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by JohnCFI
Sun Feb 16, 2014 8:51 am
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: New poll - just to get an idea (re Anchor Mounting)
Replies: 45
Views: 6766

Re: New poll - just to get an idea

Main Anchor is in the Anchor Locker, ready to go with 10 mts chain and 40 mts warp.
Secondary is in a crate in stern storage area again with 10 mts chain and 40 mts warp.
by JohnCFI
Mon Jan 20, 2014 7:29 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Running Rigless
Replies: 5
Views: 916

Re: Running Rigless

We have had the mast off our :macx: for quite a while now. we find she is a lot more stable, even with empty ballast. And that is where the gain is, when we are motoring we allow the ballast to empty, and I refill if at anchor or if its a bit rough. Running with empty ballast is a considerable fuel ...
by JohnCFI
Sun Jan 12, 2014 3:51 pm
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Coachwhipping the wheel
Replies: 7
Views: 1310

Re: Coachwhipping the wheel

Brilliant, always thought about doing this....... Can you post full instructions....
by JohnCFI
Fri Jan 03, 2014 7:35 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: A story of sea suvival...
Replies: 17
Views: 2868

Re: A story of sea suvival...

The correct call is actually 'Pan-Pan' unless of course it is different in the US. Certainly the Coastguard in the UK will always use the prefix 'Mayday' in any situation where there is an imminent and serious danger to life or a vessel, especially if they are controlling the situation. 'Pan-Pan' is...
by JohnCFI
Tue Dec 17, 2013 2:25 pm
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Ground (battery to engine) wire crimp failure/meltdown
Replies: 10
Views: 3304

Re: Ground (battery to engine) wire crimp failure/meltdown

renzoreba, no need to feel cables and check for heat when raising motor. You need to buy an inexpensive little multi-meter and learn to use it correctly, it will let you see inside of your wires for problems or corrosion by using the resistance check feature and seeing the level of ohm's it takes t...
by JohnCFI
Mon Dec 16, 2013 5:28 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Mac Trawler....
Replies: 115
Views: 35152

Re: Mac Trawler....

Thanks for all of that, its now firmly on my wish list and a bit more affordable that what I was considering.....

Fair warning you need to stay out of my admirals path :wink: (she still reckons I spend too much on Stirling).....
by JohnCFI
Sun Dec 15, 2013 4:42 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Mac Trawler....
Replies: 115
Views: 35152

Re: Mac Trawler....

So could I still connect to the Standard Horizon VHF as it only has NMEA 0183, and still use the NMEA 2000??
by JohnCFI
Sat Dec 14, 2013 4:05 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Mac Trawler....
Replies: 115
Views: 35152

Re: Mac Trawler....

3, Will need to be Garmin for me, as that's what my plotter and sounder are. Why? I have a garmin chartplotter/sounder and the Raymarine autopilot. It all works perfectly fine together with no loss of function at all. You just have to chop the Raymarine connectors and replace them with field-instal...
by JohnCFI
Tue Dec 10, 2013 10:15 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Summer 2013: Photos
Replies: 38
Views: 4855

Re: Summer 2013: Photos

I love seeing all your beautiful sunny photos on perfect white beaches, but here on the Southern Canadian Pacific shores sometimes in the spring we have to take what we can get, and that means a little liquid sunshine now and again … but life is what we make it, and fun is a state of mind 8) http:/...
by JohnCFI
Thu Dec 05, 2013 4:19 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Mac Trawler....
Replies: 115
Views: 35152

Re: Mac Trawler....

Keep us posted with your plans! Here's what I'd do... 1) Remove rudders, pedestal, and helm entirely and plate over the cockpit hole. Then put teak decking over the cockpit. Leave all the fiddly bits so they can be replaced when you sell. 2) Go to Baystar hydraulic system on the o/b, with the helm ...
by JohnCFI
Wed Dec 04, 2013 6:17 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Mac Trawler....
Replies: 115
Views: 35152

Re: Mac Trawler....

Well, I broached the subject with the admiral, and her only comment was 'we could take it out more if you were not always at the back on your own in the wet'. Surely that is permission to go ahead to the full planning stage, with implementation over winter (for us that's next April/May, which gives ...
by JohnCFI
Wed Dec 04, 2013 2:50 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Mac Trawler....
Replies: 115
Views: 35152

Re: Mac Trawler....

We have converted 'Stirling' to a :macx: Trawler for this season. only been out once so far, but we have certainly found that we don't need the ballast filled (she is brilliantly stable, although you have take a bit more care in balancing the loading. We got up to 6-7 knots for about 2500RPM on our ...
by JohnCFI
Wed Nov 20, 2013 4:01 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Happy Birthday Heath!
Replies: 16
Views: 1919

Re: Happy Birthday Heath!

Many happy returns..
by JohnCFI
Mon Oct 28, 2013 1:58 pm
Forum: Performance & Tuning
Topic: Towing a Dinghy: How much drag?
Replies: 54
Views: 15256

Re: Towing a Dinghy: How much drag?

While on the topic, this may be an interesting for those with kids, I thought about picking one up, sometime they can be had pretty cheap on ebay. You can sail it, paddle it, drag it, lounge on it, or windsurf it. They look pretty stable and durable, even made to drag behind a boat. Aquaglide Multi...
by JohnCFI
Thu Oct 24, 2013 5:23 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: On Our way Home from Key West
Replies: 32
Views: 8343

Re: On Our way Home from Key West

Never watch a compass, it stops you from reacting to the sea & wind influences.. during the day, pick a point, and steer towards it, perhaps a distant cloud, checking compass every few minutes and correct to a new point, at night pick a prominent star.... There is nearly always some distant object ...