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by Be Free
Tue Oct 08, 2019 8:40 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Routing Electrical Wire 26x - What type of black magic does this require?
Replies: 8
Views: 379

Re: Routing Electrical Wire 26x - What type of black magic does this require?

The stock masthead and anchor lights are 10W each.
The interior lights are rated at 18.4W each. The LED replacement for the 1141 bulb is 3.6W.
The running lights are 5W each.

The LED replacements are a little pricey but they usually use about 25% of the power of the incandescent bulbs.
by Be Free
Thu Oct 03, 2019 1:38 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Stiff steering
Replies: 15
Views: 1749

Re: Stiff steering

Regarding the hard pull to starboard: Assuming you are not running at speed under power with either the rudders or centerboard down, I'd take a look at the trim tab on your engine. Many outboards hide a bolt under the trim tab that has to be removed to service the water pump. If the tab was not put ...
by Be Free
Thu Oct 03, 2019 1:29 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Routing Electrical Wire 26x - What type of black magic does this require?
Replies: 8
Views: 379

Re: Routing Electrical Wire 26x - What type of black magic does this require?

On the subject of the original wire choices: the original wire is sufficient, but since I was replacing it I used slightly larger wire to reduce the voltage drop, particularly for the runs going up the mast and I left a little bit more slack than the original runs to make working on fittings easier.
by Be Free
Thu Oct 03, 2019 1:25 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Routing Electrical Wire 26x - What type of black magic does this require?
Replies: 8
Views: 379

Re: Routing Electrical Wire 26x - What type of black magic does this require?

I've replaced most of the wiring in my 26x and it was not easy. I used a fish tape for most of it but the thing that really helped was pulling the plugs that cover the access holes for the various fittings. The fish tape would often get stuck or bind but when either the tape or the wire got within r...
by Be Free
Sun Jul 07, 2019 9:41 am
Forum: Tattoo Yachts Discussion
Topic: New to sailing - Need help in the Orlando, FL area
Replies: 7
Views: 1195

Re: New to sailing - Need help in the Orlando, FL area

I'm about 100 miles north of you and have a 26X but I'd be glad to give you some advice.
by Be Free
Wed Sep 12, 2018 9:46 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Yamaha 60 hp
Replies: 8
Views: 1838

Re: Yamaha 60 hp

You don't mention the specific models involved, but in the current versions the 50hp and 60hp are built on the same platform. This means that there is no weight difference between them. By my calculations, a 10HP increase on a 26X with no change in weight should result in just a hair over 2 knots in...
by Be Free
Wed Sep 12, 2018 9:31 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: I'm back...and other tales of woe
Replies: 21
Views: 7761

Re: I'm back...and other tales of woe

There is no question that you have a fairly serious leak somewhere if you had 7" of water anywhere in the bilge. Previous posters have mentioned all of the likely places for water intrusion. I'm going to assume that you did not have a leaking fresh water tank (my first unexpected wet bilge), or that...
by Be Free
Thu Apr 05, 2018 11:57 am
Forum: Trailers & Towing
Topic: How do I pull further onto the trailer?
Replies: 44
Views: 15199

Re: How do I pull further onto the trailer?

Why you people care about the 2inch space? Does not harm the boat at all???!!!!! It does not matter to the boat at all. There is still plenty of support even if it is not all the way forward. For me it is a matter of stability at highway speeds. Two inches back and the trailer starts to fishtail ar...
by Be Free
Thu Apr 05, 2018 11:07 am
Forum: Trailers & Towing
Topic: How do I pull further onto the trailer?
Replies: 44
Views: 15199

Re: How do I pull further onto the trailer?

Why you people care about the 2inch space? Does not harm the boat at all???!!!!! It does not matter to the boat at all. There is still plenty of support even if it is not all the way forward. For me it is a matter of stability at highway speeds. Two inches back and the trailer starts to fishtail ar...
by Be Free
Wed Apr 19, 2017 10:32 am
Forum: Performance & Tuning
Topic: Sail boat flips
Replies: 57
Views: 11321

Re: Sail boat flips

... Under sail with ballast The X behaves fine at 45 degrees. Not the best technique to make headway, especially with inexperienced crew, but 45 is no problem. When my boat gets just a bit past 45 it rounds up in the gusts; can't stop it. I love running it at 30+ degrees just for the feeling. ... T...
by Be Free
Sun Jul 31, 2016 2:07 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Optimum wind speed for an X?
Replies: 26
Views: 5813

Re: Optimum wind speed for an X?

Fifteen knots with full main and 100% jib is fun and fast. By the time it hits 20 I'm ready to put a reef in the main. It's a lot less stress on me and the boat and I actually go faster. I also found out that somewhere north of thirty knots a person in the rear berth can stand up on the leeward side...
by Be Free
Mon Jun 20, 2016 10:30 pm
Forum: Trailers & Towing
Topic: Trailer sway - what to do and how to react?
Replies: 30
Views: 6903

Re: Trailer sway - what to do and how to react?

+1 for the Mac bump. If I'm not completely against the front roller I can't get over 45MPH without serious sway; all the way up and 65 is no problem.
by Be Free
Tue Jun 14, 2016 3:00 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Fish question
Replies: 17
Views: 2867

Re: Fish question

I caught a tuna sandwich my wife tossed to me from the cabin. Does that count?
by Be Free
Tue Jun 14, 2016 2:56 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Is the difference between 40/50hp negligible or significant?
Replies: 33
Views: 4754

Re: Is the difference between 40/50hp negligible or signific

I have the BF40 on my X and it does everything I want it to. I can cruise all day at 6kts and sip fuel or open it up and run into the high teens. It never quite comes completely on a plane but lightly loaded on smooth, salt water it comes awful close. Even heavily loaded (my normal mode) it will tur...
by Be Free
Thu Jan 07, 2016 11:09 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Trouble Raising the Main
Replies: 93
Views: 16915

Re: Trouble Raising the Main

I hate to admit it but I have occasionally crossed the main halyard under itself when attaching it to the headboard. This results in the halyard pinching itself against the mast when the sail is almost to the top and making it impossible to raise the main completely. Just to keep things interesting,...