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by bobbob
Mon Aug 08, 2016 11:34 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Replacing sticky Rack and Pinion steering
Replies: 26
Views: 8494

Re: Replacing sticky Rack and Pinion steering

I'll give that a try tonight. I find the biggest problem seems to be at planing speeds with the rudders up. I agree at full hull speed with rudders down the steering is stiffer, but like you I suspect that's a limitation (and one with an easy solution - raise the rudders) Regarding the Friction Adju...
by bobbob
Sun Aug 07, 2016 6:14 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Replacing sticky Rack and Pinion steering
Replies: 26
Views: 8494

Re: Replacing sticky Rack and Pinion steering

A little update and more confusion - today I released the steering cable from the motor bracket, just to see how easy it would be to turn the wheel with the steering cable unloaded. It was completely smooth and easy - I could turn the wheel with one finger. So, I'm wondering now if my steering syste...
by bobbob
Sun Aug 07, 2016 6:07 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Unintended rudder modification
Replies: 33
Views: 5459

Re: Unintended rudder modification

I'm not sure the clam cleat is a great idea for the up haul line - you probably want to cleat the rudders properly when they are up. Something I discovered today as I was playing around with the steering - if you cleat the rudders up just by the D collars, you will find that as you steer from left t...
by bobbob
Fri Aug 05, 2016 7:38 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Completely unfurling a 150 Genoa?
Replies: 59
Views: 9322

Re: Completely unfurling a 150 Genoa?

Now, for advanced level maths - what does that mean for the percentage of sail area fore and aft the mast?
by bobbob
Thu Aug 04, 2016 1:40 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Completely unfurling a 150 Genoa?
Replies: 59
Views: 9322

Re: Completely unfurling a 150 Genoa?

Yeah, sorry - I completely fumbled what I meant to say :) I was reading another thread about sailing with just the headsail, and it occurred to me that just the 150% Genoa should be superior in terms of pointing or keeping a bearing to just a 100% Jib because at least you have some sail on both side...
by bobbob
Thu Aug 04, 2016 11:54 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Completely unfurling a 150 Genoa?
Replies: 59
Views: 9322

Re: Completely unfurling a 150 Genoa?

Is the former an easy fix? The furling line is completely unwound when fully furled, so if there's too much line to fit in the CDI furler I would need to go down a line size - what is the minimum recommended line size for furling lines?
by bobbob
Thu Aug 04, 2016 11:45 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Unintended rudder modification
Replies: 33
Views: 5459

Re: Unintended rudder modification

Self-releasing cleat - fantastic idea! I'm putting one on this weekend. I was always worried about this in shallow water docking (either damaging the rudder or getting stuck if the rudder is cleated down)
by bobbob
Thu Aug 04, 2016 11:41 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Completely unfurling a 150 Genoa?
Replies: 59
Views: 9322

Re: Completely unfurling a 150 Genoa?

It does unfurl easily back to around the shrouds before it gets much harder. Based on this feedback I'll do some more investigation do see if something is causing it to stick part way.
by bobbob
Thu Aug 04, 2016 11:20 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Completely unfurling a 150 Genoa?
Replies: 59
Views: 9322

Re: Completely unfurling a 150 Genoa?

I have it set up that way. The motivation would be in light winds but it doesn't seem to get the job done. Maybe something is stuck. By the way, am I wrong in thinking that having the 150 Genoa crossing back fully behind the mast helps keep the forces around the center of the boat balanced? (I.e. Ac...
by bobbob
Thu Aug 04, 2016 9:32 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Completely unfurling a 150 Genoa?
Replies: 59
Views: 9322

Completely unfurling a 150 Genoa?

I have a heck of a time getting my 150 Genoa to unfurl past the shrouds - there's still lots left on the roller although I have no idea how much since I have never been able to completely unfurl it :)

Is there a trick to this?
by bobbob
Wed Jul 27, 2016 7:34 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Replacing sticky Rack and Pinion steering
Replies: 26
Views: 8494

Re: Replacing sticky Rack and Pinion steering

Couldn't find any markings whatsoever, but comparing what the pinion looks like I'm pretty sure it's a Detmar. Are there any aftermarket cables directly compatible with the Detmar?
by bobbob
Wed Jul 27, 2016 2:17 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Replacing sticky Rack and Pinion steering
Replies: 26
Views: 8494

Re: Replacing sticky Rack and Pinion steering

I'm going to look tonight at the cable and see if I can pull a model number off of it, or some kind of identification. Ideally I could just buy something like a SeaStar SSC134 replacement cable. I'm really not looking forward to having to pull the wheel (including disassembling the autohelm) and rem...
by bobbob
Wed Jul 27, 2016 8:47 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Replacing sticky Rack and Pinion steering
Replies: 26
Views: 8494

Replacing sticky Rack and Pinion steering

Its time to replace the steering on my :macx: . There is already a rack and pinion steering system installed (not OEM). I am wondering if its possible to buy a new steering kit, and just replace the rack and cable? That way I don't have to remove the steering wheel. Is there any kind of standard in ...
by bobbob
Fri Jul 22, 2016 3:12 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: My POOR 26M
Replies: 63
Views: 12962

Re: My POOR 26M

You've got it right. We always pay sales tax, but some couriers (UPS) charge an outrageous "brokerage" fee of $25-$40. Duty is rarely if ever charged for items coming from the US in my experience. Technically items assembled overseas and shipped from US are subject to some duty but I think it's too ...
by bobbob
Wed Jul 20, 2016 8:35 am
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: offshore bracket
Replies: 18
Views: 2778

Re: offshore bracket

Is the steering mechanism built into these? How would it affect trailering?