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by dustoff
Sun Sep 09, 2018 7:09 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Thank You Health for getting the forum working again
Replies: 41
Views: 7878

Re: Thank You Health for getting the forum working again

I noticed that the forum search still only goes back about 12 months. Is that functionality gone forever? There's such a treasure of comments and discussions, I hope he can fix that.
by dustoff
Thu Jul 12, 2018 5:26 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Ode to my Mac
Replies: 7
Views: 2053

Re: Ode to my Mac

I do the same thing. Word of warning about the west marine gunwale ladder. It'll crack the gelcoat on the gunwale when adults use it to climb on. Recommend putting a folded blanket or a painter's pad under it when hooking it over the gunwale. I'm going to order the track mount ladder from BWY when I...
by dustoff
Tue Jun 26, 2018 7:52 pm
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Winch replacement
Replies: 27
Views: 5722

Re: Winch replacement

I replaced my marelon winches with the Anderson 10's and the holes fit perfectly. I was very pleasantly surprised. I used the winches a lot with my 150 Genoa when trying to sheet in tight heading up wind. Now that I have a 105 jib, I only really need them when trying to flatten out the sail when try...
by dustoff
Wed Aug 10, 2016 1:19 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Sippy Cup
Replies: 6
Views: 1482

Re: Sippy Cup

Thanks guys
Next year I'll have an autopilot, a larger crew, and some new sails to make it more fun and hopefully the boat more competitive.
Dustoff.
by dustoff
Tue Aug 09, 2016 8:47 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Sippy Cup
Replies: 6
Views: 1482

Sippy Cup

Participated in the Northern Chesapeake Sippy Cup overnight race last weekend. A challenging, but great experience. It runs from Turkey Point down to Annapolis Cuscus from this forum won the Sippy Cup class (boats over 200 phrf rating) in his 1977 Pearson. I, sadly, had to give up during the night. ...
by dustoff
Tue Jul 19, 2016 12:54 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Swept spreaders and mainsail shape
Replies: 29
Views: 4415

Re: Swept spreaders and mainsail shape

I got this great information and analysis from Judy B. It should be of great interest to anyone who has used stock sails for more than a couple of seasons. http://i66.tinypic.com/23qx73l.jpg http://i63.tinypic.com/cl4lz.jpg Hi Rob, I can appreciate the difficulty of taking pics while sailing. But be...
by dustoff
Fri Jul 15, 2016 9:53 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Anchor locker lid
Replies: 24
Views: 3359

Re: Anchor locker lid

My Fortress FX-11 is fantastic in mud, pretty good in sand, terrible in vegetation, and will potentially bend the flukes in rocks. For the Chesapeake, it works great as a primary anchor (its mostly muddy bottom), and it fits inside the M locker with 30 ft of chain and 120 feet of rope rode. I like i...
by dustoff
Mon Jul 11, 2016 10:20 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Swept spreaders and mainsail shape
Replies: 29
Views: 4415

Re: Swept spreaders and mainsail shape

Thanks Judy I was out this weekend, and made some observations, but I forgot to take some pics. But based on what I saw, my mainsail looks exactly like the blown out M sail in your picture. Also, all the symptoms you are describing are also affecting my sailing performance. Probably my biggest probl...
by dustoff
Thu Jul 07, 2016 7:38 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Forestay wire and furling advice needed
Replies: 17
Views: 2489

Re: Forestay wire and furling advice needed

Okay, I'll pass along a lesson I learned the hard way. If something is tangled, stuck, or fouled, brute force is almost never the way to solve the problem. I've torn out mainsail grommets and sail sliders amongst other things that should have been resolved with a more patient approach. Hooking your ...
by dustoff
Fri Jul 01, 2016 8:10 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Swept spreaders and mainsail shape
Replies: 29
Views: 4415

Re: Swept spreaders and mainsail shape

Thanks guys, that's what I figured. I guess the stretch in the main has been gradual, so I didn't really notice it until this year. I guess I'll add a new main to the top of the wish list for this offseason. As far as the 50% goes, I would have to add that it takes a lot of trimming, effort, and con...
by dustoff
Fri Jul 01, 2016 8:14 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Swept spreaders and mainsail shape
Replies: 29
Views: 4415

Swept spreaders and mainsail shape

I have a question if it is normal for the swept spreaders on my M to often disrupt a perfect mainsail shape. I still have my original stock sails, which are now 5 years old. I've used them an average amount in that time, and very few times in winds over 15 kts. I believe I've maintained the main wel...
by dustoff
Sun Jun 19, 2016 10:26 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: How to prevent sail from sliding out when lowering?
Replies: 15
Views: 2429

Re: How to prevent sail from sliding out when lowering?

Oh, I forgot. You can also install a $5.00 sail stop that has a plug and screw tightener that will block the sliders from going all the way down to the opening. The disadvantages of this choice depends on the height of the sail feed opening. On the M and X it is so high that the mainsail won't come ...
by dustoff
Sun Jun 19, 2016 10:15 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: How to prevent sail from sliding out when lowering?
Replies: 15
Views: 2429

Re: How to prevent sail from sliding out when lowering?

you have to install a mast gate over the sail feed opening. The gate is in the shape of the groove/mast and provides a temporary continuous run for the sliders. I got mine from BWYachts. Its a nice simple stamped stainless design that is secured with little shock cords that allow you to open and clo...
by dustoff
Sun Jun 19, 2016 10:02 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Mishap After Action Review
Replies: 9
Views: 1995

Mishap After Action Review

I thought I'd share a minor mishap story, that could have turned out badly, so that others can learn from my mistakes, and some things I did right. I was recovering the boat at Kent Narrows launch ramp, coming through the channel from the north, with my 17 yo son and his friend, after spending 4 hou...
by dustoff
Fri Jun 17, 2016 4:35 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: The Mac is back! Well, sort of...
Replies: 15
Views: 2107

Re: The Mac is back! Well, sort of...

is this even legit? Did they buy the molds or something from Roger Macgregor's daughter when she gave up building the tattoo 26 and folded up her factory in Florida?