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by Ixneigh
Sun Dec 02, 2018 4:28 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Back in the water
Replies: 8
Views: 2126

Re: Back in the water

Took the boat out this afternoon. Rudders work well. I was concerned that the foil section was different than the rudder craft one. No difference, if anything, better. The new rudders carry the thickness back a bit. Down hauls are a bit problematical since I did change that knot arrangement, but I k...
by Ixneigh
Fri Nov 30, 2018 4:21 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Back in the water
Replies: 8
Views: 2126

Re: Back in the water

That's similar to what the yard guys were using. It's too heavy (for me) to use overhead.

Ix
by Ixneigh
Fri Nov 30, 2018 8:28 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Back in the water
Replies: 8
Views: 2126

Back in the water

Boats finally back in. In late this year due to our local yard, where I had the boat removed from the trailer to paint the bottom, operating on island time. I got a quote from them to remove all the antifouling paint, and apply 3 coats of interprotect 2000. They are friendly, but disorganized. It to...
by Ixneigh
Fri Nov 30, 2018 7:59 am
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Previous Reversing accident ... Check your bolts sailor!
Replies: 27
Views: 5689

Re: Previous Reversing accident ... Check your bolts sailor!

Stainless corrosion is a fact of life in sea water. For what its worth, I have a bunch of zinks on the outboard bracket. I see a white haze on all my steering gear metal. The zinks are protecting all the metal back there by feeding hungry stainless some free electrons. Use the best stainless you can...
by Ixneigh
Sun Nov 18, 2018 11:11 am
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Previous Reversing accident ... Check your bolts sailor!
Replies: 27
Views: 5689

Re: Previous Reversing accident ... Check your bolts sailor!

Check stuff like that every few years. I removed one bolt this season. It looked fine. My boat is 6 years old.

Ix
by Ixneigh
Tue Nov 06, 2018 7:10 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Last Sail of Season - Rudder Pivot Bolt Failure
Replies: 22
Views: 4117

Re: Last Sail of Season - Rudder Pivot Bolt Failure

Bringing the rudders to the top of the cockpit combing and making the pivot point there is a interesting idea. I'll look at it.
Glassing the rudders was required for the way I use the boat. She's in the water at least half the year.

Ux
by Ixneigh
Thu Nov 01, 2018 9:54 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Last Sail of Season - Rudder Pivot Bolt Failure
Replies: 22
Views: 4117

Re: Last Sail of Season - Rudder Pivot Bolt Failure

I haven't done the be all end all fix.. yet. I just upgraded the rudders and pins. The fix is as follows. It entails making a second pivot point about halfway up the transom. From this pivot point. Cheeks of rigid material extend down to each side of the existing bracket and pivot bolt. The bolt goe...
by Ixneigh
Mon Oct 29, 2018 8:18 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Last Sail of Season - Rudder Pivot Bolt Failure
Replies: 22
Views: 4117

Re: Last Sail of Season - Rudder Pivot Bolt Failure

I haven't broken them.yet but I put in half inch boltsanywsy. I think i have the be all end all fix for the rudder bracket and wonky support hardware. That along with the oak rudders blades smothered in as much glass as I could put on them should fix this particular annoyance. That's all next off se...
by Ixneigh
Tue Oct 16, 2018 2:13 pm
Forum: Performance & Tuning
Topic: Additional 25 kg Lead in Daggerboard
Replies: 7
Views: 2494

Re: Additional 25 kg Lead in Daggerboard

Concur anything less than 200 lbs would be pi$$ in the wind...so to speak.
Ix
by Ixneigh
Wed Oct 03, 2018 7:45 pm
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Rudders and awlgrip.
Replies: 3
Views: 1296

Re: Rudders and awlgrip.

Re what what would I use There is no question that awlgrip is the final answer. In not only gloss and fade resistance, but adhesion. I have mixed feelings. Gelgoat is easier for sure. But it will fade in a few years. however, if if lasted 20 years for you... I know I could get a much better finish, ...
by Ixneigh
Tue Oct 02, 2018 9:39 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Friends' boat just went down
Replies: 51
Views: 12418

Re: Friends' boat just went down

The boat could probably be repaired if he had a lot of custom work done already.
Ix
by Ixneigh
Tue Oct 02, 2018 9:31 am
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Rudders and awlgrip.
Replies: 3
Views: 1296

Rudders and awlgrip.

New rudders are on. The bronze bushing for the pivot bolt is a must. I used half inch bolts also. Big improvement. I was going to do that even with the plastic rudders. Awlgrip... best left to professionals. Last year, I made opening ports that were direct drop ins for a top window opening. However....
by Ixneigh
Sun Sep 23, 2018 1:16 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: New to the forum the 26M and boating.
Replies: 28
Views: 5119

Re: New to the forum the 26M and boating.

Two happiest days in a sailors life: day he buys the boat. Day he sells the boat ;)

Ix
by Ixneigh
Thu Sep 20, 2018 7:24 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Ruddercraft rudders for the 26X
Replies: 17
Views: 4019

Re: Ruddercraft rudders for the 26X

I glassed mine with west epoxy. Used a bronze bushing and painted with grey epoxy primer. 2 layers of biax on each side of rudder head. Upgrade to half inch bolt. They arent breaking. Long job though.
Ix
by Ixneigh
Thu Sep 06, 2018 3:31 pm
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Making rudders
Replies: 58
Views: 14079

Re: Making rudders

In the last few weeks I have been sheathing my new rudder blanks with 10 ounce cloth and some heavier glass at the rudder heads where the pivot pins are. I am upgrading to a fully bushed half inch bolt. Found some nice bronze bushings on Ebay. The fiberglass adds quite a bit of weight. It also takes...