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by Night Sailor
Sun May 10, 2009 4:51 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: New Yacht
Replies: 20
Views: 1427

Re: New Yacht

On previous Macs I had worn through the gelcoat to the fiberglas on the bow from repeated beachings so do ecommend protection. This site has a suportter in the catalog called KeelGuard which you might consider. I installed KeelShield, a product out of Florida on my X, simply because I liked the unli...
by Night Sailor
Fri May 08, 2009 12:01 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Mooring Setup
Replies: 14
Views: 1097

Re: Mooring Setup

What are the maximum winds expected? What are the average and maximum wave height expected? Is the bottom mud, sand, clay, or rock? What size galvanized chain? Are the cinder blocks filled with concrete or does the chain just pass through the holes? Can you dive on the mooring frequently to inspect ...
by Night Sailor
Thu May 07, 2009 4:41 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Improved Clevis Pins and Bolts
Replies: 2
Views: 244

Re: Improved Clevis Pins and Bolts

Clever idea. I"d be sure however, that on the bolts, there are still two full threads in the nylon of the nut after it's fastened in position.
by Night Sailor
Thu May 07, 2009 12:05 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: CRUSHED HULL
Replies: 2
Views: 380

Re: CRUSHED HULL

I would think a visual inspection of the deck hull joint with the rub rail removed would help answer your question at least in part. I would guess the most important part of that joint being where the chainplates are attached amidships. Tears, cracks, holes, gouges, etc. can all be repaired, but the...
by Night Sailor
Thu May 07, 2009 11:58 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Roller Furler Post Install Question
Replies: 3
Views: 248

Re: Roller Furler Post Install Question

If I understand your question clearly: If you have the stock sail, you need to have the foil of the furler about 3 inches shorter than the forestay at the top near the hounds, so when the furler rotates, there is no chance the foil, line or sail will get tangled in the hounds, or jib halyard block u...
by Night Sailor
Wed May 06, 2009 10:51 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: 12 gallon fuel tanks for a 26X
Replies: 17
Views: 2354

Re: 12 gallon fuel tanks for a 26X

The stock X fuel locker opening has at least a half inch top and bottom that can be safely removed so a tank with cap and fitting attached can be easily removed. I think taking away any more might compromise the structural strength or the seal which prevents fuel or fumes from getting below or in th...
by Night Sailor
Wed May 06, 2009 10:42 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: AIS (Automatic Identification System)
Replies: 13
Views: 603

Re: AIS (Automatic Identification System)

The more redundancy for safety equipment, the better. Like auto inflating life vests that also have a manual pull cord and also a fail safe blow up tube. Electric and manual bilge pumps, etc. There's a limit to what most of us can afford however. I think the old joke, in this case the USS Montana ad...
by Night Sailor
Tue May 05, 2009 5:04 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Wind System on a Mac
Replies: 23
Views: 1434

Re: Wind System on a Mac

Since I haven't tried it, I agree the wind coming off the main could possibly cause deflection or false speed readings in a position too close to the boom end, for example the bimini. My thinking is that on a Mac, there's a good six or seven feet from boom end to arch or pole postion at the stern if...
by Night Sailor
Tue May 05, 2009 4:47 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Macgregor Custom Boat Yards "Canadian Division"
Replies: 5
Views: 426

Re: Macgregor Custom Boat Yards "Canadian Division"

It's true that Macs are low maintenance, and a lot of fun, but still I think you over did it. :-)
by Night Sailor
Tue May 05, 2009 2:46 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: AIS (Automatic Identification System)
Replies: 13
Views: 603

Re: AIS (Automatic Identification System)

The Sail mag article was pretty good I thought, and if I recall correctly, the author did mention two considerations that I think are important. One, radar is line of sight only. If your harbor has high headlands, or bluffs near the channels, or is located in a large river with many twists and turns...
by Night Sailor
Tue May 05, 2009 2:34 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Wind System on a Mac
Replies: 23
Views: 1434

Re: Wind System on a Mac

I'm old fashioned I guess. I've seen the need for one on big or little boats I've skippered. Then again, maybe it's a racer thing, and I'm a cruiser. I don't have one on my X for I don't really see a need for one because my little handheld will confirm windspeed enough for me to record it in the log...
by Night Sailor
Mon May 04, 2009 10:32 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: sails in the pool
Replies: 19
Views: 902

Re: sails in the pool

Nightsalor, Do you let the sail stay soaked and soapy for a while before rinsing off or rinse off right after brushing? On the second soaping up, so the solution and the sails are as clean as you can get them, you let it sit in the sun for several hours with the soap on it. It dries of course, so i...
by Night Sailor
Mon May 04, 2009 7:16 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Outboard Power for Passage on Intracoastal
Replies: 6
Views: 457

Re: Outboard Power for Passage on Intracoastal

That will do it under the best of conditions, if you have time to wait out adverse current or winds. And the fuel economy is good. If I were doing it, I'd be a lot more comfortable with a 9.9 or 15 hp on a 25. If you must stick to a time table, consider that there are passes and cuts and inlets that...
by Night Sailor
Mon May 04, 2009 7:07 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: sails in the pool
Replies: 19
Views: 902

Re: sails in the pool

Whoa! before using solvents on laminates and other newer type sails, try the time proven and very safe althernative. I've cleaned many dacron and nylon sails this way: lay out on flat surface like a driveway. Mix a bucket of Woolite according to instructions or the equivalent in baby shampoo. Mop or...
by Night Sailor
Mon May 04, 2009 6:58 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: slimy painted bottom
Replies: 6
Views: 308

Re: slimy painted bottom

I also had Micron with slime protection installed and it did the same thing in fresh water in three months of summer weather here in TX. Apparently regular, read once per week, brushing with a soft brush or sponge is necessary to keep all stuff off, but it also removes paint, which as you know is ve...