Steering Upgrade

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Berber Boy
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Steering Upgrade

Post by Berber Boy » Wed Jul 03, 2019 2:57 am

Last week i bit the bullet :) and ordered the upgraded steering and cable kit from BWY. Surprisingly it arrived in 4 days so today I have removed the old one and installed the upgrade. Although I have not put :macm: WindSong in the water yet, the slop in the former Rack and pinion is gone entirely. It was not difficult and took me about three and half hours
I'll try it out in next few days and report back.
Sorry I have been lost for a couple of years but have now retired and live in Paynesville on the East Gippsland Lakes.

My ten year old original Dacron Sails have become Potbellied so am looking at upgrading those as well. Have any Aussie members upgraded sails and what has been your experience.

Dave

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Re: Steering Upgrade

Post by Berber Boy » Sun Jul 07, 2019 2:19 am

Upgraded :macm: post upgraded Steering.
Had almost no wind today so took Windsong out to test the new steeering upgrade for three hours under motor. Tested with and without Ballast at varying speeds up t 17.5 knots.
The improvement was way above all expectations under all conditions. Can't wait until get some new sails up and see how it all fits together.
Dave

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Re: Steering Upgrade

Post by sunshinecoasting » Thu Jul 18, 2019 10:15 pm

Hi Dave,

In relation to your sails, I still have the original main and it is pot bellied also although I can remove some of that with the vang, however about 2 years ago my original Gyb exploded in the wind and I had to replace it, I found a like for like replacement at Evolution sails on the gold coast, just Google evolution sales you will find them, about $650 I think and although no racing sail it certainly works and furls just like the original, I will probably go to them for a main when its time to replace that too. Good guys to deal with and they had all the correct patterns for Macgregor sails on their machines, the fitment was perfect. You can see the Gyb here on my Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/dennis.lithgow

Cheers, Dennis.

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