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by Chip Hindes
Thu Mar 06, 2008 6:53 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: What's the point?????
Replies: 9
Views: 968

Am I missing something...?? Yes. Many of us have substituted bungee cord for the rudder holddown pennants. There are also cleats specifically designed for rudder holddowns or various other homemade methods which allow them to kick up when they hit something. More useful on the X where the rudders k...
by Chip Hindes
Thu Mar 06, 2008 8:29 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Hydro power (Borohydride Fuel Cell)
Replies: 3
Views: 888

You have to know this doesn't really run on water. Not enough info to tell, but the actual fuel is most likely to be methanol, a natural gas (i.e., petroleum) derived product. Based on the loosely defined claimed power output, by my rough estimate we're talking perhaps 2kWh per $20 disposable fuel c...
by Chip Hindes
Wed Mar 05, 2008 1:52 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Lewmar 32" folding wheel
Replies: 13
Views: 4192

Can't comment about the M. I have a 22" wheel on my X. You can see it here. You can't just sneak past it as it hangs past the edge of the seats, but I just grab the grab bar and swing around the pedestal. It's really no problem. This is I believe about the biggest I could actually swing past. Any la...
by Chip Hindes
Tue Mar 04, 2008 8:24 pm
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Raymarine Autopilots Who Has One And Do They Work?
Replies: 13
Views: 2277

I'm a little puzzled by the response as well. The Sportpilot was designed as a small, inexpensive powerboat autopilot, for which it apparently worked tolerably well. However, despite a number on this board who liked theirs, IMO it was not well suited for a boat used primarily in sailbaot mode; I kno...
by Chip Hindes
Tue Mar 04, 2008 4:00 pm
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Raymarine Autopilots Who Has One And Do They Work?
Replies: 13
Views: 2277

I have the ST4000 Mk II+ and like it a lot, functionally. See my mod for photos and installation tips. I went for the larger wheel because I wanted one anyway. Unfortunately, mine has not been particularly reliable. The fluxgate compass quit after less than a season's use; replaced under warranty. T...
by Chip Hindes
Tue Mar 04, 2008 2:28 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Jammed Swing keel
Replies: 13
Views: 1215

Only caveat is that if the boat is situated correctly on the trailer, the bottom aft corner of the CB (it's not a swing keel, by the way) should be resting on the trailer bunk. You should not be able to lower the CB in the conventional fashion on the trailer. This is a safety feature to keep the CB ...
by Chip Hindes
Mon Mar 03, 2008 12:45 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Battery replacement
Replies: 7
Views: 1000

Agree with Frank completely. If you're not going to spring for the AGM and elect to stick with the standard lead acid, Walmart marine deep cycle are the best buy by far.
by Chip Hindes
Mon Mar 03, 2008 12:32 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Compass Deviation
Replies: 30
Views: 2815

In theory, twisted pair wire cancels out magnetic field. In practice, the DC electrical distribution panel has a lot of electrical stuff going on which does not allow the wire pairs to be twisted. My compass was originally dealer mounted on the left bulkhead quite close to the switch panel. Just swi...
by Chip Hindes
Mon Mar 03, 2008 12:09 pm
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: replacing sunbrella canvas
Replies: 9
Views: 2135

We paid over $100 to fix our "regular" (and fairly expensive) Singer after we broke it trying to assemble a Sailrite sock kit for our genny. False economy on that particular kit. Being slow learners, we had better luck on the mainsail cover, also assembled from a Sailrite kit on the same machine. Th...
by Chip Hindes
Mon Mar 03, 2008 11:48 am
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Tethers for Single-Handing
Replies: 17
Views: 3347

Frank, the wireless motor kill switch has been around for quite some time. See this thread , nearly two years old. You made a contribution to that one. In any case, this is only a minor improvement over the standard motor cutoff lanyard. The question for singlehanded sailing, as opposed to motoring,...
by Chip Hindes
Mon Feb 18, 2008 4:55 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Draft
Replies: 38
Views: 3235

SINCE the Mac is a power-sailer, what good is a 12" draft . . . really? Funny. Those who have just passed over a sand bar 13" below the surface never ask that question. I have run my Tohatsu 50D trimmed up with less than the prop diameter in the water. As long as you keep the revs down and there's ...
by Chip Hindes
Wed Feb 13, 2008 8:27 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: How would you rig your Mac?
Replies: 28
Views: 3481

The downhaul and cunningham serve the same purpose: to tension the luff. The cunningham works on the sail itself, though a cunningham cringle which is a grommet on luff of the sail. Booms on some boats are not fixed to the mast but can slide up and down either in the sail track or on their own track...
by Chip Hindes
Sat Feb 09, 2008 12:09 pm
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Water maker
Replies: 19
Views: 4122

I read about a watermaker (can't remember the brand name) that operates without electricity. The unit looks a bit like a torpedo and is towed astern. Remember it well. It was pretty reasonable $$ as well. An interestng product because it seemed like a no brainer for a sailboat; "free" water compare...
by Chip Hindes
Tue Feb 05, 2008 2:50 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Charging Batteries
Replies: 19
Views: 2212

Of course the so-called maintenance free batteries don't have removable caps. Gel and AGM batteries are maintenance free in that way. However, I've never seen a deep cycle marine, conventional lead acid battery which is maintenance free. All those I've seen have caps and must be checked and refilled...
by Chip Hindes
Tue Feb 05, 2008 12:36 pm
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Windlass
Replies: 31
Views: 5269

The amount of chain on your rode must be determined by the necessities of your anchoring situation, not the ability to easily retrieve the anchor over the bow roller. Otherwise, your all rope rode is liable to be just that: an unravelling length of three-strand, minus the anchor at the customary end...