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by Sloop John B
Fri Apr 11, 2008 8:18 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Taking On Water (2000 26X), Ballast Tank Leak!!???!!
Replies: 31
Views: 6564

Another common leak area is the fuel tank lockers in the cockpit. Pull your tanks out and check to see if the factory properly sealed these compartments. There were several reported screwups earlier.

Most of the early leaks were discovered to be the hose that drains the galley sink.
by Sloop John B
Fri Mar 28, 2008 12:09 pm
Forum: Destinations, Clubs, Events and Venues
Topic: Newport to Block Island
Replies: 31
Views: 6865

First trip from Newport to Block Island I was equipped with a compass and wrist watch. I didn't have a clue about the currents in Long Island Sound. Dead reckoning it, I missed the island by about eleven miles. Came across an orange buoy with white stripes with a number on it. Couldn't find it on th...
by Sloop John B
Thu Mar 06, 2008 9:07 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Drip choke?
Replies: 4
Views: 584

Drip choke?

Latest saga in trying to get my 2002 carbureted Yamaha T50 started. Yamaha mechanic tells me to turn on the key for a minute or so and gas will seep through needle like holes into a couple of the cylinders. He adds that pushing the throttle forward and back simply blows air through the system. Prior...
by Sloop John B
Thu Mar 06, 2008 8:47 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Drip choke?
Replies: 7
Views: 913

Drip choke?

Latest saga in trying to get my 2002 carbureted Yamaha T50 started. Yamaha mechanic tells me to turn on the key for a minute or so and gas will seep through needle like holes into a couple of the cylinders. He adds that pushing the throttle forward and back simply blows air through the system. Prior...
by Sloop John B
Sun Jan 20, 2008 10:43 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Looking in Florida
Replies: 14
Views: 1955

Yeah, even USAA will only insure a homeowner's principal residence who is on active duty and come into the state on orders. They cut me a break for having been with them over 40 years, but I couldn't move away and then come back. I take it that the Commissioner gives the Companies a lot of static ab...
by Sloop John B
Sun Jan 20, 2008 10:21 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Suwannee River
Replies: 4
Views: 669

Hey Bob, Guess what. 29 degrees tonight just across the bay. Check your long range forecasts and hopefully you're flexable with your schedule. Better get close by native advice for depths and downed trees. Rivers over here are low because of the draught, and a lot of the water goes South in the wint...
by Sloop John B
Fri Dec 07, 2007 3:37 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Mac owner in Florida needs immediate assistance with trailer
Replies: 5
Views: 955

Cat, how the heck your tongue portion get so wacked? My springs and axle became toast and were easily replaced, but the 'tongue' doesn't go into the salt. Where should I look?
by Sloop John B
Thu Dec 06, 2007 9:41 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Mac owner in Florida needs immediate assistance with trailer
Replies: 5
Views: 955

Thanks Cat, for the warning. We're not many years behind you. You're time has come, and everyone will take their turn, to get an aluminum trailer built.

Think of the dock fees you have saved.
by Sloop John B
Sun Oct 28, 2007 9:49 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Motor well not draining.
Replies: 48
Views: 10103

I park in the side yard loaded with pine and oak. Tarp works okay but motor well catches a lot of debris. Take your sink plug and plug up the motor well hole. It will fill up with rain water and spill out the back; big deal.

Then clear clutter out of well, unplug, and you're set to go.
by Sloop John B
Wed Sep 12, 2007 4:30 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Alas, I have lost my Mate
Replies: 54
Views: 7420

Thanks guys for your good support. The kids are trying to teach me how to cook and clean house. I mean Jeez. A little advice: Arrange it so you're out of the picture before the help leaves. Or, I donno, maybe take cooking classes (not me!). One can always get a maid. Naturally I'm on the low mentall...
by Sloop John B
Sat Sep 08, 2007 12:30 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Alas, I have lost my Mate
Replies: 54
Views: 7420

Alas, I have lost my Mate

A sad note to tell you my wife, Peggy, died suddenly last week. ME says something about a ruptured vein and she slept way peacefully. I have never met any of you people, but over the years I have come to know many of you. We’re both 68, in average shape but realized that rigging and derigging the Ma...
by Sloop John B
Fri Aug 24, 2007 9:37 pm
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Anchor Sail Option
Replies: 11
Views: 1950

Chip put me on to a similar one from Sail.net. I never bothered to order it quite yet. I'm tying off, off to one side at present with Frank's method. Anyone trying this thing, please pipe up about its performance For half the price of the $230 anchor sail, our Guatemalan maid has agreed to go ashore...
by Sloop John B
Fri Aug 24, 2007 9:20 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Landing on a Beach
Replies: 16
Views: 2050

Yeah, sure, nothing to it. Get your prop up to where it's just pulling in enough water to cool itself. Usually just under the cavitation plate. Get her all rev'd up and aim for a pre-orientated sandy part. Position yourself facing backwards with your back against the bulkhead just aside the companio...
by Sloop John B
Mon Aug 20, 2007 12:54 pm
Forum: Performance & Tuning
Topic: Forestay or Furler Breaking?
Replies: 11
Views: 2666

The only guys that have had their masts come crashing down on them have found that the 'turnbuckle' turned and things let go. You’ll see this thing when you pull the pin out of your CDI furler drum and push it up a little. When furling or unfurling the foresail, this is apparently possible. It's pre...
by Sloop John B
Thu Aug 16, 2007 8:40 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Lightning and Thunderstorms
Replies: 40
Views: 5186

Sure, so drop the dinnete, get your cushions and air mattress and blankets and tuck it in.

A little prayer to St. Francis that someone will drop by and feed your pets. You know, in case having your Guatemalan maid back in the dingy waving a ten foot aluminum pole doesn't work.