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by Newell
Mon May 25, 2020 10:24 am
Forum: MacGregor/Venture Discussion
Topic: Leaking ballast drain valve 26D
Replies: 5
Views: 529

Re: Leaking ballast drain valve 26D

Not to be contentious but this is not true if the ballast tank also has a leak. If it's full, water won't leak in or out at rest, but will leak when heeled. How fast depends on the size of the leak. But with 1200 lb of water ballast (144 gallons), you'd have to be heeled an awfully long time to make...
by Newell
Sun May 24, 2020 12:22 pm
Forum: Performance & Tuning
Topic: 26X PHRF
Replies: 5
Views: 721

Re: 26X PHRF

Epiloge : We raced the first race of the series, after dark in gusty winds with 40+ boats from the Lake Pontchartrain clubs. Covid-19 canceled the next race and the series until last week, May20. Due to the impending lockdown, we trailered home at the end of April, with several mechanical problems,...
by Newell
Sun Mar 08, 2020 9:33 pm
Forum: Performance & Tuning
Topic: 26X PHRF
Replies: 5
Views: 721

Re: 26X PHRF

I was racing in monthly 'family fun' series in San Diego, mostly single handing. They gave me a 225 I think. I was in first group to start and would be the last to finish about 2-9 minutes. Several times my corrected times moved me up 1 or 2 positions. I never could get several other 26Xs or Ms to c...
by Newell
Sun Mar 08, 2020 8:47 am
Forum: Performance & Tuning
Topic: 26X PHRF
Replies: 5
Views: 721

Re: 26X PHRF

Thanks Jimmyt, 255 may be reasonable. My next step is to find out what measurements and observations, were made by the handicapper, in coming up with this rating. Having raced my 26X against other boats, mostly Macs, Hunters and Catalinas, I believe a handicap close to 300 to be the most fair. My ma...
by Newell
Sat Mar 07, 2020 8:18 pm
Forum: Performance & Tuning
Topic: 26X PHRF
Replies: 5
Views: 721

26X PHRF

There is a 26X in the North Carolina PHRF with a rating of: 273. Does anybody know this boat and skipper? I am trying to race my X on the Lake Pontchartrain Wednesday night races, but need some sort of reasonable rating less than 300.
by Newell
Sun Feb 23, 2020 10:23 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Mission bay to San Diego bay and back in a day.
Replies: 32
Views: 3606

Re: Mission bay to San Diego bay and back in a day.

By the way NEWELL !! there was this older gentleman that sailed with your San Diego friends who owned an X boat and i think he was like one of the number one experts on that boat - I can't remember his name - I think it was MURV or Marv or something like that? Murv Berry or Marv Berry - anyways, he ...
by Newell
Mon Feb 10, 2020 11:23 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Onboard shoes
Replies: 16
Views: 1463

Re: Onboard shoes

I bought some 'boat shoes' from Costco, cheap, white soles, no arch! They are the best non-slip and non marking I have tried. I had a pair of Sperry boat shoes from West Marine and I don't recomend them, they were slippery.
by Newell
Sat Feb 08, 2020 9:27 am
Forum: Performance & Tuning
Topic: Bending the mast
Replies: 8
Views: 2082

Re: Bending the mast

Do you have teletales on the aft of your Main? Sometimes in a good wind 15-20 close-hauled and genny quite tight, my main luffs some. My teletales are streaming hard and speed is good. I have pulled the main closer to center to drop the luffing, but it doesn't seem to affect speed. Speed on a X is a...
by Newell
Sat Feb 08, 2020 9:07 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Mission bay to San Diego bay and back in a day.
Replies: 32
Views: 3606

Re: Mission bay to San Diego bay and back in a day.

I motored from Mission bay then sailed all the way to Imperial Beach marine reserve. I came across a group of kayakers who warned me too look out! I said, I know it's only 2' deep. It's a Macgregor! 8) I had my rudders kicked up and the swing keel barely in the water making 4kts. They were amazed. ...
by Newell
Wed Feb 05, 2020 11:20 am
Forum: Performance & Tuning
Topic: Bending the mast
Replies: 8
Views: 2082

Re: Bending the mast

My mainsail is a bit saggy from the luff to the chord. It is not luffing, just a bit untaught on a close reach. It is a new sail, so this should be a matter of tuning the rig. I think I need to put a little bend in the mast to pull the belly forward and flatten it. Is the best approach to tighten t...
by Newell
Wed Feb 05, 2020 11:00 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Mission bay to San Diego bay and back in a day.
Replies: 32
Views: 3606

Re: Mission bay to San Diego bay and back in a day.

Boat, Yes, have seen alligators in the marinas and in the Industrial Canal where I keep the boat. Went up a Bayou in Mandeville, seeing gators and many turtles, hit a submerged log and needed to turn the boat around. Asked the wife to jump in and push it around, she said no way! with those gators :o...
by Newell
Wed Feb 05, 2020 8:40 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Mission bay to San Diego bay and back in a day.
Replies: 32
Views: 3606

Re: Mission bay to San Diego bay and back in a day.

Yes, Boat, I sail Nawlins every year, have sailed across the shortest distance of L. Pontchartrain @13 miles and back in a day. Also sailed on Lake Borne. They are rebuilding the marina by Lakefront causeway, should be nice this year. There is usually great wind for sailing but lots of lightening bo...
by Newell
Tue Feb 04, 2020 12:16 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Discussion about Traveller's, Heel, and something I am confused about
Replies: 12
Views: 1240

Re: Discussion about Traveller's, Heel, and something I am confused about

I built a traveler over the cockpit on my X and yes I think it is a great control and would not want to be without it. However, moving the mainsheet further away from the pedestal makes it more difficult to adjust or let off in a gust.
by Newell
Tue Feb 04, 2020 11:56 am
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Mission bay to San Diego bay and back in a day.
Replies: 32
Views: 3606

Re: Mission bay to San Diego bay and back in a day.

Yes, you can anchor in Glorietta for free, but need to register online. I know of 2 boats that are registered there the 14th and 15th for race I mentioned. This will be my last race until later in the year, since we leave for NOLA about the 20th of Feb. Sure would like to see you bring Boat to the r...
by Newell
Mon Jan 20, 2020 11:44 am
Forum: Performance & Tuning
Topic: 26X forestay length
Replies: 12
Views: 2860

Re: 26X forestay length

I have the same problem as vulcan98. I have shortened my turnbuckle where it bottoms out, but I have not had a chance to set up the mast yet (boat under cover for winter). It looks like I was able to shorten the forestay by about 3 inches. Not sure what degrees it will be, I'm hoping for 92 to 94. ...