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by Starscream
Fri Apr 05, 2024 8:11 am
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Spreader tube attachment Nut (nylon or not)
Replies: 6
Views: 292

Re: Spreader tube attachment Nut (nylon or not)

For the spreaders, I've replaced the nuts and bolts with a stainless trailer hitch pin with wire lock. Takes about 1.5 seconds to remove them for trailering, and no worries about ever slipping out. A picture is worth a thousand words. At the very least, 34. lol... not at the boat right now, but loo...
by Starscream
Thu Apr 04, 2024 10:04 am
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Spreader tube attachment Nut (nylon or not)
Replies: 6
Views: 292

Re: Spreader tube attachment Nut (nylon or not)

Don't know about the inner bolts, but on my X the spreader nuts were nylock when I got the boat 15 years ago, so probably original. For the spreaders, I've replaced the nuts and bolts with a stainless trailer hitch pin with wire lock. Takes about 1.5 seconds to remove them for trailering, and no wor...
by Starscream
Tue Apr 02, 2024 6:14 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Winter Projects 2023-2024 -- Post Yours
Replies: 42
Views: 10789

Re: Winter Projects 2023-2024 -- Post Yours

Ok, winter spring projects almost done. 1) added two more light fixtures, an easy process of parallelling the hot wire of the existing lights and running wire behind the headliner. All lights are LED so I'm not worried about amps. This add made a huuuuuuuge difference to night-time liveability. High...
by Starscream
Mon Apr 01, 2024 5:44 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Anyone want to share their switch and circuit setups?
Replies: 12
Views: 719

Re: Anyone want to share their switch and circuit setups?

Hello all. Replacing some suspect wiring in my D and making some updates. I’m adding a 12 circuit fuse block and replacing all the switches. There’s some circuits that seem don’t benefit from being “switchable”, and it makes me wonder how people have organized their circuits. For switchable circuit...
by Starscream
Sun Mar 31, 2024 11:11 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Blocking my 26M up for first coat of bottom paint
Replies: 15
Views: 968

Re: Blocking my 26M up for first coat of bottom paint

Hello, I’m new to boating and bought a 26M to learn how to sail it. I’m wanting to keep it in the water at my local marina here in the PNW Puyallup area. It has no bottom coatings and wanted to DIY it’s currently at my house on a section of crushed gravel next to my driveway. I wanted to do the wor...
by Starscream
Sat Mar 30, 2024 4:32 pm
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Raymarine EV-100 Wheel Pilot -Mac26X
Replies: 79
Views: 15567

Re: Raymarine EV-100 Wheel Pilot -Mac26X

I may be looking at the wrong manual. I'm looking at Appendix B that shows no GPS related messages for NMEA 0183 and appendix C which says that it will provide PGN 129029 on the N2K connection (129025 is also a good one if it's there). A google search of "AIS700 GPS output" tells me that ...
by Starscream
Sat Mar 30, 2024 11:18 am
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Raymarine EV-100 Wheel Pilot -Mac26X
Replies: 79
Views: 15567

Re: Raymarine EV-100 Wheel Pilot -Mac26X

That table appears to be describing various connections that are possible if you are getting your GPS data from NMEA 0183 or NMEA 2000. You should be getting your GPS through the coax connection on your antenna. Do you see anything else on the N2K network when the autopilot is off? Is it possible t...
by Starscream
Fri Mar 29, 2024 10:01 am
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Raymarine EV-100 Wheel Pilot -Mac26X
Replies: 79
Views: 15567

Re: Raymarine EV-100 Wheel Pilot -Mac26X

Congratulations on your new install. I'm not aware of any requirement that you have an autopilot installed in order for your AIS to show up on the network. I have seen instances where a device that is powered on after my MFD either don't show up or take a while to show up. Try playing around with t...
by Starscream
Fri Mar 29, 2024 6:41 am
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Raymarine EV-100 Wheel Pilot -Mac26X
Replies: 79
Views: 15567

Re: Raymarine EV-100 Wheel Pilot -Mac26X

I finished the AIS700 install last night. I hate running wiring on the 26X. At first the AIS wouldn't show up on the network. It didn't show up until I powered up the EV-100 autopilot and its EV-1 sensor core. Once that was powered up, the AIS showed up and the "targets" option became avai...
by Starscream
Wed Mar 27, 2024 1:30 pm
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Seeking VHF recommendation
Replies: 5
Views: 275

Re: Seeking VHF recommendation

An AIS transceiver will come with an internal GPS. I'm a strong advocate of AIS transceivers rather just receivers. I do almost all of my sailing offshore and often out of sight of land so I'm a big believer in good radios and redundant GPS receivers. A new radio with a built-in GPS works for me. Y...
by Starscream
Tue Mar 26, 2024 6:24 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: The actual odds of being hit by lightning
Replies: 121
Views: 29636

Re: The actual odds of being hit by lightning

How many times do you have to get hit to realise that grounding is what's causing it, DO NOT ground your mast under any circumstances. Dimitri got hit twice, once grounded and once ungrounded. Both times on a boat-lift though, which makes me feel better because I don't have a boat lift. I think thi...
by Starscream
Mon Mar 25, 2024 7:10 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: The actual odds of being hit by lightning
Replies: 121
Views: 29636

Re: The actual odds of being hit by lightning

I happen to have the list of things I replaced on the boat after the second strike: But no hull damage, correct? That's a big relief, suggesting that there's a way for the electricity to get out of the Mac without having to melt a hole in the fiberglass. I wonder how a person would have fared if th...
by Starscream
Tue Mar 19, 2024 4:57 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Those with Facebook…
Replies: 7
Views: 413

Re: Those with Facebook…

The amount of idiocy on FB is just saddening. Doesn't matter what forum you are on, a lot of people have so much fun tearing others down, making stupid comments just for the reaction satisfaction.

That's why we love this place. I wish more people would check in here, instead of there.
by Starscream
Sun Mar 17, 2024 6:14 am
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Raymarine EV-100 Wheel Pilot -Mac26X
Replies: 79
Views: 15567

Re: Raymarine EV-100 Wheel Pilot -Mac26X

Expanding the Raymarine network: added the AIS700 transmitter/receiver. I'm running out of real-estate to mount things :D The control unit is mounted over the aft port berth, below and aft of the original fuse panel. I mounted the GPS antenna INSIDE the cabin, behind the roof liner of the aft port b...
by Starscream
Wed Mar 06, 2024 10:16 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Mold?
Replies: 21
Views: 779

Re: Mold?

Starscream, If the bilge areas are used for storage, how resilient is this compound to abrasion, or do you only apply during off season storage :?: It can be wiped off fairly easily, but if the space isn't used much it'll stay there for quite some time, like over a year. When I spring-clean I remov...