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by Chinook
Tue Jun 30, 2020 8:28 pm
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Repurposing Teak
Replies: 1
Views: 109

Repurposing Teak

About a year ago my son replaced his hardwood flooring. The front and back entries had wood gratings with nice wide framing pieces, which he held onto. He asked me if I wanted the material, and after I realized that it was all solid teak, the answer came easy. I've just finished several projects, in...
by Chinook
Mon Jun 29, 2020 8:20 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Swing keel nightmare
Replies: 5
Views: 294

Re: Swing keel nightmare

Yes, it is truly an amazing place. You motor up to the dock on Ootsa Lake, tie up, and the BC Parks ranger drives over in a gator type vehicle. He attaches a cable to the flatbed trailer, which is mounted on rail wheels and sitting on the track, and he backs down so the trailer goes under the water,...
by Chinook
Sun Jun 28, 2020 10:17 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Swing keel nightmare
Replies: 5
Views: 294

Re: Swing keel nightmare

Wow. Something very similar happened to me. Your story is the first one I've heard of along those lines, other than my experience. I had launched on Ootsa Lake in Tweedsmuir Provincial Park in the Coast Range of central British Columbia. We motored 35 miles up the reservoir to the hand car portage, ...
by Chinook
Thu Jun 25, 2020 2:55 pm
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Wind Song (26X) repairs and mods log
Replies: 48
Views: 3601

Re: Wind Song (26X) repairs and mods log

Regarding sail purchase, I recommend you give BWY a call and talk with them before you buy. Todd and Cheryl know the boat better than anyone, and they have a nice range of sails available. They can advise which way to go, based on your sailing desires. I have bought both main and jib from them befor...
by Chinook
Thu Jun 25, 2020 12:13 pm
Forum: Performance & Tuning
Topic: Anchor rode damaging bow running light
Replies: 7
Views: 255

Re: Anchor rode damaging bow running light

It's a nice bow roller, and looks fairly straightforward to install. Just be aware though, that it's mainly designed to provide a pulley for the anchor rode, and isn't intended for exterior bow anchor storage. It's too short for holding anchors such as the Rochna, and maybe not the Bruce either.
by Chinook
Tue Jun 23, 2020 9:54 pm
Forum: Destinations, Clubs, Events and Venues
Topic: First time out this season
Replies: 8
Views: 720

Re: First time out this season

Columbia River trip report, as promised: Wanapum Pool Cruise, June 15 – 18, 2020 The reach of the Columbia River between Vantage (where I-90 crosses the river) and Rock Island Dam is about 30 miles in length, and is known as Wanapum Pool. This stretch of the Columbia winds through rugged basalt form...
by Chinook
Sun Jun 21, 2020 6:43 pm
Forum: MacGregor/Venture Discussion
Topic: Porta Potti Replacement
Replies: 18
Views: 767

Re: Porta Potti Replacement

Not that familiar with the 26d, but if you're in the mood for upgrade, you may want to consider going with a composting toilet. More expensive than porta-pottis, but with substantial advantages, which have been thoroughly discussed here.
by Chinook
Sun Jun 21, 2020 3:39 pm
Forum: Destinations, Clubs, Events and Venues
Topic: First time out this season
Replies: 8
Views: 720

Re: First time out this season

Sometimes it's better to be lucky than good. On that day at Banks Lake I was definitely lucky. Boat went ashore on soft sand beach, with gnarly rock piles 20 feet away both fore and aft. Nary a scratch, from that incident at least. I can walk around the boat and show you minor scratches and nicks pi...
by Chinook
Thu Jun 18, 2020 2:26 pm
Forum: Destinations, Clubs, Events and Venues
Topic: First time out this season
Replies: 8
Views: 720

Re: First time out this season

Got back around noon. Great trip, and as soon as I get the chance, I'll provide some details. Also, I'll do a journal for the Lake Roosevelt trip later this summer. It was great to be back on the water. That lagoon you mention, across from the Gorge Amphitheater, is where we spend our second night. ...
by Chinook
Thu Jun 18, 2020 2:23 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Ideas for trailer bunks
Replies: 30
Views: 1207

Re: Ideas for trailer bunks

I'll weigh in on trailer bunks, with a couple ideas I haven't seen referenced in previous posts. When my bunk 2x4's rotted out, I broke off most of the rusted bolts taking things apart. I decided to use that plastic wood that outdoor decks are built with, instead of any kind of wood. Stuff cuts and ...
by Chinook
Sun Jun 14, 2020 7:03 pm
Forum: Destinations, Clubs, Events and Venues
Topic: First time out this season
Replies: 8
Views: 720

First time out this season

Finally going to be able to get out on the water. This will be a short 4 day excursion on the Wanapum Pool on the Columbia River, which is not far from where we live. This reach of the river is mostly roadless, and the river is bounded by arid sage steppe hillsides and rugged basalt cliffs. There ar...
by Chinook
Sun Jun 14, 2020 6:18 am
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Mast Cleats
Replies: 4
Views: 378

Re: Mast Cleats

26X mast raising pole requires use of the jib halyard for raising the mast. I've also used it as a temporary mast support by tying and tensioning it to the bow pulpit, while I disconnected the roller furler so I could turn it around, after rigging it with the line opening facing forward instead of a...
by Chinook
Sun Jun 07, 2020 5:26 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Single-handed COB retrieval
Replies: 12
Views: 627

Re: Single-handed COB retrieval

One other idea, if you have a dinghy in tow. Much easier to haul the victim into the dinghy and then head for the nearest port.
by Chinook
Sun Jun 07, 2020 8:05 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: blocked anchor locker drain.
Replies: 5
Views: 470

Re: blocked anchor locker drain.

My boat is a 2002 model, and doesn't have an access panel. There is a very small open triangle in front of the anchor locker, and it's extremely hard to do any work in that area. I know, since I've installed an anchor bow roller with backing plate. Had to compress my skull into a triangle that fit i...
by Chinook
Sat Jun 06, 2020 11:01 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: blocked anchor locker drain.
Replies: 5
Views: 470

Re: blocked anchor locker drain.

The leak could also be coming from the hull/deck seam. Over time the rub rail can loosen, and pounding seas can work water up from beneath. That seam was sealed during original construction, however, after many years of stress and flexing, it can open enough to allow water to leak in. I've had that ...