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by mtc
Sun Aug 14, 2011 2:34 pm
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Another forestay failure/mast crash
Replies: 42
Views: 10718

Re: Another forestay failure/mast crash

Having experienced a forestay failure on a hobbie and seeing the mast come down in very fast slow motion . . . one of the first things I did to bellaroo was to rig a secondary forestay that attaches to a second point above the stock location. I think I have pics of my mod here, but as it's been a bi...
by mtc
Wed Sep 15, 2010 4:54 am
Forum: Trailers & Towing
Topic: Aluminum Tandem - looking in Central Florida for Trailer
Replies: 2
Views: 1004

Aluminum Tandem - looking in Central Florida for Trailer

We're now living in Gainesville, FL and will be trailering :macm: Bellaroo some distance to the east coat sail - need to upgrade the original steel, painted trailer with a solid AL tandem trailer. Has anyone had good fortune and received a great trailer from any of the surrounding metros, JAX, Tampa...
by mtc
Sun May 02, 2010 10:30 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Atlantic or Gulf Sailing: Gainesville FL - Sailing advantage
Replies: 8
Views: 1510

Re: Atlantic or Gulf Sailing: Gainesville FL - Sailing advantage

Thanks, gents! Appreciate the quick response. I'm going crazy being so far from the shore. Jim, the JAX regatta does sound great and if all goes well, I'll have my ducks in a row and can do it with you guys. I've never sailed on the Atlantic, but having grown-up in Jersey, have spent a lot of time o...
by mtc
Sun May 02, 2010 9:42 am
Forum: Trailers & Towing
Topic: 2010 Tacoma Off Road Towing the 26M
Replies: 3
Views: 912

2010 Tacoma Off Road Towing the 26M

Anyone using this little truck to tow their boat? I'll be towing 60mph or so on rough roads from Gainesville to Jacksonville or St. Augustine and wondered how this truck will do. I see pics of family sedans towing out boats, but with all my mods, I'm sure Bellaroo's way over the stock 3K pounds she ...
by mtc
Sun May 02, 2010 5:42 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Atlantic or Gulf Sailing: Gainesville FL - Sailing advantage
Replies: 8
Views: 1510

Atlantic or Gulf Sailing: Gainesville FL - Sailing advantage

Hi everyone! After quite the sabbatical from working the new job, I'm getting settled into our new home in Gainesville, FL. We moved from Pensacola, FL and now our sailing opportunities have changes somewhat. On the good side, we can sail in the Atlantic or the Gulf depending on which way we drive a...
by mtc
Sat Aug 15, 2009 9:11 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: No fuel to my Big Foot Merc 60 hp HELP?
Replies: 15
Views: 3220

Re: No fuel to my Big Foot Merc 60 hp HELP?

I appreciate your time and interest helping me get the merc running. This is how it happened in the first place - it's been a month and all i've been doing is traveling for work! I'll get on it soon and let you know. Time's just a flyin' by.
by mtc
Sat Aug 15, 2009 1:56 pm
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Gas tanks
Replies: 34
Views: 6072

Re: Gas tanks

Hey, Divecoz; hope all's well! Interesting point of view regarding moving the fuel tanks below. I'm currently contemplating the mod myself on my M right now, which was why I found your post in the search. I'm interested in your ideas, as I've been before - particularly on this one as it's not a mino...
by mtc
Sat Aug 15, 2009 1:21 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Backstays?
Replies: 14
Views: 2332

Re: Backstays?

AKC; Having kids on board with the potential of rigging failure not likely but possible, I too pondered the no backstay feeling and modified my M. It's listed in the mods to give you some more ideas on yours. Works well and takes no time to rig. The main purpose of the mod was to tighten the foresta...
by mtc
Thu Jul 16, 2009 9:28 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: No fuel to my Big Foot Merc 60 hp HELP?
Replies: 15
Views: 3220

Re: No fuel to my Big Foot Merc 60 hp HELP?

Is there a quick test of the high pressure fuel pump I could do without test gear? I can get fuel to the bowl by turning the engine over.

I'm seeing lots of money. . .
by mtc
Wed Jul 15, 2009 9:28 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: No fuel to my Big Foot Merc 60 hp HELP?
Replies: 15
Views: 3220

Re: No fuel to my Big Foot Merc 60 hp HELP?

Thanks, guys - all good ideas. Don't like to think of one of the pumps going out, but now that you mentioned it, this engine was actually a year old before i bought it new from the dealer being one of those 'left overs' from the prior hear. That would make the pumps older than i considered. I'll wor...
by mtc
Wed Jul 15, 2009 4:18 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: No fuel to my Big Foot Merc 60 hp HELP?
Replies: 15
Views: 3220

No fuel to my Big Foot Merc 60 hp HELP?

Hello, everyone. I'm having trouble starting my Merc 60 Big Foot after having it sit for over a year (I know; way too long, sorry) I ran 'er dry before storing, or so I believe but she's not getting any fuel. Does anyone know of a magic bullet to get her started? She's not been broken into and has l...
by mtc
Sat Jun 21, 2008 12:04 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: bent spreader
Replies: 8
Views: 1352

stainless spreaders

replaced my spreaders with thick walled ss tubing. they're a little heaver, but stronger and look nicer to boot. i remove them when de-masting for trailering. so far, working out just fine.
by mtc
Sun Oct 21, 2007 4:58 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Fri. Oct.19th.....33rd anniversary
Replies: 19
Views: 2704

Congratulations!!

Relationships are a lot like being at sea. . . some time for relaxation with periods of smooth sailing, all mixed in with the full range of weather from sunny days to the maelstroms.

A lot of work indeed.

Here's to many more!

Michael
by mtc
Sun Sep 09, 2007 6:01 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Alas, I have lost my Mate
Replies: 54
Views: 8095

Re: Alas, I have lost my Mate

Sloop, so sorry for your loss. Times we share with those we love live with us and never leave. Thank you for reminding us all that our rants and writings here are only peripheral to what's really important - our families. Having four young ladies and watching them grow, reminds me of the cycle of li...
by mtc
Sun Sep 09, 2007 5:36 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Gas Tank Below
Replies: 11
Views: 3322

Anyone try to mod the aft area sole? My plan is to find a polymer tank that will fit between the hull and rear berth sole. I've found one 7" tall with a 48" x 18" footprint. Running this tank centered in that rather useless space would: 1. Aid ballast - fuel weight below centered and a tad more forw...