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by Sloop John B
Fri Apr 09, 2004 10:24 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: How many feet does a Mac 26X draw under various conditions.
Replies: 5
Views: 2444

more questions

How much does she draw unballasted standing still? 9 inches? How much does she draw ballasted standing still? Just curious, because I woke up on an unfamiliar mud flat just out of the channel on the Wakulla River at low tide two mornings ago. Everything's up, including the motor because I sort of an...
by Sloop John B
Fri Apr 02, 2004 1:48 pm
Forum: Trailers & Towing
Topic: Trailering motor position - Transom Saver Bar?
Replies: 20
Views: 7518

The manufacturer wants you vertical so you don't load up your cylinders with oil.

Doesn't work in the Mac.

Only thing to do is raise up to clear the road and put a piece of pine between the engine and bracket and let it 'rest' on that.
by Sloop John B
Thu Apr 01, 2004 8:46 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: 2002 Tragedy involving the loss of lives?
Replies: 36
Views: 7776

another angle

Somebody lost their balance on the cabin. Blume. The boat kick over a bit and a couple more guys in the cockpit loose their balance. Blume. More. 50 degree list and you have people kicking down onto the low side. They're relaxed, amused, and unafraid. Inattentive. No ballast. No sober response to th...
by Sloop John B
Thu Apr 01, 2004 7:22 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: "Kick-up" Rudders?
Replies: 13
Views: 5781

I installed the typical hardware store three foot bungee into the loop on the hold down side. From the bottom of the rudder and stretched up through the transom eye to unite with the faithful nylon line. In the past, hitting sand or mud would simply stop me in my tracks. Each time I did this, I reco...
by Sloop John B
Tue Mar 30, 2004 8:23 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Crabby Bridge Tender
Replies: 8
Views: 3775

Chip mentioned that it's hard to judge the clearance when looking up at the bridge structure. I have to second that. I approached the 'high' fixed bridge over Ochlockonee Bay and got the jibbies. There's a 'scale' of numbers extending up from the water. I think the waves were waffing up against the ...
by Sloop John B
Mon Mar 29, 2004 6:29 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Fighting the centerboard while launching
Replies: 24
Views: 8565

Yeah, the 2002 allows the board to 'slide' down past the bunk and drop. The centerboard line has to be wound around the winch and cleated for trailering. The blue line that replaced the cable is not flexible.

I'm lucky my board didn't drop on the highway at speed before recognizing this.
by Sloop John B
Mon Mar 29, 2004 5:49 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Sliding Hatch Door Squeel
Replies: 33
Views: 13234

My hatch slides forward when I'm trailering. I have to keep the open pad lock in the slot to prevent this.
by Sloop John B
Sun Mar 28, 2004 3:59 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Fuel Prices!
Replies: 20
Views: 8312

I'm the past advocate for putting the left over gas in your car. It's not that big a deal with a couple 6 gallon containers. The idea is to use it BEFORE it gets stale. I used to use this expensive pink stuff, some kind of stabilizer, added to the gas. But why take on the risk and expense? It comput...
by Sloop John B
Sun Mar 14, 2004 11:46 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Height of motor on transom
Replies: 11
Views: 3575

I have always read and thought that proper motor placement had the cavitation plate even with the bottom of the hull. With this, the bracket should have some gap.

I never heard of a Mac going 23 mph, except for Rogers stripped down greased hull from the video.
by Sloop John B
Sun Mar 14, 2004 11:27 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Anchors
Replies: 64
Views: 15715

If I had to start over, I would probably go with the ugly overpriced Bulwagga because of the boards testimonials. I anchor in firm Florida sand/mud. I have never needed anything more than the lightweight guardian that fits (barely) in the anchor locker. However, Ive never been up against it weather ...
by Sloop John B
Mon Mar 08, 2004 10:34 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Should one carry a gun when sailing?
Replies: 34
Views: 11202

Precarious issue. By the way, issue is a question, not a problem, as current context is twisting it into. Its become a buzz word like the word rachet, that got screwed up. Anyway, the chances of getting hit up by the Charlie Manson gang, or the several hundred that have followed are out of sight odd...
by Sloop John B
Thu Feb 26, 2004 7:52 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Speedy Rigging
Replies: 16
Views: 7220

What speeded up my rigging time considerably was installing pelican hooks on the forward lifelines. The lines are dropped over the outside of the spreaders and I simply zoom back with the mast and bolt her down without the Texas two step, up and lurch. Same for zooming back to the pulpit later. It's...
by Sloop John B
Wed Feb 25, 2004 6:24 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Speedy Rigging
Replies: 16
Views: 7220

Speedy rigger is a great video if you are between the ages of 15 and 32, and have a hanked on jib (not a CDI furled thing hanging off the front of your boat). Various bouts with time rigging have been posted. I'm chagrined with guys like Chip and company that get underway in less than 13 minutes. I'...
by Sloop John B
Sun Jan 11, 2004 6:38 am
Forum: Performance & Tuning
Topic: Throttle Linkage
Replies: 4
Views: 3698

The Yamaha high thrust has the same top end. My rpms with a 14x11 run 5600 and 5800 (with & without ballast). A prop that would grab less water (a 14x10) should give me more rpms. I have to wait until I can accurately messure speed to determine what's best. 5500 is within the proper range for wide o...
by Sloop John B
Sun Jan 04, 2004 2:37 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Mast Height
Replies: 3
Views: 2618

testing a reply post. :|

D, if your mast hit a bridge, I think you would know it. Under power, maybe not.

From your description of bridge heights, probably not.

1. release back stay. 2. lower mast. If it's not kinked, seek advice on how it might be straightened.