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Early 26M, BWY mast holder upgrade to arch type

Posted: Fri Jul 12, 2019 10:36 pm
by PMake
Hello,
I bought an used Macgregor 26M last year and now is time to update it to be more suitable for my use...

As a part of these updates, I am going to replace forks style mast holder with more permanent arch in aft boat and so I bought from BWY brackets and arch. I used search but only found conceptual discussions especially for :macx: but did not find anyone explaining what they did. Have anyone actually done this update for early :macm: ?

I have been myself been trying to look how to get this done. I removed panel and got access to back, but brackets need to be installed to top of bulkhead, just below Captain’s seat... After crawling to aft berth over all stuff I have stored there, I came to conclusion that I need to have inside a friend with 4 ft arms that are 2” thick and head hopefully size of tennis ball while I drill and set the things outside :)

As nobody I know fits the description, I decided to ask advice here. How have you managed to do this?

Thank you & Best regards,

Petri

Re: Early 26M, BWY mast holder upgrade to arch type

Posted: Sun Jul 14, 2019 8:17 am
by Jimmyt
I can only offer pictures of late model M installation- if that will help. Sorry.

Re: Early 26M, BWY mast holder upgrade to arch type

Posted: Tue Jul 16, 2019 9:17 pm
by PMake
Thanks,
I found few photos and I think I was looking to install supports too high but it is still tricky location. So maybe not 4 feet arms, but head size still applies.

If someone has done this, I’d like to know how they solved spacers (as mentioned in BWY site) and what they used as backing inside boat. And anything else I should notice before I start making holes.

Thanks!

Petri