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by Tomfoolery
Sun Feb 16, 2020 7:37 am
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Wind Song (26X) Outboard Swap
Replies: 27
Views: 751

Re: Wind Song (26X) Outboard Swap

Tom, thanks for that link. Kinda hate to buy a tool I may only use once but $20 isn’t too bad I guess. I like the sling idea. I get the idea of the spreader bar (good idea) but I’m fuzzy on what you mean by choker. I looked around and didn’t see any 5/8”-20 shouldered eye bolts (fine thread), but f...
by Tomfoolery
Sat Feb 15, 2020 6:21 pm
Forum: Destinations, Clubs, Events and Venues
Topic: Dreaming About Haida Gwaii
Replies: 21
Views: 1855

Re: Dreaming About Haida Gwaii

What’s that red prop, John? I’ve haven’t seen that on your boat before, and I have pictures from the parking lot at some MMORs to prove it. :D
by Tomfoolery
Sat Feb 15, 2020 6:19 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Mast Raising Alterations 26M
Replies: 70
Views: 1537

Re: Mast Raising Alterations 26M

Yup. Doesn’t matter if it has a rotating mast, as the mast can/should be straight ahead when raising anyway, and the baby stays will keep it that way when under load.
by Tomfoolery
Sat Feb 15, 2020 5:29 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Mast Raising Alterations 26M
Replies: 70
Views: 1537

Re: Mast Raising Alterations 26M

Todd wrote:
Sat Feb 15, 2020 5:23 pm
I will keep hoping that the Mac Engineering Team here finds a better solution because I doubt I will come up with anything :)
Baby stays to the mast. I raise and lower my mast on the water most of the time.
by Tomfoolery
Sat Feb 15, 2020 3:21 pm
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Wind Song (26X) Outboard Swap
Replies: 27
Views: 751

Re: Wind Song (26X) Outboard Swap

Yeah, Mercury makes a special lifting eye that attaches to the flywheel. And of course I don’t have it. It looks like a 5/8-18 shouldered eye bolt (forged), which is like $21. With a flywheel removal tool thrown in. https://www.amazon.com/Parts-Mercury-Flywheel-91-849154T1-91-90455-1/dp/B08373QFNN?...
by Tomfoolery
Sat Feb 15, 2020 6:08 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Mast Raising Alterations 26M
Replies: 70
Views: 1537

Re: Mast Raising Alterations 26M

I don’t remember the manufacturer, but there’s a boat out there somewhere with an integral V-shaped ‘gin pole’ arrangement that fits neatly at the bow rail when not used. Couldn’t find the video or photos, but they’re out there somewhere. Neatest factory arrangement I’ve ever seen. :wink:
by Tomfoolery
Fri Feb 14, 2020 7:42 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Mast Raising Alterations 26M
Replies: 70
Views: 1537

Re: Mast Raising Alterations 26M

Yikes! I didn’t know this was going to be on the test. I’d have been a little more thorough. :| If you want to prove the unstable part, put the mast butt and gin pole butt on a raised block so the foredeck attachment is lower, relatively speaking. The gin pole won’t stand up on its own, since the ma...
by Tomfoolery
Fri Feb 14, 2020 4:00 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Mast Raising Alterations 26M
Replies: 70
Views: 1537

Re: Mast Raising Alterations 26M

Yes, you absolutely could use a rigid pole on one side. BUT, the bottom pivot point would have to be on the same line with the mast hinge line, or the mast will either not line up with the crutch, or not be vertical when all the way up (leaning to one side or the other). Not just aligned fore/aft, b...
by Tomfoolery
Fri Feb 14, 2020 12:56 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Mast Raising Alterations 26M
Replies: 70
Views: 1537

Re: Mast Raising Alterations 26M

I'm pretty sure the original x boat system had the baby stays attached to the mast. If it's good enough for the X maybe it would work on the M? (BIG maybe because the M mast rotates - another reason the baby stays are on the BALE and not on the MAST). Yes, baby stays attach to the mast. I usually u...
by Tomfoolery
Fri Feb 14, 2020 7:07 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Mast Raising Alterations 26M
Replies: 70
Views: 1537

Re: Mast Raising Alterations 26M

Yes, I realize that your gin pole moves with the mast, making a furler solution easier to implement than with the fixed gin pole I have. I just think it's a nice system that you have. Unfortunately, I'll have to think to solve how to control my furler. Not what I do best :P . But others here have d...
by Tomfoolery
Fri Feb 14, 2020 6:33 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Mast Raising Alterations 26M
Replies: 70
Views: 1537

Re: Mast Raising Alterations 26M

I've got some heavier stainless, so I guess I could make new bottom brackets. I'm hoping that stabilizing the gin pole will allow the stock brackets to serve the purpose. I'll continue to overthink this for a bit before doing anything. Consider adding a filler block of lightweight plastic or wood t...
by Tomfoolery
Wed Feb 12, 2020 9:55 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Mast Raising Alterations 26M
Replies: 70
Views: 1537

Re: Mast Raising Alterations 26M

The gin pole is the weakest link in the MRS system, not the baby stays. By my calculation, the critical buckling load of the (mast)* gin pole tube (1.5" OD x .125" wall x 72" long) is around 2450 lb. Put some factor of safety on it, and it's still plenty strong, but those flared stamped sheet metal...
by Tomfoolery
Tue Feb 11, 2020 7:10 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Mast Raising Alterations 26M
Replies: 70
Views: 1537

Re: Mast Raising Alterations 26M

Since I used tinypic and photobucket back-when, those pics aren’t there any more anyway. But I always keep the photos or graphics in a Mac photo file, so over time some of them get reposted. I guessed at the mast weight and CG location, so the resulting forces are also suspect, but the geometry shou...
by Tomfoolery
Tue Feb 11, 2020 12:44 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Mast Raising Alterations 26M
Replies: 70
Views: 1537

Re: Mast Raising Alterations 26M

Mast compression load depends on where you attach to the mast. I did this years ago using a level mast, but of course, it's not level at its lowest position.


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by Tomfoolery
Mon Feb 10, 2020 10:33 am
Forum: Trailers & Towing
Topic: Lifting a Mac 26M
Replies: 15
Views: 437

Re: Lifting a Mac 26M

You don't have your location posted in your profile, so do be aware that VC-17 is for fresh water AFAIK.