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by Starscream
Sat Sep 19, 2020 7:59 am
Forum: Trip Logs
Topic: Vertical Thermocline?
Replies: 2
Views: 74

Vertical Thermocline?

In the lakes where we swim there is a very pronounced thermocline, where you can swim in warm water near the surface but heaven help you if you try to tread water with your legs in the deeper, cold water. I understand the physics when talking about a "barrier" between different depths. I took this p...
by Starscream
Fri Sep 18, 2020 1:25 pm
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Water in Bilges Still
Replies: 6
Views: 1385

Re: Water in Bilges Still

My X is finally dry. Caulked the rubrail. Siliconed the stanchion bases. Rebedded the hatch-track screws. Removed and resealed chainplates. Installed a second, larger cable-gland over the motor/steering cable exit. All super-easy and not terribly time-consuming. The hatch screws were the longest tas...
by Starscream
Wed Sep 16, 2020 6:20 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Question about interior carpets
Replies: 11
Views: 458

Re: Question about interior carpets

Don't glue them. You can put down sticky velcro strips, and sew the mating velcro onto the carpet, if you are worried about them moving around. A well-cut carpet won't move much tho. Last trip out we had some lively sailing one day, and a bottle of olive oil ended up on the floor. Well some leaked o...
by Starscream
Fri Sep 11, 2020 8:49 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Early 26X has 2 ballast valves?
Replies: 20
Views: 424

Re: Early 26X has 2 ballast valves?

The rear valve is where the water comes in. The other "valve" is the vent. I am sure this is the right answer. Every X has a rear ballast valve to let the water IN or OUT of the tank. In order to let the air OUT of the ballast tank, as the water comes IN, (or vice versa) you need a vent. In older b...
by Starscream
Tue Sep 08, 2020 5:21 am
Forum: Destinations, Clubs, Events and Venues
Topic: Sea of Cortez out of Puerto Penasco
Replies: 2
Views: 150

Re: Sea of Cortez out of Puerto Penasco

Not sure about the geography, but this might help:
http://chinook.cecka.us/?cat=4
by Starscream
Tue Sep 08, 2020 4:18 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Checking out 98 26X
Replies: 23
Views: 654

Re: Checking out 98 26X

Personally I would, and did, buy an X based only on a visual inspection. If there is no structural damage to the hull, then chances are extremely high that whatever the problem is, it can be fixed cheaply and easily. Cheap is a relative term, when it comes to boats, but parts are easily obtainable, ...
by Starscream
Mon Sep 07, 2020 10:31 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Just purchased 26M, Any 26M owners here in Austin?
Replies: 22
Views: 451

Re: Just purchased 26M, Any 26M owners here in Austin?

I've towed our X thousands of miles and on some pretty bad roads. Emergency stops, swerves, potholes, winds, mountains, you name it. I have never strapped her down (the boat), nor has she ever sat snug up against the V. Always about 4" back. I attach a safety chain to the bow ring and then loosen th...
by Starscream
Tue Sep 01, 2020 4:40 am
Forum: Performance & Tuning
Topic: Best sailing speed
Replies: 8
Views: 535

Re: Best sailing speed

Hull speed in the X is 6.8 knots so I guess I am a lousy sailor! On our boat we measure speed in mph (gasp!), but we don't go out in heavy winds. With 8 knots gusting 12 knots we can do above 5mph consistently but when it pipes up to 15 to 20, we have better things to do than to throw things about t...
by Starscream
Tue Sep 01, 2020 4:00 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Gas: From NYC to Finger Lakes
Replies: 9
Views: 271

Re: Gas: From NYC to Finger Lakes

:D A good question. Mine would use 100 gallons for that trip, at 24mph full throttle and no one else on board. Or maybe it would use 20 gallons, at hull speed and loaded for a few weeks of fun. Who knows? Any number in between those figures is reasonable. Coming downstream at idle the whole way migh...
by Starscream
Mon Aug 31, 2020 3:15 pm
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Cracked polyester hull after a bad accident
Replies: 16
Views: 669

Re: Cracked polyester hull after a bad accident

I don't see that damage as a huge deal, because it's Mac. The inner liner is cosmetic only. Leave it. Fix the outside yourself, unless you are OCD about color matches, it will just be a battle scar and a story. Fix the outer hull from the outside, sand it smooth, and live with the color mismatch. It...
by Starscream
Mon Aug 31, 2020 12:28 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: So I just bought a Mac X....
Replies: 36
Views: 998

Re: So I just bought a Mac X....

It's definitely a '96. You can verify with the serial number when you get it. The best air con mod I ever saw was posted recently on this site. The poster had a full enclosure, and mounted the AC unit on top of the sliding hatch, with the heat being rejected towards the front of the boat and the col...
by Starscream
Wed Aug 26, 2020 5:36 pm
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: New Precision sails
Replies: 9
Views: 278

Re: New Precision sails

It was pretty darn cranked...unless it caught on something and I didn't notice. The photo does look like there's a bit of slack but I'm wondering if that's an illusion cuz it looked tight when I was standing next to it. It has maybe a four-inch flat top. Didn't order it like that, I think it's just ...
by Starscream
Wed Aug 26, 2020 5:22 pm
Forum: Trip Logs
Topic: The "Trips I would have taken in 2020" Thread
Replies: 13
Views: 4381

Re: The "Trips I would have taken in 2020" Thread

A SIren 17! My first boat! I had it for three years before I got the 26X. I slept in it exactly once. That was enough. I can't imagine a week. That one time I slept in it with my brother, and together we weighted it down enough that the keel bolt was under the tops of the waves, and each passing wav...
by Starscream
Wed Aug 26, 2020 3:07 pm
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: New Precision sails
Replies: 9
Views: 278

Re: New Precision sails

That is one NICE looking sail! Stunning! Thanks Jimmy! Here's the new main, I put it on today. It's in a totally different league than the original, with regards to materia and construction quality. It's a loose-foot. The only issue I might or might not have is that the loose foot doesn't quite cle...
by Starscream
Wed Aug 26, 2020 2:54 pm
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: New Precision sails
Replies: 9
Views: 278

Re: New Precision sails

I'm having a bit of trouble with messages on this forum. I received a notification of message via my hotmail account but I can't see the message in the forum inbox. I think Hart is interested in the jib, and jimhobiemac2X is interested in the main, so you guys have first dibs. Please email me addres...