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by Chip Hindes
Thu Aug 21, 2008 6:02 pm
Forum: Trailers & Towing
Topic: Brakes on tandem axles.
Replies: 10
Views: 2105

Re: Brakes on tandem axles.

Roger sets the axle position to account for a reasonably sized outboard, plus the boat & some gear. Not sure where that comes from. It's been obvious for years that Roger sets the axle position based on no or at most a modest outboard, in order to keep both the tongue weight and tow weight down, so...
by Chip Hindes
Thu Aug 07, 2008 11:13 am
Forum: Trailers & Towing
Topic: Disconnect Trailer Brakes For X Trailer ??
Replies: 10
Views: 2759

Re: Disconnect Trailer Brakes For X Trailer ??

When I bought my boat (an '01 purchased in Sep '00) the dealer told me the no-brake option was available only on boats sold in those few states which allowed no brakes for trailers of that size. Even in '00 I believe that was very few; in most states it was a mandatory option. Like towing with a Tau...
by Chip Hindes
Thu Aug 07, 2008 6:29 am
Forum: Trailers & Towing
Topic: 2nd axle drawing
Replies: 3
Views: 1380

Re: 2nd axle drawing

If you skip the second set of brakes, make sure the brakes are on the rear axle. Otherwise, due to the geometry of the tandem axle system, braking can cause wheel hop on the trailer. A good explanation of why this happens used to be on the Champion website; if you can't find it I can explain. IMO on...
by Chip Hindes
Fri Jul 25, 2008 1:47 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Getting an X off the trailer
Replies: 21
Views: 2604

Re: Getting an X off the trailer

A number of years ago I corresponded with someone who had purchased a Champion bolt-on two axle kit. For some reason it didn't fit; as I recall there was a clearance issue between the axle and the trailer frame. Probably the person I was corresponding with had made a mistake in the order. Unfortunat...
by Chip Hindes
Fri Jul 25, 2008 1:15 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Galley stove alchohol consumption
Replies: 12
Views: 1547

Re: Galley stove alchohol consumption

When I was using mine regularly on long trips, I would guess at least 3-4 hours, but usually no more than an hour max at a time, so my guess may be off. Like most I've never had occasion to burn it continuously and I'm not sure why you would. Even if you forget and leave off the rubber cover, if it ...
by Chip Hindes
Fri Jul 25, 2008 12:59 pm
Forum: Trailers & Towing
Topic: 2nd axle drawing
Replies: 3
Views: 1380

Re: 2nd axle drawing

I's my mod here.

You're welcome and good luck.
by Chip Hindes
Fri Jul 25, 2008 12:50 pm
Forum: Trailers & Towing
Topic: Back-up Camera System
Replies: 10
Views: 1926

Re: Back-up Camera System

I have the one from WalMart on my F150. I got it because of the huge blind spot created by the high bed of the 4WD and a bed topper. The easier hitch hookup is an ancilary benefit. The feed to the monitor is wireless, and the monitor is on at all times unless you switch it off, which I usually do, p...
by Chip Hindes
Fri Jul 25, 2008 12:12 pm
Forum: Destinations, Clubs, Events and Venues
Topic: Erie Canal West to East, then South to Key West
Replies: 49
Views: 12208

Re: Erie Canal West to East, then South to Key West

A couple more things. Wearing a PFD is an absolute necessity; I beilev it's requred but can't recall. If not it ought to be. As stated, the currents and eddies in the locks when they're filling and draining are treacherous, the valves are huge, and I can imagine that you could be sucked right throug...
by Chip Hindes
Thu Jul 24, 2008 8:27 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: 26x 12 Volt panel fuse holders..
Replies: 2
Views: 684

Re: 26x 12 Volt panel fuse holders..

Sea-Dog made the fuse panel for my '01X, I assume they made yours as well. I've had my boat since new, replaced numerous blown fuses, and have never broken one yet. The price is so right that I even bought a second, identical panel, installed it next to the original, and now have 12 positions. Sea-D...
by Chip Hindes
Thu Jul 24, 2008 12:59 pm
Forum: Destinations, Clubs, Events and Venues
Topic: Newport - etc
Replies: 5
Views: 1384

Re: Newport - etc

Aslo, visit ne-ts.com. Mostly Macs and a few other trailerables for good measure, they are Boston-area based and make these trips individually and as a group all the time. Join for $10, visit the "Sail Together" section open to members only, and you'll find somebody going to one or the other of thes...
by Chip Hindes
Thu Jul 24, 2008 12:46 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Shore Power Amp Service?
Replies: 15
Views: 2127

Re: Shore Power Amp Service?

Sorry to rain on your parade, but there's a reason all those other yellow cords at the marina are "overpriced". They're sealed at both ends and waterproof when mated properly, covered in UV resistant vinyl, thicker, padded against chafe damage, and reinforced to withstand a substantially higher pull...
by Chip Hindes
Thu Jul 24, 2008 12:05 pm
Forum: Destinations, Clubs, Events and Venues
Topic: Erie Canal West to East, then South to Key West
Replies: 49
Views: 12208

Re: Erie Canal West to East, then South to Key West

I'm confused too and I've done parts of the Erie and all of the Champlain canals. Unless things have changed it's not quite s easy as described. Some of the locks have vertical pipes. These are easy in that you just loop a line around them and it slides up and down with the water level. Others have ...
by Chip Hindes
Wed Jul 23, 2008 4:03 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Gooseneck Tube
Replies: 5
Views: 992

Re: Gooseneck Tube

Pretty sure Paul and I are on the same page, but not sure Frank is talking about the same thing. The tube I thought Pual was describing is a cylindrical piece about 1/2" or 5/8 diameter by perhaps 2" long. It has two 1/4" cross holes, one at each end, at 90 degrees to each other. One end bolts betwe...
by Chip Hindes
Wed Jul 23, 2008 12:54 pm
Forum: Trailers & Towing
Topic: anyone adapted aluminum M trailer to the X?
Replies: 15
Views: 4370

Re: anyone adapted aluminum M trailer to the X?

Louis, as the owner of a standard steel, '01X trailer which I have modified to add the second axle, I empathize with your uncomfortableness. Although it is certainly possible to tow a boat the size of the Mac on a single axle trailer with some degree of safety and comfort, the key phrase in this sen...
by Chip Hindes
Tue Jul 22, 2008 2:12 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Hunters Version of the Mac26
Replies: 114
Views: 16128

Re: Hunters Version of the Mac26

I have nothing against Hunters, they're nice boats, but the standard Hunter 260 was priced at thousands more than a comparably equipped Mac. Will the Ege undercut the 260? I'd like to see the actual math behind the statment that the Hunter and Mac comparably equipped will be comparably priced. Thoug...