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by Russ
Wed Mar 03, 2021 7:04 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: New 26X owner, going to need a lot of help!
Replies: 59
Views: 852

Re: New 26X owner, going to need a lot of help!

This is, apparently, a touchy subject with some folks. .... But on some other sailing forum, a lot of folks posted things like "Never use a check valve on a bilge pump!" Without any actual justification, but some folks were quite adamant and vocal. I chalked it up to it being easier to recite absol...
by Russ
Wed Mar 03, 2021 6:55 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: New 26X owner, going to need a lot of help!
Replies: 59
Views: 852

Re: New 26X owner, going to need a lot of help!

As Russ has already mentioned the water we generally see in our bilge is nuisance water usually topside rainwater leaks. Because of all the compartments and no true bilge a portable bilge pump or a good old sponge and bucket works well. Following pic is my solution using battery alligator clips wit...
by Russ
Wed Mar 03, 2021 6:25 am
Forum: MacGregor/Venture Discussion
Topic: Road side ballast tank inspection by CO
Replies: 10
Views: 163

Re: Road side ballast tank inspection by CO

The bleach aspect appears to work but I'm concerned about it reacting over time with the fiberglass resin and possible embrittlement if the concentration is too strong and left in place too long. Guess I need to do some more research on polyester resin fiberglass and bleach effects over time. Maybe...
by Russ
Tue Mar 02, 2021 7:08 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: New 26X owner, going to need a lot of help!
Replies: 59
Views: 852

Re: New 26X owner, going to need a lot of help!

(D). It comes in white, not blue :wink: :D :D :D :D :D I recently read an article that explained that most bilge pumps are used for nuisance water. Which on a Mac usually means rainwater. Then the problem is where is the bilge? Many compartments will collect water. So in this case I think a portabl...
by Russ
Mon Mar 01, 2021 10:52 am
Forum: MacGregor/Venture Discussion
Topic: Road side ballast tank inspection by CO
Replies: 10
Views: 163

Re: Road side ballast tank inspection by CO

I put a couple of chlorine tabs in the tank at the start of the season. Keeps stuffs from growing and smelling like rotten eggs. But that's ONLY the ballast. Does nothing for other wetted areas. https://www.gannett-cdn.com/-mm-/c0e0bc001ca42a8e31314cbecfb52ae8853102e0/c=0-59-639-420/local/-/media/20...
by Russ
Mon Mar 01, 2021 10:38 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Looking to Buy: 2007 26M Value?
Replies: 50
Views: 964

Re: Looking to Buy: 2007 26M Value?

Congrats. Great story. Most first-time trailer loading stories are much worse. Seems the size of the audience is in direct proportion to difficulty at the ramp. That's why I try to go during the week with fewer people watching. What's your grass like? Mine is soft and I can't park the boat on turf o...
by Russ
Sun Feb 28, 2021 6:34 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: New 26X owner, going to need a lot of help!
Replies: 59
Views: 852

Re: New 26X owner, going to need a lot of help!

kurz wrote:
Sun Feb 28, 2021 4:41 am
Just to say: My 26m from 2011 has the through hull under the waterline.
I keep forgetting about this. With ballast IN, that sucker sits underwater :x .
Roger also put no seacock on that flimsy thing. It's always a worry point for me.
by Russ
Sat Feb 27, 2021 6:20 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: LandingLoop for Docking
Replies: 62
Views: 7122

Re: LandingLoop for Docking

Six foot tides! That's fun. And slimy docks. :cry:

I remember cruising Long Island Sound and tying up to those slimy docks at low tide. Yuck.

12 year old thread. Gotta love the history here.
by Russ
Sat Feb 27, 2021 6:14 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: New 26X owner, going to need a lot of help!
Replies: 59
Views: 852

Re: New 26X owner, going to need a lot of help!

My biggest concern would be a significant hull breach. I hate to tell you, but if you have a significant hull breach, an electric bilge pump won't save you. A bucket might. I remember when I pulled the knot meter transducer from my Hunter, a hole about an inch and a half, the water gushed in like a...
by Russ
Fri Feb 26, 2021 6:26 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: LandingLoop for Docking
Replies: 62
Views: 7122

Re: LandingLoop for Docking

A technique that I’m working on is using an extendable paint pole that utilizes button detects that securely allows for both push and pull as a boat hook and dock line loop holder. The dock line loop is slipped under a pair of rubber bands like was described earlier in the thread. The line is pre r...
by Russ
Fri Feb 26, 2021 6:19 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: New 26X owner, going to need a lot of help!
Replies: 59
Views: 852

Re: New 26X owner, going to need a lot of help!

As far as a bilge pump, I don't have one. The first boat I've owned that didn't have one. That seemed strange at first. But I don't get any water in there. There are no thru hulls, so the only water comes from topsides. I agree with your idea of removing those drain plugs. Since the Mac has no prope...
by Russ
Mon Feb 22, 2021 6:45 am
Forum: Destinations, Clubs, Events and Venues
Topic: Thinking about Flaming Gorge
Replies: 4
Views: 155

Re: Thinking about Flaming Gorge

Yes, Doug has some EXCELLENT videos and has traveled to many places with his Mac.

by Russ
Sat Feb 20, 2021 6:33 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: New 26X owner, going to need a lot of help!
Replies: 59
Views: 852

Re: New 26X owner, going to need a lot of help!

Before you tarp it, I would suggest placing a 2x4 under the mast by the step to support the mast from bending. https://i.postimg.cc/67ZY36pY/cover2arrow.jpg I am considering buying a new sail from BWY, but would really like to start off with a used sail with some mileage on it for now, and consider ...
by Russ
Fri Feb 19, 2021 6:59 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: New 26X owner, going to need a lot of help!
Replies: 59
Views: 852

Re: New 26X owner, going to need a lot of help!

Congrats on the acquisition. I looks like you have a bare boat to work with and some fiberglass work to do. It will clean up nice. It appears someone power washed some of the grime off. Power wash and bleach will clean most of it. As you mentioned, the standing water will have done its damage alread...
by Russ
Wed Feb 17, 2021 6:30 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: MacGregor at Auction- bent mast?
Replies: 13
Views: 292

Re: MacGregor at Auction- bent mast?

Welcome to the forum. You will love that boat. It looks to be in great shape. All great answers above. As per tradition, you buy pizza. Extra cheese and pepperoni would be nice. One winter I checked on the boat cover to find the mid mast support popped out and the snow load had the mast pressed to t...