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by Tomfoolery
Fri Aug 19, 2011 11:19 am
Forum: Trailers & Towing
Topic: max tongue load / position of axle
Replies: 23
Views: 5032

Re: max tongue load / position of axle

So, if I jack up the trailer at exactly the halfway point between the axles, put the tongue onto a pair of scales, then I should get an accurate readout of my tongue weight? I would put the truck and trailer on flat ground, connected, then measure the height to some point on or near the hitch that'...
by Tomfoolery
Fri Aug 19, 2011 9:36 am
Forum: Destinations, Clubs, Events and Venues
Topic: 2nd Annual Madmen of Ontario Rendezvous
Replies: 11
Views: 2242

Re: 2nd Annual Madmen of Ontario Rendezvous

It might have been fun to bring an :macx: to this :macm: party, but youngest is heading off to college (freshman), oldest is off to a baseball function on Saturday (I'm going too, just to watch), so that wipes out the whole weekend. The trailer isn't road ready yet anyway. Maybe next year. I've been...
by Tomfoolery
Fri Aug 19, 2011 6:44 am
Forum: Trailers & Towing
Topic: max tongue load / position of axle
Replies: 23
Views: 5032

Re: max tongue load / position of axle

Perhaps I'm being a bit slow here, but it seems to me that weighing the tongue on a 4 wheel trailer isn't quite as easy as it seems. Let me explain. If you have your loaded trailer, placed on level ground and unhitched. With a 200-300lb load on the front it should drop down to the ground, but it wo...
by Tomfoolery
Fri Aug 19, 2011 6:23 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Is the Genoa really better???
Replies: 33
Views: 3994

Re: Is the Genoa really better???

Actually, mine came with both the genoa and the working jib (105% maybe?), and both fit the furler. In fact, I'm going to give the working jib a try, as the genoa is usually too much where I am, and I get a lot of lee helm. I could, of course, furl the genoa, but the working jib looks like new (prob...
by Tomfoolery
Thu Aug 18, 2011 10:17 am
Forum: MacGregor/Venture Discussion
Topic: Venture 22 Brought Back To Life!
Replies: 46
Views: 11900

Re: Venture 22 Brought Back To Life!

That's a really good looking boat. Nice paint, and nice lines to start with.

If she's not thrilled, get a new girl friend. :D
by Tomfoolery
Thu Aug 18, 2011 7:43 am
Forum: Trailers & Towing
Topic: Tongue weight
Replies: 6
Views: 1448

Re: Tongue weight

#2 son, first time wakeboarding, on my new (to me) :macx: with the much hated 50 hp Honda. He was having fun, which is something that was missing on my previous boats (sail only), and was the main impetus in finding an :macm: or :macx:. That, and trailerability with ramp-launch capability. We're goi...
by Tomfoolery
Fri Aug 12, 2011 7:18 am
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: New 26x Owner in MD
Replies: 4
Views: 862

Re: New 26x Owner in MD

The first time I tried to dock my :macx:, I had no ballast in the tank (ramp launched, motored to my slip), centerboard up, and rudders up. Like a dog on ice, I was sliding all over the place. Barely got it into the slip. Next time out, flooded the ballast tank, all foils down, and it behaved much m...
by Tomfoolery
Thu Aug 11, 2011 10:47 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Installing furling genoa
Replies: 8
Views: 1427

Re: Installing furling genoa

Check out Blue Water Yachts, and look at the parts pages. Fill in year, model, and category (line) and it'll show you the line they recommend (or sell, at least), and the lengths. You have to click on the little "i" in the box to expand the listing for the particulars. As to the furler, mine came wi...
by Tomfoolery
Wed Aug 10, 2011 12:04 pm
Forum: Trailers & Towing
Topic: max tongue load / position of axle
Replies: 23
Views: 5032

Re: max tongue load / position of axle

All that said, I am pursuing adding an axle to the trailer to get more stability and decrease the tongue load to about 250 lbs. Just for the record, the previous owners of my :macx: added a second 3500 lb axle to its original steel trailer, and it tows and tracks very nicely with a little under 200...
by Tomfoolery
Wed Aug 10, 2011 10:16 am
Forum: Performance & Tuning
Topic: Recommendation for 50 HP 4 cycle Out Board Motor
Replies: 103
Views: 19396

Re: Recommendation for 50 HP 4 cycle Out Board Motor

Same here, but being that it's the biggest OB I've ever driven, I don't have much to compare to.

I'll probably try a 4-blade next season, based on discussions I've seen here and elsewhere, just to see if I can eek out another mph or two.
by Tomfoolery
Mon Aug 08, 2011 3:12 pm
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Forestay failure: Updated Info
Replies: 37
Views: 5319

Re: Forestay failure: Updated Info

The broken ends all had roughly the same "topography" under the microscope. The best way to describe it was a "stack of nickles knocked over" or perhaps like a weld joint. Nowhere near as uniform as my examples, but a wave-like surface was evident on most of the older breaks. The seven last to brea...
by Tomfoolery
Fri Aug 05, 2011 9:00 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Do you need a pump out on porta potty set up to sail on
Replies: 17
Views: 3466

Re: Do you need a pump out on porta potty set up to sail on

Just found this by following some links from another site, but it's just plain english, not the actual law.

FWIW.

http://www.tc.gc.ca/eng/marinesafety/de ... htm#sewage
by Tomfoolery
Fri Aug 05, 2011 8:50 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Do you need a pump out on porta potty set up to sail on
Replies: 17
Views: 3466

Re: Do you need a pump out on porta potty set up to sail on

I've been poking around Canada's web sites that deal with this issue, and all I've been able to find is some law that's listed as 'repealed'. I can't find any authoritative site or document. I'd like to trailer the boat to the Thousand Islands region, and not have a potential problem with a PP witho...
by Tomfoolery
Thu Aug 04, 2011 1:06 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: How Do You Cleat a Line on a Boat?
Replies: 18
Views: 2499

Re: How Do You Cleat a Line on a Boat?

Mine usually look like the last one, but I've noticed that the cleats on my :macx: are so smooth and slippery that the braided dock lines I've been using slip fairly easily. Now I'm using a full round turn before the first cross, but even then, I tie the bitter end off to the winches since I don't t...
by Tomfoolery
Tue Aug 02, 2011 10:27 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Motoring the 26X
Replies: 14
Views: 2871

Re: Motoring the 26X

If you are often in water shoal enuf to risk a rudder hitting bottom, keep rudders full up, and either put up with bad steering or, as I did when slipped way up the river at South Haven MI, add a shoal draft ruddder ( mine shared a longer horizontal pivot bolt with the stock stbd rudder and drew ab...