Recent content by Rick Macdonald

  1. Rick Macdonald

    Gap At The Bow Support When Loading Hunter 23.5

    Dave, I put a strap vertically down from the bow eye to the trailer frame. Is that ok? I broke the winch strap once when I hit a speed bump in the parking lot a little too fast. The strap was pretty old at the time, maybe 18 years.
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    Rigging preventer lines H260

    On my H23.5, I rigged my preventers exactly as shown in Georgia's handy-dandy diagram. Except, I run the lines through the blocks on the shroud U-bolt blocks back to the stern cleats instead of a stanchion base. I attach the snap shackles to the same eye as the mainsheet. I'm never in really...
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    Proper tying up at slip

    I put a little loop of line between the u-bolts of my shrouds. From there I run spring lines fore and aft to cleats on the dock near the bow and stern. The line was a bit chaffed after 15 years so I replaced it a few years ago. It was a temporary measure but I've had it this way for 18 years...
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    Boom questions

    I agree with the other Rick, reefing line and topping lift. You should be able to tell which by the length. Oh, but if you have 2 reefing points on the main, then these would be for the 2 reefing lines. The loops under the boom: farthest aft is for the reefing line, farthest forward is for the...
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    Gap At The Bow Support When Loading Hunter 23.5

    Oh, once I hit a speed bumb going a bit too fast in the resort and the (18-year-old & weathered) winch strap broke. After replacing it I also put a snug strap from the bow pad eye vertically down to the tongue to help take some strain off the winch strap.
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    Gap At The Bow Support When Loading Hunter 23.5

    This happens to me as well. I open the ballast valve before driving the boat onto the trailer. I winch it up tight and then go up the ramp far enough for the ballast to drain. The boat shifts though, leaving a gap of about 3 inches. Then I snug up the winch strap again, reducing the gap a lot...
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    Hunter 23.5 pad eye on bottom of boom

    As shown in the diagram above, the vang, the main sheet, and two Reef bales. Maybe they give you extra the Reef bail in case you modify or replace your main.
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    Hunter 23.5 pad eye on bottom of boom

    As the others have said, it's for reefing. I don't know why it's free sliding though. It has to be aft of the grommet or you won't get it tight to the boom. For me it kept sliding forward so I tied it temporarily with a line figuring I would rivet it in place when I figured out the right...
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    Hunter 23.5 stern rail seats and rudder rigging

    Here are some photos. The one of the rudder lines probably doesn't help but it's hard to get a good view. I incuded the rudder lock (thanks Rick Webb!) which is one of many favorite mods. I'm glad I spent whatever I did for the stern rail seats. I wouldn't be without them. The boat was only 7...
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    Hunter 23.5 stern rail seats and rudder rigging

    I bought Stern rail seats for my '95 H23.5 in about 2003. I'm pretty sure the local sailboat shop ordered them from the Hunter Factory. I don't know if that is still possible. I'm not sure what I paid, but it was 16 years ago and I live in Canada and they had to be shipped from Florida. My price...
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    What size gooseneck to boom pin for 23.5?

    Bill Your original post mentioned you tried a couple different size bolts. The mention of a bolt reminds me of this story. We were on a H270 in the middle of Haro Straight, between the US and Canada, when we heard a little tinkle sound of metal falling on fiberglass and immediately after the...
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    What size gooseneck to boom pin for 23.5?

    It measured 10.04 mm. That's not very close to any imperial fraction so it seems it may well be a metric size: 10mm.
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    What size gooseneck to boom pin for 23.5?

    The photo doesn't match my pin at all. Mine is much shorter, smooth with no threads, with a hole drilled at one end for a split ring or cotter pin.
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    What size gooseneck to boom pin for 23.5?

    My boat is 90 minutes away. My trip to the lake today has been delayed until tomorrow, or perhaps until Tue or Wed.
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    23.5 mast stepping

    Right, a two-pully system would be impossible.