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by Sloop John B
Sat Sep 04, 2010 10:37 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: New Mac Owner with question: Using Mast Mount Bolts or Pins?
Replies: 20
Views: 2666

Re: New Mac Owner with question: Using Mast Mount Bolts or Pins?

I had a clevis pin slip out of my mainsheet hardware. Didn't notice a thing until I spoted the pin on the cockpit sole. Judas! I was sweating the shrouds and stays but how could it fly into here? Ring ding had evaporated never to be found. Then I realized I wasn't getting full purchase with the shee...
by Sloop John B
Mon Aug 23, 2010 11:16 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: LOVE THE X - HATE THE TRAILER
Replies: 30
Views: 4137

Re: LOVE THE X - HATE THE TRAILER

If you plan to travel any distance with the empty trailer get your tire pressure down to 25 lbs. The 50 lbs. makes it bounce like a baloon. For great distances, on the innerstate for instance, spend time getting weight on the thing, like sand bags. Where did you gets the $2900 tandem trailer? Is it ...
by Sloop John B
Sun Aug 22, 2010 11:10 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: using rudders in a horizontal (shoal?) position
Replies: 6
Views: 965

Re: using rudders in a horizontal (shoal?) position

If it's shallow, but not too shallow, drop one rudder and have it held down by a substituted bungy cord. Otherwise, simply wrap the hold down line a couple times around the horn cleat, that is, don't cleat it, so that it will come up easily upon smacking into a large rock. I once grounded with both ...
by Sloop John B
Wed Aug 11, 2010 6:53 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: 2001 Mac 26x Bimini top interferes with Boom and Main sheet.
Replies: 14
Views: 3404

Re: 2001 Mac 26x Bimini top interferes with Boom and Main sheet.

The stock option bimini is low enough for the boom under all conditions. The instructions for installing have to be ignored as to just where the mounting brackets are placed. Otherwise the thing will chafe against the backstay when it's layed back. So, get your brackets more forward. After the bimin...
by Sloop John B
Fri Aug 06, 2010 8:19 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Spreader Replacement
Replies: 15
Views: 3001

Re: Spreader Replacement

I had to order a spreader from BWY. It's the cheapest link (to protect mast sprocket). Don't be loading the thing up with wood or PVC. You don't need the weight. Keep it expendible. A couple pelican hooks, or maybe just one, and you get the spreaders under the lines. Take a little extra time to chec...
by Sloop John B
Fri Aug 06, 2010 7:39 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: 14 Year Old Casts Off
Replies: 27
Views: 2779

Re: 14 Year Old Casts Off

What's all the concern about search expenses? It's a good excuse to get out and check on what the Iranian fleet is up to.
by Sloop John B
Sat Jul 31, 2010 8:22 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Quick Rig Kit - Blue Water Yachts
Replies: 9
Views: 1667

Re: Quick Rig Kit - Blue Water Yachts

The only ring ding I use in rigging is for the forestay. Go to Blue Water Yachts and order their clevis pin for this job. It looks like an exhaust valve with a hole down at the end. It's stainless and it's hard to drill a hole in the valve part, but that's so you may secure the thing to the boat wit...
by Sloop John B
Sat Jul 03, 2010 9:22 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Oil disturbance in Gulf
Replies: 12
Views: 1422

Oil disturbance in Gulf

Got a letter from the insurance co. yesterday: "Get the boat out of the water or protect it the best you can with booms. Don't operate sea water cooled engine in oily water." What about all those boats on TV out there trying to help clean up? I don't know, but I would imagine a sucked in tar ball wo...
by Sloop John B
Thu Jul 01, 2010 9:17 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Who was that Mac X?
Replies: 2
Views: 496

Re: Who was that Mac X?

Yo, tighten up that lifeline a bit, but not too tight.
by Sloop John B
Wed May 19, 2010 6:59 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Spreader
Replies: 5
Views: 793

Re: Spreader

Finally got through to leave my number and one of the gals called 8:40pm eastern. Tuesday's a bad day for them and they just keep chugging. Thing's on the way. I had stuffed a tight fitting PVC pipe into the spreader when I assembled the boat years ago. Maybe that kept it from kinking or snapping.
by Sloop John B
Tue May 18, 2010 1:17 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Spreader
Replies: 5
Views: 793

Spreader

Can't get BWY to answer. Wonder what's with those guys. Anyway, I'm taking the old bent spreader off. A cap screw and nut come off the end all right. The plastic piece is coroded and I'll have to force it off. Does it pull straight out like it looks like it should, or for some dumb reason does it sc...
by Sloop John B
Mon May 17, 2010 10:36 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Bent spreader
Replies: 9
Views: 1287

Bent spreader

Yeah, I banged up against a tree branch after getting the mast up in the marina parking lot and put about a 10 degree curve in the starboard spreader. She sailed okay for the next four days but I have to get a new spreader, it just doesn't look right. Called Bill at MacGreagors. He has as a spreader...
by Sloop John B
Sat May 08, 2010 8:24 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Prop size?
Replies: 2
Views: 448

Re: Prop size?

Check whether you have a T50 or an F50. The T50 is the "high thrust" and takes a big prop. 14"diameter, 11 for pitch. This motor is ideal for the Mac.
by Sloop John B
Tue Mar 23, 2010 8:18 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Already lost half my summer
Replies: 12
Views: 1698

Re: Already lost half my summer

I have a system like Duane's. I find it very difficult to pin the mast to the step because the weight of the socked jib/furler wants to twist the mast to one side or the other. I have to have someone grab the spreaders and level the pin holes. If I was stronger I might be able to twist the mast back...
by Sloop John B
Tue Mar 09, 2010 10:37 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Fuel Line Filter / Water Separator
Replies: 45
Views: 11157

Re: Fuel Line Filter / Water Separator

The 10% methanol in current gas is bad for outboards. The methanol is a super cleaner and as pointed out above it will pick up everything and throw it into your motor. I changed out my 6 gallon fuel tanks and line. Yamaha put my bulb between the filter and the motor. Motor starts right up but I run ...