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by Tomfoolery
Sat Dec 19, 2020 9:18 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Anchor locker too small, so...?
Replies: 35
Views: 860

Re: Anchor locker too small, so...?

And here I thought I was good at obscure references. :D
by Tomfoolery
Fri Dec 18, 2020 9:51 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Anchor locker too small, so...?
Replies: 35
Views: 860

Re: Anchor locker too small, so...?

Well I guess Roger realised that the X locker is ridiculously shallow and impractical? That's probably accurate, or close enough for government work. The next size up allows a steel or aluminium anchor that should hold in almost any blow, though bottom types and anchoring conditions (wind/current s...
by Tomfoolery
Fri Dec 18, 2020 9:38 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Which Anchor Do You Use
Replies: 36
Views: 569

Re: Which Anchor Do You Use

The one thing I've noted about anchors, is the variety of answers of which is the best... and I don't mean for a specific condition. That I'd expect... but for every best, there is someone dissing it. Ohhh, you don't know the half of it. :D Anchor type is one of those third-rail issues like every e...
by Tomfoolery
Thu Dec 17, 2020 8:40 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Which Anchor Do You Use
Replies: 36
Views: 569

Re: Which Anchor Do You Use

I've always like the look of the Jambo - brings to mind images of Neptune's trident. 8)
by Tomfoolery
Thu Dec 17, 2020 8:15 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Which Anchor Do You Use
Replies: 36
Views: 569

Re: Which Anchor Do You Use

Tom. Your term paper was short and sweet. Here are the Cliff Notes via West Marine. our results still confirm the rule of thumb that every boat should carry at least three different anchor designs and weights to deal with a wide variety of bottom types. F There ya go. And for the record, I keep two...
by Tomfoolery
Thu Dec 17, 2020 6:25 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Which Anchor Do You Use
Replies: 36
Views: 569

Re: Which Anchor Do You Use

Very interesting article and also very odd - That the Fortress did so well and the West Marine carbon-copy did so poorly. It seems strange that the geometry being so similar (especially compared to how different the other makes were) and the only real difference mentioned was the sharpened edges. E...
by Tomfoolery
Wed Dec 16, 2020 10:38 am
Forum: Performance & Tuning
Topic: Something weird happened
Replies: 7
Views: 220

Re: Something weird happened

You may be able to pull start it with a weak battery. No battery, or a shorted or dead cell, will likely be a problem. That's what I was thinking - not enough juice to spin it, but enough to run the fuel pump (if any) and electronics. I remember a discussion about pull starting back a year or two, ...
by Tomfoolery
Wed Dec 16, 2020 7:06 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Which Anchor Do You Use
Replies: 36
Views: 569

Which Anchor Do You Use

I have a Fortress FX-7, which is their smallest. It's only 4 lb, but it's aluminium. And that small anchor holds like nobody's business. You do have to change the fluke angle between sand (32°) and mud (45°), and the wrong angle doesn't work very well in the wrong bottom. Veeery interesting. I didn...
by Tomfoolery
Wed Dec 16, 2020 5:45 am
Forum: Performance & Tuning
Topic: Something weird happened
Replies: 7
Views: 220

Re: Something weird happened

It wouldn't surprise me at all if your motor won't run without a battery. In the instruction manual for my battery switch, it explicitly says to not turn the switch to zero while the engine is running. It's an EFI system, so no surprise that it doesn't run without a battery. Can't pull start one ei...
by Tomfoolery
Tue Dec 15, 2020 6:24 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Anchor locker too small, so...?
Replies: 35
Views: 860

Re: Anchor locker too small, so...?

I have a Fortress FX-7, which is their smallest. It's only 4 lb, but it's aluminium. And that small anchor holds like nobody's business. You do have to change the fluke angle between sand (32°) and mud (45°), and the wrong angle doesn't work very well in the wrong bottom. I've had it stuck in mud wh...
by Tomfoolery
Sat Dec 12, 2020 5:44 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Admiral
Replies: 10
Views: 377

Re: Admiral

I've been on this site since 1/10/2004, and I'm only a captain. I should be at least a 2 star admiral by now. Why is that? One of life's mysteries. Well, lets see - at an average of 0.16 posts/day, and 15 posts short of “Admiral” status, that means we can expect a promotion in about 94 days. At the...
by Tomfoolery
Fri Nov 27, 2020 9:16 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: So I just bought a Mac X....
Replies: 166
Views: 6795

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

Since you're unsure about the rigging, I would suggest only trying to connect the inner side stays, or lower shrouds, and the forestay only. Connect the side stays with the mast pinned to the tabernacle or hinge plate, then with help, walk the mast up and pin the forestay. You can then stare at it a...
by Tomfoolery
Fri Nov 27, 2020 5:31 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: What communications radio do you have?
Replies: 34
Views: 855

Re: What communications radio do you have?

Marine VHF uses 50 ohm coax. Not the same as TV antenna coax RG-58 and RG-6 (75 ohm). RG-8X I believe is the most common on small boats, though there is the thinner, cheaper (with higher signal loss) RG-58. There’s an even heavier coax for marine VHF (don’t recall the designation), but I suspect the...
by Tomfoolery
Thu Nov 26, 2020 7:45 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: So I just bought a Mac X....
Replies: 166
Views: 6795

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

And check these out... https://i.postimg.cc/XrsbsH1P/20201125-162449-Small.jpg That light looks amber to me. What light is it, and where is it? Edit: Oh, wait - I recognize the little boos it’s mounted to. It’s the stern light. Is that color just the camera and/or my iPad? Should be white, of course.
by Tomfoolery
Sat Nov 21, 2020 7:24 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: So I just bought a Mac X....
Replies: 166
Views: 6795

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...