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by Retcoastie
Thu Oct 31, 2019 2:59 pm
Forum: Trailers & Towing
Topic: An alternative to the bump
Replies: 15
Views: 6675

Re: An alternative to the bump

It seems that the bump is necessary due to the location of the winch. It is below the bow eye on my X when the boat is on the trailer correctly. Tightening the strap as the trailer is loaded pulls down on the bow and makes it impossible to pull the bow forward. It increases the load and friction def...
by Retcoastie
Sun Jul 30, 2017 5:02 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Listed On Craigslist
Replies: 30
Views: 8820

Re: Listed On Craigslist

Slightly off track... A story of a weird seller... The wife wanted to buy a convertible, while visiting Chicago, from two ladies. They wanted CASH ONLY, no cashier's check. We were meeting at their bank and while waiting for them I asked the manager why they were so particular. She said she had told...
by Retcoastie
Mon May 01, 2017 9:31 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Found a mast from Mac 26 - What's an honest price?
Replies: 8
Views: 3172

Re: Found a mast from Mac 26 - What's an honest price?

I bought and sold one for $300. Got it for a spare but figured I'd never use it so sold it on the board here to a sailor in Texas.
by Retcoastie
Thu Mar 30, 2017 1:07 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Crabbing
Replies: 25
Views: 9498

Re: Crabbing

Years ago I was stationed on Annette Island in SE Alaska. There was a large bay in front of where we lived. Every once in a while there would be a large minus tide, maybe -18, -20, -22 feet. When that happened the seaweed would gently lay down so that it looked like a putting green. Except, there wo...
by Retcoastie
Sat Mar 11, 2017 2:18 pm
Forum: Trailers & Towing
Topic: Poll: Trailer jack wheel and towing
Replies: 27
Views: 9513

Re: Poll: Trailer jack wheel and towing

Mike says
dont know why anyone would have anything else, just so easy

Cause the original is FREE and just about as easy. You pull a pin to rotate the wheel, I pull a pin to remove the wheel. Not a lot of difference.
by Retcoastie
Mon Mar 06, 2017 7:08 am
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: 26 X Clanking Centerboard
Replies: 10
Views: 3561

Re: 26 X Clanking Centerboard

IIRC, When I reworked our centerboard, I used a piece of 1/2" copper water pipe as a bushing. I fit exactly and reduced clunking.
by Retcoastie
Sat Jan 14, 2017 7:35 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Crunch!!!
Replies: 14
Views: 4400

Re: Crunch!!!

You could be right. I don't have the advantage of your book. The online site for Don Casey at boatus, http://www.boatus.com/boattech/casey/fiberglass-repair.asp states, Fabric Cut sufficient fiberglass fabric to fit the hole. Unless you have reason to follow a different schedule, begin with two laye...
by Retcoastie
Fri Jan 13, 2017 6:13 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Crunch!!!
Replies: 14
Views: 4400

Re: Crunch!!!

I don't want to start a verbal war and disagreeing with such a notable and experienced sailor as Ixneigh is questionable. But, in researching a similar repair on a stink pot, I found different information. In fairness, the repair was eventually done professionally. Ixneigh wrote But you want a large...
by Retcoastie
Mon Nov 28, 2016 1:39 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Making A Old Man Very Happy
Replies: 9
Views: 3081

Re: Making A Old Man Very Happy

Yeah, yeah. Be nice to old guys.

Ken
by Retcoastie
Fri Nov 18, 2016 4:32 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: What is this hole above my rudder attachments?
Replies: 19
Views: 6612

Re: What is this hole above my rudder attachments?

Do both rudders have that hole? I'm guess it was for a depth sounder and/or a speed pickup wire. Do you have either or can you see where either might have been in the past?

Interesting anyway. Let's see what more knowledge folks offer.

Ken
by Retcoastie
Thu Nov 17, 2016 6:56 am
Forum: Trailers & Towing
Topic: Steel Trailer Reno
Replies: 13
Views: 10168

Re: Steel Trailer Reno

Neo wrote Fly me over to Kentucky Ret and I'll do the same to your trailer :D ..... BTW where do you sail around there? I would if I could just to watch you work. Its been a long time since I had that much energy. :( I took her to Cave Run Lake once to meet up with the Lexington Sailing Club, but wa...
by Retcoastie
Wed Nov 16, 2016 6:29 pm
Forum: Trailers & Towing
Topic: Steel Trailer Reno
Replies: 13
Views: 10168

Re: Steel Trailer Reno

You're my hero! Good job.
by Retcoastie
Fri Nov 11, 2016 5:20 am
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Jib Halyard Block Interference w Furler?
Replies: 6
Views: 2592

Re: Jib Halyard Block Interference w Furler?

Had the same issue. I only use that block to raise and lower the sail cover and with the mast raising system. It was probably originally designed for use with hank-on sails. To relieve the problem and make the cover fit better I added an additional attachment ring (brain fart just now, can't think o...
by Retcoastie
Thu Nov 03, 2016 5:10 am
Forum: Trailers & Towing
Topic: How do I pull further onto the trailer?
Replies: 44
Views: 19498

Re: How do I pull further onto the trailer?

The stock trailers I have noticed have a winch mounted below the boweye of the boat when the boat is all the way forward. Pulling the cable/rope/strap tight before doing the "bump" is counterproductive. It pulls the boat down tighter on the bunks. To make the "bump" easier, loosen the cable/rope/str...
by Retcoastie
Sun Oct 30, 2016 5:12 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Interesting charger option
Replies: 5
Views: 2182

Re: Interesting charger option

I built one years ago when I first started with a travel trailer. I took a 3 1/2 hp horizontal engine and added a 35 amp alternator. Worked like a champ. Very fast charging but loud as a lawn mower. Finally, one year NAS Key West campground pulled a DB meter on me and told me I couldn't use it. Not ...