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by Sloop John B
Mon Sep 29, 2014 10:46 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: main raising tips
Replies: 5
Views: 1502

Re: main raising tips

Get a pre-feeder for the mainsail. It installs just below the bolt rope feed opening. Only thing that screws up is head snagged in spreader or battens snagging. Calm or into the wind no problem. With slugs, I don't know of shortcuts.
by Sloop John B
Sun Sep 28, 2014 10:53 am
Forum: Performance & Tuning
Topic: Yamaha throttle problem
Replies: 2
Views: 1363

Yamaha throttle problem

My throttle fails to respond until I have moved it about three or four inches in either direction. My thought is that there is too much slack. Last year I would zoom along at 5500 rpms. This year it is 4900 rpms when I can no longer move the lever forward. I’m going to have to figure out how to take...
by Sloop John B
Wed Sep 24, 2014 11:52 am
Forum: Trailers & Towing
Topic: Still have your factory trailer? Take a good look at it!
Replies: 71
Views: 38347

Re: Still have your factory trailer? Take a good look at it!

26x factory trailer! Don't leave home with it. Went to have the rusting springs checked and learned that axle, where clamp clamps, was rusted through. A square hollow time bomb moments from parting and dumping the boat on the highway. That would have brought tears to my eyes.
by Sloop John B
Fri Sep 19, 2014 12:13 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Turning into the wind w/o control? WTF?
Replies: 31
Views: 9286

Re: Turning into the wind w/o control? WTF?

]There’s a recurring suggestion on the board: to reef, reef early. It is said to avoid having you topple into the sea. I launch in the early morning, the water is like glass. I drop a rudder and centerboard to be able to maneuver through the moored yachts without banging into one. Ease up the Sakonn...
by Sloop John B
Thu Sep 18, 2014 9:44 am
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Water separator clogged?
Replies: 16
Views: 4615

Re: Water separator clogged?

I had the same problem. Turned out the drain hole on the bottom was not air tight. Take it apart and see how it works. It didn't leak gas, but a sliver opening kept it from building the necessary vacuum.
by Sloop John B
Thu Aug 28, 2014 8:15 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: The actual odds of being hit by lightning
Replies: 107
Views: 20817

Re: The actual odds of being hit by lightning

Anchored out in the Western Gulf in a large fishing boat. Clear blue sky but there's a distant storm to the south, maybe 20 miles. The aluminum framing supporting the "tent" shelter aft lights up fuzzy blue.A moment later, blam! Very loud with flash bulb surround light. Eight people all okay with ri...
by Sloop John B
Wed Aug 27, 2014 10:20 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Mast Raising trick
Replies: 32
Views: 5348

Re: Mast Raising trick

Release the backstay on the X. I have a pelican hook on the stay. It fits through a U fitting on the tang. You don't need a backstay; it's just psychological assurance. You have the necessary lever device that fits to the furler drum when you removed them from your lifeline, You can order the exhaus...
by Sloop John B
Fri Jul 18, 2014 6:59 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Sink faucet
Replies: 10
Views: 3110

Re: Sink faucet

Thanks for the advice. Opie said the faucet could be taken apart. Didn't know that. There's a plunger type piston that works up and down. This one was frozen over time. Needed a little sanding and Vaseline and it's good as new.
by Sloop John B
Fri Jul 11, 2014 12:30 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Sink faucet
Replies: 10
Views: 3110

Sink faucet

I have another ding bat question. How do you get the sink faucet to go? The big wiggly water bag is near full of water. There’s an air pocket on the top. The red cap has a “switch” for open and close. It’s open. The plastic faucet doesn't appear to be plugged. The lever swings back and forth 180 deg...
by Sloop John B
Wed Jul 09, 2014 7:21 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Don't run gas out?
Replies: 19
Views: 2410

Don't run gas out?

I’m perusing my owner’s manual lately for being in a slip after years of trailering. I come across this: “Don’t allow your motor to run out of gas, this could harm the engine.” I've always been told to pull the fuel line and a let it run out. I have a Yamaha T50 carbureted 4 stroke. Is it different ...
by Sloop John B
Thu Jul 03, 2014 8:53 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: White 26X
Replies: 13
Views: 2224

Re: White 26X

Good grief. What happened to the good raccoon look?
by Sloop John B
Wed Jul 02, 2014 11:58 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Bimini help
Replies: 21
Views: 2476

Re: Bimini help

You'll have to send for the missing part from the manufacturer. I'll take a look at mine to see if it's identified. Contact Tatoo (spelling) Boats (Roger's daughter) to see if you can learn where to go.

Sloop
by Sloop John B
Tue Jun 24, 2014 9:20 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: CDI furler mystery
Replies: 3
Views: 886

CDI furler mystery

I took the furler apart to check that what I call the sheer pins were intact. All looks fine. I tried to reassemble the thing and the large nail size pin that goes through the plastic cap secured by a ring ding wouldn’t go back through. I dinked with this thing for about 20 minutes, twisting and tur...
by Sloop John B
Fri Jun 20, 2014 9:23 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: bottom paint
Replies: 12
Views: 2033

bottom paint

I’m trying to get my bottom painted. I’ve gone through the archives but am still a little confused. I took the boat down to O’Connell’s boatyard on the Taunton River a couple weeks ago. It was explained that the hull would have to be first sanded (in order for anything to stick to it), primed and pa...
by Sloop John B
Sat Jun 07, 2014 9:52 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Article on how to take on waves
Replies: 21
Views: 2869

Re: Article on how to take on waves

Don't get mired down with a "schedule" when island hopping. Stay the heck in protected waters. Wind velocity alone lets you know what it's like "out there". I now sail the Elizabethan Islands in New England. It involves the open Atlantic. Many small plane crashes are caused by a stupid deadline. A f...