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by norbert
Wed Feb 15, 2006 10:17 am
Forum: Performance & Tuning
Topic: Installing a wind system on a roatating mast
Replies: 22
Views: 5657

fellows, save your bucks! nobody needs a electric wind vane system on a 26 ft. trailer boat! simply install a windex on the mast top, this will indicate you the wind direction better and quicker than any electric display. and the force? i purchased a handhold wind meter when i bought the boat. i sti...
by norbert
Wed Feb 15, 2006 6:06 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: outer layer
Replies: 4
Views: 769

february sailing day :? ??? look here! (by european daytime)...
by norbert
Wed Feb 15, 2006 5:31 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Autopilot wind vane mode
Replies: 18
Views: 4156

anything bigger as an autohelm 4000 is overkill in a 26 ft. boat. i have the autohelm vindvane mounted on the starboard stern rail, and it seems to work ok. but i deliberate to put it on the top of the (non-rotating) mast on my :macx: where it would be less affected by the sail and the crew in the c...
by norbert
Tue Jan 24, 2006 4:34 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Took a Beating
Replies: 20
Views: 3946

deacm, it is the most normal thing to engage the autopilot when moving on deck. even in heavy seas my autohelm 4000 normally does not have any problems to steer the boat correctly (there are exceptions, I encountered problems in 5 ft. waves from abeam, but following as well as opposite seas have bee...
by norbert
Mon Jan 23, 2006 9:00 am
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Bottom Paint / Barrier Coat
Replies: 10
Views: 3147

I allowed me to vote "both" although "surprise" is on the baltic sea since 3 years. but #1 the baltic sea has a very low amount of salt and so should almost be considered as fresh water - at least in relation to the risk of osmosis. and #2 my boat was 5 years on inshore lakes before. I recall that f...
by norbert
Mon Jan 23, 2006 8:24 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Back From Mexico
Replies: 7
Views: 1202

are you shure that this boat isn't sinking? it seems to be very deep in the water :? !
by norbert
Mon Jan 23, 2006 1:09 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Use of PFD's, Poll
Replies: 38
Views: 4702

I always wear pdf if single handing, even in no wind hot summer conditions. when with crew I am a bit less consistant and use to give the pdf announcement only in bad weather conditions. but i intend to better myself...
by norbert
Tue Jan 17, 2006 1:11 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Stereo Speaker Installation in 26X
Replies: 36
Views: 6698

don't forget that speakers are BIG magnets and mount them FAR away from you compass and autopilot!
by norbert
Fri Jan 06, 2006 5:38 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Air Conditioner Blues
Replies: 33
Views: 6008

i had snow and ice on the boat for several times... but i have a nice little ceramic heater which only draws 400 watts in the low position - enough to keep the cabin above freeze level and dry... but only with shore power!
by norbert
Fri Jan 06, 2006 4:04 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Old Timers
Replies: 46
Views: 9392

that's funny craig: i too bought my '97 :macx: "surprise" in '98 and arrived on heath's old mac board in spring or summer 99... a lot of good sailing since 8) !
by norbert
Fri Jan 06, 2006 3:14 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Incident reports...
Replies: 3
Views: 696

frank, i totally agree. hull and rig of the macgragor boats are lightbuilt, but any mod on the rig will unbalance the system. stronger mast = mor top weight. stay+shroud upgrade = stronger shock loads on the chainplates... and so on. the trick is simply to keep the rig really tight.
by norbert
Fri Jan 06, 2006 3:04 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Air Conditioner Blues
Replies: 33
Views: 6008

we do not have any a/c problems here on the baltic sea :) ! just have a look at my marina webcam (by european daytime)...
by norbert
Thu Jan 05, 2006 7:30 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Singlehanding
Replies: 18
Views: 3269

I use to sit on the windward side in front of the pedestal when single handing. so I easily can reach the wheel as well as the jib winches. another reason to get a larger steering wheel!
by norbert
Thu Jan 05, 2006 7:26 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Autopilot
Replies: 17
Views: 2530

Timmy + Chip, I purchased my autohelm 4000 2nd hand (or more.., it s an old non-st model with this black box and without display) from a motor boat owner, and the reaction arm was missing. I mounted the engine ring drive with the motor sticking into the pedestal. no problem so far, but the location ...
by norbert
Wed Jan 04, 2006 8:30 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Bottom paint & barrier coat removal
Replies: 12
Views: 1537

why want you remove the barrier coat? this only makes sense if the epoxy coat has cracks or peels off. epoxy barrier coat cannot be stripped, you must sand it down and imperatively apply new epoxy protection (4-8 layers following the manufacturer's instruction). even if you keep the boat on the trai...