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by Chip Hindes
Mon Feb 04, 2008 7:18 pm
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Windlass
Replies: 31
Views: 5311

I said that was one, I didn't say it was the one. But anyway same windlass different vendor $660 rather than $1100. The sheet winch might work, but going forward to get the rode, then back to the winch then forward again to release the rode from the cleat, then back to the winch to crank it in; then...
by Chip Hindes
Mon Feb 04, 2008 5:45 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Charging Batteries
Replies: 19
Views: 2236

The more I think of it the less sense it makes. The 5/5 label means this will charge each battery at the 5 amp rate. 99% of motor alternators can charge the batteries at higher rates than that. My Tohatsu does a rather puny 11 amps, but all eleven would normally go into a single battery. Isn't it th...
by Chip Hindes
Mon Feb 04, 2008 5:24 pm
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Windlass
Replies: 31
Views: 5311

I can empathize with the shoulder/back issues. However, a windlass is problematic for all of the above issues plus its energy load on the batteries ... which solution might further exacerbate the issue of weight. I don't believe you'd want to consider an electric windlass without a dedicated windla...
by Chip Hindes
Mon Feb 04, 2008 4:41 pm
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Windlass
Replies: 31
Views: 5311

As a somewhat older :) :) sailor with a bad shoulder who has anchored (and hauled anchor) in some pretty tough situations, I understand why someone might want to consider a windlass. Jack O'Brien was planning on installing one on his X several years ago; last I knew he had actually purchased the har...
by Chip Hindes
Mon Feb 04, 2008 7:27 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Charging Batteries
Replies: 19
Views: 2236

I've had this identical setup on my 2001 X since new and use it just as you envisioned. Being a resident of the frozen north, I also leave it plugged in as a maintainer all winter with the boat on the trailer in the yard. I like the setup a lot and plan to duplicate it in my second boat (Newport 30)...
by Chip Hindes
Thu Jan 31, 2008 8:39 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Pedastal bar
Replies: 4
Views: 823

It's usually called a grab rail. There are at least two different styles. The small one is a simple loop that bolts to the forward side of the pedestal; the large version bolts to the forward side as well but the legs go all the way to the cockpit deck. They were both common extra cost options on th...
by Chip Hindes
Tue Jan 29, 2008 7:03 pm
Forum: Trailers & Towing
Topic: 1994 Buick Lesabre Ltd.
Replies: 35
Views: 9059

Sorry to contradict something I said earlier. I was picturing a true, full size, old school rear wheel drive Buick. I found what I thought it was; the equivalent of the rwd Chevy Caprice. It's called the Roadmaster. The Buick you picture is not what I thought; despite what anyone says this is not a ...
by Chip Hindes
Tue Jan 29, 2008 12:54 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: forestay safety line?
Replies: 34
Views: 5209

Also, keep in mind that when sailing, your genoa will actually pull the mast forward, thus the force on the forestay is a lot less than you would think. Actually, the genny (or jib) pulls the forestay forward, which in turn pulls the mast forward. Every bit of load on a standard headsail is transfe...
by Chip Hindes
Tue Jan 29, 2008 12:44 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Hull Lettering
Replies: 33
Views: 5036

It may be too late, but you can get nearly any effect you like, including even an airbrush-like design, from one or more of the boat lettering companies mentioned above. Also, if you have a big motor as most of us do, the back of the captain's seat is pretty well blocked from aft when the motor's up...
by Chip Hindes
Tue Jan 29, 2008 12:27 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Jackline Placement
Replies: 39
Views: 3781

If yo're on the wrong side of the stern, at least you can grab on to something, like the motor, if you must (hopefully it's not running.) Am I missing somehting here? Yes I believe you are. I don't believe you have a clue how fast the boat is going to be getting away from you, even at only 2.5 knot...
by Chip Hindes
Tue Jan 29, 2008 11:37 am
Forum: Destinations, Clubs, Events and Venues
Topic: NEW HUNTER 26 POWERSAILOR
Replies: 35
Views: 8448

I guess I am confused as to why Hunter discontinued the trailerable, water ballast 260 several years ago. I looked at them before I purchased the Mac and I've been in a couple that were purchased by former Mac owners as movin' up boats. It seems to be a fairly decent boat as conventional sailboats g...
by Chip Hindes
Mon Jan 28, 2008 7:08 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Hull Lettering
Replies: 33
Views: 5036

Next thing I have to figure out is how to take the old name off.
Assuming it's the self stick vinyl, a hair dryer usually works.
by Chip Hindes
Mon Jan 28, 2008 6:39 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Jackline Placement
Replies: 39
Views: 3781

The purpose of a jacklilne and tether is to keep you attached to the boat until someone else in the boat can stop it and you can then pull yourself (or permit yourself to be pulled) aboard, as Catigale says. When singlehanding, the purpose must be to to keep you aboard. I have read of tests which ha...
by Chip Hindes
Mon Jan 28, 2008 6:16 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Hull Lettering
Replies: 33
Views: 5036

Quebec wrote: About how long is the name..looks like around 30''
The "Nextboat" name is exactly 42" from the bottom left leg of the "N" to the end of the cross on the "t".

Chip
by Chip Hindes
Mon Jan 28, 2008 6:09 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: forestay safety line?
Replies: 34
Views: 5209

I can't recall anyone ever reporting an actual failure of the forestay or its mounting hardware.

The only thing I have ever heard of (and in one case, seen) was the forestay turnbuckle unscrewing due to failure to properly pin it.