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by Sisu
Fri Nov 01, 2019 10:29 am
Forum: Performance & Tuning
Topic: Running back stay
Replies: 7
Views: 1009

Re: Running back stay

It's plenty strong for the designed application, but if you're integrating the fitting into standing rigging you may consider improving the backing plate. All other items of standing rigging are the strongest fittings on boat (except for maybe the outboard mount), tied directly into the hull.
by Sisu
Wed Oct 30, 2019 10:28 am
Forum: Performance & Tuning
Topic: Running back stay
Replies: 7
Views: 1009

Re: Running back stay

On a serious note, though, if the 26M is anything like my 25, the stanchions aren't secured very well thru the deck (just some fender washers on the other side). I have some aftermarket stern cleats with a proper backing plate that I use for anchoring my mainsheet system and spinnaker sheets (in add...
by Sisu
Wed Oct 30, 2019 10:24 am
Forum: Performance & Tuning
Topic: Running back stay
Replies: 7
Views: 1009

Re: Running back stay

A previous owner crashed it into the State of Wisconsin while on Lake Michigan in a storm.
by Sisu
Mon Oct 28, 2019 11:14 am
Forum: Performance & Tuning
Topic: Running back stay
Replies: 7
Views: 1009

Re: Running back stay

I considered putting runners on mine to accommodate a square-top main but thought the better of it, partially because I didn't have a good attachment point through the deck to the hull. Your friend has a point - it's not so much the wind-driven load on the rig or how tight you have your runners, it'...
by Sisu
Mon Oct 28, 2019 9:30 am
Forum: MacGregor/Venture Discussion
Topic: Dyneema Rigging
Replies: 4
Views: 534

Re: Dyneema Rigging

Do you mean standing rigging? I'd never do that since Dyneema chafes pretty easily and is susceptible to UV damage - neither of which apply to stainless steel. That said, I've been considering replacing my lifelines with dyneema when I install cushions so that I don't have to swage new wire ones, an...
by Sisu
Thu Oct 24, 2019 9:58 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Code zero sail
Replies: 12
Views: 772

Re: Code zero sail

Macs have very fractional rigs, so a big genoa/Code 0 really doesn't gain you much unless you raise the hoist height (inadvisable in all but the lightest air, since the mast is unsupported above the shrouds). The main provides most of your power. A good genoa will perform just fine, and you'll have ...
by Sisu
Tue Oct 01, 2019 4:06 pm
Forum: MacGregor/Venture Discussion
Topic: Rudder
Replies: 6
Views: 1415

Re: Rudder

Where are you located? I have a spare for my M25 that is broken but repairable with a little glass and epoxy.
by Sisu
Mon Sep 02, 2019 12:18 pm
Forum: MacGregor/Venture Discussion
Topic: Mac 26S: Removing the keel
Replies: 9
Views: 1435

Re: Mac 26S: Removing the keel

If you live somewhere near a boatyard, you might at least consider the option of using their travel lift and putting your boat up on jackstands for a little while. Higher upfront cost but saves a lot of time, effort, and headache. Sometimes you can talk your way into a good deal.
by Sisu
Mon Aug 26, 2019 9:59 am
Forum: MacGregor/Venture Discussion
Topic: Mac 26S: Removing the keel
Replies: 9
Views: 1435

Re: Mac 26S: Removing the keel

I pulled my Mac25's keel off a few years ago, but it was considerably easier since the keel sits outside the hull when retracted. We were able to do it on the trailer - dropped the head down off the bolt using a floor jack and dragged it back onto a cradle using a come-along. One option I considered...
by Sisu
Wed Aug 14, 2019 10:50 am
Forum: Performance & Tuning
Topic: Bending the mast
Replies: 4
Views: 1059

Re: Bending the mast

Easy enough to make your backstay adjustable, too - just cut it a few feet shorter, re-swage the eye, and add a 4:1 or 5:1 purchase in the space you just created. BWY also sells a kit.
by Sisu
Wed Aug 07, 2019 11:52 am
Forum: MacGregor/Venture Discussion
Topic: Peak "the Generator" headsail
Replies: 10
Views: 2476

Re: Peak "the Generator" headsail

I know I'm resurrecting a topic from March here, but I would like to point out that the Mac 25/26's very fractional sailplan doesn't lend itself well to a Code 0 style sail. For a true "drifter" sail I'd almost be tempted to run a masthead halyard (just take it down in a hurry if it starts blowing!)...
by Sisu
Wed Jan 02, 2019 7:10 pm
Forum: MacGregor/Venture Discussion
Topic: M25, Rebuilding the compression post base
Replies: 2
Views: 1921

Re: M25, Rebuilding the compression post base

I'll dig up some photos when I have a chance. Basically there's a plywood spacer between the top of the keel trunk and the cabin liner that the post sits on. The plywood is suspect, as the liner is sagging a little. My plan is to remove the liner under the compression post to access the wood, replac...
by Sisu
Tue Dec 11, 2018 12:25 pm
Forum: MacGregor/Venture Discussion
Topic: M25, Rebuilding the compression post base
Replies: 2
Views: 1921

M25, Rebuilding the compression post base

Has anyone rebuilt the top of the keel trunk where the compression post rests? Mine is really starting to sag, probably due to rotten plywood. My plan is to remove the post and bulkhead and cut the fiberglass top off with a oscillating tool. Then I can remove/replace the old core and either replace ...
by Sisu
Wed Jul 18, 2018 12:03 pm
Forum: MacGregor/Venture Discussion
Topic: Mac 25 Restoration
Replies: 41
Views: 12612

Re: Mac 25 Restoration

Thought I'd offer an update, 2 years on from the initial restoration. We just finished our first scored series on the boat racing PHRF in the spinnaker class, and we were within a few dumb mistakes of 2nd place overall! I was a little disappointed after we lost the series-deciding race to our rival,...
by Sisu
Tue Jul 17, 2018 11:31 am
Forum: MacGregor/Venture Discussion
Topic: Epoxy for Rudder
Replies: 5
Views: 2093

Re: Epoxy for Rudder

Good discussion here: http://forum.woodenboat.com/showthread.php?204392-Epoxy-alternative-it-West-System I looked for alternatives for my keel project before deciding that West was worth the extra bucks. You're only saving $20-30 with other 5:1 systems per gallon (your rudder project will probably u...