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by DownSouth
Tue Jan 19, 2021 12:56 pm
Forum: Australia Group
Topic: Trip report - Mandurah December 2020
Replies: 14
Views: 315

Re: Trip report - Mandurah December 2020

Thanks for the work on the trip report Richard - very interesting.

Down South
Southern Victoria
by DownSouth
Sun Nov 01, 2020 1:41 pm
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Vee Berth Extension
Replies: 36
Views: 2007

Re: Vee Berth Extension

Looks pretty good to me! I am about to replicate your efforts though thick plastic is harder to find here so I may just use plywood.

DownSouth
by DownSouth
Sat Oct 24, 2020 3:01 am
Forum: Performance & Tuning
Topic: Loose footed main, pros? cons?
Replies: 26
Views: 3001

Re: Loose footed main, pros? cons?

Fair discussion in this article. http://www.fxsails.com/article_loosefoot.php I don't have any trouble reefing mine. I just roll it up. :wink: Supposed to be as easy to Reef conventionally though. https://i.postimg.cc/5Nx2cRYb/C0739637-FF47-4360-A7-A8-7-BF5455436-B9.jpg But, I do need to add outhau...
by DownSouth
Wed Oct 14, 2020 11:39 pm
Forum: Australia Group
Topic: Just had my 26 X weighed!!
Replies: 8
Views: 1583

Re: Just had my 26 X weighed!!

Yes I'm not surprised at the weight - it is why the original Steel Mac trailers are probably not legal in Australia - mine had something like 1400kg stamped on it - clearly overloaded....

My last 21ft Plywood Hartley came in over 2000kg....

DownSouth
by DownSouth
Tue Sep 08, 2020 12:15 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Dinghy!
Replies: 16
Views: 2125

Re: Dinghy!

Down South asked: Looks good guys, does the LT-4 handle the 2hp engine okay? Does it allow full power without bending the rear part of the dinghy? I have a Honda 2.3 air cooled and was thinking of buying this dinghy. Yes, it does nicely. Thanks for the advice, much appreciated I have ordered one (h...
by DownSouth
Tue Sep 01, 2020 10:53 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Dinghy!
Replies: 16
Views: 2125

Re: Dinghy!

Herschel - Holy cow! That's fantastic! Does it need a keel/centerboard of some kind? I would LOVE the option of a sail/motor dinghy! May I ask what you have and would you still buy it today? My dinghy is an Achilles LT-4. The sail kit includes heavy-duty, "kick up" plastic leeboards on either side....
by DownSouth
Tue Sep 01, 2020 10:50 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Dinghy!
Replies: 16
Views: 2125

Re: Dinghy!

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by DownSouth
Sun Aug 23, 2020 2:21 am
Forum: Australia Group
Topic: Just had my 26 X weighed!!
Replies: 8
Views: 1583

Re: Just had my 26 X weighed!!

Hi Guys and Gals, I have a 1999 26X. Took her down to the local weighbridge and she came in at 1.84t!! Specs say she weighs 1.1t empty, plus around 300kg for original trailer and have a 60 Yamaha (120kg) that's 1.52t. I'm trying to chase the extra 300kgs!! Al that's left are sails, anchor gear, 2 x...
by DownSouth
Mon Aug 17, 2020 2:34 am
Forum: MacGregor/Venture Discussion
Topic: Porta Potti Replacement
Replies: 29
Views: 3905

Re: Porta Potti Replacement

Other option if you are away from a dump point/disposal place is two take two waste tanks. We have a decent quality unit and bought another so that in emergencies (!) we can just switch over to an empty tank. We find the bigger ones are best 20/25 litre 4/5 gallon as the smaller tanks get full quick...
by DownSouth
Sat Aug 15, 2020 7:57 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: New Outboard
Replies: 13
Views: 971

Re: New Outboard

Thanks DownSouth that is good advice I hadn't of going to a 9.9 hp but have been on lots of bigger yachts than a 26X with about the same horse power. Certainly a lot cheaper than a 50hp. Our main consideration is to have about 10 knots for crossing our barred river entrance. I will see if I can fin...
by DownSouth
Sat Aug 15, 2020 2:46 am
Forum: MacGregor/Venture Discussion
Topic: what kind of stove do you use?
Replies: 37
Views: 2746

Re: what kind of stove do you use?

Origo alcohol (mentholated spirits in Australia) stove. The Origo Canisters don’t use pressure like some alcohol stoves very safe lighter than air fuel stove. As convenient as Butane (LPG liquid petroleum gas Australia) is in other sorts of camping you can’t get away from the fact that Butane is hea...
by DownSouth
Sat Aug 15, 2020 1:17 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: New Outboard
Replies: 13
Views: 971

Re: New Outboard

We still have the original Honda BF50 which runs well, yours may have blown the head gasket which is fixable of course as a new 50hp is A$10k ish? A repair may be 20% of that? Maybe worth asking a mechanic. If our 50 blew up I doubt we would repower with a motor that big. If you don’t have enough po...
by DownSouth
Thu Jul 09, 2020 2:49 am
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Electronic Flares Anyone?
Replies: 68
Views: 3971

Re: Electronic Flares Anyone?

Sadly electronic flares still not a legal substitute for pyrotechnic flares in Australia yet...…….

Is the US the only place you can use them?

DownSouth
by DownSouth
Thu Jul 09, 2020 2:45 am
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Kicker motor mount 26x
Replies: 6
Views: 1365

Re: Kicker motor mount 26x

Thanks for posting I have a new Honda 2.3 and a very old bracket and I am looking to replicate your efforts!

DownSouth
by DownSouth
Tue Jun 02, 2020 10:28 pm
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Mac 26x Swing Keel
Replies: 12
Views: 1545

Re: Mac 26x Swing Keel

I did a 'not as bad as that one' similar repair of an X board. It was a bit of glassing but the centreboard could benefit from a bit of extra weight so I used the marine fibreglass impregnated two part epoxy putty. May be used for car repairs where you live - but not what I think Canada / US calls '...