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by Alexis
Tue Mar 12, 2019 3:15 pm
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Checking the forestay tension
Replies: 19
Views: 3439

Checking the forestay tension

Hello, I recently changed my headstay in the furling system and I am wondering if there is a method to check the tension of the stay? According to the boat manual the mast angle with the deck should be 94 degrees. Is that also an indication of the forestay tension? (I.E. 95 deg is not enough tension...
by Alexis
Thu Feb 28, 2019 1:54 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Is There No Hope For The Widow’s Son?
Replies: 10
Views: 2769

Re: Is There No Hope For The Widow’s Son?

Herschel wrote:I would hate to see our MacGregors fall into that situation.
I can't agree more! I feel very grateful for this forum to exist. It really helps in maintaining and sailing better these rather unusual boats.
by Alexis
Thu Feb 28, 2019 12:07 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Is There No Hope For The Widow’s Son?
Replies: 10
Views: 2769

Re: Is There No Hope For The Widow’s Son?

Hi,

IT professional here ! I may be able to help but I would like to ask a few questions about the way it is owned, organized, hosted, maintained... before going any further.

I can be contacted at alexis (dot) g (dot) robert (at) gmail (dot) com
by Alexis
Tue Feb 26, 2019 11:11 am
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: How to fix a leak in a stock bow light?
Replies: 6
Views: 2283

Re: How to fix a leak in a stock bow light?

Chinook wrote:They're kinda tricky to remove. I don't recall exactly how the screws work, but I think there's a compression fitting the screws set in, which can fall off. You might check with BWY on how to remove and replace.
Thanks Chinook, I will check that too!
by Alexis
Tue Feb 26, 2019 11:06 am
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: How to fix a leak in a stock bow light?
Replies: 6
Views: 2283

Re: How to fix a leak in a stock bow light?

rsvpasap wrote:If the light is fully functional and its appearance is acceptable, remove and rebed it using 5200 sealant.
Yes, I think this will be the plan for this year!
by Alexis
Tue Feb 26, 2019 11:04 am
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: How to fix a leak in a stock bow light?
Replies: 6
Views: 2283

Re: How to fix a leak in a stock bow light?

Is it one of these offered by BWY http://shop.bwyachts.com/category-s/167.htm Yes, it has to be this one. The one on my boat still looks good, though of course the plastic has been UV cooked a bit over the years... This picture made me guess that the flat bottom surface must the culprit: this desig...
by Alexis
Mon Feb 25, 2019 9:28 am
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: How to fix a leak in a stock bow light?
Replies: 6
Views: 2283

How to fix a leak in a stock bow light?

Hi, I noticed after a rain or after having washed my boat, that a little bit of water is entering from the bow light of my 26x. It is the original (cheap) light which is screwed on the deck. I am throwing a question to the group before I make the decision to upgrade : is there a way to make it water...
by Alexis
Thu Feb 21, 2019 2:59 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Model year questions
Replies: 9
Views: 2644

Re: Model year questions

Sounds like a '98. Mine's a '99, but in a transitional period. I have the ballast vent in the bow, but the removable step where the vent was on earlier models. I also have the SS rudder brackets. And the low pedestal. Speaking of pedestals, the main sheet originally attached to an eye strap on the ...
by Alexis
Thu Feb 21, 2019 12:31 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Model year questions
Replies: 9
Views: 2644

Model year questions

Hi, The Mac 26X I purchased is a third hand from 1998. I have a flew clues that I was told the correct production year, but I was wondering if I could check it? I looked at pictures online and noticed that: - the rudder heads on my boat are the aluminum ones - the pedestal is the lower version: it s...
by Alexis
Mon Feb 11, 2019 9:35 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Roller furler inspection and maintenance
Replies: 14
Views: 3864

Re: Roller furler inspection and maintenance

Agreed! The fabric is still in a good shape and looks durable, but the thread is disappearing by the cumulative action of the sun and friction. I know the precedent owner used to keep the genoa rolled when stepping the mast up and down. When I thought about the "sacrificial" aspect it was in the sen...
by Alexis
Thu Feb 07, 2019 12:56 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Roller furler inspection and maintenance
Replies: 14
Views: 3864

Re: Roller furler inspection and maintenance

If you get a headsail cover, it will add years to the sacrificial strip on your headsail. This may sound dumb but I didn't think about this sacrificial aspect of things. Hey, it is the first time I own a sailboat with a furler after all! So it is actually ok for this strip to have some wear from th...
by Alexis
Wed Feb 06, 2019 2:22 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Roller furler inspection and maintenance
Replies: 14
Views: 3864

Re: Roller furler inspection and maintenance

Follow-up: I just finished tuning-up the furler. The existing forestay looked ok but I decided to upgrade it with the thicker one from Blue Water Yacht anyway ; I also changed the halyard and the furler control line. The CDI furler was way more simple that I thought it was, there isn't really anythi...
by Alexis
Tue Nov 27, 2018 12:57 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Roller furler inspection and maintenance
Replies: 14
Views: 3864

Re: Roller furler inspection and maintenance

I can relate, I don't have a turnbuckle at the forestay head You don't see the turnbuckle from the forestay as the turnbuckle is inside the furling drum. Sorry, my bad, I meant a "toggle" at the top of the forestay. I correct my initial post. I understand that some have a toggle between the foresta...
by Alexis
Mon Nov 26, 2018 2:01 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Roller furler inspection and maintenance
Replies: 14
Views: 3864

Re: Roller furler inspection and maintenance

Unless I’m mistaken, the most common failure point on the FF2 roller system is the top of the forestay. In part because of the abuse the forestay gets when prepping for travel and again when reassembling, but also because most don’t use a toggle up there. The OEM forestay is 1/8”, and BWY sells an ...
by Alexis
Mon Nov 26, 2018 8:52 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Roller furler inspection and maintenance
Replies: 14
Views: 3864

Re: Roller furler inspection and maintenance

A reason is to check if there are the cotters applied that won't let the turnbuckle to losse. Thanks Kurz, that's a good one to check! Good reason for an inspection! I am also thinking about the roller operation and I remember that the furling line touches the side of the cup opening when the line ...