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by Tomfoolery
Sat Aug 31, 2019 7:53 am
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Forestay on the las 3 strands!
Replies: 9
Views: 1112

Re: Forestay on the las 3 strands!

Oh, my bad! I was looking at jimmy alonso’s photo. He’s got the proper toggle, which also moves the thimble far enough away from the tangs that the wire can’t get damaged.
by Tomfoolery
Fri Aug 30, 2019 2:11 pm
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Forestay on the las 3 strands!
Replies: 9
Views: 1112

Re: Forestay on the las 3 strands!

Why is your forestay spliced? Unless that's just a temporary repair? Looks like someone cut the wire too short and extended it. If you paid money for that, I'd take it back and tell them to do it right. As to the toggle, your forestay already has a toggle - it's what the thimble is pinned to. The :m...
by Tomfoolery
Wed Aug 28, 2019 8:31 am
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Newbie needs help first time owner
Replies: 4
Views: 590

Re: Newbie needs help first time owner

Consider sailing with just the jib at first, especially if it's on a roller furler. Much easier to manage than the main sail. Rigging setup should be in the manual, which admittedly is sketchy and thin, but it should all be in there. If you don't have one, you can download it from this site. In the ...
by Tomfoolery
Tue Aug 27, 2019 11:17 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Got it up, now what?
Replies: 5
Views: 903

Re: Got it up, now what?

The boom vang won't control the angle of the boom to the boat's centerline. It only puts downward force on the boom, regardless of side-to-side movement, to control sail shape. It's a control you can live without, if just getting started. I rarely use mine, but then, my main sail is so baggy that no...
by Tomfoolery
Tue Aug 27, 2019 11:15 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: No mast, I've gone solar...(With gas engine backup)
Replies: 8
Views: 1125

Re: No mast, I've gone solar...(With gas engine backup)

That's some clean interior in your :macx: . I'm ashamed. :(
by Tomfoolery
Tue Aug 27, 2019 11:02 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Lubrication point on axle?
Replies: 6
Views: 719

Re: Lubrication point on axle?

Anyone know the weight at which surge brakes are required? The threshold for brakes varies by State. Even the number of trailer axles that require brakes, when there are two or more axles, varies by State - NY only requires brakes on one axle when brakes are required, but I believe Maryland require...
by Tomfoolery
Mon Aug 26, 2019 3:36 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: De-powering to 10-25 hp ob motor?
Replies: 11
Views: 1406

Re: De-powering to 10-25 hp ob motor?

If you don't need to go fast, a smaller engine offers a tremendous economy (these things are expensive!). 9.9 is on the lower side, if I had to change my engine I would get a 15 minimum and no more than 25. The 25 - 45hp range doesn't make sense IMHO because you need at least 50 to plane the hull a...
by Tomfoolery
Fri Aug 23, 2019 11:42 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Our M26 appears in a music video...
Replies: 28
Views: 6976

My 26X appears in a news story...

Not worth starting a thread for, but my :macx: is right behind the talking head in this news story about the locally famous lift bridge that's being closed in less than two weeks for repairs. It's famous because it's the only one that's both skewed to the canal, and inclined. And it's over 100 years...
by Tomfoolery
Wed Aug 21, 2019 9:52 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: MacGregor Duck
Replies: 2
Views: 592

Re: MacGregor Duck

Wow, that's one colorful duck!

I wonder what would happen if blades were down when cruising at speed? :wink:
by Tomfoolery
Thu Aug 15, 2019 4:05 pm
Forum: Trailers & Towing
Topic: New winch for 2007 Al trailer
Replies: 7
Views: 1336

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: 923

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: 9
Views: 1112

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: 9
Views: 1112

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: 1036

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...