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by delevi
Mon Jul 25, 2016 11:59 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Mainsail shape
Replies: 16
Views: 2397

Re: Mainsail shape

Roman. You might consider installing a purchase system for the outhaul. It is really a vital control of sail shape. 3:1 block & tackle will work well which will give you 6:1 advantage as the clew acts like a block, thus doubling your 3:1.

Leon
by delevi
Mon Jul 25, 2016 11:55 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Mainsail shape
Replies: 16
Views: 2397

Re: Mainsail shape

Being a fractional rig increasing the back stay tension (bending the mast) wont do much for tension on the forestay Try it. You might be surprised. It is true that on a fractional rig, backstay tension has more affect on the mainsail than on the headsail, but it still adds some tension to the fores...
by delevi
Mon Jul 25, 2016 2:11 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: My POOR 26M
Replies: 63
Views: 12952

Re: My POOR 26M

Someone needs to design a better rudder bracket. My idea is actually not a bracket at all but a hinge. Tubes like the stock brackets would enter the fiberglass tubes in the boat, just as stock. Instead of the bracket there would be a hinge perpendicular to the stern so the rudders can kick up. The b...
by delevi
Mon Jul 25, 2016 2:05 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: My POOR 26M
Replies: 63
Views: 12952

Re: My POOR 26M

Mike, There is no such thing as "the bust cut for these boats." Boat specs don't change. It's all done by computer. Any sailmaker will design your three edges of each sail per your boat specs. The cut is a custom thing, assuming you're not buying a sail off the shelf. The real issue is how much draf...
by delevi
Mon Jul 25, 2016 1:50 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Mainsail shape
Replies: 16
Views: 2397

Re: Mainsail shape

Sight up your sail when sheeted to center line or close to center line and sailing close hauled. You need the sail to be loaded up to determine if it's too stretched out (blown out.) The outhaul will flatten your sail. Get as much tension on the outhaul as possible. With the stock setup, it is easie...
by delevi
Thu Jul 21, 2016 11:25 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: My POOR 26M
Replies: 63
Views: 12952

Re: My POOR 26M

I wonder if the Mac Dealers still sell stock rudders. I remember getting them from Arena Yachts... now recall actually breaking a stock rudder, but it was a trailering accident (didn't put the safety pin in) and the line popped out of the cam cleat... rudder met pavement.... pavement won the fight. ...
by delevi
Thu Jul 21, 2016 11:20 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: My POOR 26M
Replies: 63
Views: 12952

Re: My POOR 26M

Thanks Gaz. Been a long time.
fair winds
Leon
by delevi
Wed Jul 20, 2016 7:24 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: My POOR 26M
Replies: 63
Views: 12952

Re: My POOR 26M

I have said for some time that the rotating mast is a liability. For anyone who carries any kind of rig loads and sails in winds of 12kts+ Go ahead and sight up the mast when it's rotated and the boat pointing on a close reach or higher. In fact, it may be obvious just on the trailer. The mast will ...
by delevi
Wed Jul 02, 2014 11:57 am
Forum: Destinations, Clubs, Events and Venues
Topic: Ontario Sailors Rendezvous 2014
Replies: 154
Views: 35612

Re: MMOR V Ontario Canada Mac Rendezvous

Looking forward to seeing you guys at the rendezvous!!!! 8)
by delevi
Thu Jan 16, 2014 10:12 pm
Forum: Destinations, Clubs, Events and Venues
Topic: Ontario Sailors Rendezvous 2014
Replies: 154
Views: 35612

Re: MMOR V Ontario Canada Mac Rendezvous

Well folks, looks like you'll have an American neighbor along (maybe 2 if Stephen bites the bullet.) If you do, I'll buy the beer 8) Won't give any input on location as I'll be tagging along with Beene on Pegasus. Had a blast 2 years ago. Looking forward to July.

cheers,
Leon
by delevi
Sun Oct 07, 2012 1:21 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: weather helm/lee helm
Replies: 21
Views: 2578

Re: weather helm/lee helm

Stephen, The experience I gained with the Mac along with some charters of larger boats made it all possible, i.e. gaining the confidence to go with a larger boat to single-hand. Drop me a line next time you're in my neck of the woods. I know we tried this a few times int he past and schedules didn't...
by delevi
Sun Oct 07, 2012 3:35 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: weather helm/lee helm
Replies: 21
Views: 2578

Re: weather helm/lee helm

15-20 degree heel is actually the sweet spot. Over 20 degrees you should feel the boat pull to weather. I don't quite understand your rig setup with forestay loose as possible and no mast pre-bend. Sounds like your shroud tension may be too low, particularly the upper shrouds. Take a picture of your...
by delevi
Thu Oct 04, 2012 9:03 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: weather helm/lee helm
Replies: 21
Views: 2578

Re: weather helm/lee helm

Blee, What you describe is not common at all. These boats are prone to strong weather helm and I never experienced or heard of anyone else experience any lee helm. Make sure your daggerboard is all the way down. It might be getting stuck. Take a tape measure down the daggerboard trunk. It should be ...
by delevi
Tue Oct 02, 2012 3:13 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Dismasted this past weekend.
Replies: 118
Views: 11295

Re: Dismasted this past weekend.

For those with hank-on sails, here is great item that will adjust the forestay tension for rigging: http://www.defender.com/product.jsp?path=-1|118|107602|298804&id=205004 It is labeled a backstay adjuster but is basically an easily adjusted turnbuckle that locks/unlocks without pins and may be used...
by delevi
Sat Sep 29, 2012 1:51 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Dismasted this past weekend.
Replies: 118
Views: 11295

Re: Dismasted this past weekend.

I switched to 5/32 on the forestay. Consequently, it sagged more than the 1/8. I compensated for this since I had a backstay rigged. Otherwise the 5/32 would require more shroud tension if you want the boat to point reasonably well. Toggles: Absolutely. Mine didn't come rigged with a top toggle. Not...