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by ALX357
Thu Jun 07, 2018 6:00 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: lost track of my old boat, sold a few years ago ...
Replies: 4
Views: 3724

Re: lost track of my old boat, sold a few years ago ...

Years after it sold, 'still wondering where it is now ....

Anyone seen this MacX ? 'last known area was Northern Florida Gulf Coast.
by ALX357
Sat Dec 03, 2016 5:11 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Sailng Movies for Cabin Fever
Replies: 120
Views: 43765

Re: Sailng Movies for Cabin Fever

I recommend a movie, Wind with Matthew Modine and Jennifer Grey ....
by ALX357
Sat Dec 03, 2016 5:09 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Tacking in high winds
Replies: 251
Views: 57093

Re: Tacking in high winds

Instead of fighting a tack, just jibe about the other way. You will lose a bit of way, but not risk getting in chains and being blown back. I used to sail with just a Genoa up, no main at all, and found it easier to jibe about than tack, so even with a mainsail, it works as well.
by ALX357
Sat Dec 19, 2015 6:18 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: lost track of my old boat, sold a few years ago ...
Replies: 4
Views: 3724

Re: lost track of my old boat, sold a few years ago ...

much appreciated ... 'several photos, showing what I think are a couple of the distinctive features, probably unique to the boat, if not rare. stainless clamshell vent on side of cabin, stainless solar vent on front hatch, ( and two other deck locations ) , blue topped upgrade winches. http://i5.pho...
by ALX357
Sat Dec 05, 2015 1:15 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: lost track of my old boat, sold a few years ago ...
Replies: 4
Views: 3724

Re: lost track of my old boat, sold a few years ago ...

no replies ... no-one seen this boat ?
by ALX357
Wed Dec 02, 2015 5:48 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: giveaway storage covers .... OEM masonite for 26X, full set
Replies: 1
Views: 1187

giveaway storage covers .... OEM masonite for 26X, full set

I made a full set of clear polycarbonate ( like plexiglass ) storage covers for every storage bin and access hatch that was on my 26X, really nice mod, .... I have photos of them installed, way back maybe 8 or 9 years ago in these threads.... no matter, but that's the reason I have a full ? set of (...
by ALX357
Wed Nov 25, 2015 8:08 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: lost track of my old boat, sold a few years ago ...
Replies: 4
Views: 3724

lost track of my old boat, sold a few years ago ...

I had kept up with the new owner for a year or so, just out of interest in how he and his family were doing with the Mac 26X I sold him. The last time I emailed him, my mail was returned for address failure, so I thought I'd try here. They were in central Florida, I believe, or maybe north, near the...
by ALX357
Wed Jul 01, 2015 6:55 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: NEED HELP PLEASE !!! -- Louisville KY area
Replies: 21
Views: 3721

Re: NEED HELP PLEASE !!! -- Louisville KY area

The Mac 26X is a marginal blue-water boat ... only EXPERIENCED sailors should be sailing or motoring in the ocean with it. 'Doesn't matter that you intend to keep in sight of land, because wind and currents can get out of control fast. Even using the sails can be dangerous .... capsize, boom swingin...
by ALX357
Tue Oct 15, 2013 5:02 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: transom drain
Replies: 24
Views: 7639

Re: transom drain

You might try this preventative remedy. A continuous loop line ( maybe 1/4" thick ) tied thru the drain from the motor well down and out the transom exit hole, and back up to the motor well, ends tied together, with the knot small enough to pass thru the drain as well. Leave it only loose enough to ...
by ALX357
Sat Aug 17, 2013 9:50 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: still stumped adjusting shrouds
Replies: 58
Views: 15831

Re: still stumped adjusting shrouds

"Backstage" = backstay .... like the forestay
by ALX357
Thu Aug 15, 2013 11:41 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: still stumped adjusting shrouds
Replies: 58
Views: 15831

Re: still stumped adjusting shrouds

I have mentioned this before, a couple of years ago.... You can tension or relieve the standard Mac adjusters on the side-stays, both inner and outer, or upper and lower, with just TWO scratch-awls. Buy two of them at a hardware store to cut down on cost. If they get a but rusty, steel wool them or ...
by ALX357
Thu Aug 15, 2013 11:40 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: still stumped adjusting shrouds
Replies: 58
Views: 15831

Re: still stumped adjusting shrouds

Re: Rigging Adjustment Tool A pair of pointed awls works great, cheaper and can adjust the tension without losing positive connection. By using the awls you never let the stay go, whether loosening or tightening the rigging. The welding clamp thingy looks ok, but you will have to trust its ability (...
by ALX357
Tue Aug 13, 2013 9:02 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Backing up 26X into a tight slip!
Replies: 24
Views: 6264

Re: Backing up 26X into a tight slip!

The most effective technique for docking or navigating in tight areas it to go in REVERSE, as was suggested many times ... Because ..... Center / dagger board down, as much as you can afford for the depth of the area, and at least one rudder down. Stand in front of the pedestal, facing backwards. Th...
by ALX357
Sat May 18, 2013 5:15 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: weather helm/lee helm
Replies: 21
Views: 4025

Re: weather helm/lee helm

Sounds to me like your rig is too loose, the slack in the furler .... If you are able to attach your furler pin to the nose chain-plate with no pulling assistance, that would seem to me to indicate your shrouds could be shorter/tighter. Some sailors use an over-center device at the chain-plate to pu...
by ALX357
Mon Jan 14, 2013 12:44 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Hey, What's This Thing?
Replies: 37
Views: 5239

Re: Hey, What's This Thing?

As mentioned long ago, almost past memory, I found the easiest and most readily obtained method of shroud tensioning is to use a pair of pointed scratch awls. Sort of like a marlinspike, .... 'hope you know what I mean. They are readily available at hardware stores. I tiethered my two awls together ...