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by Kevin
Wed Jul 09, 2014 7:43 am
Forum: Performance & Tuning
Topic: Dutchman boom brake for an X
Replies: 21
Views: 10803

Re: Dutchman boom brake for an X

I have a rigid Vang and no topping lift on both my booms. The issue I was trying to describe is where you set the tension on the boom brake so there is the right friction, then conditions change so the sail lifts the boom and so tightens the boom brake control in my can cleat so that I can't release...
by Kevin
Tue Jul 08, 2014 7:56 am
Forum: Performance & Tuning
Topic: Dutchman boom brake for an X
Replies: 21
Views: 10803

Re: Dutchman boom brake for an X

I went from my 26M to my current 43 cat ketch, effectively 2 mains. I singlehand and the boom brake is great to deal with jibes of both booms at once wheni can't get to both sheets at the same time. My fore mast brake is run to fair leads at the stanchions so big washers should work for you. The one...
by Kevin
Thu Jun 26, 2014 8:55 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Power Sailing - Useful or just fun?
Replies: 38
Views: 4875

Re: Power Sailing - Useful or just fun?

One real common use for motor sailing which remains consistant with all the principals presented is San Pablo bay. You often can have a nice west wind so you should have a great downwind run but the current can run 3 - 4 knots from the east. Paddlewheel speed through the water is ~4 knots but GPS sp...
by Kevin
Thu Oct 25, 2012 9:11 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Adios...
Replies: 16
Views: 2856

Re: Adios...

Mac owners are a heck of a lot more accepting of "alternative" boat styles and you can't beat this forum for community and group mind wisdom on all subjects. I reluctantly sold my M about six years ago (a year after buying another boat) and I'm still lurking here and learning from this group. Its on...
by Kevin
Sat Aug 25, 2012 4:28 am
Forum: Performance & Tuning
Topic: Headsail vs Mainsail in High Winds
Replies: 23
Views: 4835

Re: Headsail vs Mainsail in High Winds

I've always assumed starboard tack for right-of-way was determined by wind over the deck. I'm going out this weekend and plan to modify my routine to drop the sails based on the comments here, but I'd really appreciate some help with this interepretation. I know she's not a Mac, but my boat, Dwen, w...
by Kevin
Tue Jul 17, 2012 8:01 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Dead Etec 50
Replies: 6
Views: 1067

Re: Dead Etec 50

I had a fuse pop on my Etec 50 while out on the water. Same symptoms exactly. The automotive spade type fuse is under the engine cover and kind of hard to spot. I didn't have a spare so I wrapped tin foil around the old fuze and replaced it to get home. After replacing the fuse I never had another i...
by Kevin
Mon Dec 08, 2008 4:49 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Depth Sounder
Replies: 14
Views: 2243

Re: Depth Sounder

I mounted my Lowrance fish finder/depth sounder against the hull under the port settee. The sounder was designed to be transom mounted but I don't like the idea of it hanging off the back and subject to being bumped. I mounted the sounder by pushing it into a glob of plumbers putty pressed against t...
by Kevin
Tue Dec 18, 2007 12:42 pm
Forum: Destinations, Clubs, Events and Venues
Topic: SAILING JANUARY 8TH TO CATALINA
Replies: 22
Views: 4485

I'm posting a bit of insight, not based on expertise but more on how one trip went that was done all wrong. We got salt water on my 26m for the first time at MDR with the goal of seeing Catalina. The crew was me, the owner and "experienced" lake sailor on the treacherous Folsom Lake; my brother whos...
by Kevin
Mon Dec 17, 2007 6:19 am
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Solar Panels
Replies: 18
Views: 4331

SURV69, The refrigerator is a 12 volt ADLER BARBOUR vertical evaporator type built in. Not large by comparisson to my home fridge, but it will hold half a dozen 6 packs a couple gallons of milk and a number of water bottles. The evaporator tub I hate to describe as a freezer. It won't hold ice cream...
by Kevin
Mon Dec 10, 2007 10:32 am
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Solar Panels
Replies: 18
Views: 4331

I was playing with the Toucan this weekend and remembered this thread on solar panels and the marine environment. Thought I'd snap a picture and pass it along. http://pastafazool.com/gallery/albums/Toucan/IMG_0713.jpg These panels were on the Toucan when I bought her. They've been in place for more ...
by Kevin
Wed Oct 17, 2007 10:07 pm
Forum: Performance & Tuning
Topic: What Speed Is Considered Good Performance?
Replies: 20
Views: 5506

Terry, Just to be clear, you are talking under sail, right? Something around 8 mph under sail on a lake with no current to assist isn't bad in my opinion. For lake sailing I was happy when I got an honest 6 mph for a good run. On the river delta 6 could be doing real good. Now with the motor, that's...
by Kevin
Wed Sep 26, 2007 9:11 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Help!! New 26x owner with Battery Question
Replies: 36
Views: 3852

Collen, I'm going to take a quess based on what you've said. I'm assuming you can still start the motor. Unless you are pull starting your motor this means you have a good starting battery. Your house battery which runs lights and radio may be dead. Look around and see if you have a switch that look...
by Kevin
Sat Apr 14, 2007 9:02 am
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Project M - Five Second Dinette
Replies: 11
Views: 2576

This is a very pretty concept.
by Kevin
Mon Apr 03, 2006 11:46 am
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Raymarine ST4000+MKII mounting question and wanting pictures
Replies: 8
Views: 2292

I have the ST4000+MKII mounted on my M. I couldn't find any pictures or a procedure simple enough for my needs. Just to show you the kind of guy I am, I went ultra simple. I drilled 2 holes in the underside of the pedestal box to pass a plastic zip tie through. This is the big sort you use for furna...