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by Chinook
Wed Nov 18, 2020 1:39 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: What communications radio do you have?
Replies: 31
Views: 372

Re: What communications radio do you have?

To add to the discussion, when heading out to the Bahamas or down to the Sea of Cortez, receiving weather information becomes a challenge. You quickly get beyond the range of weather information via VHF weather channel reception. Local am/fm radio weather reports are limited to unavailable, and of n...
by Chinook
Wed Nov 18, 2020 7:38 am
Forum: Destinations, Clubs, Events and Venues
Topic: Learning Materials on Pamlico Sound Area
Replies: 6
Views: 165

Re: Learning Materials on Pamlico Sound Area

I don't recall marina rates in your area running anywhere near the $3/ft range. I do fondly recall the free municipal dock at Elizabeth City. We stayed there in 2003 and again in 2016. First visit was in the fall. Their tradition there was for a volunteer to greet each arriving boat and present a ro...
by Chinook
Tue Nov 17, 2020 5:05 pm
Forum: Destinations, Clubs, Events and Venues
Topic: Learning Materials on Pamlico Sound Area
Replies: 6
Views: 165

Re: Learning Materials on Pamlico Sound Area

We cruised through the Pamlico Sound area in spring, 2016, on our way north while doing the Great Loop. We had rough weather on that leg of the trip, with many very windy days and very chilly temperatures. You can read about our experiences by checking out our blog (http://chinook.cecka.us), and ope...
by Chinook
Sun Nov 15, 2020 10:35 pm
Forum: Trip Logs
Topic: Learning in NC
Replies: 4
Views: 156

Re: Learning in NC

Pretty helpless feeling, being pushed by a strong wind onto a lee shore. It's happened twice to me. First time was on Banks Lake, a large reservoir near Grand Coulee Dam. I anchored in the lee of Steamboat Rock, a scenic formation with 200 foot tall cliffs, in anticipation of a strong cold front. Wi...
by Chinook
Wed Nov 11, 2020 5:13 pm
Forum: Destinations, Clubs, Events and Venues
Topic: Chinook's dingy
Replies: 16
Views: 2409

Re: Chinook's dingy

Just caught this thread. I still have the same inflatable and 2.5hp Suzuki 4 stroke kicker which we took to the Bahamas, new, in 2011. We've given both a lot of use since then, including major trips up the BC coast, our year long Great Loop cruise, and cruise around Vancouver Island. Most of those m...
by Chinook
Fri Nov 06, 2020 10:21 pm
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Nominations Open for "Worst Skinflint" of this Site
Replies: 19
Views: 1096

Re: Nominations Open for "Worst Skinflint" of this Site

I appreciate the nomination of my bucket lid trailer fender. I think Sumner's above deck anchor locker, which houses anchor chain and rode, deserves consideration. He uses a soft cooler for this task, on his classic. Also, I'd self nominate the trailer hitch ball which I attached to an aluminum rod,...
by Chinook
Fri Oct 02, 2020 2:03 pm
Forum: Performance & Tuning
Topic: Hand start and run Honda 50hp by rope??
Replies: 13
Views: 758

Re: Hand start and run Honda 50hp by rope??

Regarding hand starting, I used to need to hand start my old 50 hp Nissan TLDI from time to time. I had a faulty wire between the engine and ignition battery, which interfered with recharging the battery. When that happened, I would remove the cowling and a plastic cover plate, which exposed a wheel...
by Chinook
Sat Sep 19, 2020 10:11 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Digital Logbook, App, PC or...?
Replies: 6
Views: 725

Re: Digital Logbook, App, PC or...?

I'm an old fashioned ink and paper guy, so when I first got our boat I bought a small 3 ring binder Log book. I was never happy with the stock information entry pages in the book, so I made up a custom page which included things I was most interested in recording. Stuff like departure time, arrival ...
by Chinook
Fri Sep 18, 2020 6:11 pm
Forum: Trailers & Towing
Topic: Topic - cheapskates and fenders for trailer
Replies: 3
Views: 1276

Re: Topic - cheapskates and fenders for trailer

That's nothing compared with the economy version fender I crossed the border into Mexico with, while heading for the Sea of Cortez. I hit a mammoth pothole on I-5 in the Sacramento Valley while heading south. The shock broke the fender weld and a short while later, the whole thing fell off. Before c...
by Chinook
Thu Sep 17, 2020 9:06 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: End of season approaching
Replies: 6
Views: 575

Re: End of season approaching

We were planning to go up this Monday (we avoid weekends) and then this SMOKE came in and we scrubbed our plans. Visibility is horrible and it's hard to breathe this stuff. Gone are our blue skies. I can't imagine what it's like further West for those people dealing with these fires. We could use s...
by Chinook
Wed Sep 16, 2020 11:13 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Birthday gift from my 9 year old granddaughter
Replies: 4
Views: 530

Birthday gift from my 9 year old granddaughter

I thought I'd share a picture of the birthday present my 9 year old granddaughter give me this year. As you can see, she's quite the budding artist. She worked off a photograph of our boat from one of our trips. She picked enough detail for me to even guess which trip. The red courtesy flag and the ...
by Chinook
Wed Sep 16, 2020 10:32 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Question about interior carpets
Replies: 11
Views: 918

Re: Question about interior carpets

We have a 26X and have replaced our carpets a couple of times. We find that, without taking some measures, the carpet pieces can slip when stepped on awkwardly, which happens in a boat. I installed a pair of snaps up front, on the narrow piece in the aisleway which runs in front of the table. This s...
by Chinook
Tue Sep 08, 2020 10:29 pm
Forum: Destinations, Clubs, Events and Venues
Topic: Lake Roosevelt Cruise
Replies: 7
Views: 1822

Re: Lake Roosevelt Cruise

Yes, it is one of our favorites from the trip. Not showing, but docked right next to us was another 26X, owned by a couple from Colville. Always fun visiting with other Mac owners.
by Chinook
Tue Sep 08, 2020 10:21 pm
Forum: Destinations, Clubs, Events and Venues
Topic: Sea of Cortez out of Puerto Penasco
Replies: 2
Views: 275

Re: Sea of Cortez out of Puerto Penasco

The above referenced trip blog covers our cruise from the Midriff Islands south to La Paz, departing from San Carlos. We did not sail north of the Midriffs, but our trip experience would probably be of some help in a general way.
by Chinook
Tue Sep 01, 2020 11:19 pm
Forum: Trip Logs
Topic: Quick trip to the San Juans
Replies: 2
Views: 329

Quick trip to the San Juans

We closed out this strange sailing season with a short 5 day trip out to the San Juan Islands in the final days of August. We launched at Anacortes and crossed Rosario Strait, where the current can run 2 to 3 knots, in comfortable conditions, and selected Thatcher Pass for our entry into the San Jua...