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by Tomfoolery
Fri Jan 17, 2020 1:41 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Photos - Summer 2019
Replies: 3
Views: 37

Re: Photos - Summer 2019

Is it sexist to say that a woman who CAN...who DOES, who CHALLENGES the things that scare her is just the most awesome thing ever? Talk about a timely coincidence - I'm reading the latest Jack Reacher book, Blue Moon, and a female character just said, "Someone once told me that every day a woman sh...
by Tomfoolery
Fri Jan 17, 2020 8:19 am
Forum: Trailers & Towing
Topic: is this forum for "trailers & towing" only or can we talk about tow vehicles?
Replies: 78
Views: 4405

Re: is this forum for "trailers & towing" only or can we talk about tow vehicles?

TOMFOOLERY: Looks like an A23 on the right, which had a specific port shape. Not sure about on the left - maybe an A21, based on the swooping raised coaming at the front of the cockpit. The boat on the right is an A21 pulled by a Mercury Marquis by friends and the big Fury is pulling dads A23 with ...
by Tomfoolery
Fri Jan 17, 2020 4:54 am
Forum: Trailers & Towing
Topic: is this forum for "trailers & towing" only or can we talk about tow vehicles?
Replies: 78
Views: 4405

Re: is this forum for "trailers & towing" only or can we talk about tow vehicles?

Remembering back to the seventies, weren't those mechanics the standard then. Other than a pick up truck, what was available. I just don't remember what was available for those who wanted a tow vehicle. An El Camino? a Ranchero? I just don't think the average guy pulling a trailer thought they had ...
by Tomfoolery
Thu Jan 16, 2020 11:42 am
Forum: Trailers & Towing
Topic: is this forum for "trailers & towing" only or can we talk about tow vehicles?
Replies: 78
Views: 4405

Re: is this forum for "trailers & towing" only or can we talk about tow vehicles?

In the original MacGregor brochure I read way back in 2003 ( I think), it showed a Mac being towed by a Ford Taurus Reminds me of the Balboa 26 brochure. 3600 lb boat plus 1000 lb trailer (plus whatever stuff is in the boat), towed by a large sedan. Bigger than a Taurus, but still - a sedan. :| BOA...
by Tomfoolery
Tue Jan 14, 2020 11:53 am
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Black plug near transom. what's it for?
Replies: 4
Views: 221

Re: Black plug near transom. what's it for?

Probably looks like this.

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by Tomfoolery
Mon Jan 13, 2020 9:36 am
Forum: Trailers & Towing
Topic: is this forum for "trailers & towing" only or can we talk about tow vehicles?
Replies: 78
Views: 4405

Re: is this forum for "trailers & towing" only or can we talk about tow vehicles?

The frame was a big deal in the old days because a lot of people used torsion bars thingys on the hitch for the trailer. My dad had a travel trailer and he used those big torsion bars thingys on the hitch * I remember using a big crowbar to lift the chain up. They were popular back in the old days ...
by Tomfoolery
Sun Jan 12, 2020 8:57 am
Forum: Trailers & Towing
Topic: is this forum for "trailers & towing" only or can we talk about tow vehicles?
Replies: 78
Views: 4405

Re: is this forum for "trailers & towing" only or can we talk about tow vehicles?

They are also very safe. And pretty comfortable for trips. My next tow beast will likely be a Highlander or an ML 350 ( has coil suspension ). So does the Highlander, doesn’t it? And yes, it is a very comfortable ride on long trips, but for my back at least, I’ve found the Grand Cherokee even more ...
by Tomfoolery
Sat Jan 11, 2020 12:45 pm
Forum: MacGregor/Venture Discussion
Topic: Mysterious holes below masthead
Replies: 4
Views: 368

Re: Mysterious holes below masthead

18-24” above the forestay tang is where most folks put the spinnaker halyard tang. Sounds like that’s what it was for.

That’s pretty high up for an asym though.
by Tomfoolery
Sat Jan 11, 2020 7:17 am
Forum: Trailers & Towing
Topic: is this forum for "trailers & towing" only or can we talk about tow vehicles?
Replies: 78
Views: 4405

Re: is this forum for "trailers & towing" only or can we talk about tow vehicles?

Sales guy told me the Highlander is the largest model built on a "car" frame. Larger Toyota SUVs are on "truck" frame and drive like it. I didn't test drive them. But if you did, you’d see that it’s true. I’ve had two 4Runners, one being the older, smaller style dating back to around the year 2000,...
by Tomfoolery
Fri Jan 10, 2020 11:55 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Connect solar to Blue Sea system combiner
Replies: 51
Views: 1417

Re: Connect solar to Blue Sea system combiner

When it DOES cycle (which is hardly ever if you installed it right) it does draw 5 amps so that's 600 watts and that is why they have that ridiculous spec on some of the smaller units. The T1090 is the only one specially designed to fit up against the roof of the Sprinter - that saves a TON of spac...
by Tomfoolery
Fri Jan 10, 2020 9:04 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Connect solar to Blue Sea system combiner
Replies: 51
Views: 1417

Re: Connect solar to Blue Sea system combiner

This part applies to both vans and sailboats: If your charging 90% on solar I think bigger batteries and less of them are better because solar is a trickle charge and losses need to be minimized. BUT! bigger batteries catch fire and on boats a fire is more dangerous. Sailboats use the alternator th...
by Tomfoolery
Fri Jan 10, 2020 7:17 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Connect solar to Blue Sea system combiner
Replies: 51
Views: 1417

Re: Connect solar to Blue Sea system combiner

He said if you do get the dual units to go all the way and get the optional idle control and all the other stuff Mercedes offers on their big rig diesel trucks. It's all available on the Sprinter too, (well, it was in 2004). Mine came with that, which I tested when I checked it out, but haven't use...
by Tomfoolery
Thu Jan 09, 2020 9:00 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Connect solar to Blue Sea system combiner
Replies: 51
Views: 1417

Re: Connect solar to Blue Sea system combiner

He said if you do get the dual units to go all the way and get the optional idle control and all the other stuff Mercedes offers on their big rig diesel trucks. It's all available on the Sprinter too, (well, it was in 2004). Mine came with that, which I tested when I checked it out, but haven't use...
by Tomfoolery
Thu Jan 09, 2020 7:39 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Connect solar to Blue Sea system combiner
Replies: 51
Views: 1417

Re: Connect solar to Blue Sea system combiner

The thing you guys have been posting about is the batteries being all connected during alternator charging. That is an issue. <snip> I recommend the B3B for charging off the alternator. Mine has a separate high-output alternator, which I think is 280A, just for charging the house battery. The charg...
by Tomfoolery
Thu Jan 09, 2020 5:39 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Connect solar to Blue Sea system combiner
Replies: 51
Views: 1417

Re: Connect solar to Blue Sea system combiner

In the van I put the stuff behind tinted polycarbonate that mimics the tinted window that is on the other side of the wooden bulkhead: https://i.postimg.cc/0Mpj5Hy7/IMG-3884.jpg the "fake window" opens up to reveal the combiner and stuff: https://i.postimg.cc/Y4NjMs9Y/IMG-3885.jpg You do nice work,...