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by Alexis
Mon Feb 11, 2019 12:35 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Roller furler inspection and maintenance
Replies: 14
Views: 3097

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 3:56 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Roller furler inspection and maintenance
Replies: 14
Views: 3097

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 5:22 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Roller furler inspection and maintenance
Replies: 14
Views: 3097

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 3:57 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Roller furler inspection and maintenance
Replies: 14
Views: 3097

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 5:01 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Roller furler inspection and maintenance
Replies: 14
Views: 3097

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 11:52 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Roller furler inspection and maintenance
Replies: 14
Views: 3097

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 ...
by Alexis
Mon Nov 26, 2018 10:43 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Roller furler inspection and maintenance
Replies: 14
Views: 3097

Roller furler inspection and maintenance

The winter is definitely back in Saskatchewan, the boat is stored and is waiting for the spring. The time for inspecting and fixing things has come, yay! Would you detect my ironical tone? As much as I like working on my boat while dreaming of sailing, I prefer one thousand times better sailing with...
by Alexis
Fri Nov 23, 2018 10:04 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Our M26 appears in a music video...
Replies: 26
Views: 5515

Re: Our M26 appears in a music video...

Hello bhbell, Nice boat! So we are neighbours! I see you are from Regina, do you sail on Diefenbaker? My 26X was at the foot of the B stairs at Elbow, I purchased it recently so it wasn't officially renamed yet. The hull is all white, she is currently a "no name"... :D Here is some context to our fe...
by Alexis
Tue Oct 30, 2018 3:31 pm
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Did anyone tried an electric outboard?
Replies: 13
Views: 2294

Re: Did anyone tried an electric outboard?

Honestly, if you have an X (powersailor) I'd only repower with a minimum of 50hp. Probably not that much more expensive. And how do you empty ballast if you can't get up on plane? Otherwise, why own a POWER sailor. But to each his own. Thanks, Russ. Lots of very good points to think about... To ans...
by Alexis
Tue Oct 30, 2018 10:53 am
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Did anyone tried an electric outboard?
Replies: 13
Views: 2294

Re: Did anyone tried an electric outboard?

Hello, Lots of good comments here! I am guessing that it is a hot topic! Of course the sail is already there to provide an absolute silence of operation. Electric propulsion should be seen mostly as a way to get in and out the marina elegantly, in my case I sail on a lake and dock my boat in a marin...
by Alexis
Mon Oct 29, 2018 5:26 pm
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Did anyone tried an electric outboard?
Replies: 13
Views: 2294

Did anyone tried an electric outboard?

Hello, I am wondering if anyone here ever tried an electric outboard? I am dreaming about absolute silence of operations, and not polluting the lake where I sail. Plus, I can see a an advantage with the weight distribution. The cons are obviously top speed and autonomy, but I am already using a smal...
by Alexis
Fri Sep 28, 2018 12:09 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Friends' boat just went down
Replies: 51
Views: 11991

Re: Friends' boat just went down

Sorry for your friends! This picture illustrates exactly any sailboat owner worst nightmares... :cry:
by Alexis
Fri Sep 28, 2018 12:02 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Novice Mac 26M Owner/Furler Pin Movement
Replies: 26
Views: 4643

Re: Novice Mac 26M Owner/Furler Pin Movement

This is kind of an old topic, but these are very legitimate interrogations for novice sailors so I decided to give you as much answer than I can. Of course, this pin (and the whole forestay connection) is a very important safety feature on any sailboat rigging. First thing first: the design of this ...
by Alexis
Thu Sep 20, 2018 4:00 pm
Forum: MacGregor/Venture Discussion
Topic: mold-mildew
Replies: 12
Views: 3255

Re: mold-mildew

I would suggest you remove all the cushions -as well as anything that can absorb moisture- and store them for winter.
by Alexis
Thu Sep 20, 2018 3:55 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Gelcoat
Replies: 6
Views: 1949

Re: Gelcoat

Thanks Newell, I will check if I can find this product in Saskatchewan.

7 months sailing! That sounds like a dream... We had only 3 and a half months this year. :( Time to move in a warmer place...