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by Tomfoolery
Fri Feb 21, 2020 9:43 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Mast Raising Alterations 26M
Replies: 93
Views: 2199

Re: Mast Raising Alterations 26M

A 6061 T6 tube, 1.5" OD x .125 W x 8 ft long is about $55 from several online metal suppliers. Same stuff the MRS is made of.
by Tomfoolery
Fri Feb 21, 2020 8:22 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Mast Raising Alterations 26M
Replies: 93
Views: 2199

Re: Mast Raising Alterations 26M

Line-control whisker poles have neither. You pull a line to extend the pole, and cleat it off to hold it at that length. They can't handle tension, unless they're fully extended, but as they're not intended for tension service, I don't know how much tension the stops are designed to withstand. Twist...
by Tomfoolery
Fri Feb 21, 2020 6:58 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Mast Raising Alterations 26M
Replies: 93
Views: 2199

Re: Mast Raising Alterations 26M

HEY TOM! back to this pole thing - so now that we have established a solid line from higher up on the mast to the deck this really makes the whisker pole even more practical. The pole can be PERMANENTLY hinged on the side of the mast? And to make things even better make it a sliding locking deal - ...
by Tomfoolery
Thu Feb 20, 2020 4:28 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Mission bay to San Diego bay and back in a day.
Replies: 30
Views: 2228

Re: Mission bay to San Diego bay and back in a day.

The video I saw was a little more detailed on his MRS rig - in the video I saw he explained and demonstrated how he could stop the mast from falling at any angle by just grabbing the lines with very little pressure - he called it the "brake" and he also demonstrated how he makes his spreaders clear...
by Tomfoolery
Thu Feb 20, 2020 5:33 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Mast Raising Alterations 26M
Replies: 93
Views: 2199

Re: Mast Raising Alterations 26M

But asking Tom is good too 8) :o :o :o Asking is good; the responses may not be. :P Putting the top of those attachment rings exactly in line with the hinge center of the mast would mean the baby stay geometry remains constant throughout the range of motion of the mast. That also means you'd need e...
by Tomfoolery
Tue Feb 18, 2020 1:05 pm
Forum: Trailers & Towing
Topic: Working on Steel 2005 Mac Trailer
Replies: 7
Views: 317

Re: Working on Steel 2005 Mac Trailer

Go to this thread https://macgregorsailors.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=27521 and slide down to the third from the bottom post. There's a link to a pdf file with all the suppliers information, like raw material specifications and such. Since MacGregor built their own trailers (I've been told), the ...
by Tomfoolery
Tue Feb 18, 2020 12:05 pm
Forum: Trailers & Towing
Topic: Working on Steel 2005 Mac Trailer
Replies: 7
Views: 317

Re: Working on Steel 2005 Mac Trailer

Have you tried Bluewater Yachts? They're a sponsor and advertiser here. Also, try the old MacGregor website 'suppliers corner', which is on here somewhere.
by Tomfoolery
Sun Feb 16, 2020 7:37 am
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Wind Song (26X) Outboard Swap
Replies: 29
Views: 1026

Re: Wind Song (26X) Outboard Swap

Tom, thanks for that link. Kinda hate to buy a tool I may only use once but $20 isn’t too bad I guess. I like the sling idea. I get the idea of the spreader bar (good idea) but I’m fuzzy on what you mean by choker. I looked around and didn’t see any 5/8”-20 shouldered eye bolts (fine thread), but f...
by Tomfoolery
Sat Feb 15, 2020 6:21 pm
Forum: Destinations, Clubs, Events and Venues
Topic: Dreaming About Haida Gwaii
Replies: 21
Views: 2134

Re: Dreaming About Haida Gwaii

What’s that red prop, John? I’ve haven’t seen that on your boat before, and I have pictures from the parking lot at some MMORs to prove it. :D
by Tomfoolery
Sat Feb 15, 2020 6:19 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Mast Raising Alterations 26M
Replies: 93
Views: 2199

Re: Mast Raising Alterations 26M

Yup. Doesn’t matter if it has a rotating mast, as the mast can/should be straight ahead when raising anyway, and the baby stays will keep it that way when under load.
by Tomfoolery
Sat Feb 15, 2020 5:29 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Mast Raising Alterations 26M
Replies: 93
Views: 2199

Re: Mast Raising Alterations 26M

Todd wrote:
Sat Feb 15, 2020 5:23 pm
I will keep hoping that the Mac Engineering Team here finds a better solution because I doubt I will come up with anything :)
Baby stays to the mast. I raise and lower my mast on the water most of the time.
by Tomfoolery
Sat Feb 15, 2020 3:21 pm
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Wind Song (26X) Outboard Swap
Replies: 29
Views: 1026

Re: Wind Song (26X) Outboard Swap

Yeah, Mercury makes a special lifting eye that attaches to the flywheel. And of course I don’t have it. It looks like a 5/8-18 shouldered eye bolt (forged), which is like $21. With a flywheel removal tool thrown in. https://www.amazon.com/Parts-Mercury-Flywheel-91-849154T1-91-90455-1/dp/B08373QFNN?...
by Tomfoolery
Sat Feb 15, 2020 6:08 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Mast Raising Alterations 26M
Replies: 93
Views: 2199

Re: Mast Raising Alterations 26M

I don’t remember the manufacturer, but there’s a boat out there somewhere with an integral V-shaped ‘gin pole’ arrangement that fits neatly at the bow rail when not used. Couldn’t find the video or photos, but they’re out there somewhere. Neatest factory arrangement I’ve ever seen. :wink:
by Tomfoolery
Fri Feb 14, 2020 7:42 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Mast Raising Alterations 26M
Replies: 93
Views: 2199

Re: Mast Raising Alterations 26M

Yikes! I didn’t know this was going to be on the test. I’d have been a little more thorough. :| If you want to prove the unstable part, put the mast butt and gin pole butt on a raised block so the foredeck attachment is lower, relatively speaking. The gin pole won’t stand up on its own, since the ma...