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by Night Sailor
Wed Apr 15, 2009 5:45 pm
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Is this worth the money?
Replies: 7
Views: 722

Re: Is this worth the money?

The consensus or reports I've read indicates it does not increase performance by any measure. As mentioned, a full cage that is designed with very close tolerances for your unit would increase thrust but decrease other performance parameters. There is a unit offered online, made of plastic, which wi...
by Night Sailor
Wed Apr 15, 2009 5:38 pm
Forum: Performance & Tuning
Topic: Props
Replies: 12
Views: 1951

Re: Props

Definitely go four. A four blade, cupped prop with large blade area will give you a significant improvement in low speed handling. That's what I ended up with for my X after trying three props and six pitches. Although mine is the Merc Classic, with the smaller 13 spline gear case, I have a four bla...
by Night Sailor
Wed Apr 15, 2009 5:19 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Safe?
Replies: 4
Views: 508

Re: Safe?

No, it is not safe if you ever put fuel in there. You are wise to question it. The factory did a good job of sealing off the interior of the boat and the interior liner from any gas or fumes that might accumlate in the fuel locker, presuming the locker would be used as such. Speakers are composed of...
by Night Sailor
Tue Apr 14, 2009 10:49 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: View live marine traffic with AIS
Replies: 5
Views: 432

Re: View live marine traffic with AIS

WOW! Truly amazing. I can't believe the instant information you get on the purpose, type, position, course and speed plus all the static info on origain, flag, length, breadth, etc. The numbers of ships alone is staggering in some places. Thank you so much for sharing. You get a gold star.....
by Night Sailor
Tue Apr 14, 2009 11:23 am
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: So you need to drill a hole
Replies: 4
Views: 542

Re: So you need to drill a hole

Well, Bastonjock that is a clever way to use the adjustable, all in one hole saws. Thanks for sharing. I thought I was lucky to pick up a set of expensive purpose made hole saws at a garage sale.... Maybe I"ll sell those and get an adjustable one so I can save the time of putting in a plug first.
by Night Sailor
Mon Apr 13, 2009 11:01 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Ballast......
Replies: 23
Views: 1834

Re: Ballast......

It could be a coincidence, but I kept my heavily waxed boat in the water at a dock (fresh water) for the first year with no ballast. After a period of unusually high winds (some storms reaching 60mph) and particularly rude boat traffic wakes from a nearby powerboat dealer, I notice increased wear on...
by Night Sailor
Sun Apr 12, 2009 11:13 pm
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Can I use FF 4/6 CDI Flexible Furler
Replies: 1
Views: 176

Re: Can I use FF 4/6 CDI Flexible Furler

Yes, you can. I's just a bigger, heavier version of the one built for the Mac and other light boats. It probably uses a larger pin to attach it to the bow chainplate so you may have to drill out the 1/4" hole on the Mac. The foil is easy to cut with a hack saw on the top end to fit the Mac forestay....
by Night Sailor
Sun Apr 12, 2009 11:05 pm
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: So you need to drill a hole
Replies: 4
Views: 542

Re: So you need to drill a hole

Yes, that's good technique. I use the backwards scoring with a hole saw first when cutting holes in any soft material like wood, starboard, fiberglass, acrylic, etc. Also, if you need to enlarge a already made hole. You first glue in a plug to fill the hold, then drill your pilot hole in the center ...
by Night Sailor
Sun Apr 12, 2009 12:12 am
Forum: Destinations, Clubs, Events and Venues
Topic: Florida Or Bust
Replies: 41
Views: 5553

Re: Florida Or Bust

When not getting a good trim with sheets and other sail controls, try shifting the centerboard up a few inches gradually, while on a steady point of sail. As the board swings up and back the trim of the boat will change on any reach, especially a close reach. If the transom mounted sensor is mounted...
by Night Sailor
Sun Apr 12, 2009 12:03 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Gelcoat HELP
Replies: 9
Views: 670

Re: Gelcoat HELP

Congratulations. But do fess up. Asking forgiveness after one is deliberately naughty is probably what has caused trouble our country is in right now. Good seamanship demands taking responsibility for one's actions and the same principle applies on land too.
by Night Sailor
Fri Apr 10, 2009 10:14 pm
Forum: Destinations, Clubs, Events and Venues
Topic: Setubal Bay
Replies: 2
Views: 538

Re: Setubal Bay

Jose, you've pictured what sailing is all about. Happy Sailing.
by Night Sailor
Fri Apr 10, 2009 10:03 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Gelcoat HELP
Replies: 9
Views: 670

Re: Gelcoat HELP

Something is wrong with that batch. Gelcoat is about the thinckness of a good acrylic house paint for brushing or rolling, and a little thicker for molding in pressurized or heated molds.
by Night Sailor
Thu Apr 09, 2009 10:58 pm
Forum: Trailers & Towing
Topic: tires revisited
Replies: 3
Views: 570

Re: tires revisited

Never mix radial and bias tires on the same trailer or vehicle, they perform differently in every way. Look for the DOT number molded or stamped into the sidewal. The last two digits are the year of manufacture. Trust nothing more than 6 years old, no matter how good it looks. Radials are definitley...
by Night Sailor
Thu Apr 09, 2009 10:39 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: BOAT NAME CHANGE CHRISTiNING
Replies: 18
Views: 1357

Re: BOAT NAME CHANGE CHRISTiNING

My admiral is always quick to point out that our traditional renaming ceremonies for our previously owned boats in the past has always been the reason we have been so lucky to avoid mishaps on the water... not my superb seamanship and meticulous care .... and I hope she's right just to get my money'...
by Night Sailor
Thu Apr 09, 2009 2:55 pm
Forum: Trailers & Towing
Topic: Tow, Tow, Tow your boat.
Replies: 18
Views: 2479

Re: Tow, Tow, Tow your boat.

Boy does that article and photos bring back memories. My '42 Ford Coupe V8 with clamp on bumper hitch exactly like the one pictured towed a lot of trailers all over Florida back in the late '50s.