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by Chip Hindes
Tue Feb 10, 2004 8:27 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Mast Raising with Boom & Sail
Replies: 34
Views: 14312

Eric's looks very much like mine like mine ('01 26X) but there's something different because there is an interference that keeps mine from folding up like Eric's is pictured. The boom's in the attic and the boat's in the yard, so It'll be awhile before I can drag everything out and figure out exactl...
by Chip Hindes
Tue Feb 10, 2004 12:37 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Mast Raising with Boom & Sail
Replies: 34
Views: 14312

I'd be very interested in seeing exactly how you accomplish this. In an emergency last year, while on the water, I tried lowering my mast with the boom attached. I asked my adult son as the only crew, to watch for any binding or interference as I lowered the mast and guided it into the crutch. The b...
by Chip Hindes
Fri Feb 06, 2004 7:47 pm
Forum: Destinations, Clubs, Events and Venues
Topic: Conch Cruisers' Trip to The Marquesas & Dry Tortugas
Replies: 7
Views: 4257

We really don't have a clue about the numbers. Last year's trip to Bimini grew like a virus; at one point we had 34 boats, which eventually dropped back to 25 by the time the gelcoat met the water, to coin a term. Realistically, there probably aren't quite as many who will be lured in by the promise...
by Chip Hindes
Fri Feb 06, 2004 12:57 pm
Forum: Destinations, Clubs, Events and Venues
Topic: Conch Cruisers' Trip to The Marquesas & Dry Tortugas
Replies: 7
Views: 4257

No duh! Thanks for pointing it out. I was thinking Marquesas and wrote Abacos. It's tough getting old.
by Chip Hindes
Thu Feb 05, 2004 3:50 pm
Forum: Destinations, Clubs, Events and Venues
Topic: Conch Cruisers' Trip to The Marquesas & Dry Tortugas
Replies: 7
Views: 4257

Conch Cruisers' Trip to The Marquesas & Dry Tortugas

The ten day trip is scheduled for June 20-30. Instead of repeating everything here, check it out at the websiteConch Cruisers. The website forum also has a report of the Bimini trip we took last year and another of a Dry Tortugas trip a few of the guys took in early December.
by Chip Hindes
Mon Feb 02, 2004 7:17 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Black Areas Of Cabin Roof
Replies: 17
Views: 8634

It's possible to run nearly any AC applicance from an inverter, but depending on the appliance, usually not for very long. Here's the drill, simplified: I have a small, cheap Walmart buffer I bought specifically to try out on the boat. It 's rated at .65 amps at 120AC. Multiply AC amps times AC volt...
by Chip Hindes
Wed Jan 28, 2004 8:07 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Beaching in the San Juans
Replies: 30
Views: 11249

Wow, Dimitri. Maybe something to know how to do if there’s absolutely no other way, but I'm serious when I say if I had to go through the drill you describe every time I wanted to beach the boat; I'd instead anchor in deep water 50 or 100 yards off shore and swim in. It appears difficult enough to d...
by Chip Hindes
Tue Jan 27, 2004 11:07 am
Forum: Trailers & Towing
Topic: 26X Actual Weights
Replies: 10
Views: 5664

Thank you, Dimitri. Now, one more thing. Because the bolts are located above the centerline of the fender, when you raise the fenders on the brackets (or lower the brackets on the fenders, depending on your point of view) it will increase the spacing between the bolts by a little less than 1/4", and...
by Chip Hindes
Mon Jan 26, 2004 2:13 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Beaching in the San Juans
Replies: 30
Views: 11249

You may be interested in this: Click here Five Macs beached bow to, Honeymoon Harbor, Bimini, the Bahamas taken June last year. For some reason, it doesn't work as an |img| I have beached my boat at least twenty times, seen others do it a bunch and have never seen anyone beach stern to. Head straigh...
by Chip Hindes
Wed Jan 21, 2004 7:20 am
Forum: Trailers & Towing
Topic: 26X Actual Weights
Replies: 10
Views: 5664

If you're talking about reinforcing the area where you want to drill holes off center (or maybe you already drilled) ( :) ) a 1/4", 4 x 4 steel plate, welded all four sides and centered on the hole, should do the trick. If your talking overall reinforcement, it's pretty complicated and might not be ...
by Chip Hindes
Wed Jan 21, 2004 5:57 am
Forum: Trailers & Towing
Topic: Standard or automatic
Replies: 15
Views: 8964

I like standard transmissions, too. On sports cars. However, for towing, without any question, automatic is better. Look in the owner's manual for the vehicle you're considering, and you will see the automatic always has a higher towing capacity. Make sure your SUV has heavy duty cooling and transmi...
by Chip Hindes
Tue Jan 20, 2004 2:09 pm
Forum: Trailers & Towing
Topic: 26X Actual Weights
Replies: 10
Views: 5664

I strongly recommend against moving the fenders higher on the trailer by drilling new holes higher on the frame rail. Drilling a hole anywhere on the rail weakens the frame's resistance to bending stresses. Drilling it dead center on the rail (as per the original location) weakens it the least. The ...
by Chip Hindes
Thu Jan 15, 2004 11:17 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Autopilot necessity or luxury?
Replies: 28
Views: 11151

How about another choice: Nice to have, not essential at all, but I really, really, really want one?