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by mike
Thu May 14, 2009 11:56 am
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Garmin 545s Vs Raymarine A50
Replies: 11
Views: 2413

Re: Garmin 545s Vs Raymarine A50

I'm pretty happy with my 545 as well. I did consider the Raymarine, but the horizontal design would not have fit well on my helm. I'm impressed with how visible the 545's screen is, even in the middle of the day. And I like how it adjusts the brightness automatically depending on ambient light level...
by mike
Fri May 08, 2009 8:22 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Wind System on a Mac
Replies: 23
Views: 2260

Re: Wind System on a Mac

This is what I used... http://www.defender.com/product.jsp?path=-1|328|49758|112306|316479&id=680929 Our boat had one of these already when we got it... the previous owner (or the dealer) installed it for the anchor light and foredeck/steaming light, so I added another for the wind instrument (IIRC,...
by mike
Wed Apr 29, 2009 7:28 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Back on the water after a long hiatus
Replies: 16
Views: 1908

Re: Back on the water after a long hiatus

Jim, We have not yet ventured out towards Ship Island... our two brief trips have both been to Cat Island (leaving from Pass Christian). However, I did pass Gulfport when I moved the boat from Ocean Springs (near Biloxi) to Pass Christian in November. I didn't stay in the official channel... I just ...
by mike
Tue Apr 28, 2009 8:51 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Back on the water after a long hiatus
Replies: 16
Views: 1908

Re: Back on the water after a long hiatus

Thanks for the nice comments, all! I should also point out that in the weeks after Katrina, Bill@Boats4Sail organized a collection effort for us which quite a few members here donated to. It was a humbling and touching display of generosity, and was tremendously helpful in getting us through that in...
by mike
Mon Apr 27, 2009 10:02 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Back on the water after a long hiatus
Replies: 16
Views: 1908

Back on the water after a long hiatus

When Katrina struck, our biggest loss was not that our house had flooded or that my business was in shambles with virtually no income for several months. It was the loss of our favorite family activity, sailing on our 26X, Wind Dancer. We'd owned the boat for about 2 years at that point, but it was ...
by mike
Mon Oct 27, 2008 7:24 pm
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Nicro Solar Vents
Replies: 25
Views: 4429

Re: Nicro Solar Vents

Jim, We're in Slidell (roughly halfway between New Orleans and Gulfport). At the moment, we're not doing any sailing... the boat has been in storage on the trailer since the hurricane (but we're working really hard to get back on the water this Spring). But pre-Katrina, our cruising grounds were pri...
by mike
Mon Oct 27, 2008 9:47 am
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Nicro Solar Vents
Replies: 25
Views: 4429

Re: Nicro Solar Vents

FWIW, I have the 4" solar vent installed in the front hatch, and even after 3 years of the boat in storage (in brutally humid conditions), the interior is remarkably clean.

--Michael
by mike
Wed May 07, 2008 12:12 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Submerged Outboard – Revived / Frozen / Revived Again
Replies: 7
Views: 1303

Ahh, right - I don't know the smaller motors that well, so I missed that it was 2-stroke. In which case, you'll want to increase the oil ratio in the fuel, as per the normal break-in instructions for 2-cycle motors (usually double the ratio - for example 25:1 instead of 50:1), and vary the engine s...
by mike
Wed May 07, 2008 12:07 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Submerged Outboard – Revived / Frozen / Revived Again
Replies: 7
Views: 1303

Moe wrote:You did change the gear oil in the foot, right?
Uhhhhhhhh..... no. Thanks for the reminder!

--Michael
by mike
Tue May 06, 2008 10:16 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Submerged Outboard – Revived / Frozen / Revived Again
Replies: 7
Views: 1303

My suggestion now would be to run it for a little while until it's fully warmed up and then change that oil again, because the oil will have become contaminated by the rusty swarf rubbed off the cylinder walls. Then, before storing it again, use a quality fogging solution before shutdown and drain ...
by mike
Tue May 06, 2008 8:59 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Submerged Outboard – Revived / Frozen / Revived Again
Replies: 7
Views: 1303

Submerged Outboard – Revived / Frozen / Revived Again

Near the end of our last big trip a month before Katrina, we encountered a thunderstorm that flipped our towed dinghy (along with the little Johnson 3.5hp outboard I had foolishly left on it). As soon as I got home, I flushed it thoroughly with WD40 (after draining the water out of the cylinder!), a...
by mike
Thu Apr 24, 2008 8:00 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Honda 50 Experts – Need Help!
Replies: 3
Views: 712

Ahhhhhh... that makes sense. Woohoo, one less thing to worry about. Thanks!

--Mike
by mike
Thu Apr 24, 2008 11:04 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Honda 50 Experts – Need Help!
Replies: 3
Views: 712

Honda 50 Experts – Need Help!

So, our 26X has been in storage for almost 3 years now, and I'm intent on getting it back in the water this summer. Because it's been stored in a location where no water was available, I have not been able to run the motor at all... I'm dreading the ramifications of this. But setting that aside for ...
by mike
Wed Apr 26, 2006 3:49 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Sprucing up the Mac and Cockpit mats
Replies: 26
Views: 5098

Re: Sprucing up the Mac

I'd like to add new cockpit cushions and some flooring for the cockpit and cabin. Can the original Macgregor cushions still be purchased anywhere? We have the original MacGregor cushions, but pretty much never use them (we don't like them because they absorb water). Instead, we just use several of ...
by mike
Sun Apr 23, 2006 7:26 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: To sell or not to sell... please help me!
Replies: 28
Views: 4707

Well, that was easy. My wife just got home from Memphis, and I immediately began my sales pitch for keeping the 26X. As I mentioned before, she seemed to have been warming up to the idea of getting a 26M (both for the "shiny new boat" factor and the bigger rear berth). In addition, the destruction o...