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by ralphk
Thu Mar 10, 2011 11:17 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Raise the goal? lowering/raising mast on water
Replies: 28
Views: 2551

Re: Raise the goal? lowering/raising mast on water

I seem to raise and lower the mast singlehanded 80% of the time. After the 1st season, I came up with two little tricks. #1) I have a carwash mitt - extra fluffy that I stuff the CDI roller furler can into. It's perfect for protecting the gelcoat. #2) I always keep a roll of clear hockey tape in my ...
by ralphk
Fri Oct 22, 2010 8:11 am
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: where to mount the speakers
Replies: 16
Views: 2003

Re: where to mount the speakers

Cabin speakers in the bulkhead at V-berth. The speaker installation was actually pretty easy. Pulling the wires #%$##%^#! Cockpit: Sony 5" marine speakers. One is on the starboard side of the steering pedestal below the throttle lever. On the "X" this is mounted in a piece of smoked plexi. (not sure...
by ralphk
Wed Jun 16, 2010 7:17 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Winch Rant
Replies: 64
Views: 5567

Re: Winch Rant

I've changed my Mac trailer winch every few years. It's a consumable, like toner or brake pads. No big deal. The root cause, is the geometry of the thing. At the ramp, with the Mac completely forward into the rubber "Y" bowstop, there is of course still space between the hull and the rear bunks. Upo...
by ralphk
Mon May 24, 2010 9:37 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Polishing the black around the windows
Replies: 22
Views: 2525

Re: Polishing the black around the windows

:macx: I just finished polishing up my '97X yesterday. The blacks look awesome especially the stripe under the rubrail and at the waterline. I think that was an exceptional factory gelcoat mix. The toughest area is of course, the big RACOON EYES zone around the windows. Here's my recipe. #1 & 2 are ...
by ralphk
Sat Apr 24, 2010 10:59 am
Forum: Performance & Tuning
Topic: Mainsail Condition
Replies: 5
Views: 607

Re: Mainsail Condition

Bob: I've toyed with the notion of adding a second sheet to leward. My slip neighbor - I think its old Pearson 25 or 27 - permanently uses two mainsheets to gunnels as his running rigging in a triangle configuration. One RED one GREEN. Tell me though, with the main on the pedestal and your additiona...
by ralphk
Sat Apr 24, 2010 10:46 am
Forum: Performance & Tuning
Topic: How can the Mac 26X sail close hauled better?
Replies: 49
Views: 9350

Re: How can the Mac 26X sail close hauled better?

Tremendous Graphic! Thanks for posting this Opie. Hundreds / maybe thousands of Mac skippers are collectively nodding in front of their computers! In addition to the rig tuning suggestions that are well documented, I would add; - add a boom vang. In light to medium winds, one person can hold the end...
by ralphk
Fri Apr 23, 2010 11:06 am
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: AmSteel Dyneema ok, but what is "BLUE" ?
Replies: 4
Views: 443

Re: AmSteel Dyneema ok, but what is "BLUE" ?

I'm researching Amsteel as well - for the trailer winch.
Appears that "Blue" references a less slippery coating.

Here's a suppliers Catalog cut:
http://www.paynesmarine.com/documents/C ... rdware.pdf

page 518 or search in your acrobat reader on "amsteel"
by ralphk
Wed Apr 21, 2010 4:32 am
Forum: Performance & Tuning
Topic: Rigging Adjustment Tool
Replies: 36
Views: 10740

Re: Rigging Adjustment Tool

Definitely on the list to do this month. :idea: It also reminded me to reapply silicone caulking at the chainplates. (Who hasn't enjoyed the bliss that one can only get from sponging out the bilge after a good thunderstorm?) Would you caulk prior to retensioning, or after the rig is tuned? Hakuna Ma...
by ralphk
Thu Apr 15, 2010 9:49 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: daggerboard check
Replies: 12
Views: 1446

Re: daggerboard check

Great Advice It only takes a few moments to move the mast off to the side and untie a couple of knots, you might be surprised at what you see. There is also some scuffing of the trailing edge but it doesn't show up in a picture. This must be true of "M"s only I tried removing the centreboard on my '...
by ralphk
Fri Apr 09, 2010 2:55 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Roger's boat is for sale
Replies: 6
Views: 1175

Roger's boat is for sale

I for one, never imagined that I might covet one of these.
Certainly the 8' - 6" draft would demand a significant change in address.

http://www.macgregor26.com/macgregor70/home/home.html

I must stop now and mop up around my keyboard and mouse.
:P .... darn drool
by ralphk
Wed Mar 31, 2010 7:33 pm
Forum: Destinations, Clubs, Events and Venues
Topic: Departure for Bahamas today
Replies: 62
Views: 9841

Re: Departure for Bahamas today

Weather forecast for Tampa Fl. this weekend 26 C
Toronto, Ontario 23 C
8)

Ralph k.
Hakuna Matata
by ralphk
Wed Mar 31, 2010 7:28 pm
Forum: Destinations, Clubs, Events and Venues
Topic: Departure for Bahamas today
Replies: 62
Views: 9841

Re: Departure for Bahamas today

"Shoot out"
Earlier, I thought that this was a motorsailing term.
.... Perhaps I was mistaken. :o


Ralph k.
Hakuna Matata
by ralphk
Mon Mar 29, 2010 11:42 am
Forum: Destinations, Clubs, Events and Venues
Topic: Departure for Bahamas today
Replies: 62
Views: 9841

Re: Departure for Bahamas today

Bertrand: Your line "The shoot out at South Dade Marina 2 days ago was the culminating point and last deciding factor for a quick trip home." caught my attention. We launched at Tarpon Springs on March 7th and meandered down the west coast to Ft. Myers. There were 4-5 ft. waves forecast most days, w...
by ralphk
Sun Mar 28, 2010 3:02 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Dowsar Dodger for the 26X
Replies: 12
Views: 2514

Re: Dowsar Dodger for the 26X

I have the 97X with a Dowsar enclosure from 2001 or 2002

We will be travelling near Hamilton this Thursday or Friday

PM me quickly of you still need a pattern for Dowsar.



Best

Ralph k
by ralphk
Mon Mar 01, 2010 9:48 am
Forum: Destinations, Clubs, Events and Venues
Topic: Canada Bahamas predominant winds
Replies: 5
Views: 988

Re: Canada Bahamas predominant winds

Bertrand. Over the last week, in Punta Gorda winds have been between 5 and 15 knots. My research says that NE is the prevailing direction. Curiously, I could not detect any pattern from actual observations This forecast looks pretty representative. http://www.iwindsurf.com/windandwhere.iws?siteID=81...