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by restless
Fri Aug 08, 2014 1:10 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Sold my 50, buying the Etec90
Replies: 160
Views: 30729

Re: Sold my 50, buying the Etec90

Watching this post with interest... the old hat stroker on the back makes the admirable green, especially with a following 5kt breeze! Also the noise can be aggravating when churning away for 4 hours at a time as we cruise between islands looking for wrecks to dive in the Greek Cyclades. I'm sort of...
by restless
Wed Jul 24, 2013 2:02 am
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Rope Clutches
Replies: 30
Views: 7557

Re: Rope Clutches

Hi we use the simple spinlock cams-with-handles. they are compact, effective and a load cheaper than a full set of clutches. They are mounted on a plate in front of the winches, the starboard side having a diverter pulley on it to feed the winch correctly. Sadly I don't have any photos to hand, and ...
by restless
Mon Jul 08, 2013 1:49 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Bowsprit
Replies: 25
Views: 3686

Re: Bowsprit

sorry, been away diving side supports.. there are a couple of plates on the hull by the massive cleats with a qd pin the allows the side stays to clip in. first thing is a bottle screw so it can all be tensioned up. For the bobstay I'm using amsteel with a truckers hitch to tension it. I've got the ...
by restless
Tue Jul 02, 2013 8:14 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Bowsprit
Replies: 25
Views: 3686

Re: Bowsprit

We're quite happy with our sprit. Haven't got better shots, but you may get the gist from these. http://www.ironengineer.com/mac/Stories/greek2/1000/frontend2.jpg http://www.ironengineer.com/mac/minimods/donkey/index.html The pole slides into two 1 1/2 rings welded to the 1/4 plate front plate, whic...
by restless
Sun Jun 23, 2013 1:28 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Dinghy air pump
Replies: 11
Views: 1825

Re: Dinghy air pump

what a day spoiler! Sorry to hear about such wanton destruction.That would really hack me off! We have a 12v pump.. an absolute gem. Extended the hose by an extra 2m and use it to suck air out too. Ours came from a camp shop pretty cheap. It doesn't blow up to pressure, maybe 90%, so we top it up wi...
by restless
Sun Jun 23, 2013 2:39 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Flushing Motor question
Replies: 21
Views: 3190

Re: Flushing Motor question

Always worth poking a toothpick up the little tell tale hole from time to time, as a small hole they can pick up crud on occasion. Helps keep the heart rate down :D

In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice;
In practice, there is.

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by restless
Sat Jun 22, 2013 12:53 pm
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Anchor windlass - another option or am I being silly
Replies: 12
Views: 2718

Re: Anchor windlass - another option or am I being silly

One of the problems is being able to get a good pull on the anchor. I really struggled to start with, then implemented our nodding donkey mod http://www.ironengineer.com/mac/Stories/greek2/1000/frontend.jpg I can stand straight (over the forward hatch) and pull the hook up with little risk of fallin...
by restless
Sun Jun 02, 2013 4:59 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Got ballast?
Replies: 9
Views: 1456

Re: Got ballast?

Unless you have a really well sealed valve set, you may find you left the boat empty, only to find her half full... the most dangerously unstable configuration. I beached one night on the falling tide. Next day noticed we had lost half the ballast through poor valve seating. Ours is always in when o...
by restless
Thu May 30, 2013 1:13 am
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: most popular mod according to google? other
Replies: 6
Views: 2224

most popular mod according to google?

Just did a random google search 'Macgregor 26x' and would you believe on the suggested images strip came up 'peach interior'
So with all the mega mods and boat surgery I've done, all folk want to look at is interior design??
hmmm...
by restless
Wed Mar 20, 2013 2:15 am
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: rudder bracket 96, 26x
Replies: 22
Views: 2668

Re: rudder bracket 96, 26x

the mod I saw was above the prop... a blade ran along the top of the cavitation plate line then hooked down into the prop stream. Can't remember how far down it went into it though. A point to bear in mind here is that this will have a big effect on motor trim, ie. could put big strain on steering g...
by restless
Sun Mar 17, 2013 5:25 pm
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: rudder bracket 96, 26x
Replies: 22
Views: 2668

Re: rudder bracket 96, 26x

actually I have seen a mod like this on a boat called Masquerade I think... fairly substantial size too and by all accounts it worked well. We had just smashed through the face of an F6.. of 11 boats only 4 made it including our two. I have considered it, even though we rarely go above 6kts. If we n...
by restless
Mon Mar 11, 2013 2:10 am
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: rudder bracket 96, 26x
Replies: 22
Views: 2668

Re: rudder bracket 96, 26x

If you go for tool-plate grade you won't get the bends in. A softer grade will work easier, and bend accordingly. For the time it takes my thoughts went into massive repair. If you're going to rebuild, you'd probly be alot better off going for 316 stainless. No issues of galvanic on the pins and muc...
by restless
Fri Mar 08, 2013 3:54 am
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: rudder bracket 96, 26x
Replies: 22
Views: 2668

Re: rudder bracket 96, 26x

Been there, re cutting grooves into the deck... I reckon po reversed hard into something. Don't bother re-welding unless you are going to properly strengthen the set up. mine is a 96, with the comedy brackets. They are now terminator grade including hydraulics + beefed boat hangers http://www.ironen...
by restless
Sun Feb 17, 2013 4:11 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Steering Adjustment
Replies: 6
Views: 664

Re: Steering Adjustment

on my 96X I could put the teleflex straight onto the engine, completely by-passing the rudders. On these earlier boats the steering tube came out pretty close to the transom. Later they moved it forward (which I have also now done as well). It got me out of trouble when the rudders were not working....
by restless
Sun Feb 17, 2013 12:38 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Steering Adjustment
Replies: 6
Views: 664

Re: Steering Adjustment

you're right there. With major fiddles you can get quite a lot more swing on the engine, which can be handy. However when lifted you will need to be able to hang the engine drag link on a peg as it makes the steering (mine is hydraulic to boot) heavy. Here is the mods page which broaches the topic. ...