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by Be Free
Wed Apr 17, 2024 10:15 pm
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: replacing single rope clutch with double---how do you access bolts in head cabin top?
Replies: 5
Views: 123

Re: replacing single rope clutch with double---how do you access bolts in head cabin top?

Most of the bolts have access holes under them. I'm working out of town for a few more days so I can't check but I think that the winch and the rope clutch bolts can be accessed through a large black plastic cover in the ceiling. BTW I have double clutches on each side. I run the jib halyard and ji...
by Be Free
Wed Apr 17, 2024 9:39 pm
Forum: Performance & Tuning
Topic: Depowering procedure/schedule
Replies: 4
Views: 478

Re: Depowering procedure/schedule

I'm with you 100%. I used the whitecaps as a gauge for him because that is what he was referencing. Your use of heel angle works regardless of the actual conditions. At 20 degrees you are just beating yourself up and not really accomplishing much unless your goal is to sail sideways :wink: I try to ...
by Be Free
Sun Apr 14, 2024 9:19 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Motor choice
Replies: 33
Views: 5821

Re: Motor choice

rsvpasap wrote: Fri Apr 12, 2024 1:51 pm Do you think a 9.9 HP would get a 26X, fully loaded and with ballast in, to 6 knots keep it there? Do you think you would need to run the 9.9 HP at WOT?
My rough calculations say that you will need somewhere between 3/4 and full throttle to hit 6 knots on smooth water.
by Be Free
Thu Apr 11, 2024 12:18 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Motor choice
Replies: 33
Views: 5821

Re: Motor choice

That looks great and it's a great choice of engines. It was on my short list when I repowered a few years ago. I might have one today except for the excellent deal I found on my Honda 40. Congratulations!
by Be Free
Thu Apr 11, 2024 12:14 pm
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: New Option for Portable Boat Air Conditioning!
Replies: 12
Views: 596

Re: New Option for Portable Boat Air Conditioning!

I addressed this in an earlier thread with the goal of approximately 4 hours of AC run time. Points relevant to this this thread follow. These are rough, back-of-the-envelope calculations but where they are wrong they are all wrong in the same direction. You may experience slightly better performanc...
by Be Free
Mon Apr 08, 2024 6:50 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Anchor setup
Replies: 16
Views: 914

Re: Anchor setup

I learned in the Boy Scouts but you might try https://www.animatedknots.com/splicing-knots.
by Be Free
Sat Apr 06, 2024 10:14 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Anchor setup
Replies: 16
Views: 914

Re: Anchor setup

Anchors in all of their forms, all the variations of chain and rope rode, snubbers, and kellets are very specific to the bottom conditions, scope, wind and sea conditions, as well as the technique used to set it. Even in the case of virtually identical boats (like ours), if there were ever a time wh...
by Be Free
Fri Apr 05, 2024 11:53 am
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Aft berth, stowage, ventilation
Replies: 13
Views: 403

Re: Aft berth, stowage, ventilation

I tried a memory foam mattress in the aft bunk. It got very moldy. I do not live in a low humidity area. :wink:

It will probably be fine for you if you give it a little air circulation. Good luck!
by Be Free
Fri Apr 05, 2024 7:06 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Anchor setup
Replies: 16
Views: 914

Re: Anchor setup

I originally had shackles, but quickly switched to swivels. If you're going to use shackles, suggest you seize them. One of the reasons I use swivels rather than shackles is that swivels fit through the bow roller. This may not seem like much if you're only raising your anchor a few times, but if y...
by Be Free
Thu Apr 04, 2024 7:54 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Anchor setup
Replies: 16
Views: 914

Re: Anchor setup

A 3/8" shackle is supposed to fit a 1/4" chain. If you don't see anything obvious that is keeping you from putting the shackle through then using a drift to open it up a little should not hurt anything.
by Be Free
Tue Apr 02, 2024 8:36 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Anyone want to share their switch and circuit setups?
Replies: 12
Views: 717

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

On very important thing I forgot to mention is that all circuits are tagged on both ends (some in the middle where they passed near other circuits). The circuit number and its use are documented and kept in a manual on the boat. I learned a long time ago that no matter how confident I am that I'll r...
by Be Free
Mon Apr 01, 2024 12:12 pm
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Questions on Blisters
Replies: 3
Views: 241

Re: Questions on Blisters

Ray is 100% right. Barrier coat prevents water from soaking into the bottom which is the usual cause of blisters. Bottom paint discourages the growth of marine organisms on the hull. A blister that goes away that quickly is probably in or under the top layer of your bottom paint. A true hull blister...
by Be Free
Mon Apr 01, 2024 10:21 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Anyone want to share their switch and circuit setups?
Replies: 12
Views: 717

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

This is a little simplified but it covers the main points of my house circuits. House batteries to Perko Switch. Perko switch to main Bus +. Everything feeds off the main bus. Nothing else is connected directly to the batteries. Perko is my master cutoff. Nothing is energized when it is off. Main bu...
by Be Free
Mon Apr 01, 2024 8:24 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Route planning - how to estimate speed
Replies: 22
Views: 828

Re: Route planning - how to estimate speed

It's changed a lot just in the last few years. There is a new marina between Roy's and the boat ramp and a lot of new floating docks. The boat ramp was completely redone a couple of years ago. It has multiple floating docks in place of the fixed docks along the bank. Several new restaurants have ope...
by Be Free
Sun Mar 31, 2024 9:19 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Route planning - how to estimate speed
Replies: 22
Views: 828

Re: Route planning - how to estimate speed

Steinhatchee has been described as "a drinking town with a fishing problem". :D There are a little under 500 people who live here full time. It is very quiet during the week and a little less quiet on the weekends. It is very busy early in the scallop season and any time there is a special...