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by Night Sailor
Mon May 04, 2009 1:02 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Best weight distribution?
Replies: 12
Views: 949

Re: Best weight distribution?

What works for me is adding weight forward. I have one battery, two 9 gal. water tanks, and a good sized tool/parts box under the v berth. It did help sailing maneuvers. I think even more motoring gains can be made so I installed a 5 degree transom wedge but have yet to test it. Based on the results...
by Night Sailor
Thu Apr 30, 2009 7:06 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: A "portable" bilge pump
Replies: 21
Views: 1410

Re: A "portable" bilge pump

I guess that a portable might come in handy for that annoying little bit that collects from condensation on a boat not well ventilated. I would never rely on it for the main bilge pump. For one thing, anything with batteries is hard to keep from corroding, and in good contact for full power, and for...
by Night Sailor
Thu Apr 30, 2009 4:55 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Got a Hole in the most aft water ballast tank...
Replies: 20
Views: 883

Re: Got a Hole in the most aft water ballast tank...

I"ve done this kind of thing before on structures and it's not difficult. First look at many of the how to repair fiberglas videos on Google and youtube so you get an idea of the work flow. Make sure you have all the materials you need on hand before starting, including sovents and rags Breathing ma...
by Night Sailor
Thu Apr 30, 2009 4:23 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Mast mounted GSM camera with PIR?
Replies: 9
Views: 398

Re: Mast mounted GSM camera with PIR?

I was going to suggest looking at the all weather cameras and mounts used on race and rally cars, which use transponders and have connectivity, but the baby monitor idea is intriguing and no doubt a lot less money.
by Night Sailor
Thu Apr 30, 2009 4:12 pm
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Replacing Permanent Ballast in 26M
Replies: 59
Views: 10924

Re: Replacing Permanent Ballast in 26M

Simplest thing is to rectify your original mistake and trade the M in on a good X. Then you can add batteries everywhere you want.... :D :D
by Night Sailor
Tue Apr 28, 2009 7:49 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Helm...... what to do?
Replies: 1
Views: 246

Re: Helm...... what to do?

It seems feasible, but I'd be sure to measure the finger clearance between the motor control arm and the wheel to avoid skinned knuckles.
by Night Sailor
Tue Apr 28, 2009 2:21 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Back on the water after a long hiatus
Replies: 16
Views: 1286

Re: Back on the water after a long hiatus

Congratulations on clear thinking, prompt action, and having all your priorities straight. What great Dad and husband you are.
Happy sailing!
by Night Sailor
Tue Apr 28, 2009 2:16 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Paint Matching 1996 26X
Replies: 9
Views: 562

Re: Paint Matching 1996 26X

If the boat is as it came from the factory there is no paint anywhere on board, that's why it's low maintenance. The white or black gecoat can be painted of course, but then requires more maintenance thereafter. Marinetex white is a different white than the factory gelcoat and side by side will appe...
by Night Sailor
Tue Apr 28, 2009 2:09 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Heavy Weather
Replies: 7
Views: 510

Re: Heavy Weather

Yep. Think about it. See the world! A merchant mariners life. Places to go. Cargo to deliver. Owners and shippers to please. And they better be on time, by the least expensive route, regardless of the weather or sea.
by Night Sailor
Tue Apr 28, 2009 1:35 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Battery types
Replies: 10
Views: 954

Re: Battery types

I researched, then chose Optima batteries and have used them exclusively in my boats, RVs, race and personal vehicles since 1998 for at least a dozen reasons, all of which you can find on the factory website. I still own nine Optimas and six of them are over 10 years old and good as new. It's not hy...
by Night Sailor
Mon Apr 27, 2009 10:09 pm
Forum: Performance & Tuning
Topic: Kick up rudders
Replies: 16
Views: 2951

Re: Kick up rudders

Several members who frequent shallow waters have replaced a section of the tie down line with a bungee cord. I have done the same over the winter but have yet to try it out. This method allows you to tie it down but upon hitting resistance the bungee cord allows the ruddre to move up. Ahother soluti...
by Night Sailor
Mon Apr 27, 2009 1:16 pm
Forum: Performance & Tuning
Topic: POSSIBLE SAIL WEAR.
Replies: 24
Views: 3910

Re: POSSIBLE SAIL WEAR.

I'm no engineer, so always trust the engineering skills of the rigging designer and leave their design and placement alone. They balance many factors in their choice of rigging components for strenght, safety, weight, windage, etc. A much simpler fix for any kind of hardware that is rubbing and can'...
by Night Sailor
Sat Apr 25, 2009 3:40 pm
Forum: Performance & Tuning
Topic: Laptop usage energy drain too much for long sail.....
Replies: 22
Views: 4570

Re: Laptop usage energy drain too much for long sail.....

Thanks for the info Jose. I din't know about the simultaneous drain when using a laptop with an inverter. I have only used my inverter to charge the batteries on my power tools and toothbrushes, but intended if ever needed to recharge the battery on my laptop also. Now I know to to it when I'm not u...
by Night Sailor
Sat Apr 25, 2009 3:26 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Back from Repair shop - Control box Question
Replies: 4
Views: 283

Re: Back from Repair shop - Control box Question

I don't know the cable used in your case, but I know there are differences in quality of cables available. Some are merely given a light coating of rust retardant for assembly and that's all. Some have a real lube in the interior but a thin exterior that is easily damaged. Some have a permanent lini...
by Night Sailor
Sat Apr 25, 2009 3:17 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Questions about sealing/painting hull
Replies: 16
Views: 1125

Re: Questions about sealing/painting hull

I painted my hull up to within 2" of the bootstripe because after being in the water without paint for a year, I could see the line at which algae slime, and oil other boats collected while it was in the berth. Now with black bottom paint covering that area, such gunk no longer shows. I no longer in...