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by Be Free
Wed Dec 01, 2021 9:16 am
Forum: Performance & Tuning
Topic: Running lines to Cockpit and other ideas to make sailing easier
Replies: 12
Views: 245

Re: Running lines to Cockpit and other ideas to make sailing easier

I use nylon straps with adjustable fasteners. Once they are adjusted to length they just snap on/off. I use a lot of those elastic ties with the balls. They will also raise quite a welt on the back of your hand if the snap around just right. Reminds me of those "klackers" they had when I was a kid. ...
by Be Free
Wed Dec 01, 2021 9:03 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: 26X headsail and mainsail question
Replies: 10
Views: 88

Re: 26X headsail and mainsail question

I agree that there is little chance of breaking the outhaul slide on the loose footed main. The stress is almost all on the outhaul line. You'll need to reef long before the wind gets strong enough to break that slide, and when reefed, the slide isn't stressed at all. I've also got a Genoa that I n...
by Be Free
Wed Dec 01, 2021 8:58 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: 26X headsail and mainsail question
Replies: 10
Views: 88

Re: 26X headsail and mainsail question

I have a loose-footed main with slugs and a single outhaul. I've been in enough wind to knock the boat down and tear the clew out of the jib but I've never had any problems with the main coming loose at any attachment point. I find it to be a very versatile sail.
by Be Free
Mon Nov 29, 2021 7:04 am
Forum: Performance & Tuning
Topic: Running lines to Cockpit and other ideas to make sailing easier
Replies: 12
Views: 245

Re: Running lines to Cockpit and other ideas to make sailing easier

Inflatable PFD's are Type V. "Type V PFD, or SPECIAL USE DEVICE is intended for specific activities and may be carried instead of another PFD only if used according to the approval conditions on its label. A Type V provides performance of either a Type I, II or III PFD (as marked on its label). If t...
by Be Free
Wed Nov 24, 2021 12:37 pm
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Peeling Lifelines
Replies: 13
Views: 292

Re: Peeling Lifelines

I was born in Miami (near Dania), went to high school in Sanford (near Howey in the Hills), raised a family in Gainesville, and now live in Steinhatchee. I've been gradually migrating NW for the last (many) decades. I'm less than a mile from the Gulf so I guess I'll have to pick a different directio...
by Be Free
Wed Nov 24, 2021 6:42 am
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Peeling Lifelines
Replies: 13
Views: 292

Re: Peeling Lifelines

Chip: Are those the original lifelines? Has that boat been in the Dania area all that time? If so, that is some impressive material! Russ: They were still using plastic coated lifelines on the "X" in 2001. Maybe they changed when they introduced the "M". Ray: congratulations on 47 (coming up on 43 h...
by Be Free
Tue Nov 23, 2021 6:23 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Rudder Damage?
Replies: 15
Views: 217

Re: Rudder Damage?

In my case I had just returned from a trip and needed something out of the cabin so I dropped the rudder and boarding ladder and climbed in to retrieve it. Then I went back to unhooking the trailer from the truck (with the rudder still resting on the ground. It took me a while to figure out why the ...
by Be Free
Tue Nov 23, 2021 12:28 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Rudder Damage?
Replies: 15
Views: 217

Re: Rudder Damage?

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by Be Free
Tue Nov 23, 2021 7:48 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Rudder Damage?
Replies: 15
Views: 217

Re: Rudder Damage?

Unfortunately, I can give you a very good theory of how that damage occurred. When the boat is on the trailer I lower the boarding ladder and port rudder so I can easily get into the boat. The same rudder and bracket on my boat received almost identical damage when I raised the trailer tongue while ...
by Be Free
Tue Nov 23, 2021 7:32 am
Forum: Trailers & Towing
Topic: US source for replacement mounted tires?
Replies: 8
Views: 226

Re: US source for replacement mounted tires?

etrailer is a good outfit. I've used them for several large purchases.

When I was replacing tires a few months ago I had trouble finding tires that were not already mounted on new rims.

Try Walmart, Tractor Supply, and Amazon. All of them had mounted tires when I was looking.
by Be Free
Mon Nov 22, 2021 7:12 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: New to us 2005 26M
Replies: 40
Views: 1001

Re: New to us 2005 26M

It would be a real good idea to strap down your batteries. "Float loosely" is not a phrase that goes well with battery. :|
by Be Free
Sun Nov 21, 2021 6:41 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: The shape of the water ballast for a through hull transducer
Replies: 5
Views: 158

Re: The shape of the water ballast for a through hull transducer

I would vote for mounting it on the transom. I don't like putting holes in the hull. For inside, non-paddlewheel transducers, simply bed it in a large glob of silicone caulk avoiding air bubbles. I've been doing it this way forever and it works great. +1 on both recommendations. I don't like underw...
by Be Free
Sun Nov 21, 2021 6:39 am
Forum: MacGregor/Venture Discussion
Topic: Water ballast
Replies: 33
Views: 1008

Re: Water ballast

Without the hole the water would have to come up around 7" higher (on an "X") before you would see it on the cabin floor. That's a lot of water. A group 24 battery is a little over 9" tall. Depending on where you have it mounted if it's not underwater it could be awful close at that point.
by Be Free
Sat Nov 20, 2021 7:23 am
Forum: MacGregor/Venture Discussion
Topic: Water ballast
Replies: 33
Views: 1008

Re: Water ballast

It is my understanding (at least on the "X") that the hole was added to allow water out of the bilge. Without it water in the bilge could rise to the point where it became a safety hazard before it could be seen on the cabin floor.
by Be Free
Thu Nov 18, 2021 6:38 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Honda BF50A Telltale stopped
Replies: 24
Views: 500

Re: Honda BF50A Telltale stopped

My Suzuki has a standard hose connector for running the motor out of the water. However, I like the garbage can idea because the hose FORCES water into the motor which wouldn't let me know if the impeller was not functioning properly. The garbage can is truer to actual operating conditions. The BF5...