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  1. stickinthemud57

    Re-configuring lifelines on the MacGregor 26S

    Nice tiller - hoping to get one for Christmas! Also nice folding seats. Where did you get those? Great idea with the padding on the lifelines. I removed my stern rail to get them out of the way to get the boat onto my supports to apply anti-fouling paint, and decided to not re-install them...
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    Re-configuring lifelines on the MacGregor 26S

    Sail SFbay, I appreciate the advice. My sailing sailing venues are quite tame as opposed to your stomping grounds (San Francisco Bay, right?). Area lakes, no coastal or blue water, and if the wind is consistently above 20 MPH, I don't even go. D Swanson, Definitely. The foot of the brace will...
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    Re-configuring lifelines on the MacGregor 26S

    For a long time I have disliked the way the lifelines on my 26S have interfered with getting in and out of the cockpit and prevented crewmembers from sitting on the gunwales to help balance the boat. I have toyed with a modification idea and am determined to bring it to fruition while I have the...
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    Stern rail for 26S

    Sorry, but cody_cody did want it and it has been delivered. The folks at Railmakers are great, so go to them first if you are considering buying new.
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    Cabin Wall Strength Question if Increase Window Opening Size

    Two things that would help, IMO, would be to choose a material as strong as the material you are removing, and attach it firmly enough that the integrity of the structure as a whole is maintained. In home building, framing is done such that the structure is sound even if there is no window or...
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    Flooding issues with Tohatsu 8 HP 2-stroke

    Update: Adding a petcock to my fuel line seems to have done the trick. Still on my agenda is replacement of fuel lines and fuel pump diaphragms.
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    Bent mast

    The bend in your mast is slight enough and you have enough lever-arm distance that the above-mentioned technique might be the quickest and easiest way to go. If not, I straightened a badly bent mast from my Hunter 170 in a two-step process: 1 - Set the mast against my home's foundation slab...
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    Flooding issues with Tohatsu 8 HP 2-stroke

    Well, there's an authoritative source if ever there was one! Vent closed when running. Check. Recent fuel leak into the lazarette has me schooled on that one. Run the engine frequently. Check. The guys at the marina say I am out there more than the ducks. I have a few gas additives on my...
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    Flooding issues with Tohatsu 8 HP 2-stroke

    Interesting! Yes, my bulb and hose are old. I bought a new hose and bulb from Academy (Marine Raider brand) and it was a POS, had to practically stand on the bulb to get it to pump, so I just keep using the old one. I regularly check the fuel filter, and am seeing nothing there, but it's good to...
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    Flooding issues with Tohatsu 8 HP 2-stroke

    Thanks for that. I will definitely explore new carb prices if my "easy" fixes don't cut it. I'm definitely not into spending a whole day to save $100, then hoping I did it right!
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    Flooding issues with Tohatsu 8 HP 2-stroke

    Well, I had the boat out this evening and noticed that smoke exiting the engine cover. It abated after a few minutes. I am convinced that fuel is leaking inside the engine cover. My suspicion is that fuel lines and perhaps portions of the fuel pump have been damaged by the ethanol fuel and...
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    Flooding issues with Tohatsu 8 HP 2-stroke

    Well, the tank has a "vent" knob on the cap, but it is useless. The only way to relieve pressure in the tank is to loosen the cap. I think it is ironic when you realize that the purpose for these non-venting tanks is to reduce the amount of hydrocarbons released into the atmosphere, but the...
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    Flooding issues with Tohatsu 8 HP 2-stroke

    Update: After disconnecting the fuel line and running the motor dry on Saturday, today I connected the fuel line, gave the bulb a few pumps and the motor started up, no trouble. I am beginning to think the problem lies at least to some extent with the fuel tank creating pressure that causes the...
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    Companionway Hatch Storage

    In my 26S, when sailing I just toss the cover into the double berth under the cockpit. When at anchor, it provides a little extra "counter space" when placed across the engine well.
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    Flooding issues with Tohatsu 8 HP 2-stroke

    Thanks for that input, but my gas tank is protected from the elements in the lazarette.
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    Flooding issues with Tohatsu 8 HP 2-stroke

    Thanks for that. Apparently, Grapevine Texas is an E0 desert. Thanks. Is there a way to tell if this is the problem (or part of it)?
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    Flooding issues with Tohatsu 8 HP 2-stroke

    My "expert" mentioned the use of Trufuel, and that several people he knows use it, the added expense notwithstanding. As little fuel as this motor uses, perhaps that is an option I should pursue.
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    Flooding issues with Tohatsu 8 HP 2-stroke

    I have enjoyed using an older Tohatsu 2-cycle 8-horse outboard motor on my Mac 26S that is, until recently. For most of this season (starting in March here in North Texas) the motor has started right up, never needing any choke even when "cold". Lately, I have had trouble starting it and found...
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    Macgregor 25

    Ah, thanks for that. I think that fact was lurking in the back of my mind! I recall some of the cautionary tales of issues with that keel-raising mechanism being a potential point of failure/maintenance issue. I broke the centerboard cable on my 26S once but was still able to raise the...
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    Macgregor 25

    When I decided to get a larger boat, the Mac 25 was on my list, but I opted for 26S. Put simply, the 25 is a 26 minus the lazarette (which is ideal for extra storage and gas tank). I constantly get compliments on my 26S, and am glad I went with it. Of course, you may have considered the 26 and...