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by Tomfoolery
Tue Apr 13, 2021 9:21 pm
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Nissan 50HP Chokes at 6 to 7 mph
Replies: 16
Views: 495

Re: Nissan 50HP Chokes at 6 to 7 mph

I gotta ask the obvious question - are you sure the prop isn’t way too aggressive for this application? Maybe for slow speed cruising to save fuel?
by Tomfoolery
Tue Apr 13, 2021 9:17 pm
Forum: MacGregor/Venture Discussion
Topic: Best X Bimini
Replies: 17
Views: 639

Re: Best X Bimini

C Buchs wrote:
Tue Apr 13, 2021 6:44 pm
I'm 5'9" and when I stand up, my head rubs on it. I think the Dowstar version is taller, but I don't know for sure.
I’m 5’-11” and my head doesn’t touch the Dowsar Bimini. I did put a ‘window’ in it so I can see the mast windex from the helm, though.
by Tomfoolery
Mon Apr 12, 2021 10:35 am
Forum: Trip Logs
Topic: Trip out west without the boat
Replies: 13
Views: 804

Re: Trip out west without the boat

Be Free wrote:
Mon Apr 12, 2021 8:32 am
Around here we call 68' "the mountains". :wink:
That's funny. Having grown up in hilly Connecticut, I always got a kick out of friends in Vermont calling us "flatlanders". :D
by Tomfoolery
Mon Apr 12, 2021 6:20 am
Forum: Trailers & Towing
Topic: Short tow with minivan
Replies: 38
Views: 1120

Re: Short tow with minivan

The marketing page for the :macx: shows a boat weight of 2350 lb, and the OEM steel trailer being 710 lb for a published total of 3060 lb. Mind you, that boat has no OB, nor even a headsail. It's the bare bones boat weight. Probably not even an anchor in there. Certainly no fuel tanks, since with no...
by Tomfoolery
Sat Apr 10, 2021 3:43 pm
Forum: MacGregor/Venture Discussion
Topic: Best X Bimini
Replies: 17
Views: 639

Re: Best X Bimini

Don’t have any pics on this here iPad, but click the link I posted above and you’ll see the exact setup on Dowsar’s web site. I posted some pics years ago, but I’m sure those images don’t exist now as they were photobucket links. I’ll put some up during the week when I’m on my work machine if nobody...
by Tomfoolery
Sat Apr 10, 2021 3:33 pm
Forum: Trailers & Towing
Topic: Short tow with minivan
Replies: 38
Views: 1120

Re: Short tow with minivan

That’s nice gentle ramp. You’ll be able to pull out just fine. Take it easy on low. Agreed. Open the ballast valve and vent before sticking the bow onto the forward vee bunk and it’ll start draining as soon as the bow is raised even a little. Or, if you can, open the ballast valve and vent and moto...
by Tomfoolery
Sat Apr 10, 2021 2:21 pm
Forum: MacGregor/Venture Discussion
Topic: Best X Bimini
Replies: 17
Views: 639

Re: Best X Bimini

My Bimini, dodger, side and back curtains, and bridge section are from Dowsar, but I don’t know if they’re still offering them. The Bimini is small and not in the way of sailing. Very well made. At over 20 years old, it’s still solid, though I’ve restitched it and replaced dodger windows myself. htt...
by Tomfoolery
Sat Apr 10, 2021 12:49 pm
Forum: Trailers & Towing
Topic: Short tow with minivan
Replies: 38
Views: 1120

Re: Short tow with minivan

FWIW, it towed very nicely. I just took it easy on the gas and brakes, but that long wheelbase made it tow very stable on the highway.
by Tomfoolery
Sat Apr 10, 2021 12:48 pm
Forum: Performance & Tuning
Topic: Spinnaker / Whisker Pole Question(s)
Replies: 20
Views: 527

Re: Spinnaker / Whisker Pole Question(s)

Pushing off from other objects, like the next guy’s boat, without damaging it. Many have soft tips.
by Tomfoolery
Sat Apr 10, 2021 11:50 am
Forum: Trailers & Towing
Topic: Short tow with minivan
Replies: 38
Views: 1120

Re: Short tow with minivan

I’ve towed my X with a 2003 Honda Odyssey. No problem. Read about it here.

https://macgregorsailors.com/forum/view ... 95#p349295
by Tomfoolery
Sat Apr 10, 2021 8:05 am
Forum: Performance & Tuning
Topic: Spinnaker / Whisker Pole Question(s)
Replies: 20
Views: 527

Re: Spinnaker / Whisker Pole Question(s)

Many folks here have used telescopic boat hooks as whisker poles. Highlander I believe sort of led the charge on that. WM has an extra-long, heavy-duty book hook (that floats) that I bought on sale to use for a whisker pole, but just never got around to it. I do use it as a boat hook, though it’s lo...
by Tomfoolery
Sat Apr 10, 2021 7:27 am
Forum: Trailers & Towing
Topic: Single Axle Limitations?
Replies: 33
Views: 1139

Re: Single Axle Limitations?

Good point. From reading RV forums, ST tires have traditionally been lower speed rated, which in part is how they get the high load capacity than an LT tire of the same size, but the speed ratings have been increasing lately. I don’t know why. Maybe because of all the blowouts travel trailers seem t...
by Tomfoolery
Sat Apr 10, 2021 7:24 am
Forum: Performance & Tuning
Topic: Spinnaker / Whisker Pole Question(s)
Replies: 20
Views: 527

Re: Spinnaker / Whisker Pole Question(s)

Take a look at line control whisker pole prices at WM or other sources. Twist-locks ain’t cheap either, but nothing like line control. I bought a well used one for my keel boat and only paid a couple of hundred. Only. Sold it with the boat, which is just as well as it was too heavy for a Mac.
by Tomfoolery
Sat Apr 10, 2021 7:22 am
Forum: Performance & Tuning
Topic: Nissan 5hp water pump issue
Replies: 19
Views: 495

Re: Nissan 5hp water pump issue

I'm glad it was easy to replace. Supporting the engine or removing it was what I was dreading most. I'm getting too old to be dead lifting 200+ pounds (or so my wife tells me) :) My wife doesn’t have to tell me - I blew out my right eye just the other day, lifting a long counter top myself. Didn’t ...
by Tomfoolery
Fri Apr 09, 2021 8:17 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: What is this and where should I put it?
Replies: 11
Views: 548

Re: What is this and where should I put it?

I leave my spinnaker halyard tied off to the center of the bow rail, mainly because it's convenient. I don't worry about the forestay. It's new or nearly so, and it's the upsized 5/32" wire rope (standard is 1/8"). It's important to keep that spin halyard rather tight or it will interfere with the f...