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by Tomfoolery
Sat Apr 10, 2021 11:50 am
Forum: Trailers & Towing
Topic: Short tow with minivan
Replies: 2
Views: 7

Re: Short tow with minivan

I’ve towed my X with a 2003 Honda Odyssey. No problem. Read about it here.

https://macgregorsailors.com/forum/view ... 95#p349295
by Tomfoolery
Sat Apr 10, 2021 8:05 am
Forum: Performance & Tuning
Topic: Spinnaker / Whisker Pole Question(s)
Replies: 14
Views: 82

Re: Spinnaker / Whisker Pole Question(s)

Many folks here have used telescopic boat hooks as whisker poles. Highlander I believe sort of led the charge on that. WM has an extra-long, heavy-duty book hook (that floats) that I bought on sale to use for a whisker pole, but just never got around to it. I do use it as a boat hook, though it’s lo...
by Tomfoolery
Sat Apr 10, 2021 7:27 am
Forum: Trailers & Towing
Topic: Single Axle Limitations?
Replies: 31
Views: 590

Re: Single Axle Limitations?

Good point. From reading RV forums, ST tires have traditionally been lower speed rated, which in part is how they get the high load capacity than an LT tire of the same size, but the speed ratings have been increasing lately. I don’t know why. Maybe because of all the blowouts travel trailers seem t...
by Tomfoolery
Sat Apr 10, 2021 7:24 am
Forum: Performance & Tuning
Topic: Spinnaker / Whisker Pole Question(s)
Replies: 14
Views: 82

Re: Spinnaker / Whisker Pole Question(s)

Take a look at line control whisker pole prices at WM or other sources. Twist-locks ain’t cheap either, but nothing like line control. I bought a well used one for my keel boat and only paid a couple of hundred. Only. Sold it with the boat, which is just as well as it was too heavy for a Mac.
by Tomfoolery
Sat Apr 10, 2021 7:22 am
Forum: Performance & Tuning
Topic: Nissan 5hp water pump issue
Replies: 19
Views: 247

Re: Nissan 5hp water pump issue

I'm glad it was easy to replace. Supporting the engine or removing it was what I was dreading most. I'm getting too old to be dead lifting 200+ pounds (or so my wife tells me) :) My wife doesn’t have to tell me - I blew out my right eye just the other day, lifting a long counter top myself. Didn’t ...
by Tomfoolery
Fri Apr 09, 2021 8:17 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: What is this and where should I put it?
Replies: 11
Views: 267

Re: What is this and where should I put it?

I leave my spinnaker halyard tied off to the center of the bow rail, mainly because it's convenient. I don't worry about the forestay. It's new or nearly so, and it's the upsized 5/32" wire rope (standard is 1/8"). It's important to keep that spin halyard rather tight or it will interfere with the f...
by Tomfoolery
Fri Apr 09, 2021 4:41 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Is the classified section closed?
Replies: 22
Views: 855

Re: Is the classified section closed?

Russ wrote:
Wed Apr 07, 2021 5:12 pm
Classifieds are back online. Hopefully with anti-spam measures to keep out the bots.

Thanks for your patience.
How do I get into it, Russ? It’s asking for an email and PW. Do I need to sign up with different credentials than the main site?
by Tomfoolery
Wed Apr 07, 2021 12:46 pm
Forum: Performance & Tuning
Topic: Nissan 5hp water pump issue
Replies: 19
Views: 247

Re: Nissan 5hp water pump issue

Both the water discharge and exhaust are combined and exit through the foot/prop hub together. Put the prop hub under water, and you have adequate back pressure to force a small amount of exhaust back through the cooling jacket to take the path of least resistance out the telltale. I don't know abo...
by Tomfoolery
Wed Apr 07, 2021 12:17 pm
Forum: Trailers & Towing
Topic: Single Axle Limitations?
Replies: 31
Views: 590

Re: Single Axle Limitations?

I never really thought about the coupling. My original gut that independent suspension is ALWAYS better, but I see that is not the case for a trailer. If you eliminate the equalizer, you'd have essentially the same thing as a pair of torsion spring axles, but with a fixed spring rate (increase in f...
by Tomfoolery
Wed Apr 07, 2021 11:40 am
Forum: Performance & Tuning
Topic: Nissan 5hp water pump issue
Replies: 19
Views: 247

Re: Nissan 5hp water pump issue

Both the water discharge and exhaust are combined and exit through the foot/prop hub together. Put the prop hub under water, and you have adequate back pressure to force a small amount of exhaust back through the cooling jacket to take the path of least resistance out the telltale. I don't know abo...
by Tomfoolery
Wed Apr 07, 2021 8:31 am
Forum: Trailers & Towing
Topic: Single Axle Limitations?
Replies: 31
Views: 590

Re: Single Axle Limitations?

That said which is preferred leaf spring or torsion bar. My preference would be torsion bar for single axle, and equalized leaf for tandem axles. Is there an difference in shock absorption between torsion bar and leaf springs to protect the tires? (years' ago I hit a hole on the interstate deep eno...
by Tomfoolery
Tue Apr 06, 2021 5:59 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: What is this and where should I put it?
Replies: 11
Views: 267

Re: What is this and where should I put it?

18” above the forestay hound is where most put it for a spinnaker. And yes, if using a Chute Scoop with hoop (especially), you need the extra room, but 18” is fine. As to parallel to the forestay, I don’t see any particular reason it has to be. An asymmetric spinnaker doesn’t use a stay like a typic...
by Tomfoolery
Tue Apr 06, 2021 7:47 am
Forum: Trailers & Towing
Topic: is this forum for "trailers & towing" only or can we talk about tow vehicles?
Replies: 102
Views: 21283

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

It should be a piece of cake for the Mac, but I'll report details of my first venture next month when I get back from the RV trip. https://i.postimg.cc/9Dsqvpgb/2020-Ford-F-150-Lariot.jpg Nice truck. I'd have gotten a truck but the admiral would divorce me. Long story, but being an NYC girl, pickup...
by Tomfoolery
Tue Apr 06, 2021 7:44 am
Forum: Trailers & Towing
Topic: is this forum for "trailers & towing" only or can we talk about tow vehicles?
Replies: 102
Views: 21283

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

I got one of the tiny diesels in a 2017 Ram truck. In mixed town/highway, I seem to get around 28 mpg. Pure highway, I've seen 34 mpg on the computer, but have never gotten that high calculating at the pump. But then, I've never done a full tank highway run. I routinely go over 700 miles on a tank....
by Tomfoolery
Mon Apr 05, 2021 5:47 pm
Forum: MacGregor/Venture Discussion
Topic: New guy from Texas (with a million questions)
Replies: 17
Views: 254

Re: New guy from Texas (with a million questions)

NiceAft wrote:
Mon Apr 05, 2021 5:03 pm
Here you will find the answers to all your question, from guys who know what they're talking about; guys who think they know what they're talking about, and those who are just guessing. :evil: :D
That pretty much sums it up, doesn’t it? :D :wink: