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by Stickinthemud57
Fri Jul 12, 2024 12:00 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: In the market for a used main sail
Replies: 13
Views: 1028

Re: In the market for a used main sail

*sigh* Of course it couldn't be easy.... When the delivery arrived, UPS wanted an exta $274, whoch, accprding to the paper, is for GST and brokerage. I don't know why Rolly Tasker (or The Sale Warehouse - I don't know who I'm dealing with anymore) couldn't have known about that, especally consideri...
by Stickinthemud57
Fri Jul 12, 2024 11:42 am
Forum: The Front Room
Topic: How I clean the bottom
Replies: 10
Views: 609

Re: How I clean the bottom

I tried pressure washing but it strips off my anti-fouling paint, so I just take a cheap plastic 6" scraper (available at your local big box), scrape off the algae in big globs, and rub off what little remains with a big sponge or rag. This only works when it is wet, so I try to pick a week day...
by Stickinthemud57
Tue Jul 09, 2024 10:06 am
Forum: MacGregor/Venture Discussion
Topic: Cool hull
Replies: 7
Views: 1006

Re: Cool hull

Now that I think about it, I see a lot more creativity of this sort among the daysailers than the keelboats. You get the occasional Jolly Roger, but nothing like these offerings. Indeed. Keelboaters and the SA nut crowd are too serious. They have no concept of fun on the water with family. I love t...
by Stickinthemud57
Mon Jul 08, 2024 3:30 pm
Forum: The Front Room
Topic: Heat Wave Relief
Replies: 4
Views: 410

Re: Heat Wave Relief

We were up in Missouri visiting relatives and we could hardly believe it. 58 degrees on Monday morning. Getting back home to Dallas-Fort Worth was back to temps in the high nineties with high humidity. Ugh.
by Stickinthemud57
Mon Jul 08, 2024 3:27 pm
Forum: MacGregor/Venture Discussion
Topic: Cool hull
Replies: 7
Views: 1006

Re: Cool hull

Now that I think about it, I see a lot more creativity of this sort among the daysailers than the keelboats. You get the occasional Jolly Roger, but nothing like these offerings.
by Stickinthemud57
Mon Jul 08, 2024 5:46 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Battery drained
Replies: 69
Views: 2506

Re: Battery drained

Not on the boat - on the dock where the shore cable plugs in to the power source. 8) Oh, I got that. I would imagine almost any battery charger will have a pilot light, gauge, or somesuch that will show that it is receiving and outputting power. I always make it a point to check the charge indicato...
by Stickinthemud57
Sun Jul 07, 2024 5:39 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Battery drained
Replies: 69
Views: 2506

Re: Battery drained

When I went to a two-battery system I bought a NOCO Genius 5X2. A little pricey for a battery charger, but it is very smart, purports to be able to "fix" batteries, and I have no doubt as to whether it is receiving power from my shore power outlet since it lights up and shows a power status.
by Stickinthemud57
Fri Jul 05, 2024 10:11 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Attitude change on reefing
Replies: 10
Views: 704

Re: Attitude change on reefing

This week I've been lucky enough to get out on the water every day. It's been fantastic! My biggest takeaway from the week I think is that I now approach reefing differently. Traditionally as I head out I raise my sail to the full height and then if things get sketchy I reef to the first reefing po...
by Stickinthemud57
Thu Jul 04, 2024 8:34 am
Forum: MacGregor/Venture Discussion
Topic: No room at the top of our mast
Replies: 4
Views: 615

Re: No room at the top of our mast

We just recently purchased a MacGregor 25, and I am wanting to install both a wind sensor and a VHF Antenna, but in looking at the top of the mast there isn't any space to install either of these things. Does anyone have any idea how I could go about making space for these? https://i.postimg.cc/xk4...
by Stickinthemud57
Sat Jun 29, 2024 5:49 am
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: It's in the water!
Replies: 7
Views: 413

Re: It's in the water!

Very good! Boats that don't sink are highly prized, right? I am fortunate to have a 2-cycle Tohatsu that, while balky now and then, starts consistently, runs dependably, and does not appear to be terribly picky about the age of the gas it burns. I had a four-cycle a few years back and learned that t...
by Stickinthemud57
Wed Jun 26, 2024 2:59 pm
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Your best mod for the least money
Replies: 25
Views: 1263

Re: Your best mod for the least money

Putting a spring between the wingnut and the bottom of the forward hatch latch allows me to simply pull down on the latch to engage or release it rather than having to loosen or tighten the nut every time. Genius! I will be trying that and your anchor idea out this weekend! Glad to hear it. Do be s...
by Stickinthemud57
Tue Jun 25, 2024 8:45 am
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Your best mod for the least money
Replies: 25
Views: 1263

Re: Your best mod for the least money

Putting a spring between the wingnut and the bottom of the forward hatch latch allows me to simply pull down on the latch to engage or release it rather than having to loosen or tighten the nut every time. The spring and locking wingnut were already "in inventory", so total cost was zero. ...
by Stickinthemud57
Wed Jun 19, 2024 5:46 pm
Forum: Performance & Tuning
Topic: New Sails Adventure
Replies: 13
Views: 1066

Re: New Sails Adventure

leefrankpierce wrote: Mon Jun 17, 2024 6:45 am
...Lost control of it and hit my neighbors boat.
There but for the grace of God go I. (Went I?). Anyway, I had to lower my mast in the slip and in the last few feet I ran out of rope, but I managed somehow to get the mast into the crutch. Don't want to experience that again.
by Stickinthemud57
Wed Jun 19, 2024 5:36 pm
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Bent Mast
Replies: 7
Views: 478

Re: Bent Mast

Hello Stickinthemud. I appreciate your opinion, but it does raise a question. By "$700", were you referring to the price of a new mast? Blue Water Yachts replacement cost is $800 not including transportation. I just might tow the boat to their shop near Seattle WA and have them install a ...
by Stickinthemud57
Mon Jun 17, 2024 4:32 pm
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Bent Mast
Replies: 7
Views: 478

Re: Bent Mast

Welcome to the forum!

Depending on the amount of free time you have overall patience with the process, you can unbend a bent mast. All said, $700 is not bad, and there will probably be less cursing involved.