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by Chip Hindes
Sun Jan 27, 2008 4:54 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Combiner with Battery Brain
Replies: 24
Views: 2998

Interesting. Yandina's website confirms they used to manufacture for the West marine Brand but in 2006 they started making their own branded stuff and selling through Defender. They also state they will sell their stuff directly but actually recommend you buy it from Defender because it's cheaper. W...
by Chip Hindes
Sun Jan 27, 2008 4:24 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Combiner with Battery Brain
Replies: 24
Views: 2998

Not familiar with your Yandina system or exactly what is a "battery brain", but what it sounds like is the modern three switch system with isolator. I have two identical deep cycle marine bateries, and two years ago replaced my off-1-2-both switch with a three switch system. Separate circuits and sw...
by Chip Hindes
Sun Jan 27, 2008 2:18 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Insulating Ceramic Paints
Replies: 13
Views: 1440

As I said. Without refuting each claim word by word: The technical infomration uses partial explanations makes claims about heat transfer which are at best misleading; Some (for instance, mass insulation only works against conduction heat transfer and is only 7% of the heat/gain loss) is simply wron...
by Chip Hindes
Fri Jan 25, 2008 6:29 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Trailer Jack for non aluminum M trailer and Lug nut size
Replies: 18
Views: 1750

A four way lug wrench is good to have. I have one and also an 18" breaker bar and 3/4" deep well socket which I use on the trailer lugs at each stop until they no longer loosen between checks. I don't believe in loosening them periodically to avoid freezing them on. There's been some discussion on t...
by Chip Hindes
Thu Jan 24, 2008 5:50 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Anyone here ever use Kelly-Hanson sails?
Replies: 12
Views: 1455

we have white. I think (I could be wrong) that white would retain less heat on the sail, potentially extending the life. A common misconception. UV protection and heat absorption are not related, and the enemy of your sails is UV, not heat. Lighter colors actually allow more UV to pass through. Tho...
by Chip Hindes
Thu Jan 24, 2008 5:32 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Insulating Ceramic Paints
Replies: 13
Views: 1440

Please provide a link to the product site. Your statement "insulates and blocks the thermal heat transfer from the sun" is pretty much gibberish from a heat transfer standpoint.

In general, if you could insulate with paint, Owens Corning and the Pink Panther would be out of business.
by Chip Hindes
Sun Jan 20, 2008 7:44 pm
Forum: Trailers & Towing
Topic: How Frequently To Service Bearings
Replies: 7
Views: 1741

I believe once a year is considered the normal interval. I pull the wheels and check mine each Spring. If there's evidence of water or grease contamination, I pull them apart, flush them out completely, replace the seals, and replace the bearings if they show signs of damage. If there are no signs o...
by Chip Hindes
Fri Jan 18, 2008 7:15 am
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Rudder Alignment:
Replies: 15
Views: 2566

It's considerably easier and more accurate to measure alignment if you lift the rudders halfway so they are pointed straight aft, then tighten the bolts enough to remove all slop. The measurement at the aft tips should be the same as the measurement between the pivot bolts. Do your measurements when...
by Chip Hindes
Fri Jan 18, 2008 6:54 am
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Liquid Nails
Replies: 21
Views: 3351

I have never used 5200 but from the posts I have read, it is difficult to work with and very messy. I was also under the impression that there was some expansion when applying 5200 as it was an adhesive and sealent??? I've used both 5200 and Liquid Nails (though the latter not on the boat). Though ...
by Chip Hindes
Thu Jan 17, 2008 8:05 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: What anchor to get
Replies: 21
Views: 2510

The 17 lb Bulwagga is correct and is the one I have is well. There is no 15-lb Bulwagga, or at least there was none when I bought mine in '02.

The Bulwagga is a great anchor and I recommend it, but it is a serious pita to store, deploy and retrieve.
by Chip Hindes
Thu Jan 17, 2008 7:59 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Hull Lettering
Replies: 33
Views: 5036

I did the numbers on my Mac 26X and it qualifies for documentation.

Ultimately I couldn't see the benefit in documenting a boat that will never be taken farther than the near Caribean islands, where a valid U.S. State registration is acceptable.
by Chip Hindes
Tue Jan 15, 2008 6:10 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Hull Lettering
Replies: 33
Views: 5036

Was reading Chapmans last night and the Coast Guard Auxiallary page states that labelling of ship name and port should be at least 4 inches high - this isnt a 'reg' AFAIK Also, city AND state are required - I see a lot of boats labelled NY or San Francisco which technically would fail the inspectio...
by Chip Hindes
Sat Jan 12, 2008 5:12 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Sail Repair
Replies: 8
Views: 947

Zig zag, not ceoss stitch :D If you have time and access, by all means have it done professionally. It's not that expensive and will be best in the long run. I suppose if the first mate has access to a good sewing machine, you could buy the repair stuff from Sailrite and do it yourself. Be careful t...
by Chip Hindes
Sat Jan 12, 2008 4:58 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Do you leave the "baby stays" on when sailing ?
Replies: 23
Views: 2987

Ditto everything Duane said. Wow. This could be a first. Only trouble I've ever had is that on two occasions the bolts holing the stays in their straps on the deck worked their way loose after 1500 miles of trailering. First time the stay actually came loose in the middle of raising. Bent the raisin...
by Chip Hindes
Fri Jan 11, 2008 5:09 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Hull Lettering
Replies: 33
Views: 5036

This was originally posted in 2005. I've edited it a little to bring it up to date. Here's mine. http://sailsites.com/nextboat/pix1p1.jpg The boat name is 7", the port 3.5". Before I saw it, I was concerned it was going to be way too big, but this size was chosen by the first mate, and after install...