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by March
Sat Mar 09, 2019 8:29 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Cockpit Cushions - Again
Replies: 14
Views: 1611

Re: Cockpit Cushions - Again

Makes sense. The enclosure does protect the cushions, but most of the times the sogginness comes from daytime sailing rain and dew. When it starts raining, we throw the cushions in the back berth. I would still like to follow Ray's advice and replace them with sunbrella fabric and keep them in place...
by March
Fri Mar 08, 2019 4:23 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Cockpit Cushions - Again
Replies: 14
Views: 1611

Re: Cockpit Cushions - Again

I have had my shares of cockpit cushion woes: first patching and reinforcing the snaps (that lasted for about 3 years) then ordered a new set from a local upholsterer, using the old ones as "templates" (he botched the job terribly, changing the place of the zippers and leaving them fuilly exposed to...
by March
Thu Jan 03, 2019 4:32 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: I hate to say it...
Replies: 28
Views: 6945

Re: I hate to say it...

Well said, Ray!
by March
Tue Dec 18, 2018 10:57 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Rudder protector for MAC X
Replies: 15
Views: 3398

Re: Rudder protector for MAC X

Instead of wrapping the rudder lines around the cleat, I have been making a small loop which I thread through the cleat itself and let it dangle on the other side. Granted, the size of the loop is dependent on the size of the rope... but in my case. the rope can be easily threaded through and still ...
by March
Mon Dec 17, 2018 9:52 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Etec lower cylinder not firing
Replies: 21
Views: 4453

Re: Etec lower cylinder not firing

Not sure, Ix. Don't have the boat here--it's been 16 months since I took off the cowling. The spare is over at my buddy where I keep the boat over winter-months
The mechanic said that this was certainly not a common problem with injectors. More like a fluke.
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by March
Mon Dec 17, 2018 3:05 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Etec lower cylinder not firing
Replies: 21
Views: 4453

Re: Etec lower cylinder not firing

We were lucky: the Gulf Stream was glass-like, with a five KTS wind from the back. Having left at four in the morning, out of Bimin's west coast where we had anchored at night, we managed to crawl half way across it before the towboat picked us up. The dude put out dinghy across his cockpit, we lift...
by March
Sun Dec 16, 2018 11:39 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Etec lower cylinder not firing
Replies: 21
Views: 4453

Re: Etec lower cylinder not firing

Ixneigh wrote:
What did you do ? Did you have spare plugs
Nope, we returned from Nassau to Bimini under sail. Then we got towed to Miami by BoatUS.
The dealer changed the injector in Iowa. It's been working fine ever since
by March
Thu Dec 13, 2018 10:16 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Etec lower cylinder not firing
Replies: 21
Views: 4453

Re: Etec lower cylinder not firing

Ixneigh wrote: They are about 9 dollars each. They have a much smaller electrode than other plugs. Sounds about right. When we were stranded in Nassau with a broken ETEC last year, the local Evinrude dealer didn't have them in stock (go figure). We went to a NAPA store and they didn't have them eit...
by March
Thu Dec 06, 2018 6:40 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Etec lower cylinder not firing
Replies: 21
Views: 4453

Re: Etec lower cylinder not firing

Holy cow, Ix, you have more guts than me. I have an almost religious awe for the ETEC. My mechanic told me that you have to "index" and "mark" the spark plugs so they can be replaced exactly in the same position for the injectors to work as they should--or else, the computer receives erroneous infor...
by March
Wed Dec 05, 2018 4:00 pm
Forum: Trailers & Towing
Topic: New Tow Vehicle; Size Constraint
Replies: 34
Views: 6141

Re: New Tow Vehicle; Size Constraint

DIandersson wrote:
Obviously, you don't know Chicago traffic. You may have plenty of time
I do, man. I do. You're right, I would have plenty of time for coffee and a a five-course dinner at the wheel. But maybe that's not exactly what you had in mind?
by March
Mon Dec 03, 2018 7:30 pm
Forum: Trailers & Towing
Topic: New Tow Vehicle; Size Constraint
Replies: 34
Views: 6141

Re: New Tow Vehicle; Size Constraint

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DIanderson wrote:
PM me if you'd like to get together for coffee, etc. 8)
Thank you! Picking up my mother who is coming from Europe, so there won't be much time. We can do it later, in the next season.
by March
Fri Nov 30, 2018 10:25 pm
Forum: Trailers & Towing
Topic: New Tow Vehicle; Size Constraint
Replies: 34
Views: 6141

Re: New Tow Vehicle; Size Constraint

No, it's not a diesel, Jimmyt. Mind you, I haven;t exactly measured the difference. I tow from Iowa to the Apostles and back every summer and I kind of stop to fill her up around the same area. I never crunched the numbers--just flew by the seat of my pants. One thing is sure: the newer aluminum two...
by March
Fri Nov 30, 2018 5:27 pm
Forum: Trailers & Towing
Topic: New Tow Vehicle; Size Constraint
Replies: 34
Views: 6141

Re: New Tow Vehicle; Size Constraint

On my pathfinder, I found the difference in mileage negligible for all practical purposes, between driving it empty and towing the boat.
Can you confirm?
by March
Mon Nov 26, 2018 8:53 pm
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Keel Damage, how to repair?
Replies: 1
Views: 1193

Re: Keel Damage, how to repair?

I remember having seen a mod, years back, that caught my eye: a tube trough that hole, but with ball bearings (I think). Patching up the fiberglass keel shouldn't be a problem, once you have that sleeve in place. You might want to use several layers of fiberglass texture soaked in epoxy. Let it dry,...
by March
Mon Nov 26, 2018 8:11 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Weighed our 2003 26X today.
Replies: 34
Views: 8431

Re: Weighed our 2003 26X today.

The Pathfinder is indeed a good option. I used to trailer with a Cherokee, a Dodge Caravan, an Odyssey... etc, and the Pathfinder I've been using for the past 10 years takes the cake. Granted, the vans were more stable since they have a longer base, but the van engine power was marginal. Often enoug...