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by 1st Sail
Tue Nov 05, 2019 5:58 pm
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Extra glass on foredeck
Replies: 2
Views: 636

Re: Extra glass on foredeck

With the exception of the sliding hatch cover I never notice any flex in my cabin top, antiskid walk way between the windows or foredeck. I wonder if there was a difference in the layup between my '06M and later models. Unfortunately I don't believe there is anyway to add layers to the under side as...
by 1st Sail
Tue Oct 15, 2019 8:46 pm
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Looking to replace my Genoa. Here are the choices.
Replies: 9
Views: 771

Re: Looking to replace my Genoa. Here are the choices.

I bought my full batten square top main and jib from BWY. Also added a Schaefer Snapfurl CF500 furler so i can easily change head sails from the foredeck to optimize for wind conditions.
by 1st Sail
Thu Sep 05, 2019 11:51 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Where is everyone?
Replies: 34
Views: 5089

Re: Where is everyone?

The quality of this site and the members is unequaled. Unfortunately Facebook appears to dominate. Just count the posts on any single day and compare to here. Many are posting pics which has become a significant form of communication sans words. Posting here is not as simple, so simple wins. Followi...
by 1st Sail
Sat Aug 24, 2019 1:59 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Lubrication point on axle?
Replies: 6
Views: 885

Re: Lubrication point on axle?

FYI it appears the link is not set to public access as it require a 'request access".
by 1st Sail
Sat Aug 24, 2019 1:54 pm
Forum: Trailers & Towing
Topic: New 2003 26M Trailer (repaired link)
Replies: 1
Views: 1939

Re: New 2003 26M Trailer (repaired link)

I'm still looking to up grade my oem. Since we fresh water sail and warehouse store it is in excellent condition. However, we plan to travel extensively with our 26M next year and would prefer two axles. What is your overall length hitch to rudder/motor/further aft point Have you had any clearance i...
by 1st Sail
Sat Jun 15, 2019 9:41 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: New Outboard Recommendations
Replies: 15
Views: 2040

Re: New Outboard Recommendations

I believe the long term consensus on this forum is they are all well made and dependable. From many past articles on the very same subject all agree quality local service is priority number one. 4 stroke seem to run a little quieter than the 2 strokes. 2 stroks are a little lighter then the 4 stroke...
by 1st Sail
Thu Jun 13, 2019 10:27 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Aluminum Trailer - Need help
Replies: 59
Views: 5619

Re: Aluminum Trailer - Need help

what about doing the design in google sketchup? the older version is open source. I used it to design all the cabinets for my kitchen remodel. full 3d, learning curve is tolerable, excellent on line tutorials. I'm planning on building a new double axle for my 26M if I can't find one for a reasonable...
by 1st Sail
Sat Jun 01, 2019 12:47 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: IL DNR creates involuntary on line boater portal!
Replies: 3
Views: 689

IL DNR creates involuntary on line boater portal!

Just received a letter from the State of Illinois stating the IL DNR has created an online portal for all IL registered boater! Apparently the same government agency that lost my boat registration when I purchased my M, and lost my sales tax check has managed to breached their (my) own data. Accordi...
by 1st Sail
Sat Jun 01, 2019 10:23 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Location on loop trip
Replies: 3
Views: 759

Re: Location on loop trip

have a great trip! Thanks to you and Chinook I'm starting on my third vicarious loop trip!
by 1st Sail
Sun May 19, 2019 10:46 pm
Forum: Performance & Tuning
Topic: Better Pointing into the Wind
Replies: 23
Views: 3998

Re: Better Pointing into the Wind

Speaking of fast. The preceding comments are spot on. The ultimate benefit of properly trimmed sails and proper sail shape (if you are so fortunate) is fast. No so much that fast is important you just receive it as a direct benefit from your decision to trim properly. Secondarily less heel for you a...
by 1st Sail
Mon May 13, 2019 9:48 pm
Forum: Trailers & Towing
Topic: is this forum for "trailers & towing" only or can we talk about tow vehicles?
Replies: 13
Views: 2668

Re: is this forum for "trailers & towing" only or can we talk about tow vehicles?

We have been looking at MHomes for some time. East of the Miss. River most states limit length overall at 60ft. West of the Miss. most states allow up to 65ft LOA. That leaves the MHome range between 26-30ft. My M is 34ft hitch to motor LOA. Then you have to hand pick the ramps with enough room to h...
by 1st Sail
Mon May 13, 2019 9:30 pm
Forum: Performance & Tuning
Topic: Better Pointing into the Wind
Replies: 23
Views: 3998

Re: Better Pointing into the Wind

I had a down haul on my hank on jib until I replaced it with the CF500. It is a great way to drop the head sail fast as you can pull the line. Gets the sail to the deck fast and pins it to the head stay/deck. Being able to drop the head sail fast reduces the time the sail can trap air on the way dow...
by 1st Sail
Sun May 05, 2019 8:31 am
Forum: Performance & Tuning
Topic: Better Pointing into the Wind
Replies: 23
Views: 3998

Re: Better Pointing into the Wind

Hi Neo, Both my sails have had minimal use since new. But as I get closer into the wind my Jib will start to flap way before the Main. If you haven't sailed in high winds with your oem sail they most likely still retain their shape. The 26M traveler allows you to trim the main to center line or just...
by 1st Sail
Wed May 01, 2019 10:41 pm
Forum: Performance & Tuning
Topic: Better Pointing into the Wind
Replies: 23
Views: 3998

Re: Better Pointing into the Wind

Trim angle is most certainly important. However, sail shape is also important. The difference between a new sail and an old sail is the new sail is cut and sewn to proper shape. Whereas the old sail was cut and sewn to proper shape but is now stretched and can no longer maintain proper shape. There ...
by 1st Sail
Sun Apr 28, 2019 8:43 pm
Forum: Performance & Tuning
Topic: Better Pointing into the Wind
Replies: 23
Views: 3998

Re: Better Pointing into the Wind

Pointing ability is primarily a function of sail shape. I can tell you my oem sails after 10 years would not point. I replaced both head and jib with BWYachts challenge series. Now it is a new boat that points, sails with less heel, accelerates in the puffs, and sales faster on all points of sail.