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by Newell
Tue Mar 02, 2021 2:50 pm
Forum: Performance & Tuning
Topic: Best sailing speed
Replies: 18
Views: 1689

Re: Best sailing speed

96 26X full ballast, much weight forward, mast 2-3 D back from vertical, Hyde Main, Doyle hanked genoa, wind 10 - 18 knots, reaching, hitting 6.1 to 6.3 knots GPS twice in last 2 weeks on South Bay, San Diego. Always looking for another X to compare my improvements. This is my best upwind performanc...
by Newell
Wed Dec 23, 2020 7:22 pm
Forum: Performance & Tuning
Topic: Bending the mast
Replies: 17
Views: 3982

Re: Bending the mast

"Doesn’t that also make the luff looser? "
Seems obvious but the Luff isn't a straight edge as I understand. It is cut in a curve, so bending the mast flattens the sail, as the mast takes on the same curve as the Luff. I might be full of ---- on this but give it a nod. :| :macx:
by Newell
Tue Dec 22, 2020 9:25 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Mainsail swap... 26D to 26X
Replies: 6
Views: 1003

Re: Mainsail swap... 26D to 26X

The gooseneck connections are different on each boat so I may need to modify the connection. Sadly, winter has moved into NW PA and there is no sailing here until Spring. I didn't get tarps on before the first snow. [url=https:// Thanks for the reminder, I remember changing the gooseneck fittings n...
by Newell
Tue Dec 08, 2020 6:38 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Mainsail swap... 26D to 26X
Replies: 6
Views: 1003

Re: Mainsail swap... 26D to 26X

I purchased from Judy B a 26X mainsail that I have used on both my boats: 1989 26D Windancer and 1996 26X Fast Sunday. Booms are both stock length with the same fittings, I roll the mainsail onto each boom, cover and store when trailering. Since I can only sail one at a time I haven't used the Doyle...
by Newell
Mon Dec 07, 2020 3:06 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Another Wind system for rotating mast
Replies: 8
Views: 1221

Re: Another Wind system for rotating mast

Ordered a Garmin GNX system. Don't have a rotating mast so should work on my X. 30 day return and will give it a try and post results. :macx:
by Newell
Sat Sep 05, 2020 6:27 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: old Mac 26X thread I am unable to find
Replies: 6
Views: 664

Re: old Mac 26X thread I am unable to find

I recently had an online discussion with Migetto about racing the X. He has a phrf of 240 for his X but he hasn't raced his boat lately, I gather. 240 is not good news, I told him so. Found a X rated at 273 in N. Carolina which rating I'm trying out in San Diego come November and New Orleans in Marc...
by Newell
Thu Jul 30, 2020 8:59 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: to paint or wax topside...when is it "OK" to start thinking paint
Replies: 22
Views: 3213

Re: to paint or wax topside...when is it "OK" to start thinking paint

Windancer looks pretty good for an old girl. Have you painted the deck? On the Macs I’ve been looking at in Florida, most have thinning gel coat and I’m wondering how well a DIY coating can be made to look and how well I can expect it to hold up. Additionally, what sort of prep did you do for the d...
by Newell
Wed Jul 29, 2020 8:24 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: to paint or wax topside...when is it "OK" to start thinking paint
Replies: 22
Views: 3213

Re: to paint or wax topside...when is it "OK" to start thinking paint

I have mostly re-finished the bottom of Fast Sunday, first fairing with 3M green filler,. Spot painted all patches using a small Harbor Freight gravity feed cheapo gun using One-step White Marine Gelcoat. This is the same white that is on the Macgregor. This gun can spray vertical but is very slow. ...
by Newell
Wed Jul 29, 2020 2:59 pm
Forum: MacGregor Powersailor Discussion
Topic: Another Wind system for rotating mast
Replies: 8
Views: 1221

Re: Another Wind system for rotating mast

Also watching wireless wind systems. This unit plus the interface prices up to the 1 boatbuck area close to where some of the other systems reside. Not having a dedicated readout screen drops me out of buying. I would like a system I could easily move between 2 boats. :macx: :tat: :?
by Newell
Mon Jun 29, 2020 1:24 pm
Forum: Trailers & Towing
Topic: Trailer brake issues
Replies: 3
Views: 1404

Re: Trailer brake issues

Open a bleed valve on furtherest wheel, press on actuator if you need to to see if fluid present.
by Newell
Mon Jun 22, 2020 9:33 am
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Inteprotect VC-17 Bottom Paint Questions
Replies: 20
Views: 3878

Re: Inteprotect VC-17 Bottom Paint Questions

Enjoyed this thread. Have Fast Sunday off trailer on blocks doing bottom job. Still thinking of not using anti-foul, just re-coating with 1 step gelcoat and putting on Aurora VS 721 racing wax. That has gotten me through 5 or so seasons in the gunk. Total of 7 months a year. Never win many races but...
by Newell
Mon Jun 22, 2020 9:33 am
Forum: Repairs and Modifications
Topic: Inteprotect VC-17 Bottom Paint Questions
Replies: 20
Views: 3878

Re: Inteprotect VC-17 Bottom Paint Questions

Enjoyed this thread. Have Fast Sunday off trailer on blocks doing bottom job. Still thinking of not using anti-foul, just re-coating with 1 step gelcoat and putting on Aurora VS 721 racing wax. That has gotten me through 5 or so seasons in the gunk. Total of 7 months a year. Never win many races but...
by Newell
Mon May 25, 2020 10:24 am
Forum: MacGregor/Venture Discussion
Topic: Leaking ballast drain valve 26D
Replies: 6
Views: 1695

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: 1868

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: 1868

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...