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by 1st Sail
Sat Sep 19, 2020 9:48 pm
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Cracked polyester hull after a bad accident
Replies: 16
Views: 651

Re: Cracked polyester hull after a bad accident

Check out the surface results of Alex Seal. Following is a Youtube channel I found that tested the application of AlexSeal using a roller. The results were impressive. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QtD0wvNAjD0&t=760s&ab_channel=BoatworksToday https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QtD0wvNAjD0&t=760s&ab_c...
by 1st Sail
Tue Sep 15, 2020 1:24 am
Forum: Trailers & Towing
Topic: Trailer tire size
Replies: 11
Views: 334

Re: Trailer tire size

I would be more concerned about load capability of the tire. I presume the larger the tire the greater the load capability. There have been previous posts about tires overheating or operating near the load capability of the tire set which in turn has lead to premature tire failure. IIRC the general ...
by 1st Sail
Sat Aug 22, 2020 8:58 am
Forum: Performance & Tuning
Topic: Wx forecasts
Replies: 8
Views: 765

Re: Wx forecasts

I use Predict Wind and USAirNet ( local wind forecasts for airports). Predictwind.com http://www.usairnet.com/cgi-bin/launch/code.cgi?Submit=Go&sta=KMLI&state=IL select your region by state and location by nearest city if applicable. I still on the fence between the Sailtimerwind and Openwind wind s...
by 1st Sail
Sat Aug 22, 2020 8:26 am
Forum: Trailers & Towing
Topic: launching/recovery of X/M with Class C motorhome
Replies: 20
Views: 649

Re: launching/recovery of X/M with Class C motorhome

We are considering the same move. My Yukon XL with M is sometimes to long for some of the ramps near me. We have been looking at class C and short A's MH's in the under 30ft length. I have some concerns about the turning radius with the M trailer. May be worth doing some math as the wheel base, rear...
by 1st Sail
Sat Aug 08, 2020 7:09 pm
Forum: Performance & Tuning
Topic: Limoneering
Replies: 10
Views: 515

Re: Limoneering

When I first owned bought my M I had little time to choose a day with favorable winds. So no matter the winds I intended to sail. I added a third reef to my main. The previous owner thru in an old C22 jib when I bought the boat. I river sail the upper Miss mind you so sea state is a non issue for th...
by 1st Sail
Sat Aug 08, 2020 3:00 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Another Wind system for rotating mast
Replies: 6
Views: 569

Re: Another Wind system for rotating mast

I'm curious what is an acceptable output sample rate from a wind sensor if 5 per second is not sufficient for an auto pilot? If I understand his email correctly their network device receives via bluetooth and repeats to a NMEA or 0183 network a sample rate of 5 per second.
by 1st Sail
Sun Aug 02, 2020 3:01 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: 70 HP Yamaha installation
Replies: 9
Views: 648

Re: 70 HP Yamaha installation

My Etec 50 WOT 6000 rpm, 14 x11 prop, 2 adults, 2 anchors, 2 batteries, cooler, lightly loaded for the day, 18gal fuel, 18mph+. 13x13.75 same on board, 17+, 5,600rpm. Tested on flat water, no wind, no current. I never run the 13 x 12.75 WOT so as to not overload the engine. I would think the 14 x 11...
by 1st Sail
Sat Aug 01, 2020 5:38 am
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Nicro Solar Vent Overhaul - New Motor/Battery for $30
Replies: 4
Views: 482

Re: Nicro Solar Vent Overhaul - New Motor/Battery for $30

The USA source reports sold out this morning. Mine is still running but the motor armature shaft rattles so I presume is has a lot of wear after 8 years of running during the summer.
by 1st Sail
Thu Jul 30, 2020 8:57 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Another Wind system for rotating mast
Replies: 6
Views: 569

Re: Another Wind system for rotating mast

So goes the exchange rate. 1.18 this morning. By the time we get thru Covid19 and pump up the National debt and M1 respectively who know where we will end up. I'm and unfavorable exchange rate and some level of inflation. So back to sailing. Following is an excerpt from my email correspondence with ...
by 1st Sail
Mon Jul 27, 2020 9:38 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Another Wind system for rotating mast
Replies: 6
Views: 569

Another Wind system for rotating mast

I'm still on the hunt for an affordable wind system. I have been following the SailTimer Wind for some time. Their latest version seems to have some improvement over previous. Sailtimerwind.com https://www.amazon.com/s?k=sailtimer+wind&ref=nb_sb_noss. Reviews are mixed. Below is the an alternative I...
by 1st Sail
Sun Jul 26, 2020 7:21 pm
Forum: Performance & Tuning
Topic: Forestay to long, back stay to short!!!
Replies: 16
Views: 910

Re: Forestay to long, back stay to short!!!

Glad you have this sorted out. FYI Following is my mast rake calculator for any length mast or plumb line. I just installed a new Schaefer CF500 furler and set my M mast to 1° rake aft. In light winds I have a very slight weather helm which BWY confirmed as proper setup for the M. With the boat on t...
by 1st Sail
Sun Jul 26, 2020 5:25 am
Forum: Destinations, Clubs, Events and Venues
Topic: Lake Roosevelt Cruise
Replies: 7
Views: 962

Re: Lake Roosevelt Cruise

Woke up at 6:30a turned on the laptop to get the weather. Of course check MacSailors first. Well done Mike. Good to know you and Sandy are healthy and back on the water. Great trip, enjoyed the blog. We are finally back on the Upper Miss this year as last year was a zero for us. Fair Winds! ? What s...
by 1st Sail
Sat Jul 25, 2020 3:08 pm
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Blue Water Yachts communication issues
Replies: 7
Views: 463

Re: Blue Water Yachts communication issues

Anytime BWY does not respond to you assume 1 of 3 things. 1 they didn't receive your email. 2 they received an overwhelming number of emails the day you sent it. 3. they are overwhelmed with orders. I spoke with Cheryl a few weeks back and could hear Todd in the background answering questions from a...
by 1st Sail
Mon Jul 20, 2020 6:32 pm
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: use of "plug and play" solar for temporary use
Replies: 73
Views: 2881

Re: use of "plug and play" solar for temporary use

A few years back Practical Sailor published a multi part series on marine electronics which was a goof primer to read. A couple of things I recall was battery monitoring hardware is most effective with constant use. It been a few years since I read mine cover to cover so possibly there have been imp...
by 1st Sail
Fri Jul 17, 2020 9:04 am
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: use of "plug and play" solar for temporary use
Replies: 73
Views: 2881

Re: use of "plug and play" solar for temporary use

Herschel, Once again we seem to be on parallel paths. I started researching the DC fridge/ LI battery/solar/genset back in '18 as we intended to start our tour of US lakes and reservoirs. Wife's health issues side lined that project for '19. In any event she is recovering well so I am looking at the...