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by Tomfoolery
Fri Feb 26, 2021 6:47 pm
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Large tree limb hit mast. I need advice.
Replies: 3
Views: 53

Re: Large tree limb hit mast. I need advice.

Yesterday a large tree limb hit my trailered Mac 26X mast at an angle, from port to starboard, crushing the mast crutch. The impact did not dent the mast but the impact left an estimated 4 inch rake toward the port side. It seems almost as if the normal mast incline at the top toward the stern is n...
by Tomfoolery
Fri Feb 26, 2021 6:51 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: LandingLoop for Docking
Replies: 59
Views: 7009

Re: LandingLoop for Docking

Are you renting a slip? I leave the docklines on the slip and fender on the dock. That way I just need a boat pole to grab the dock lines upon approach. Same here, but I don't use a boat hook to get it. The coaming is so low, I just reach over and grab the stern line that's laying on the floating d...
by Tomfoolery
Tue Feb 23, 2021 10:26 am
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Plumbing - plastic, brass, stainless steel
Replies: 3
Views: 92

Re: Plumbing - plastic, brass, stainless steel

I added a water heater bypass with two 3-way ball valves to my van using PEX, mainly because the whole van was plumbed with PEX already, and it was an absolute pleasure to work with. Way better than the common nylon with barb fitting stuff I've used in the past, and way WAY better than sweating copp...
by Tomfoolery
Tue Feb 23, 2021 4:46 am
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Lithium (LiFePO4) Battery Build
Replies: 27
Views: 556

Re: Lithium (LiFePO4) Battery Build

And here's the response I got from Xantrex when I asked the question. I thought the published instructions were a little unclear or contradictory, so I emailed. This is their response: Hi Thomas, We hope you are enjoying your Galleria and our UL Listed battery! The duty cycle of the temperature cycl...
by Tomfoolery
Sun Feb 21, 2021 2:52 pm
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Lithium (LiFePO4) Battery Build
Replies: 27
Views: 556

Re: Lithium (LiFePO4) Battery Build

Here's a screen shot of the battery storage page, FYI. It may have something useful in it. https://i.postimg.cc/XZKNTj2T/Battery-Storage-Excerpt.jpg That's interesting... I've never heard anything about long term storage and 59F on the other forum. I wonder what's the driving force for such a high ...
by Tomfoolery
Sun Feb 21, 2021 12:54 pm
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Lithium (LiFePO4) Battery Build
Replies: 27
Views: 556

Re: Lithium (LiFePO4) Battery Build

Here's a screen shot of the battery storage page, FYI. It may have something useful in it.


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by Tomfoolery
Sun Feb 21, 2021 7:08 am
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Lithium (LiFePO4) Battery Build
Replies: 27
Views: 556

Re: CONS - Part 3 Trickle Charging Differences

For long term storage (months) the suggested number is to drain it down to about 13.15 volts. This is around 40% SOC. Although being new to this and worried about my investment, I might check it every once in a while. LiFePO4 batteries have almost zero self-discharge, so they are unlikely to drain ...
by Tomfoolery
Sat Feb 20, 2021 8:05 am
Forum: MacGregor/Venture Discussion
Topic: Thinking about props
Replies: 4
Views: 205

Re: Thinking about props

Note that many 15 hp started design life as a 9.9hp. Like the ubiquitous Johnson/Evinrude 9.9/15 hp 2-strokes that everybody had in the 70's, including me (9.9 hp). Same engine with just a few minor changes between the two versions, like maybe carburetion. I think the 15 spun faster. https://i.post...
by Tomfoolery
Fri Feb 19, 2021 12:20 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: MacGregor at Auction- bent mast?
Replies: 13
Views: 281

Re: MacGregor at Auction- bent mast?

Did the M even have a mast cap originally? I don't think it did, but BWY sells caps if you want one.
by Tomfoolery
Fri Feb 19, 2021 4:42 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: New 26X owner, going to need a lot of help!
Replies: 33
Views: 584

Re: New 26X owner, going to need a lot of help!

The long hose in the head is not standard. I believe that long hose is a vent for pumping out the porta potty. If I am correct, there should be another hose for the pump out conection. My guess, too, as that's how my Porta-Potti is connected. It's the MSD version, with pumpout and vent hose connect...
by Tomfoolery
Wed Feb 17, 2021 5:31 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: MacGregor at Auction- bent mast?
Replies: 13
Views: 281

Re: MacGregor at Auction- bent mast?

The furler and sail, which are quite heavy, are also hanging off that mast. Which has no mid-span support. I'd be worried if it didn't have that bend. My mid-span support is just a pair of 2x4's, with the ends mitered at 45 degrees, and facing each other on the flat (glued and/or screwed) to make a ...
by Tomfoolery
Mon Feb 15, 2021 7:47 am
Forum: The Front Room
Topic: Canadian dreams
Replies: 7
Views: 120

Re: Canadian dreams

No offense, but I have more than enough snow of my own without seeing someone else's. :D I'd rather see :macm: photos from Jaime Alonso in Puerto Rico. :P :D Personally, I'd rather see Tomfoolery's photos from Puerto Rico, but that would require I actually be in Puerto Rico in order to take them, a...
by Tomfoolery
Tue Feb 02, 2021 5:12 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Rigging hardware
Replies: 10
Views: 317

Re: Rigging hardware

What everyone else said about those shackles. Yikes! If the mast is vertical or nearly so and the shrouds are snug, then perhaps there was a quick-release shroud lever in there, like this one. https://www.westmarine.com/buy/c-sherman-johnson--large-3-hole-quick-release-shroud-levers--246167?recordNu...
by Tomfoolery
Tue Feb 02, 2021 11:59 am
Forum: MacGregor/Venture Discussion
Topic: How do I rig this? (Venture 21)
Replies: 5
Views: 105

Re: How do I rig this? (Venture 21)

Thanks Tom. Very helpful. I don't need the diagrams, but to clarify, 1) the end of the mainsheet is tied (can I use a shackle?) "to the deck eye aft of the swivel cam cleat" (quoting the manual). Right? If it were me, I would use a shackle. The end of the sheet will work in that attachment point ot...
by Tomfoolery
Tue Feb 02, 2021 7:49 am
Forum: MacGregor/Venture Discussion
Topic: How do I rig this? (Venture 21)
Replies: 5
Views: 105

Re: How do I rig this? (Venture 21)

There's a brief description, in words but no pictures unfortunately, in the manual for that boat, which you can get here: https://macgregorsailors.com/resources.html There should be a twin sheave block attached to the end of the boom, a swivel cam cleat with dead end becket on the port side rail, an...