My POOR 26M

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Re: My POOR 26M

Post by dreamer » Wed Jul 20, 2016 9:19 am

That sucks! I didn't notice anything when we were at the launch ramp. With the damaged rudder I wonder if that's what was messing up the autopilot.

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Re: My POOR 26M

Post by Crikey » Wed Jul 20, 2016 10:10 am

Didn't you have IDA rudders (the after market ones)? My old mast foot was pretty shodily installed when I had to remove it and re-drill for the new mast blank.

R.

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Re: My POOR 26M

Post by Tomfoolery » Wed Jul 20, 2016 10:53 am

Man, that stinks! You going to make the rendezvous? Or more to the point, is Pegasus going to make the rendezvous?

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Re: My POOR 26M

Post by Crikey » Wed Jul 20, 2016 11:30 am

Judging by some of the older videos of you doing warp nine in Pegasus, it's probably a wonder that things lasted as long as they did! I'd like to see a picture of your bent bracket. If you looked at my (now) very old welded reinforcement you might get some ideas of what to do next. Haven't had any issues since then.
Going for a muscle head main?

R.

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Re: My POOR 26M

Post by NiceAft » Wed Jul 20, 2016 2:03 pm

Crikey,

I've had a MuscleHead main for quite a few years now, and it is a different sailing from a traditional shapped sail.

Because of the extra cloth up high, it heels much quicker. I believe it gives better sailing at the lower wind speeds, but when the winds pick up a little, be prepared to let out some of the main sheet. In a good breeze, you also need to balance the headsail. You can get spun around easily. :)

Ray
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Re: My POOR 26M

Post by Tomfoolery » Wed Jul 20, 2016 2:03 pm

Geoff

Did you go for any options? More than 1 full batten? More then one reef point? Etc.

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Re: My POOR 26M

Post by beene » Wed Jul 20, 2016 2:38 pm

Macgregor 26m Cruising Mainsail (Challenge Hi Modulus Dacron)
[Sail Cloth:Challenge Hi Modulus 6.03 Dacron]
[Design:CrossCut]
[Wind Range:Usually under 20 kts, occasionally to 25]
[Reefs:2 Reefs]
[Batten Type:Standard Fiberglass (Not Tapered)]
[Battens:1 Full, 3 Partial]
[Trim Stripes?:Draft Stripes]



Subtotal: $786.00
Tax: $0.00
Shipping Cost: $0.00
Grand Total: $786.00 USD

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Re: My POOR 26M

Post by Curwen » Wed Jul 20, 2016 4:31 pm

This might be the evil-est thread ever...thanks to the links a few comments above...I now know what is on the winter upgrade list

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Re: My POOR 26M

Post by Tomfoolery » Wed Jul 20, 2016 4:42 pm

Crikey wrote:My old mast foot was pretty shodily installed when I had to remove it and re-drill for the new mast blank.
FWIW, my mast was drilled crooked, and the light doesn't quite point dead ahead as well as the spreaders and top hardware, and even the boom was drilled such that it's rotated a bit. Not huge, but fixture to drill repetitive holes would have been cheap to make and useful for reducing layout time. And the parts would have been drilled true. :wink:

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Re: My POOR 26M

Post by delevi » Wed Jul 20, 2016 7:24 pm

I have said for some time that the rotating mast is a liability. For anyone who carries any kind of rig loads and sails in winds of 12kts+ Go ahead and sight up the mast when it's rotated and the boat pointing on a close reach or higher. In fact, it may be obvious just on the trailer. The mast will have an obvious sideways bend, possibly even an S curve to it. I never had mine detach from the plate, but I was on board Beene's boat when this happened... though wasn't there for the haul out to see the carnage after. We didn't even know something was wrong.

Sorry to hear about your troubles G. Good call on the new main, though if you have a full batten, you will find it harder to hoist the sail. A proper luff receptacle and appropriate luff car or slide is really important for any full batten.

Wish I had advice on the rudders. Saw you break 3 now. I broke at least that many, though only IDA plastic ones. Never broke the stock fiberglass rudders. Brackets are a different story as they do distort frequently and require to be bent back. I remember one occasion where the loads sheared the bolt (which was upsized) or ate least it sheared the thread and the bolt popped out. Nothing like dragging your rudder behind you :?

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Re: My POOR 26M

Post by Crikey » Wed Jul 20, 2016 8:11 pm

beene wrote:Macgregor 26m Cruising Mainsail (Challenge Hi Modulus Dacron)
[Sail Cloth:Challenge Hi Modulus 6.03 Dacron]
[Design:CrossCut]
[Wind Range:Usually under 20 kts, occasionally to 25]
[Reefs:2 Reefs]
[Batten Type:Standard Fiberglass (Not Tapered)]
[Battens:1 Full, 3 Partial]
[Trim Stripes?:Draft Stripes]



Subtotal: $786.00
Tax: $0.00
Shipping Cost: $0.00
Grand Total: $786.00 USD
Ouch, double ouch .... $299us for each rudder (presuming you're ordering two) comes to another $700 after tax and customs duty. This is the first time I realized a mainsail came in at around a thousand bucks!
Geoff, I'd add another 60 to that sum to cover the cost of a bottle of Scotch.... sufficient to drown your sorrows.
:cry:

R.

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Re: My POOR 26M

Post by Catigale » Wed Jul 20, 2016 9:15 pm

Might be twice the price of stock but younger actually getting Dacron (TM) and certainly not the end run stuff.

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Re: My POOR 26M

Post by Gazmn » Thu Jul 21, 2016 12:42 am

Beene:
Sorry for the problems Bro. Thanks for sharing tho. Many I'm sure will learn & be forewarned.

Delevi:
Please excuse me, if I've missed your recent posts. But it's a pleasure hearing from you & getting your insights :)

Sail On!

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Re: My POOR 26M

Post by NiceAft » Thu Jul 21, 2016 9:24 am

Beene said:
This Forum brings good people together to share in a common love of sailing
Amen to that brother 8)

Ray

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Re: My POOR 26M

Post by delevi » Thu Jul 21, 2016 11:20 am

Thanks Gaz. Been a long time.
fair winds
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