose is rather low powered, and doesn't move all that much air. I think frictional loss in a long hose run would reduce it's effectiveness. Also, the noted potential for air blowing in would likely pose problems.
by Chinook
Tue Dec 29, 2020 5:10 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: 26X closed cell matress pads?
Replies: 14
Views: 634

Re: 26X closed cell matress pads?

When we redid the cabin cushions, we used fairly firm cushion foam, purchased from a store in Seattle which specializes in boat cushions. We went to the store and did "sit" and "laying down" tests before deciding which density to go with. For the Vee berth bed, we added a 2 inch memory foam pad, whi...
by Chinook
Tue Dec 29, 2020 5:04 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Battery
Replies: 14
Views: 460

Re: Battery

If you're planning on using two batteries for house battery use, you might want to consider going with a pair of 6 volt golf cart batteries, connected in series. That will give you excellent capacity for house battery use.
by Chinook
Sat Dec 26, 2020 4:59 pm
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Raymarine EV-100 Wheel Pilot -Mac26X
Replies: 13
Views: 674

Re: Raymarine EV-100 Wheel Pilot -Mac26X

Here's a picture of my autopilot drive wheel installation. The white shim between the drive unit cover and the steering wheel spoke bracket provides a comfortable space for fingers when grasping the steering wheel.
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by Chinook
Fri Dec 25, 2020 5:14 pm
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Raymarine EV-100 Wheel Pilot -Mac26X
Replies: 13
Views: 674

Re: Raymarine EV-100 Wheel Pilot -Mac26X

I'll try to post a picture of the wheel install tomorrow.
by Chinook
Thu Dec 24, 2020 10:31 pm
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Raymarine EV-100 Wheel Pilot -Mac26X
Replies: 13
Views: 674

Re: Raymarine EV-100 Wheel Pilot -Mac26X

As Richard says, you'll love that wheel pilot. One challenge with installation involves mounting the donut shaped drive unit. It's designed to clamp onto your steering wheel spokes. If your steering wheel is close to the same diameter as the one on my X, it's uncomfortably close to the diameter of t...
by Chinook
Thu Dec 24, 2020 10:16 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: New to sailing need boat advice
Replies: 21
Views: 590

Re: New to sailing need boat advice

Regarding replacement of the sails, if the old ones have seen much use they will have been stretched out, so that they don't hold a good shape. You'll be able to sail the boat, but won't come close to reaching her potential. Since you're looking at a boat which is known for its fine sailing abilitie...
by Chinook
Fri Dec 18, 2020 12:11 am
Forum: Performance & Tuning
Topic: What to do when you get to the Bahamas
Replies: 2
Views: 178

Re: What to do when you get to the Bahamas

Brings back lots of fond memories. We snorkeled Thunderball Grotto on Staniel Cay in 2011. I recommend you view their episode #39 on youtube, entitled "We're sinking". Very instructive on how quickly and easily things can go from fine to dire, and how to respond to this particular type of emergency.
by Chinook
Thu Dec 17, 2020 11:24 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Anchor locker too small, so...?
Replies: 35
Views: 882

Re: Anchor locker too small, so...?

The anchor locker on our X and M boats is obviously too small to hold any sort of anchor of suitable size for our boats. As RIS aa 22 lb nd many others who routinely anchor out have done, we stow our primary anchor (a 22lb Rochna) on a bow roller, with locking pin holding it in place. 20 feet of cha...
by Chinook
Mon Dec 14, 2020 5:01 pm
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Raymarine SmartPilot X5 woes
Replies: 9
Views: 386

Re: Raymarine SmartPilot X5 woes

I had a problem with my Smart Pilot a couple of years ago. When I turned it on, it simply didn't work. After confirming that I was getting power to the drive motor, I concluded that the motor had failed. It took a bit of doing before I found a technician who confirmed that the correct replacement mo...
by Chinook
Wed Dec 02, 2020 7:55 am
Forum: Performance & Tuning
Topic: Top Speed?
Replies: 40
Views: 1994

Re: Top Speed?

Interesting numbers. Looks like the sweet spot for best performance is right around 2500rpm, producing 6 knots. That's predictably right in the hull speed range. My experience is similar, although at 2500rpm I would normally expect a slightly slower speed (5 to 5.5 knots). I attribute that to extra ...
by Chinook
Wed Nov 18, 2020 1:39 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: What communications radio do you have?
Replies: 34
Views: 874

Re: What communications radio do you have?

To add to the discussion, when heading out to the Bahamas or down to the Sea of Cortez, receiving weather information becomes a challenge. You quickly get beyond the range of weather information via VHF weather channel reception. Local am/fm radio weather reports are limited to unavailable, and of n...
by Chinook
Wed Nov 18, 2020 7:38 am
Forum: Destinations, Clubs, Events and Venues
Topic: Learning Materials on Pamlico Sound Area
Replies: 6
Views: 273

Re: Learning Materials on Pamlico Sound Area

I don't recall marina rates in your area running anywhere near the $3/ft range. I do fondly recall the free municipal dock at Elizabeth City. We stayed there in 2003 and again in 2016. First visit was in the fall. Their tradition there was for a volunteer to greet each arriving boat and present a ro...