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by Interim
Tue Nov 05, 2019 9:19 am
Forum: MacGregor/Venture Discussion
Topic: New boat (26S)owner in Texas!
Replies: 5
Views: 482

Re: New boat (26S)owner in Texas!

I think you can find a proper ritual on the internet for changing a boat's name. But it does require some rum.

--john
by Interim
Mon Nov 04, 2019 8:43 am
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Dock Line Life Span
Replies: 2
Views: 198

Dock Line Life Span

I've just completed the annual ritual of cleaning halyards, sheets, and docklines. My docklines, three strand of course, get pretty stiff after a couple years of exposure, marinating in the lake, etc. Are there any methods for restoring their original softness and flexibility? Or am I a victim of my...
by Interim
Fri Nov 01, 2019 9:15 am
Forum: Trailers & Towing
Topic: An alternative to the bump
Replies: 8
Views: 3360

Re: An alternative to the bump

I guess I have some trailer work to add to my winter projects.

Thanks.

--john
by Interim
Tue Oct 22, 2019 12:38 pm
Forum: Trailers & Towing
Topic: An alternative to the bump
Replies: 8
Views: 3360

Re: An alternative to the bump

An interesting tidbit. I have been doing this with the winch strap tight. Very tight. Maybe working against me.

Next week is take-out day, so I'll try this.

Thanks.

--john
by Interim
Tue Sep 10, 2019 7:08 am
Forum: Performance & Tuning
Topic: Need advise on rigging new jib
Replies: 3
Views: 1449

Re: Need advise on rigging new jib

We were able to put our boat back in last weekend, after being out for six weeks due to local flooding. When we hoisted the genoa on the CDI FF2, the clew was about 6 inches too low and left the sail a little baggy at the bottom. After a few minutes of puzzlement, I realized that I had tied on to th...
by Interim
Wed Aug 28, 2019 9:30 am
Forum: MacGregor/Venture Discussion
Topic: Mac 26S: Removing the keel
Replies: 9
Views: 1422

Re: Mac 26S: Removing the keel

I tried the method of dropping the tongue, bracing the stern, and jacking up the tongue. I lost faith before I got it high enough to pull the keel. so I gave a local tow truck $100 to hoist the boat on slings so we could drop the keel (a little more safely).

--john
by Interim
Thu Aug 15, 2019 4:26 pm
Forum: Performance & Tuning
Topic: Need advise on rigging new jib
Replies: 3
Views: 1449

Re: Need advise on rigging new jib

tie a messenger line to the end of your halyard, so you can pull it to hoist the sail. The halyard is about the length of the forestay, not double the length.


--john
by Interim
Tue Aug 13, 2019 3:10 pm
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Steaming light connector cap
Replies: 1
Views: 589

Re: Steaming light connector cap

it's a deck wire connector. figure out the brand, if you want. But I bet a little measuring will arm you to buy a plastic cap to screw on.
--john
by Interim
Fri Jul 26, 2019 8:28 am
Forum: Trailers & Towing
Topic: An alternative to the bump
Replies: 8
Views: 3360

An alternative to the bump

We had to pull our 26s out a couple weeks ago because of flooding at our lake, and of course the boat didn't get all the way on the trailer. We gave it a few bumps and got it closer to the V, but it was still a couple inches short by the time we got home. I wrapped a lifting strap around the transom...
by Interim
Thu Jul 25, 2019 7:54 am
Forum: Performance & Tuning
Topic: Macgregor 26 review in Practical Sailor
Replies: 1
Views: 671

Re: Macgregor 26 review in Practical Sailor

I can't believe I haven't seen that article before. Thank you for posting it.

No surprises, but a nice affirmation of the 100 little things I think about from time to time.

--john
by Interim
Fri Jul 12, 2019 10:29 am
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Time to replace standing rigging?
Replies: 10
Views: 2738

Re: Time to replace standing rigging?

Someone here recommended a company a couple years ago called "cable rigging." But I can't find it now.

If you know the company (in florida, I think), please repost the info. I need a new backstay :)

--john
by Interim
Fri Jul 12, 2019 10:26 am
Forum: Performance & Tuning
Topic: Great Lakes water level
Replies: 5
Views: 2069

Re: Great Lakes water level

My humble lake in south central nebraska has filled to the point that boating is not possible. I never anticipated this, in a region where water is so precious and rare. The reservoir is 30% into the flood pool, and rising. We had to take our boat out (probably for the year) last night, because our ...
by Interim
Wed Jun 26, 2019 1:45 pm
Forum: Performance & Tuning
Topic: Bending the mast
Replies: 4
Views: 1049

Re: Bending the mast

The luff is tensioned enough. I have a boom vang, used mostly for down wind, but have not employed the cunningham. (sail and mast are rigged; captain has been too lazy to go forward). The backstay is not adjustable while underway, but the connection at the chainplate has multiple holes so I can chan...
by Interim
Wed Jun 26, 2019 7:29 am
Forum: MacGregor/Venture Discussion
Topic: question about selling items
Replies: 2
Views: 751

Re: question about selling items

Thanks.

Wow. That should have been obvious.

--john