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by Boblee
Fri Dec 19, 2014 9:26 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Solar Trickle Charge - Myth or Fact?
Replies: 37
Views: 10976

Re: Solar Trickle Charge - Myth or Fact?

Unless you live in OZ and then the Sun goes North for the winter and we try to follow it.
by Boblee
Fri Dec 19, 2014 9:23 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Cruising in Oz
Replies: 28
Views: 7086

Re: Cruising in Oz

Yeah well Trust Me has a new home and except for the fishing tinny we are boatless, we bought "Trust Me" to keep for five years and had it for eight and in that time we had some great adventures in some really lovely parts of the country (land and water). Have really enjoyed and got great pleasure f...
by Boblee
Wed Dec 10, 2014 11:31 pm
Forum: Trailers & Towing
Topic: Rear Wheel Drive or 4 Wheel Drive
Replies: 29
Views: 11513

Re: Rear Wheel Drive or 4 Wheel Drive

Without 4wd and winches we wouldn't have got our boats out last weekend but did put them all in with 2wd (before rain).
by Boblee
Wed Dec 10, 2014 2:30 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Cruising in Oz
Replies: 28
Views: 7086

Re: Cruising in Oz

Yeah not going to be a good day today as it goes out the yard, we have had a lot of adventures int the most amazing parts of our country and not just on the water.
Now for the next life to ?
by Boblee
Wed Dec 10, 2014 2:26 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Solar Trickle Charge - Myth or Fact?
Replies: 37
Views: 10976

Re: Solar Trickle Charge - Myth or Fact?

Yeah but only for a fraction of a second and then kaput.
by Boblee
Wed Dec 10, 2014 2:23 pm
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Battery replacement
Replies: 72
Views: 17672

Re: Battery replacement

They are cheaper than the C-tek here but are made here, unlike the c-tek you actually set the battery type and you can also set the charge rate from 2-25 amps which is handy if you are running it in a remote position through an inverter to beat voltage drop which we do when travelling so that we arr...
by Boblee
Wed Dec 10, 2014 2:06 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Anchoring
Replies: 60
Views: 14654

Re: Anchoring

I used that ROCNA once and it was great. The only thing is that I had a hard time getting it out of the mud so I tied a line to the roll bar on the RONCA and tied the other end to a plastic milk jug so I could find the line later and when it was time to pull up the RONCA I pulled on the milk jug li...
by Boblee
Tue Dec 09, 2014 11:57 pm
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Battery replacement
Replies: 72
Views: 17672

Re: Battery replacement

I have been doing a fair bit of research and Ctek seem to be excellent though a little pricey chargers that will handle both AC and solar panel input. It is not just the cost of ruining batteries but the hassle when you are out on the water and your fridge won't run or I have to use the auxiliary p...
by Boblee
Tue Dec 09, 2014 11:41 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Cruising in Oz
Replies: 28
Views: 7086

Re: Cruising in Oz

Couldn't view it but good on you for taking the video something I always forget to do, we have some absolutely amazing sailing round OZ but hardly ever see any other macs in our travels but probably will now it looks like ours is sold (tomorrow), going to be some withdrawals for a while. Got some ph...
by Boblee
Tue Dec 09, 2014 11:24 pm
Forum: Australia Group
Topic: Hope to cruise the Whitsundays - Any Hints, Tips of Advice?
Replies: 4
Views: 1795

Re: Hope to cruise the Whitsundays - Any Hints, Tips of Advi

Our Macs are ideal for the Whitsundays so long as you mind the weather, you cand still get caught with wind against tide and richochet off islands which make it uncomfortable but all part of the fun. If you get your tides right you can skip over the reefs and onto a beach while the real sailboats ar...
by Boblee
Tue Dec 09, 2014 11:14 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Anchoring
Replies: 60
Views: 14654

Re: Anchoring

This subject comes up fairly regularly but as to fortress or danforth style anchors I wouldn't use them for anything but sandy bottoms and even then would be worried about dragging. We use a Sarca as the main anchor and a Rocna as the second anchor when needed (everything except lunch type stops) Pe...
by Boblee
Tue Dec 09, 2014 11:01 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Solar Trickle Charge - Myth or Fact?
Replies: 37
Views: 10976

Re: Solar Trickle Charge - Myth or Fact?

Most panels have a blocking diode which will stop reverse flow, as for boiling the battery I wouldn't connect any size panel without a regulator even with wet cell batteries and certainly not with eg calcium types. Our's usually has a small panel on it off season and it plugs into an Anderson plug w...
by Boblee
Tue Dec 09, 2014 10:42 pm
Forum: Australia Group
Topic: Who knows (and sails) the Sandy straits?
Replies: 3
Views: 1425

Re: Who knows (and sails) the Sandy straits?

Did that trip a few years ago from Tin Can Bay and continued up the Mary River, no dramas with sleeping on the boat and wouldn't be worried about the dog, good advice about time and dingo's too but we didn't spend any time on shore due to the midges.
by Boblee
Mon Jun 30, 2014 4:09 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Battery checker - thoughts?
Replies: 20
Views: 2476

Re: Battery checker - thoughts?

The voltmeter is only so useful and only as useful when it is accurate and then as a guide only, many arent and imho digital is better especially if it can be verified accurate you are dealing with fractions of a volt to be useful as a real test of battery draw down and charge etc. As for the cigare...
by Boblee
Tue Jun 24, 2014 4:27 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: CDI furler mystery
Replies: 3
Views: 733

Re: CDI furler mystery

As drams said the pin sits under the grey bit of plastic, I know because I have just found my pin missing so just replaced it with a bolt and nyloc nut and retensioned the lines, have no idea how long the pin was missing but probably not long as the spool spins up if it's not there.