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by Tomfoolery
Sat Jul 04, 2020 7:06 am
Forum: The Front Room
Topic: All the best for the 4th of July
Replies: 3
Views: 29

Re: All the best for the 4th of July

Thanks. Much appreciated. :)

But I’m embarrassed to say I missed Canada Day on July 1. :|

So a belated happy Canada Day, or Fête du Canada, to you, sir. 8)
by Tomfoolery
Thu Jul 02, 2020 10:06 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Loose footed sail question - avoiding chafing?
Replies: 6
Views: 138

Re: Loose footed sail question - avoiding chafing?

It's hard to tell from the pic, but you might be able to add a slug to the grommet, and a shackle to the gooseneck, to both hold it to the same distance from the mast, and simultaneously allow it to rise higher off the boom. Might take some experimenting with shackles of different sizes to get it to...
by Tomfoolery
Thu Jul 02, 2020 9:19 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Loose footed sail question - avoiding chafing?
Replies: 6
Views: 138

Re: Loose footed sail question - avoiding chafing?

Is that sail on slugs, or is it using the boltrope in the groove?
by Tomfoolery
Thu Jul 02, 2020 4:32 am
Forum: Performance & Tuning
Topic: Trouble on tacking
Replies: 12
Views: 243

Re: Trouble on tacking

Rake is froward is about 6 inch forward. It doesn't help that the manual isn't very clear on this. The :macx: manual shows an inordinate amount of rake to the rear, but the :macm: manual mentions using a level plus making sure the ballast is full and the design waterline is parallel with the actual...
by Tomfoolery
Tue Jun 30, 2020 11:50 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: fouled wind vane
Replies: 4
Views: 117

Re: fouled wind vane

I even have one laying around here somewhere, but they're certainly easy to make, especially for a one-time chore like spider web clearing. Doesn't have to be pretty, does it? :wink:

(Unless you're BOAT or Highlander, of course - then you wouldn't be able to make an ugly one if you tried. :D )
by Tomfoolery
Tue Jun 30, 2020 10:32 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: fouled wind vane
Replies: 4
Views: 117

Re: fouled wind vane

Don't need a 30 ft Swiffer - use a pig stick on the main halyard or topping lift, with anything on the end that will clear some webs.

But don't forget the downhaul, or you'll be dropping the mast to retrieve the halyard. :wink: :D

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by Tomfoolery
Sun Jun 28, 2020 5:01 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: What line do you use for MRS?
Replies: 4
Views: 188

Re: What line do you use for MRS?

Flash forward to end-of-season, and I used the mainsheet line to lower the mast - until it got down to about 30 degrees - and I ran out of line. Slipped right through my fingers, and the mast whammed down on my bimini frame. Oops. I use a dedicated 5:1 setup with larger ball bearing blocks, and the...
by Tomfoolery
Sat Jun 27, 2020 2:14 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Planing
Replies: 5
Views: 206

Re: Planing

What was the engine speed at full throttle?
by Tomfoolery
Sat Jun 27, 2020 5:14 am
Forum: Performance & Tuning
Topic: Adding a forestay forward of furler?
Replies: 12
Views: 285

Re: Adding a forestay forward of furler?

That’s why it failed - the t-bolt was and still is bearing on the bottom sheet metal of the drum housing, and the toggle was hooked to the strap. That thin strap is not supposed to take any load at all, other than preventing the drum housing from twisting. You have to pull the pin and slide the drum...
by Tomfoolery
Fri Jun 26, 2020 4:15 pm
Forum: Performance & Tuning
Topic: Adding a forestay forward of furler?
Replies: 12
Views: 285

Re: Adding a forestay forward of furler?

After we docked I found the culprit. The bracket under the furler drum broke. I ordered a new drum and the ball bearings and new line. Has this happened to anyone else? Seems to me the furler should be able to handle the conditions in which we were motoring but maybe I'm wrong... https://i.postimg....
by Tomfoolery
Fri Jun 26, 2020 6:47 am
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Wind Song (26X) repairs and mods log
Replies: 48
Views: 3300

Re: Wind Song (26X) repairs and mods log

hart wrote:
Thu Jun 25, 2020 1:19 pm
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I spilled my beer. Dammit.
Whoa! Man down!!! :o
by Tomfoolery
Thu Jun 25, 2020 5:37 am
Forum: Performance & Tuning
Topic: Anchor rode damaging bow running light
Replies: 7
Views: 218

Re: Anchor rode damaging bow running light

I know, I know, OP did not want a roller, but now I do! Several members here have that roller. Maybe search on the mods? Or just on the threads. I almost pulled the trigger several times on that roller, or 'suggested' it as a birthday gift, but ended up with something else that I wanted for the boa...
by Tomfoolery
Thu Jun 25, 2020 4:28 am
Forum: Performance & Tuning
Topic: Anchor rode damaging bow running light
Replies: 7
Views: 218

Re: Anchor rode damaging bow running light

Is there a reason for not wanting to instal an anchor roller? It does make it easier to drop and retrieve an anchor. Especially when the anchor chain comes out of the water. One bow roller, specifically designed for the :macx: . Has an elevated mount for the bi-color light, too. http://shop.bwyacht...
by Tomfoolery
Wed Jun 24, 2020 3:27 pm
Forum: Trailers & Towing
Topic: Trailer Springs and axle travel 26x
Replies: 22
Views: 830

Re: Trailer Springs and axle travel 26x

So is that what you call them? "ELASTOmeric RODS??" Never heard of those - is that how the trailer works? Take a square tube. Get a square solid bar that fits inside but rotates cleanly. Turn it 45 degrees to the outer tube, and fill those triangular corner empty spaces with rubber rods, one per co...
by Tomfoolery
Wed Jun 24, 2020 1:43 pm
Forum: Trailers & Towing
Topic: Trailer Springs and axle travel 26x
Replies: 22
Views: 830

Re: Trailer Springs and axle travel 26x

Whaaat?? The trailer under 'boat' does not have any springs at all! https://i.imgur.com/54uCCbq.jpg The "axle" as you call it is sitting right on the frame. I guess the wheels are on some sort of a 'swing axle' or somthing. https://i.imgur.com/whPKdMD.jpg Torsion bar suspension with elastomeric rod...