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by Tomfoolery
Fri Jan 22, 2021 8:38 am
Forum: Trailers & Towing
Topic: Craning the swap over
Replies: 34
Views: 745

Re: Craning the swap over

So my big question now is (on a :macm: ) where would be the best place to pass the crane sling around the hull? Where the hatch is?... or just behind the hatch? ... or further back? Obviously the further forward the easier the lift will be but the more chance of the sling slipping or the frame fall...
by Tomfoolery
Thu Jan 14, 2021 2:30 pm
Forum: Destinations, Clubs, Events and Venues
Topic: Keys loop
Replies: 9
Views: 822

Re: Keys loop

I would love to do that. Especially with an experienced sailor who knows the waters. Hoping to retire south someday soon. Maybe join up with you then. I imagine, where you are, the keys are looking pretty good about this time of year... Looking damn good from here, and it's been a light season for ...
by Tomfoolery
Thu Jan 14, 2021 6:11 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: What I like about the 26X
Replies: 8
Views: 482

Re: What I like about the 26X

The unsinkable feature isn't one that gets much of my attention. I put more stock in PFDs and VHF radio. I suppose clinging to a swamped boat beats floating free in the open water. But that big white deck would make you easier to spot from the air, should it come to that. Being 'unsinkable' wasn't ...
by Tomfoolery
Tue Jan 12, 2021 1:13 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Aluminum Trailer - Need help
Replies: 91
Views: 11209

Re: Aluminum Trailer - Need help

Look also at the photo of my boat, with dimensions overlaid. The ball is only about 1m from the vee-bumper where it touches the bow, yet there is plenty of room to open the hatch. You have more tongue than that by almost double, so you could move it still farther forward if you need more tongue weig...
by Tomfoolery
Mon Jan 11, 2021 1:42 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Aluminum Trailer - Need help
Replies: 91
Views: 11209

Re: Aluminum Trailer - Need help

Yep will do some comparisons measurements today... But do we actually know if that rig had a good tongue weight? :| Actually, no I don't. But it belongs, or belonged, to a member here, who speaks metric as a first language. Kurz maybe? One of our friends in Australia or NZ perhaps? With any luck, t...
by Tomfoolery
Mon Jan 11, 2021 11:27 am
Forum: Trailers & Towing
Topic: Dimensions of 26M on its Trailer
Replies: 9
Views: 800

Re: Dimensions of 26M on its Trailer

As a general rule, the longer the tow vehicle's wheelbase, the better it tows at highway speeds, from a stability POV, or white-knuckle perspective.

You can't get much shorter than a Wrangler. :|
by Tomfoolery
Mon Jan 11, 2021 9:30 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Aluminum Trailer - Need help
Replies: 91
Views: 11209

Re: Aluminum Trailer - Need help

Here's what I get, given what I understand the weight and balance situation to be - 353 kg at the ball. Still rather light, but much better than before. https://i.postimg.cc/k2nSMRPt/26-M-Trailer-4.jpg Consider instead removing the front axle and moving to a new location behind the rear axle. That p...
by Tomfoolery
Mon Jan 11, 2021 8:29 am
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Microwave Oven
Replies: 6
Views: 195

Re: Microwave Oven

Would you happen to know your fridge specs... size, average 12 VDC usage, etc? It draws about 5.5A at 12VDC. I don't remember if the 0.4A at 120V is accurate. The numbers on their marketing page are incorrect; they seem to be at 24VDC. Others with the same unit report similar numbers as mine. It ru...
by Tomfoolery
Mon Jan 11, 2021 7:03 am
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Microwave Oven
Replies: 6
Views: 195

Re: Microwave Oven

Very interesting. I see a lot of the big yachts going to all electric cooking. Never thought about it for a trailer boat. Makes pretty good sense when you have the batteries that will support it. There's also a significant percentage of RV's going that way, especially large Class A's (buses), and s...
by Tomfoolery
Sun Jan 10, 2021 4:41 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Aluminum Trailer - Need help
Replies: 91
Views: 11209

Re: Aluminum Trailer - Need help

I’ll do that tomorrow morning, as it’s on my work machine. :wink:
by Tomfoolery
Wed Jan 06, 2021 11:21 am
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: This is bad...right? Mac25 mast support post
Replies: 7
Views: 307

Re: This is bad...right? Mac25 mast support post

Ixneigh wrote:
Wed Jan 06, 2021 8:19 am
The existing wood is a low grade of mahogany.
Though it did last at least 34 years, since the boat went out of production in '87. Could be as much as 50 years old. So I wouldn't worry too much about longevity, but of course, it should be structurally sound. 8)
by Tomfoolery
Sun Jan 03, 2021 5:23 pm
Forum: Trailers & Towing
Topic: Craning the swap over
Replies: 34
Views: 745

Re: Craning the swap over

But this is why I asked about Crane lifting just the bow (with the stern solidly blocked)? ... Would that possible Tom?... And would using the winch eye as an attachment point be possible? I wouldn’t use the bow eye, as you don’t know how strong it and the material under it is loaded in that direct...
by Tomfoolery
Sun Jan 03, 2021 12:35 pm
Forum: Trailers & Towing
Topic: Craning the swap over
Replies: 34
Views: 745

Re: Craning the swap over

The easiest way, short of hiring it out, is to just put the boat on blocks while on the trailer. The stern can be blocked solidly, since the trailer stops short of the transom anyway. That will control the roll, too. Make a nice wooden cradle if you like. Then block up under the bow. As you slip the...
by Tomfoolery
Sun Jan 03, 2021 9:08 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Battery
Replies: 14
Views: 455

Re: Battery

Yup. LED will knock that way down. One of the first things I did. Low hanging fruit. :wink: LEDs are just the bee’s knees for boats. And RVs, for that matter. The OP should look for parasitic loads, too. Our boats are small and therefore don’t have much by way of electric loads, but anything on sta...
by Tomfoolery
Sat Jan 02, 2021 6:00 pm
Forum: MacGregor/Venture Discussion
Topic: motor mount shifts up in waves
Replies: 11
Views: 408

Re: motor mount shifts up in waves

The ‘leverage’ on that little lock bar is terrible. For the vertical distance between the two positions, there is only something like one to two inches of travel over the lock. It would have been far better to run the link between the lower pivot point on the motor plate and that lock bolt on the ar...