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  1. Phil V25

    Strictly Sail Chicago trip

    Leaving for Chicago tomorrow. Taking Amtrack out of Osceola early on Wednesday. Looking forward to being around sailors again. I just hope the body will hold up. Hope to see a few trailer sailors!
  2. Phil V25

    Strictly Sail Chicago

    After getting the latest good news from my oncologist we decided to celebrate with a trip. At first I thought about going some place warm, but most of those places were to far away and/or to expensive. We have talked about Strictly Sail - Chicago as a fun thing to do for many years. We decided...
  3. Phil V25

    Sailing days are over - for good!

    Eleven months since the cancer diagnosis. I've had four major surgeries, many hours of recovery and rehabilitation and I'm left with a body that aches all the time and I have multiple lifting and bending restrictions. Mis'Adventure has not been wet since June 2010. Last weekend while visiting...
  4. Phil V25

    Changes

    On Saturday October 23 I had emergency surgery to remove my T-5 because of cancerous growth. The Renal Cell Carcinoma had spread from my right kidney. This Thursday they will remove the kidney. Please think of me and my wonderful wife on Thursday. I have adopted a new slogan: "it is what it...
  5. Phil V25

    Filling holes in fiberglass

    Last summer in the Apostle Islands I destroyed (don't ask) my Garelick motor mount. I've decided that when replacing it I will lower it several inches. What is the best way to close the old bolt holes that are approximately 1/4"?
  6. Phil V25

    Sailing Channel TV

    Links to a PBS station back east somewhere. http://www.wliw.org/productions/lifestyle/sailing-channel-theater/cruising-has-no-limits/438/
  7. Phil V25

    Anchoring

    We will be experiencing our first night at anchor when we visit the Apostle Islands in eighteen days. I have my anchor gear ready (except for some anti-chafe gear). I only have one bow cleat so I will be adding a six inch cleat. I understand my scope requirement and will anticipate wind shifts...
  8. Phil V25

    Electrical Spread Sheet

    Somewhere in the past someone had a spreadsheet for calculating electrical demand. I thought I saved it but I can't located my copy, does anyone have that file? I'm not sure what forum I saw it, but it was at least 3 years ago.
  9. Phil V25

    Mast wiring

    I am rewiring the mast. I have an anchor light at the top, a steaming light 1/3 the way down and a deck light midway between the spreaders and the base. This is all original on the mast. I will replace the anchor and steaming with new Aqua Signal 25 series lights. There is an existing two...
  10. Phil V25

    Transporting a Mast

    I need to bring my mast home for some repair work. I don't want to bring the whole boat home, any suggestions for bring the just the mast. I have a long bed super cab F150 with a topper.
  11. Phil V25

    Finally

    Last year was such a bad year for our sailing activities; what with two floods (one at home and one at the lake), Pam's nephew drowning in the flood swollen Raccoon River and five days of searching for him, Pam's younger sisters cancer returning, major back problems and home repairs it just...
  12. Phil V25

    Any Central Iowa Mac sailors here?

    See the CIMS link below http://bbs.trailersailor.com/forums/macgregor/index.cgi/read/40274
  13. Phil V25

    Golf Cart Batteries

    I have been reading Don Casey's book "Sailboat Electrics Simplified" and he recommends using 6V golf cart batteries as an economic alternative. I have never heard of any one using these batteries. Do any of you have any experience with these batteries on their sailboats?
  14. Phil V25

    Golf Cart batteries

    I have been reading Don Casey's book "Sailboat Electrics Simplified" and he recommends using 6V golf cart batteries as an economic alternative. I have never heard of any TSBB's using these batteries. Do any of you have any experience with these batteries on their sailboats?
  15. Phil V25

    Scope

    When anchoring I understand that a 7:1 scope is recommended. So lets say you are anchored in 10 feet of water and have played out 70 feet of rode. During the night the wind shifts 180 degrees and you are now in 20 feet of water. So do you let out more rode? Or is the 7:1 scope relative to where...
  16. Phil V25

    Hey Gregg - Venture 25 Upgrades

    I do not want to Highjack this thread, but Phil, what upgrades have you done to your V25? I have the same one, and I have a few ideas. Thanks, Gregg I have done very little to my V25 in the six years I have had the boat. Around here we have a thing called WINTER that pretty much stops any...
  17. Phil V25

    Learning to sail

    I have been visiting Macgregorowners.com more since the site has been redone. I find it has many useful features that other sites don't offer. Since I have returned I have pointed several posters to a link that provides basic to advanced sailing instruction. Several years ago I was pointed to...