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by Hardcrab
Fri May 17, 2019 3:10 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: boat lift "bunks" measurement request for M?
Replies: 0
Views: 1190

boat lift "bunks" measurement request for M?

For those among us who use a cradle type boatlift to keep the Mac above the fray, did you find a particular between measurement for the "bunks" so as to have the hull resting on the best possible support? I wish my lift bunks were crossways to the hull, just like the trailer, but they are not. Any s...
by Hardcrab
Sun May 20, 2018 10:52 pm
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Anyone tried a vinyl wrap for the @#%*^ blacks?
Replies: 17
Views: 5225

Re: Anyone tried a vinyl wrap for the @#%*^ blacks?

Nah, the picture thing is way beyond my comprehension. Hull, I'm just getting onboard with the D.A. polisher. If you haven't used this stuff, and you really want excellent results, a DA with the foam pads is da bomb. At least compared to pure elbow grease and/or one of those stupid buffer/bonnet thi...
by Hardcrab
Sun May 20, 2018 1:05 pm
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Anyone tried a vinyl wrap for the @#%*^ blacks?
Replies: 17
Views: 5225

Re: Anyone tried a vinyl wrap for the @#%*^ blacks?

UPDATE: Vinyl wrap was a no-go. A quote of $600 for materials sucked the wind from these sails. Back to painting the blacks, or so I thought--- As it turns out, I was extremely far "behind the times" when it comes to the CORRECT tools to use for prepping/waxing gel coat. For years, I took the cheap ...
by Hardcrab
Thu Apr 26, 2018 10:10 pm
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Anyone tried a vinyl wrap for the @#%*^ blacks?
Replies: 17
Views: 5225

Re: Anyone tried a vinyl wrap for the @#%*^ blacks?

NiceAft, How did you apply the paint? Roll and Tip, Brush, Spray? Did you primer it first? I'm so over any kind of waxing just to keep a shine. I've read about the magic Newglass stuff. It seems to me to still stop somewhat short of the very best solution-- paint or perhaps the vinyl wrap solution. ...
by Hardcrab
Thu Apr 26, 2018 7:34 pm
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Anyone tried a vinyl wrap for the @#%*^ blacks?
Replies: 17
Views: 5225

Anyone tried a vinyl wrap for the @#%*^ blacks?

I'm at decision height. Either I "tip and roll" the black stripes with a good quality one part paint, or get them vinyl wrapped. I am not going to wax those mothers again. Looking online, most installers report a 5-7 year lifespan for the wrap. From what I've seen, the whole boat down to the water l...
by Hardcrab
Fri Mar 30, 2018 1:39 am
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: What Are Your Top 5,10,15 Mods Or How Do I Love Thee- my Mac
Replies: 27
Views: 8075

Re: What Are Your Top 5,10,15 Mods Or How Do I Love Thee- my

All pertain to my M. 1. Adjustable "tie rod" to true the rudders/outboard/helm/boat. 2. Fixed, but adjusted dead ahead, outboard disconnect from steering rod. 3.Velcro on sliding hatch lips. 4. Ball valve to replace the ballast tank plug. 5. Stern seats. 6. Furler "quick loop" to control loose furle...
by Hardcrab
Thu Mar 29, 2018 7:33 pm
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: 8 year update on Velcro hatch slide mod
Replies: 10
Views: 3421

8 year update on Velcro hatch slide mod

After doing the M hatch Velcro slide mod to stop the painful gritting and grinding noise every time we slid open the hatch 8 years ago, I just replaced the Velcro and wanted to give a report on my results. First of all, this mod works as advertised. Opening the hatch will no longer be that gritty so...
by Hardcrab
Thu Mar 29, 2018 6:07 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Cr@p dropped the mast
Replies: 40
Views: 11092

Re: Cr@p dropped the mast

I just made a new set of baby stays. I copied the originals at 6' exactly, center to center of the eyelets. I also bought the "V" bend mast hound to replace the stock "Round" bend hound from BWY. That made my 6' stays slightly to long, but was easily corrected for by re-sizing the bowline loop at th...
by Hardcrab
Thu Jan 18, 2018 2:02 pm
Forum: Trailers & Towing
Topic: "M" aluminum trailer concern/suggestion
Replies: 1
Views: 1767

"M" aluminum trailer concern/suggestion

A possible concern for aluminum trailer M owners out there. I was looking over my 2011 aluminum trailer for possible trouble spots to prep for a cross-country tow. I noticed that one of the four 4" x 4" (3-1/2" x 3-1/2") woodblocks that raise the bunks above the side rails has a deep, nasty split ru...
by Hardcrab
Wed Jan 10, 2018 2:28 pm
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Questions about the Johnson Quick Release Lever Mod
Replies: 3
Views: 1432

Questions about the Johnson Quick Release Lever Mod

I'm still setting up to tackle this mod and have read some older posts from folks who have done this to their forestay. I can't seem to get a clear picture on the final, most popular method to use. I'm curious for any current feedback from those who have done it. I assume that the better lever choic...
by Hardcrab
Thu Sep 08, 2016 10:37 am
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Has anyone had this happen?
Replies: 26
Views: 6337

Re: Has anyone had this happen?

My 2005 M had the gooseneck plate become loose also, resulting with the holes drilled in the mast wallowed out/corroded bigger more than I cared for. After all, any new pop rivet will only expand but so much, and maybe the mast holes were to big for best long term holding results, was my theory. So,...
by Hardcrab
Mon Mar 21, 2016 1:34 pm
Forum: Performance & Tuning
Topic: 26 m with a 90 hp?
Replies: 45
Views: 18396

Re: 26 m with a 90 hp?

miamistyle, I also have the 90 TLDI Tohatsu (2004) on a 2005 M. I do raise the engine while under sail. It does not 100% clear the water, maybe 97% or so. The prop is fully dry however. I found that the engine would tend to "flop" to one side or the other and/or make the steering while sailing harde...
by Hardcrab
Mon Jan 11, 2016 3:59 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Name & Order of Your 3-5 Most Important Mods
Replies: 60
Views: 15215

Re: Name & Order of Your 3-5 Most Important Mods

All tied at first place for simplifying life or simplifying sailing: Velcro "Hatch Anti-Nasty Screech" Mod (simplified, cheap version) Velcro "Rear Berth Hatch Covers Anti-Collapse from Knees" Mod (simplified, cheap version) The "Unmanned, Automatic, Positive Control for Flopping Furler while Mast i...
by Hardcrab
Wed Jul 01, 2015 2:20 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Cabin sliding hatch velcro mod
Replies: 10
Views: 1427

Re: Cabin sliding hatch velcro mod

cougar, Yes, the Velcro goes on the sliding hatch on my boat. Others have put it on the hull. The noise is gone either way, but to my mind, any down the road velcro replacement should be easier working with the hatch at a bench, or such. I used the already sticky sided, industrial strength stuff fro...
by Hardcrab
Tue Jun 30, 2015 10:57 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Cabin sliding hatch velcro mod
Replies: 10
Views: 1427

Re: Cabin sliding hatch velcro mod

RIS, I searched and found the posts from 2009 when I first used the Velcro. 7 years later, it still works as well as day one, and I have done nothing other than hose a little water in the area at each wash down. It does not seem to be coming un-stuck anywhere. I don't know how much actual wear has o...