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by Tomfoolery
Thu Aug 15, 2019 4:05 pm
Forum: Trailers & Towing
Topic: New winch for 2007 Al trailer
Replies: 3
Views: 101

Re: New winch for 2007 Al trailer

My 1999 OEM steel :macx: trailer has a Shelby 5404 single-speed winch, which is 1200 lb [545 kg] rated. Seems plenty strong enough for my boat, but it's not made any more, so there's that. :|
by Tomfoolery
Wed Aug 14, 2019 11:26 am
Forum: Performance & Tuning
Topic: Bending the mast
Replies: 4
Views: 541

Re: Bending the mast

Easy enough to make your backstay adjustable, too - just cut it a few feet shorter, re-swage the eye, and add a 4:1 or 5:1 purchase in the space you just created. BWY also sells a kit. Or upgrade your main sheet fiddle block setup to ball bearing fiddle blocks (which BWY also sells, and which I own...
by Tomfoolery
Wed Aug 14, 2019 8:32 am
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Forestay on the las 3 strands!
Replies: 5
Views: 169

Re: Forestay on the las 3 strands!

Mine has a threaded stud roller-swaged onto the end of the rope, so you'd have to match the turnbuckle screw diameter and thread. That's the only termination that can be used at the bottom, as it has to slide through the foil, from top to bottom, to install. So yes, I don't see any reason it won't f...
by Tomfoolery
Tue Aug 13, 2019 9:51 am
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Forestay on the las 3 strands!
Replies: 5
Views: 169

Re: Forestay on the las 3 strands!

And maybe a heavier forestay in 4mm, who knows pros/cons? I don't know about the :macm: , but BWY has been selling an 'upgraded' forestay for the :macx: . The original was 1/8" [3.18mm] and the upsized forestay is the same as the shrouds at 5/32" [3.97mm]. All are 1x19 class wire rope, as is typica...
by Tomfoolery
Mon Aug 12, 2019 3:55 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Rudders up when motoring
Replies: 9
Views: 374

Re: Rudders up when motoring

I keep only one of them down when motoring without the mast, but that's with ballast in and not over about 6 kts. But my :macx: doesn't seem to wander around at higher speeds, at least with the ballast vent and valve open while I'm draining ballast. At low speeds with no rudder(s), it's all over the...
by Tomfoolery
Sun Aug 11, 2019 9:36 am
Forum: Destinations, Clubs, Events and Venues
Topic: Video: 1 Week Trip to Georgian Bay 26M
Replies: 4
Views: 348

Re: Video: 1 Week Trip to Georgian Bay 26M

Sweet! Thanks for that. 8)

Oh, and that’s some nice editing right there. :D
by Tomfoolery
Sat Aug 10, 2019 10:41 am
Forum: Performance & Tuning
Topic: Things to do on Bimini by boat 8)
Replies: 2
Views: 241

Re: Things to do on Bimini by boat 8)

If only . . . :(
by Tomfoolery
Fri Jul 26, 2019 11:15 am
Forum: MacGregor/Venture Discussion
Topic: Add ballast
Replies: 8
Views: 765

Re: Add ballast

Thanks @The Cuscus. I could do that for sure, and it might help with adding tongue weight too. @Others Any particular reason the Seaward is better than a Chrysler or a Balboa in heavy weather? I'd assume they all suffer from the same risk of fiberglass breakage if the keel slaps back and forth. The...
by Tomfoolery
Mon Jul 22, 2019 7:34 am
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: IS THIS POST GOING TO POT?
Replies: 3
Views: 465

Re: IS THIS POST GOING TO POT?

I can't comment for the :macm: however my only complaint for the :macx: is that it sits too low on the floor. I assume this is the :macx: original in the pic :?: Its been adequate for a couple over nighters we've done and a long day of fishing. https://photos.smugmug.com/Boats/New-Macgregor-26X/i-g...
by Tomfoolery
Fri Jul 19, 2019 6:17 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Stiff steering
Replies: 13
Views: 1013

Re: Stiff steering

My steering system is too loose in my new Mac26x. My previous Mac 26x had nice stiff steering that allowed me to leave the helm.to attend to other business as required for single banding.. With my current Mac26x, if l let go of the wheel for a fraction of a second it leans into a HARD starboard tur...
by Tomfoolery
Fri Jul 19, 2019 6:13 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Trenton Ontario and Trent Severn Waterway
Replies: 7
Views: 713

Re: Trenton Ontario and Trent Severn Waterway

Ris, how are you dealing with the Canadian laws regarding cassette porta toilets vs marine heads set up with a pump out. Toronto here. Now I'm wondering if I'm legal. I have a porta-potty with a pumpout. (never use the pumpout, just carry it up to the club house). [ EDIT ] Sunuvagun. It looks like ...
by Tomfoolery
Tue Jul 16, 2019 5:18 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: THE BIG SUPPORT ARCH ON THE AFT - DRILL HOLES?
Replies: 6
Views: 485

Re: THE BIG SUPPORT ARCH ON THE AFT - DRILL HOLES?

Front or back is better than top or bottom for the loads and the location. That’s assuming primarily vertical load from the mast weight. Bending stresses are maximum in the top and bottom of the tube, and theoretically zero in the front and back. Shear stress in that spot is maximum, but small in ma...
by Tomfoolery
Tue Jul 16, 2019 5:14 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Well I did it new to me 1998 26x weehaaa
Replies: 5
Views: 612

Re: Well I did it new to me 1998 26x weehaaa

Congrats on the new baby. Be aware that one weak spot on the original trailers is the pole tongue, particularly where it meets the side channels. Besides being the location of the highest bending moment, it’s also known to rust internally in there. Tap around the bottom of that tube with a ball peen...
by Tomfoolery
Tue Jul 16, 2019 2:26 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: THE BIG SUPPORT ARCH ON THE AFT - DRILL HOLES?
Replies: 6
Views: 485

Re: THE BIG SUPPORT ARCH ON THE AFT - DRILL HOLES?

Depends where in the arch you put the hole. Got a sketch?
by Tomfoolery
Tue Jul 16, 2019 8:13 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Stiff steering
Replies: 13
Views: 1013

Re: Stiff steering

Thanks Tom. I did look on BWY and a complete upgraded system is available in my price range, and 1/3 the cost of hydraulics. I believe that is the path I will follow. Bob I would encourage you to first open the helm and take a few pictures of the steering gear. Also note where the cable exits the s...