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by Tomfoolery
Mon Nov 09, 2020 4:18 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Use of the USA (& other country's) "Yacht" ensigns
Replies: 1
Views: 151

Re: Use of the USA (& other country's) "Yacht" ensigns

That's all I fly, unless I'm in Canadian waters. Then I fly the National Ensign, as you're not supposed to fly the yacht ensign outside of US waters, plus a Canadian courtesy flag off the starboard halyard.


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by Tomfoolery
Fri Nov 06, 2020 8:30 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Trailer questions
Replies: 9
Views: 449

Re: Trailer questions

I made an extension to put on the prop... but it was just marker lights. I LIKE this idea and the back-up light idea is even better. Found these pics right next to the others. They're just cheap Harbor Freight LED stop/turn/tail/marker lights, and the white light came from etrailer.com I believe. I...
by Tomfoolery
Fri Nov 06, 2020 7:39 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: DIY Tandem Axles
Replies: 13
Views: 595

Re: DIY Tandem Axles

This year we are going to replace the springs and the U-bolts that attach the springs to the axle. If I might make a suggestion, use lighter capacity springs than the originals. You don't need 7000 lb worth of suspension to carry a 4000 lb boat (minus tongue weight). Equalized leaf springs will sha...
by Tomfoolery
Fri Nov 06, 2020 7:25 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Trailer questions
Replies: 9
Views: 449

Re: Trailer questions

I'm with Herschel on this. I ripped out the frozen drum brakes on both axles when I got the boat, and put discs on the rear axle only, with new surge brake coupler and lines. It was essentially a kit from etrailer. For tires, I'm well under axle and wheel/tire rating since my OEM trailer had a seco...
by Tomfoolery
Fri Nov 06, 2020 7:19 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Trailer questions
Replies: 9
Views: 449

Re: Trailer questions

I'm with Herschel on this. I ripped out the frozen drum brakes on both axles when I got the boat, and put discs on the rear axle only, with new surge brake coupler and lines. It was essentially a kit from etrailer. For tires, I'm well under axle and wheel/tire rating since my OEM trailer had a secon...
by Tomfoolery
Fri Nov 06, 2020 7:00 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Solas prop hieroglyphics for DF70A
Replies: 12
Views: 574

Re: Solas prop hieroglyphics for DF70A

If you have fast current, I don't know how useful the speed data will be, unless you have a sensor on the boat. GPS won't be of much value. You should be able to get a WOT RPM, though. That will give you an important data point. Yeah, you have to do speed runs both directions and average them. Take...
by Tomfoolery
Tue Nov 03, 2020 6:31 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: So I just bought a Mac X....
Replies: 166
Views: 6791

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

The black bladed thing looks like an anchor indicator that some countries require to be hung from your halyard while at anchor. The closed fabric net thing may be part of that but I'm not sure? The US doesn't use this system. https://i.postimg.cc/56vQZTZ6/20201029-203413.jpg Day signals, I'm guessi...
by Tomfoolery
Tue Nov 03, 2020 6:21 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: DIY Tandem Axles
Replies: 13
Views: 595

Re: DIY Tandem Axles

I read a lot from this forum and I wanted to keep the tandem axles centered with the original axle to maintain the same tongue weight, but the bend in the frame rails would not let me move the axle that far. I moved the axle as far forward as the frame would allow me, but with the extra weight in t...
by Tomfoolery
Mon Nov 02, 2020 7:47 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Thanks to the Members....
Replies: 23
Views: 3200

Re: Thanks to the Members....

I work in Big Construction, primarily in Big Cities. There's enough animosity behind the scenes to keep anyone who lives for conflict happy. I come here, and a couple of select other places, to get away from all that, among other reasons. :D Come to think of it, sailing is (for me) a solo pastime, a...
by Tomfoolery
Sun Nov 01, 2020 4:50 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: JIB OR GENOA?
Replies: 17
Views: 982

Re: JIB OR GENOA?

I have both, and an asymmetric spinnaker. The nice thing about the genoa is that if I’m feeling lazy, I can deploy it alone, no main, and sail pretty well. Not great, but remember - “lazy”. The jib points much higher, doesn’t block my view on the lee side, doesn’t need a winch, and the sheets don’t ...
by Tomfoolery
Fri Oct 30, 2020 5:26 am
Forum: Trailers & Towing
Topic: OB up or down?
Replies: 24
Views: 4281

Re: OB up or down?

If we can get to some weigh scales we will also get that done as well. Unfortunately there do not appear to be any locally that we have found but it is something we would like to get accomplished before our trip. Weighing just the tongue should be fine if that's your main concern, but you can alway...
by Tomfoolery
Thu Oct 29, 2020 5:11 pm
Forum: Trip Logs
Topic: A lazy cruise on the St. Johns River Florida
Replies: 47
Views: 1605

Re: A lazy cruise on the St. Johns River Florida

It is not marked with a channel so it helps to have a good chart plotter with accurate soundings and a good "fathometer" to use an old Navy term, for which our Garmin qualified. The Admiral continues to do a yeoman's job crewing for me. She prefers not to be on the helm in these tight quarters. Hap...
by Tomfoolery
Thu Oct 29, 2020 2:02 pm
Forum: Performance & Tuning
Topic: What's wrong with this traveler?
Replies: 3
Views: 318

Re: What's wrong with this traveler?

I'm not clear on what you're trying to accomplish. If you want the traveler to move freely when tacking, just ease the lee control so when you tack, the traveler can move freely to the opposite side. Being able to move the traveler to the windward side has advantages, though, which you lose with the...
by Tomfoolery
Thu Oct 29, 2020 7:49 am
Forum: Trip Logs
Topic: A lazy cruise on the St. Johns River Florida
Replies: 47
Views: 1605

Re: A lazy cruise on the St. Johns River Florida

One word of caution about this resort, the ramp here has an aerial support wire about twenty feet high over it. It would not be possible to launch a Mac or any sailboat here unless it was done with the mast unstepped. But since Roger had the foresight to make baby stays and an MRS, it's not ever an...
by Tomfoolery
Thu Oct 29, 2020 7:44 am
Forum: Trailers & Towing
Topic: OB up or down?
Replies: 24
Views: 4281

Re: OB up or down?

Recent CAT scale printout of my van, sans trailer. FYI. https://i.postimg.cc/gXzWfZCP/CAT-Scale-Ticket.jpg I weighed it because the ride seemed excessively harsh, and sure enough, it was about a ton under the GVWR of 11,030 lb, a ton under rear axle GAWR of 7720 lb, and half a ton under front axle G...