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  1. Rick Macdonald

    H23.5 mast base halyard sheave spacers

    The photo shows the broken spacer. I have none at all now and the main halyard binds between the sheaves. I don't know if there was originally one or two or three of these, but now they're all gone. I'm wondering how many should there be, and what is the shape of the corners that are broken off...
  2. Rick Macdonald

    2002 H260: is the drinking water tank vented?

    Does anybody know if the drinking water tank on the 2002 H260 is vented? On my buddy's H260, the galley and head sink pumps (Whale Flipper Galley Pump GP0418, non-pressurized) lose their prime and the water drains from the lines back to the tank. This doesn't happen when the tank is full, but...
  3. Rick Macdonald

    H23.5 electrical shock

    After 15 seasons with my H 23.5, I thought I knew everything I needed to know about this boat. After searching I only found one similar post but it was for a much larger Hunter. With with my swim ladder in the water and my feet on the top bracket of the ladder ladder, I bent over to reach the...
  4. Rick Macdonald

    Am I the only one who has to loosen forestay turnbuckle to lower mast?

    I'm wondering if this is normal or not. I've written everything I can think of to describe the situation: I've had my H23.5 for 14 years now. I only tuned the mast once, maybe 10 years ago. At the time I set the mast rake by hanging a wrench from the main halyard and measuring at the goose...
  5. Rick Macdonald

    Sliding hatch on H23.5: driling new holes

    I've been searching through the forum and found mentions of this issue, but not enough to give me the confidence to proceed. I removed, cleaned and re-bedded the wood strip on the forward top end of the sliding hatch on my 1995 H23.5. When I did that, I didn't have the time to deal with the...
  6. Rick Macdonald

    H23.5: water enters bilge pump through-hull and runs into bilge through the pump

    In my recent thread "H23.5 centerboard/compression post leak", Mike (soling42) suggested water can enter the bilge pump outlet/through-hull when heeled over far enough. Sure enough, this is indeed the cause of what I hope is my third and last leak. I've attached pictures. There are only a few...
  7. Rick Macdonald

    H23.5 centerboard/compression post leak

    My question is: on a H23.5, can I remove the compression post plate that sits on the centerboard trunk while the boat is on the trailer? Pat Adam says in his post for the H260: Step 2. Remove the retaining screws as well as the large bolt. (The large bolt holds the CB bracket, but you can...
  8. Rick Macdonald

    How to pump out when there isn't a station?

    I'm looking at a boat (2000 Hunter 270) that as far as we can tell has only a deck cap access for pumping out the holding tank. Pump-out stations are few and far between in Northern BC waters, where dumping is legal. Searching the web, I found a hand pump but I'm not sure if this is the right...
  9. Rick Macdonald

    Trailer balance and tongue weight

    My 1995 H23.5 has the factory trailer. When the trailer is empty, I can just barely lift the tongue (I'm not strong). With the boat on the trailer (right up to the rubber block on winch stand) and with the Honda 9.9 still on the transom (about 115lbs), I can lift it easily. With the engine off...
  10. Rick Macdonald

    Sailing with Don in the BVIs

    Well, I'm back! Everything was great! The picture was taken Saturday morning in Leverick Bay, in the North Sound of Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands. The Beneteau 423 was OK. The telltails were lacking. They were missing on the starboard side of the genoa, and just a few threads remained of...
  11. Rick Macdonald

    Climbing the mast on a H23.5

    Is going up the mast of a H23.5 while the boat is on the water (in a slip) OK to do? If I took a boat hook up I might not have to go all the way to the top. I weigh 155 pounds wearing shorts and a t-shirt. The marina is not protected so I might get hit by boat wakes. After launching my boat for...
  12. Rick Macdonald

    Rick Webb's boat slip

    Rick - I can't see the flag pole when looking straight down at your marina. Where's your boat? See link below... I sent Arturo a private email but didn't hear back. I was asking about the sailing life in his area. I see you are fairly close, about 45 miles by water? How far can you get (and...
  13. Rick Macdonald

    Spreaders on wrong side?

    I have a 1995 H23.5. Perhaps not a big deal, but when I stand in the cockpit and look forward and up at the spreaders, the one on the port side has a sticker that says "STARBOARD". If installed the other way around, the sticker would be on the top (of the starboard side of course) and not...
  14. Rick Macdonald

    Downwind sail trim

    Hi Don! Here's a question I haven't been able to answer for myself. It has to do with the transition from the main generating lift (as on a beam reach) to the main generating only drag (deep broad reach and run) as you need to pick points of sail farther off the wind. Light and shifty winds on...
  15. Rick Macdonald

    Ribbon anchor rodes

    I believe Ross's reference to ribbon anchor rodes in the thread about uncovered halyards was a jab at the guy who thought downward water pressure on the anchor rode was what stops a boat from moving. Well, they really do make a ribbon anchor rode. The "Ankarolina" material is like seat belt...
  16. Rick Macdonald

    OT - Chandlery stores in Houston

    I'm going to be in Houston for a few days the week of Apr 24. Does anybody know which of these two West Marine stores is bigger and better, or have any other recommendations? From the Airport, I'll be going to the southwest, near Westheimer and Tollway #8. West Marine Store #1712 District...
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    Main and jib sheet sizes - H23.5/240/26/260

    Below is a post of mine from a couple of weeks ago. It rolled off into the archives so I've quoted it below. This past weekend I replaced the 7/16" jib and main sheets with 3/8". As expected, it's harder on the hands but all in all I think the reduced friction is well worth it, especially for...
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    Main and jib sheet sizes - H23.5/240/26/260

    My used boat came with 7/16" main and jib sheets. I needed to replace them both with longer lines and got the same diameter. I'm thinking of downsizing them (next smaller size would be 3/8") for various reasons: Main: Lots of friction. I have to push the boom out in anything but heavy air...
  19. Rick Macdonald

    Spinlock PowerCleats sticky - worn? dirty?

    Almost two years ago I replaced my jib horn cleats with PowerCleats, as have others in this forum. Now I notice that they are very sticky and hard to operate. I have a new spare that I can easily open and close, but the ones on the boat need many times the force to get out of the fully closed or...
  20. Rick Macdonald

    Charging from outboard - not working? How to tell?

    I bought a multimeter a few months ago. I pull started my Honda 9.9a and with the O.B. cables not connected to the battery, there is no voltage across the cables wile the engine is idling. With the meter set with the same way, I read 12.74 directly on the battery (in case somebody asks if the...