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by AndyVS
Tue Jun 18, 2019 10:52 am
Forum: Trailers & Towing
Topic: Where do you carry your outboard when trailering?
Replies: 6
Views: 812

Re: Where do you carry your outboard when trailering?

My 9.9 Merc is too heavy (100+ lbs) to pull off the transom. When towing, I run a strap around motor and retractable motor mount to stern cleats to keep it steady. I do remove the rudder and tiller and remove everything out of the laz. In the cabin, I move everything with any weight to the v-berth. ...
by AndyVS
Wed Dec 05, 2018 5:15 pm
Forum: Performance & Tuning
Topic: Micron Extra anti-fouling?
Replies: 12
Views: 2390

Re: Micron Extra anti-fouling?

I use Micron CSC and it's kept the bottom clean. Boat lives in a slip from May thru October in southern MI. Small lake we are on seems clean but I see boats with no anti-fouling will have 1/8" crud + zebra mussels on their bottoms in the fall. I went two years with the first application of two coats...
by AndyVS
Tue May 01, 2018 3:39 pm
Forum: MacGregor/Venture Discussion
Topic: Rigging for single handed sailing
Replies: 18
Views: 6087

Re: Rigging for single handed sailing

+1 on Sumner's comments. I single hand most of the time & have a tiller clutch and lines are still at the mast. I have a down-haul on the hank-on jib that comes to the stanchion by the mast. I go to the mast to reef so sometimes it means going on deck on my knees. I always have a pfd on when on deck...
by AndyVS
Wed Mar 28, 2018 8:46 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Cr@p dropped the mast
Replies: 40
Views: 10624

Re: Cr@p dropped the mast

I've puckered & bent a few things when raising and lowering mast in a crosswind. The baby stays just don't keep consistent tension through the 90 degrees of rotation. I replaced the baby stay lines with the mainsheet on one side of the mast and the adjustable back stay on the other with shackles. I ...
by AndyVS
Thu Jan 18, 2018 11:55 am
Forum: MacGregor/Venture Discussion
Topic: Electronics gurus: In-hull transducer?
Replies: 17
Views: 5262

Re: Electronics gurus: In-hull transducer?

I used a small piece of wax from a toilet ring and it works fine. The wax holds it's shape even when it's hot. I've bumped it loose a couple of times when putting stuff in the laz and I just press it back in place.
by AndyVS
Mon Nov 06, 2017 9:23 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Hold onto your seat, matey!
Replies: 8
Views: 2051

Re: Hold onto your seat, matey!

That would be hair raising. I have used three Mercury's, a 90's 2 cycle 7.5 hp, a 10 year old 15 hp 4 cycle, and a 1 year old 4 cycle 9.9 hp that is on my boat. None acted like what you are describing. Is there a Mercury dealer nearby?
by AndyVS
Mon Oct 30, 2017 8:22 am
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Advice on replacing mast deck plate
Replies: 5
Views: 1611

Re: Advice on replacing mast deck plate

I also used a heat gun and putty knife and it popped right off. I used Compass Marine's Bed-It butyl tape to seal. It seals great and is removable. http://www.pbase.com/mainecruising/buy_bedit_butyl_tape I replaced my mast step with the 2 part hinged version from Blue Water Yachts. It's gentler on t...
by AndyVS
Wed Sep 06, 2017 2:40 pm
Forum: Trailers & Towing
Topic: Trailer sway
Replies: 38
Views: 11460

Re: Trailer sway

I pull my "S" with a Chevy Tahoe with sway control and before I understood tongue weight it would sway easily above 55mph. I now move nearly everything inside the boat to the bow when trailering. Anything heavy in the laz will lighten the tongue weight. I also pull off the Ruddercraft rudder and sto...
by AndyVS
Fri Aug 11, 2017 9:34 am
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Replacing Standing Rigging
Replies: 13
Views: 2784

Re: Replacing Standing Rigging

I replaced mine last winter. Old fittings had some corrosion and a few kinks in wires. Ezra at BWY answered all my questions, recommended upgrading my backstay and took good care of me. Sent him my old rigging and a few weeks later the new ones came in along with the the old ones for emergency spare...
by AndyVS
Wed Jul 12, 2017 4:20 pm
Forum: MacGregor/Venture Discussion
Topic: 1993 MacGregor 26S
Replies: 8
Views: 2183

Re: 1993 MacGregor 26S

My centerboard always hangs down 6" or so and rests on bar on trailer. When I drop sails, I raise centerboard so maybe 12" or so hangs down. Helps with steering control when motoring to dock. When loading on trailer, I don't try to raise the line or board any more, I just let the trailer bar lift it...
by AndyVS
Wed May 10, 2017 8:07 am
Forum: MacGregor/Venture Discussion
Topic: Where to look for 26C models for sale?
Replies: 38
Views: 8338

Re: Where to look for 26C models for sale?

Here is a search engine to check Craiglist ads in a region. Put in your zip code and radius in mileage and it will find all the listings. http://www.searchtempest.com/search?location=05401&maxDist=400®ion_us=1&search_string=macgregor&keytype=adv&Region=na&cityselect=zip&page=0&category=8&subcat=b...
by AndyVS
Wed Sep 14, 2016 7:53 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Quest for the perfect flag standard
Replies: 15
Views: 3817

Re: Quest for the perfect flag standard

I added a small block at masthead where backstay attaches. Run 1/4" line through block down to shackle which attaches to backstay attachment. I have very short loops of line with spring clips on flag which attach to loops in flag halyard. Raise and lower like flagpole. I keep mine up all the time no...
by AndyVS
Thu Sep 08, 2016 5:19 pm
Forum: MacGregor/Venture Discussion
Topic: Tiller Length
Replies: 15
Views: 4244

Re: Tiller Length

The bottom two bolts on bracket are at waterline. Old bracket holes, which I filled are close to waterline also. I might be lower due to the weight of the outboard (115 lbs) & heavy duty retractable motor bracket. Of course when I'm looking, I'm leaning over the transom so add my lbs.

Andy
by AndyVS
Thu Sep 08, 2016 10:02 am
Forum: MacGregor/Venture Discussion
Topic: Tiller Length
Replies: 15
Views: 4244

Re: Tiller Length

A follow up on my original post. I did install the Ruddercraft unifoil rudder system and it's great. Tiller is shorter so I have more room in cockpit when I have 4 people in boat. More importantly, the boat handles sooo much better. Gas strut keeps rudder down & no more worrying about uphaul lines f...
by AndyVS
Tue Aug 23, 2016 9:03 am
Forum: MacGregor/Venture Discussion
Topic: Suspicious Cracks?
Replies: 15
Views: 3096

Re: Suspicious Cracks?

Hi Bill, +1 on Mike's comments. I have a 26S with small cracks at base of the ladder. This is the second summer I have owned it & keep it in a slip. Of all the things that need to be done to get a boat ready to sail, those are really low on my list. Mine takes on rainwater too and one fitting at a t...