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by RJG 26S
Sat Sep 29, 2012 9:07 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Fabulous day going single handed for the first time
Replies: 2
Views: 549

Fabulous day going single handed for the first time

It had been a few weeks since I had been out on the water so I was really eager to go. My normal crew was not available with the Admiral planning to go to a baby shower and none of my kids wanted to go. I extended an invitation to a few others, no luck, they all had plans. So I said fine, I'll go by...
by RJG 26S
Mon Sep 24, 2012 10:30 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Dismasted this past weekend.
Replies: 118
Views: 12542

Re: Dismasted this past weekend.

I have read of afew "X" masts breaking at the spreader bolt in recent months which makes me wonder why? The mast will break there (BTDT) primarily for two reasons: 1. It is near the middle of the mast where the bending stresses will be the maximum. 2. The spreader bracket bolt hole creates both a s...
by RJG 26S
Fri May 11, 2012 6:41 pm
Forum: Destinations, Clubs, Events and Venues
Topic: Lake Washington to Puget Sound Memorial Day weekend
Replies: 4
Views: 1040

Re: Lake Washington to Puget Sound Memorial Day weekend

Chinook,

With my mast top VHF antenna, I am about 36' above the water so I don't think I will try going under the I-90 bridge. The rest sounds great. Thanks for the information!

Bob
by RJG 26S
Thu May 10, 2012 9:02 pm
Forum: Destinations, Clubs, Events and Venues
Topic: Lake Washington to Puget Sound Memorial Day weekend
Replies: 4
Views: 1040

Lake Washington to Puget Sound Memorial Day weekend

I would like to find a good place to launch on Lake Washington for the Memorial Day Weekend and get some tips to motor over to the Puget Sound. Where is the best place to launch and park for a few days, would it be Magnuson Park? Is it a safe place to leave a vehicle overnight? How quickly does this...
by RJG 26S
Sun Apr 29, 2012 10:05 pm
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Mast rake and backstay adjuster
Replies: 19
Views: 5402

Re: Mast rake and backstay adjuster

This works much better.

http://www.downwindmarine.com/Johnson-Q ... 90707.html
Dave
Really Dave? Have you tried both options? My solution is easily adjustable and is less than half the cost of yours.
by RJG 26S
Sat Apr 28, 2012 10:23 pm
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Mast rake and backstay adjuster
Replies: 19
Views: 5402

Re: Mast rake and backstay adjuster

My adjuster is certainly less interesting than K9Kampers' 8)

I measured 10 times and cut once and ground smooth the metal strip attached to the stay so that it was the right length for a turnbuckle.

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Bob
by RJG 26S
Fri Apr 27, 2012 11:33 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: First Mods?
Replies: 32
Views: 2815

Re: First Mods?

RJG, details on the LED anchor light? Did you put it atop the mast? I have a 99 X and am leery of all the issues people have had running wires up the mast. I think although not totally legal (makes it partially illegal?) My anchor light is a basic "Hella 2492" fixture with a http://www.doctorled.co...
by RJG 26S
Thu Apr 26, 2012 9:39 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: First Mods?
Replies: 32
Views: 2815

Re: First Mods?

Here are a few mods that were first on my list: 1. Anchor light with LED Bulb (I got a Dr. LED Bulb) it uses less than 10% of the current of a standard bulb- around 150 mA I think. 2. Battery Combiner 3. Pressurized water system 4. Auxiliary alarm inside cabin connected to GPS external alarm output ...
by RJG 26S
Tue Apr 24, 2012 9:03 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Bad start to season: Broken mast
Replies: 48
Views: 3388

Re: Bad start to season: Broken mast

A few more comments/unanswered questions from previous posts: 1. The mast was mostly pre-drilled, for the larger bolts. The smaller ones for the main halyard block, spreader bar base and a few other things are not. 2. Ikea trip: no major purchases, just a few small items for the kitchen. Not a whole...
by RJG 26S
Tue Apr 24, 2012 9:40 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Bad start to season: Broken mast
Replies: 48
Views: 3388

Re: Bad start to season: Broken mast

Really guys??? My Rav 4 is equipped with pneumatic tires, springs, and shock absorbers. These do a pretty good job of smoothing out the bumps in the road and keep the dynamic forces on the sprung mass of the vehicle usually well under 1 extra g, easily under 3 g's. If I were to hit a bump capable to...
by RJG 26S
Mon Apr 23, 2012 8:03 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Bad start to season: Broken mast
Replies: 48
Views: 3388

Re: Bad start to season: Broken mast

There are risks in everything we do. Towing a boat 360 miles on an interstate and driving through Seattle is risky, all sorts of calamity can happen if you get a blow out, have catastrophic bearing failure (BTDT while picking up my first boat) get cut off, etc. I was very careful in how I drove. I m...
by RJG 26S
Sun Apr 22, 2012 11:08 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Bad start to season: Broken mast
Replies: 48
Views: 3388

Re: Bad start to season: Broken mast

The Mast on the M and X is not strong enough for the large amout of over hang for a 2 point support system that is 5 ft. or less between supports. Adding a 12ft. 2x6 under the mast would give much more support. Years of experance and FL. Certified Lic. Structural building/ and Certified Building Li...
by RJG 26S
Sat Apr 21, 2012 9:03 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Bad start to season: Broken mast
Replies: 48
Views: 3388

Re: Bad start to season: Broken mast

Mission accomplished! An easy ride on the Rav 4. The Admiral was quite pleased, by not hauling the boat to transport the mast, we were able to go to Ikea before picking up the mast. :) http://i1140.photobucket.com/albums/n570/RJG_26S/IMG00868-20120421-1707.jpg http://i1140.photobucket.com/albums/n57...
by RJG 26S
Sat Apr 21, 2012 12:12 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Bad start to season: Broken mast
Replies: 48
Views: 3388

Re: Bad start to season: Broken mast

Hey RJ! :D Replacing the mast with the same thing again (ie a new one) could very well result in the same thing happening again under similar circumstances. Improper drilling of the holes can also predispose the mast to failure in that area. If the goal is peace of mind, welding it would make that ...
by RJG 26S
Sat Apr 21, 2012 12:02 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Bad start to season: Broken mast
Replies: 48
Views: 3388

Re: Bad start to season: Broken mast

Just curious. Are you getting an X or an M mast? I thought X masts were no longer available. It would be good news if they are. Good luck. Ken Ken, I am getting an X mast. New mast, spreaders, upper and lower shrouds, forestay, mast foot, and a rigging tension gauge for just over one boat buck. Bob