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by WASP18
Sat Apr 23, 2016 8:43 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Rudders or should I say not using rudders
Replies: 21
Views: 3820

Re: Rudders or should I say not using rudders

Rudders and center board up while cruising at 5 kts, my X wants to zig-zag. Steering a straight course is a physical challenge. Rudders down and center board down about one foot, the boat tracks in a straight line at 5 kts and it suddenly becomes a relaxing pleasure. With my :macx: above 7knots, it...
by WASP18
Fri Apr 22, 2016 8:08 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Rudders or should I say not using rudders
Replies: 21
Views: 3820

Re: Rudders or should I say not using rudders

Rudders and center board up while cruising at 5 kts, my X wants to zig-zag. Steering a straight course is a physical challenge. Rudders down and center board down about one foot, the boat tracks in a straight line at 5 kts and it suddenly becomes a relaxing pleasure. Same configuration when docking ...
by WASP18
Sat Apr 16, 2016 9:21 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Wind and rain
Replies: 6
Views: 1212

Re: Wind and rain

Life jackets are too often thought of as ominous, as if they were parachutes. Putting them on as if a boat was in real jeopardy or like an airplane ready to go down. Life jackets should be worn most of the time especially in weather. In sailing, a person could be whacked unconscious by a boom and kn...
by WASP18
Wed Apr 06, 2016 8:45 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Sailing the X without ballast
Replies: 13
Views: 1742

Re: Sailing the X without ballast

There was an empty ballast X on Narragansett Bay which went on its side and it couldn't be righted. According to the story, there were several people assisting. It was finally towed while on its side.
by WASP18
Thu Mar 24, 2016 9:31 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Boat almost ready for the loop
Replies: 39
Views: 5969

Re: Boat almost ready for the loop

wasp18 you have to be careful on those small vacs cause some do not suck up much. We tried 4 different ones at lowes and the depot and just took a chance on the Shop Vac brand from Amazon. Hopefully yours will really suck :D . My wife likes it cause it is so light. You need ear plugs with ours as i...
by WASP18
Wed Mar 23, 2016 9:53 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Boat almost ready for the loop
Replies: 39
Views: 5969

Re: Boat almost ready for the loop

Love this forum!

I just purchased a new shop vac after reading how it's used for pumping out a bilge. I've been using portable pumps and they really need lots of water to work properly. I just bought an "ArmorAll" AA255 2.5 gallon shop vac for $38.79 on Amazon.
by WASP18
Tue Mar 22, 2016 10:46 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Boat almost ready for the loop
Replies: 39
Views: 5969

Re: Boat almost ready for the loop

Do you have portable bilge pumps? How do you plan to deal with bilge water? Also, do you have solar panels to replenish the batteries? Your interior looks brilliant! Congratulations, and I hope your once-in-a-lifetime journey is the very best. I'll be looking forward to your trip commentary or blog.
by WASP18
Sun Mar 20, 2016 7:19 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: killing zebra mussels in ballast tanks
Replies: 11
Views: 2327

Re: killing zebra mussels in ballast tanks

I use bleach tablets and when I empty the ballast on the ramp, the water rushing out looks very clear. Here's a brief article about bleach. http://www.differencebetween.com/difference-between-clorox-and-vs-bleach/ While a Marketing major in college, I studied many such examples. For example, using ...
by WASP18
Sat Mar 19, 2016 11:42 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: killing zebra mussels in ballast tanks
Replies: 11
Views: 2327

Re: killing zebra mussels in ballast tanks

I use bleach tablets and when I empty the ballast on the ramp, the water rushing out looks very clear. Here's a brief article about bleach.
http://www.differencebetween.com/differ ... vs-bleach/
by WASP18
Tue Mar 01, 2016 10:53 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Portable battery packs?
Replies: 17
Views: 2979

Re: Portable battery packs?

Check out the reviews and details on this 12v lithium jump start pack. I was impressed when I read about it starting large V8's and diesel engines. I bought one from Costco and it just arrived. Neat little package and lightweight. http://www.costco.com/Lithium-Jump-Starter-and-Portable-Power-Bank.pr...
by WASP18
Sat Jan 16, 2016 11:19 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Lead weights for ballast?
Replies: 40
Views: 7509

Lead weights for ballast?

Lead weighs 707 lbs per square foot according to a chart I found on the Web . If it were possible to install 3 or 4" (diameter) dowel shaped lead weights into the water chamber of our Macs, what do you think that would add to stability? We would then add water to stabilize the weights as ballast, ma...
by WASP18
Tue Dec 29, 2015 10:37 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Share some sailing terms ...
Replies: 5
Views: 2241

Re: Share some sailing terms ...

TAR in today's US Navy means "Training and Administration of Reservists". The TAR Program represents full-time active duty naval reservists who maintain small reserve bases and who are committed to train weekend warriors, TAR's will often spend twenty years in this program and then retire. They are ...
by WASP18
Tue Dec 22, 2015 9:23 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Water in bilges
Replies: 23
Views: 4947

Re: Water in bilges

What kind of sealer (brand name) did you use?
by WASP18
Sat Dec 19, 2015 9:25 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Water in bilges
Replies: 23
Views: 4947

Re: Water in bilges

I love your comment WASP "I came to the realization that these boats leak and I don't know where and I gave up looking"...lol. I am so with you on that one. You could spend hours and hours looking but its probably alot easier to just pump it out and get rid of it. Your comment should go under "conf...
by WASP18
Sat Dec 19, 2015 9:18 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Helm pedestal top rebuild
Replies: 6
Views: 2503

Re: Helm pedestal top rebuild

What 3M product did you use as a sealant for the screws? I plan on mounting a fish finder on the top of my pedestal. Also, the screws on the side of my binnacle (pedestal) are always loose and I'd like to screw them in with something that will hold them in and withstand both screwing-in and removal ...