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by Sloop John B
Fri Jul 31, 2009 9:01 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Macgregor cockpit cushions yes or no?
Replies: 46
Views: 10245

Re: Macgregor cockpit cushions yes or no?

I bought the factory cushions but don't use them. They slide all over the place. If you instal snaps, they will come apart. If you instal Velcro, you've got a mess. Get the thick life saver cushions (2 x 2) at West Marine or somewhere else for less. They're handy for tossing to your mates who become...
by Sloop John B
Tue Jul 28, 2009 11:46 am
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Gas tanks
Replies: 34
Views: 5650

Re: Gas tanks

Why such big tanks? You guys heading for Cancun? "They" tell me this 10% type gas goes to crap after a few months. I've got the normal arrangement with a couple 6 gal tanks in the fuel lockers. I put an ounce of seafoam in for every gallon. It's supposed to act as a stabalizer. Nonetheless, it has b...
by Sloop John B
Tue Jul 21, 2009 5:00 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Surfing the Mac with following seas
Replies: 4
Views: 869

Re: Surfing the Mac with following seas

Never found things critical like the stories above. Had to cross Apalachee Bay with a 20 knot tailwind but seas were only about 3, 3 & half feet. Main reefed, jib, all boards down, ballast naturally. The swells would pick you up and scoot you along and then they would pass under leaving you in a lur...
by Sloop John B
Thu Jul 16, 2009 10:29 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Could not make headway in 15 mph of wind, Am I not a sailor?
Replies: 17
Views: 2236

Re: Could not make headway in 15 mph of wind, Am I not a sailor?

If you're in a river or well marked channel you can see what's happening to you. If you have somewhere you have to get to, you have to pay attention to which way the tide is going. Out in the middle I'm heeled over with a bubbling wake behind me, really smoking. Then I come up upon a buoy and realiz...
by Sloop John B
Fri Jun 19, 2009 9:21 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Boarding Ladder Handle
Replies: 15
Views: 3928

Re: Boarding Ladder Handle

I picked up my white plugs at Home Depot. It appears to be a standard size.
by Sloop John B
Fri Jun 19, 2009 8:58 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Crossing Lake Michigan
Replies: 9
Views: 1885

Re: Crossing Lake Michigan

Three miles out in the Gulf and we get attacked by black flies just after a fishing vessel passed. Bite right through thick wool socks. Sprayed ankles and collar, etc., with Hot Shot and was able to survive. These things must be able to light on the water, I can't see them coming out that far for a ...
by Sloop John B
Fri Jun 19, 2009 6:31 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: correct prop selection F60 Yamaha
Replies: 18
Views: 1934

Re: correct prop selection F60 Yamaha

Do you have the Yamaha high thrust? Big difference. If so you would have a 14 inch prop with around 11 for pitch. 5500 rpm with ballast, 5800 without. I don't know how fast it goes. I tried to get my girlfriend to drive along the coastal road and keep parallel with me in order to get some idea, but ...
by Sloop John B
Sun Jun 14, 2009 3:34 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Anyone tackled cleaning '98 Yamaha 4-st. carbs?
Replies: 14
Views: 1709

Re: Anyone tackled cleaning '98 Yamaha 4-st. carbs?

Steve, I had my carbs cleaned out, $600! Guy said my long standing fuel was rotten. Get your Seafoam in any automotive/marine supply store. Get your fresh fuel and use one ounce of seafoam for every gallon, acts as a stabalizer. Then stick it in your Jeep if it's going to be a while. The 10 % methan...
by Sloop John B
Sun Jun 14, 2009 3:12 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: 20" vs 18" wheel on the 26M
Replies: 6
Views: 833

Re: 20" vs 18" wheel on the 26M

Anyone looking for a good deal on a new unused 24 inch wheel, PM me. This sucker is just too big.
by Sloop John B
Mon May 18, 2009 11:48 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: galley sink faucet
Replies: 7
Views: 1372

galley sink faucet

I tried a search for sink faucets to no avail. It’s the standard pump the 02X comes with. Working alright until I changed out the four year old water. I tried the same model from the head sink and that one doesn’t work either. I took it apart and brought it into the kitchen. It appears the bladder, ...
by Sloop John B
Fri Jun 27, 2008 8:39 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Baby Stays - What to do, what to do!?
Replies: 23
Views: 2339

If you're in a slip for the season, stash them. If you trailer, leave them on.
by Sloop John B
Tue Jun 24, 2008 10:49 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: 18" Destroyer Wheel
Replies: 23
Views: 2956

I've got a brand new 24" destroyer wheel (Schmitt Marine Steering Wheel) under my bed. Anyone game enough to try and get around this sucker can PM me for a terrific deal.
by Sloop John B
Thu Jun 05, 2008 4:26 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Yamaha, 4stroke, 50hp circa 1999
Replies: 1
Views: 370

Go to www.iboats.com and try to navigate into maintenance forum, there's one for Yamaha/Suzuki. Post your problem there and you will get quick advice from professional mechanics that hang around the blog.
by Sloop John B
Thu Jun 05, 2008 4:17 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Folding (flaking) the mainsail
Replies: 32
Views: 4761

Lazy jacks are too big a rigging problem if you trailer. I use the sail caddy. I drop the main with halyard led aft, then step into cabin with feet on aft dinnete and/or galley, reach up and wrap main with fast clinch bunngie chords. Blustry day will cause sail to billow out of sail caddy otherwise.
by Sloop John B
Fri Apr 18, 2008 5:17 am
Forum: Trailers & Towing
Topic: $500 fine for drive-on Boat trailering?
Replies: 26
Views: 7586

I find that it takes two to successfully 'puppet' the boat onto the trailer if there's a brisk crosswind. To help, I back the trailer about 1/3 or 1/2 of the required way, then secure the winch to the eye, and then back out under the boat, winching it up as we go. This takes a while. I avoid weekend...