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by Tomfoolery
Sat Nov 21, 2020 7:24 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: So I just bought a Mac X....
Replies: 157
Views: 5583

Re: So I just bought a Mac X....

I added an LED anchor light on top of the mast, and also added a diode in the masthead light wiring, so by reversing the polarity of the two conductors up the mast, I get either masthead or anchor light." Erm... To me an anchor light is a white light. The red and green are navigation lights. So wha...
by Tomfoolery
Thu Nov 19, 2020 7:31 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: So I just bought a Mac X....
Replies: 157
Views: 5583

Re: So I just bought a Mac X....

Since the factory didn't provide an outboard, the wiring for it would have been done by the engine installer. My OB cables run through the stern berth 'bilge', if you want to call it that, to the small battery compartment abaft the galley. All the other wiring was factory, and as already pointed out...
by Tomfoolery
Wed Nov 18, 2020 6:47 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: So I just bought a Mac X....
Replies: 157
Views: 5583

Re: So I just bought a Mac X....

It doesn't have to lift the weight of the boat. This is important. It's not lifting the boat; it's pulling it into the bow block, and holding it there. From the description of the bow taking off sideways, it sound's like the bow wasn't in the block. That's not good. It should be snugged in there so...
by Tomfoolery
Wed Nov 18, 2020 5:21 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: What communications radio do you have?
Replies: 25
Views: 273

Re: What communications radio do you have?

I have an old iCom fixed VHF with an antenna on top of the mast. I also have a spare radio that looks identical. Then there's the high-end Standard Horizon hand-held VHF that's being safely stored on the bottom of Lake Ontario, where nobody can steal it. And finally, the new floating hand-held VHF w...
by Tomfoolery
Tue Nov 17, 2020 8:37 am
Forum: MacGregor/Venture Discussion
Topic: what kind of stove do you use?
Replies: 29
Views: 1668

Re: what kind of stove do you use?

When I installed my gas range, I ran a fuel line (Mfg. recommended gas line) from the galley along the aft berth, and up and out by the motor. There I installed the adapter that the 1 pound propane canister screws onto. https://i.postimg.cc/3dvpKGzQ/AD660713-A35-C-4-A24-A740-78401742-E5-D9-1.jpg If...
by Tomfoolery
Mon Nov 16, 2020 11:37 am
Forum: MacGregor/Venture Discussion
Topic: what kind of stove do you use?
Replies: 29
Views: 1668

Re: what kind of stove do you use?

I don't like lighter than air gas stoves, but we store the bottles carefully and always have ample ventilation before using it. :?: :?: :?: Butane vapor has a specific gravity (at standard temp and press) about twice that of air. Even more dense than propane, with its SG of 1.5, which is similar to...
by Tomfoolery
Mon Nov 16, 2020 6:42 am
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: previously installed battery charger and ACR
Replies: 11
Views: 258

Re: previously installed battery charger and ACR

With that said, you may be right and the ACR would step on that logic. Ideally, if the AC Charger is running, disabling the ACR would be best so the AC charger could regulate each battery separately. With that said, I've never had an issue with the Charger/ACR setup. That's what concerns me about A...
by Tomfoolery
Mon Nov 16, 2020 5:33 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Solas prop hieroglyphics for DF70A
Replies: 12
Views: 420

Re: Solas prop hieroglyphics for DF70A

Run your OB at WOT in whatever configuration you will be using at full speed, like ballast out and mast up. Record the engine speed. Divide that by 6000 rpm to get some number less than 1, assuming the engine doesn't get to 6000 of course. Multiply your existing pitch by this number to get the desir...
by Tomfoolery
Sun Nov 15, 2020 4:59 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: So I just bought a Mac X....
Replies: 157
Views: 5583

Re: So I just bought a Mac X....

West marine boat hook and whisker pole hanging in my 26D I think it was John (Highlander) who recommended using a boat hook for a whisker pole. I haven’t tried that yet, but I will. In light air, there isn’t much load on it, so even a twist-lock type extendable, as opposed to line control, should b...
by Tomfoolery
Sat Nov 14, 2020 10:48 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: So I just bought a Mac X....
Replies: 157
Views: 5583

Re: So I just bought a Mac X....

I would pull the foot and put in a pump kit so you would know what you have. I know you want to see it run and pump. But, even if it does, you should put a pump kit in it and make note of the date so you can schedule the next one... I agree with this completely. You don’t know how old and/or how wo...
by Tomfoolery
Sat Nov 14, 2020 4:16 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: So I just bought a Mac X....
Replies: 157
Views: 5583

Re: So I just bought a Mac X....

The BF50 will pee as soon as it’s started, cold or warm, fast or slow engine speed. I would still pull the fitting out of the block, as it could be cruddy behind it and a wire won’t clear it. It’s not hard to remove. If the passage is clear, and you’re still not getting a pee stream, it’s time to pu...
by Tomfoolery
Fri Nov 13, 2020 6:38 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: So I just bought a Mac X....
Replies: 157
Views: 5583

Re: So I just bought a Mac X....

The pee stream is a well known problem with the BF50. Honda even sells an upsized fitting and hose kit. the problem was so bad I had to clear the fitting on every other trip, and remove the hose and clear the engine block fitting every once in a while. I ran the hose straight out the hole after remo...
by Tomfoolery
Tue Nov 10, 2020 11:20 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: DIY Tandem Axles
Replies: 13
Views: 460

Re: DIY Tandem Axles

If you stitch weld them together, the two horizontal tube walls that are against each other do essentially nothing. They don't have to be there at all, in fact. That's why stitching another tube to the underside will get a second life, as long as there's enough metal in the corners to support a weld...
by Tomfoolery
Tue Nov 10, 2020 8:44 am
Forum: Trailers & Towing
Topic: Trailering Furled Genoa Ideas ??
Replies: 4
Views: 94

Re: Trailering Furled Genoa Ideas ??

I normally do like Jimmyt showed, but sometimes I undo the top of the forestay and pull the whole thing back so the furler drum rests on the pulpit with a bungie to hold it fast. I do that for winter storage anyway, under a tarp, but with the sail removed.
by Tomfoolery
Tue Nov 10, 2020 5:06 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: DIY Tandem Axles
Replies: 13
Views: 460

Re: DIY Tandem Axles

Nice job on the tongue. And you gotta love the hole in the gate for the coupler. :D trdprotruck: Bolting a second 3x3x3/16 wall tube under the original (same dimensions) doubles the strength and stiffness. Stitch welding another tube to the bottom makes it about 3 times as strong and 5-1/2 times as ...