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by romandesign
Mon Jun 18, 2018 10:16 am
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Yamaha 9.9 stalls at idle and low throttle - please advise
Replies: 8
Views: 2434

Yamaha 9.9 stalls at idle and low throttle - please advise

Last season I had a problem with my 1989 Yamaha 9.9 4-stroke I bought with my Mac 26D 3 years ago. It became very unstable at idle and low throttle - sputtering and stalling unless I give it a little gas. Sometimes after starting and running for a while, then sailing, it would not want to start agai...
by romandesign
Mon Jun 11, 2018 5:54 pm
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Crack in mast raising pole
Replies: 19
Views: 4490

Re: Crack in mast raising pole

Yes, it doesn't pass through the holes, and no It's not even oval. I think someone has installed it incorrectly and pulled something the wrong way - that's why there's an indent on the mast (it should not be pressing on the mast at any time). I'm thinking maybe I actually can drill the hole at 90 d...
by romandesign
Mon Jun 11, 2018 12:39 pm
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Crack in mast raising pole
Replies: 19
Views: 4490

Re: Crack in mast raising pole

Good solutions above. From the picture it looks like the crack doesn't pass through the bolt hole in the aluminum (but beside it) and that the crack might have resulted from an over-tightening of the bolts. Is the aluminum oval at that end, as opposed to round? So to add one more option to your mul...
by romandesign
Fri Jun 08, 2018 12:56 pm
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Crack in mast raising pole
Replies: 19
Views: 4490

Re: Crack in mast raising pole

Can you see this link? https://photos.google.com/share/AF1QipO ... ZZVWlVTkZR
The image is on the very bottom.
by romandesign
Fri Jun 08, 2018 11:26 am
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Crack in mast raising pole
Replies: 19
Views: 4490

Crack in mast raising pole

I decided to replace two lock nuts with wingnuts on the mast rising pole so I can leave it attached to the mast when it's down and simplify the rigging - now I have to just fold it up and tighten two wing nuts and it's ready to rise. But when I rotated the brackets I saw a crack in the aluminum pole...
by romandesign
Thu Jun 07, 2018 2:54 pm
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Ruddercraft / Idasailor Rudder problem - cant lift it out.
Replies: 2
Views: 1141

Re: Ruddercraft / Idasailor Rudder problem - cant lift it ou

With 26D the whole thing, including all the metal is part of the Ruddercraft rudder. They advised me on the phone to loosen the bolt 1/4 of turn, I also oiled all of the moving parts. So now it seems a little bit better. Still takes a lot of effort, almost all my power, to lift it, and I have to do ...
by romandesign
Thu Jun 07, 2018 12:46 pm
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: New DIY mast support
Replies: 0
Views: 1489

New DIY mast support

I have just finished a DIY mast support - drilling the boat was scary, but I seem to not have screwed up with my calculations. Let's hope it holds. Now I won't have to remove and put back the shaky old support every time I rig and de-rig the boat, and I can also now steer with the mast down, in case...
by romandesign
Thu Jun 07, 2018 12:38 pm
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Ruddercraft / Idasailor Rudder problem - cant lift it out.
Replies: 2
Views: 1141

Ruddercraft / Idasailor Rudder problem - cant lift it out.

My 1989 MacGregor 26D has this rudder, but I can't lift it out of the water by pulling the cord. It goes to about half swing (90 degrees) or less and doesn't go farther no matter how hard I pull. I have to fish it out with a hook. I thought maybe it's a gas strut, but when I do fish it out wiht a ho...
by romandesign
Sun Sep 24, 2017 1:27 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Sail shape - what am I doing wrong?
Replies: 28
Views: 5542

Re: Sail shape - what am I doing wrong?

I'm a bit confused about his shock cord system. It looks to me like the whole lower half is shock cord. It is hardened by hanging it on the mid-boom hook (forming the 'M'). But, to ease his lazy jacks, he takes it off the mid-boom hook. This makes the 'M' turn into an upside down 'U' across the two...
by romandesign
Sat Sep 23, 2017 12:03 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Sail shape - what am I doing wrong?
Replies: 28
Views: 5542

Re: Sail shape - what am I doing wrong?

Interesting the creases line up with aft lazy jack, the lazy jacks should be loose when the sail is hoisted Here is a link to some lazy jack rigging tips, you will see a very familiar creases in the sail when its adjusted too tight https://stingysailor.com/2014/07/04/trailerable-lazy-jacks-2/ Great...
by romandesign
Fri Sep 22, 2017 4:55 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Sail shape - what am I doing wrong?
Replies: 28
Views: 5542

Re: Sail shape - what am I doing wrong?

(You do release them when flying sail don't you?) Also, I've never seen a lazy jack configuration quite like that. Not sure if that might be contributing to why they're so tight. No, I don't release them, I didn't know I"m supposed to do that. So maybe I am doing something wrong! Not sure how to re...
by romandesign
Fri Sep 22, 2017 4:44 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Sail shape - what am I doing wrong?
Replies: 28
Views: 5542

Re: Sail shape - what am I doing wrong?

Tomfoolery wrote:I updated the photos,
Thanks a lot! Really helpful.
by romandesign
Fri Sep 22, 2017 10:52 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Sail shape - what am I doing wrong?
Replies: 28
Views: 5542

Re: Sail shape - what am I doing wrong?

I started a thread on that subject a while back, but with the Photobucket shenanigans, all the pics are gone. But in short, cutting the bolt rope stitches at the bottom made a big improvement on a stretched sail. Still not a new sail or anything close to that, but better. Or less bad. http://www.ma...
by romandesign
Fri Sep 22, 2017 10:05 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Sail shape - what am I doing wrong?
Replies: 28
Views: 5542

Re: Sail shape - what am I doing wrong?

Reconditioned sail is cleaned and treated. They can not reverse stretch/“bolt rope shrinkage” tune it the best you can and increase back stay to flatten in higher winds. If it still bothers you buy a new sail. I don't know much about sail tuning, but thinking geometrically thightening backstay woul...
by romandesign
Fri Sep 22, 2017 10:01 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Sail shape - what am I doing wrong?
Replies: 28
Views: 5542

Re: Sail shape - what am I doing wrong?

It's hard for me to tell if it is the photograph or maybe the "stitching" of multiple photos but here is what I would check first. Bolt rope length as mentioned before. The first photo looks like you have excessive mast rake towards the aft of the boat. I'm going to assume your boom isn't actually ...