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Looking for ideas Deck Hardware

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Sovereign797
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Sailboat: MacGregor 25

Looking for ideas Deck Hardware

Post by Sovereign797 » Sun Mar 15, 2020 5:08 pm

My Mac 25 came to me already re-arranged by a previous owner and after playing with it for a few years I find I'm not using a lot of it and using others, some of it could be better, etc.

I'm looking for ideas on streamlining and improving the entire setup, from winch placement, pad eyes, fair leads, cleats, clams, sheeting, all of it. Post your setups, show them off, help me out with getting some ideas on adding and subtracting or moving what I have.

I've got most of it off atm, gonna do some painting and then put everything back. I do mostly weekend cruising the lakes but I am sort of interested in getting involved in some beer can racing after I did a season on another boat.

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Freedom77
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Re: Looking for ideas Deck Hardware

Post by Freedom77 » Wed Mar 18, 2020 9:43 am

As with most anything K.I.S.S. Do you have pics of current setup?

WinSome
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Location: Hamilton Ontario Canada

Re: Looking for ideas Deck Hardware

Post by WinSome » Mon Mar 23, 2020 7:49 pm

I agree with Freedom 77. Tell us what’s working well. What you expecting out of your boat? Sail condition and setup? Where do you want it to be? I’ve a 26c and interested. What’s your budget?
First Let’s pick three best things to improve.

Sovereign797
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Re: Looking for ideas Deck Hardware

Post by Sovereign797 » Tue Mar 24, 2020 9:33 pm

I'm looking for ideas from what others have done, thanks for the replies

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dlandersson
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Re: Looking for ideas Deck Hardware

Post by dlandersson » Wed Mar 25, 2020 4:22 am

Do you use a slip? One thing my PO did - and it gets a lot of positive comments - was to have a cleat amidships on the port side. Very handy when coming into my slip. I have a dock line attached to that, loop over a slip pole and voila! I'm secured and have plenty of time to do the usual for and aft dock lines. 8)

Interim
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Re: Looking for ideas Deck Hardware

Post by Interim » Fri Mar 27, 2020 1:42 pm

I replaced my bow and stern cleats with steel, and certainly like the idea of a cleat amidships. But I worry about stumbling over it. I typically tie a line from a stanchion to the dock cleat.

I put in jib cars and tracks last year, and I love them. It is a powerful control (we have a 135% genny).

I also put on bow chocks for anchoring, and a horn a little aft of the mast.

I'm in danger of violating the KISS rule. But I like to tinker.

--john

WinSome
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Re: Looking for ideas Deck Hardware

Post by WinSome » Fri Mar 27, 2020 7:11 pm

Can you feel more about your choice of horn and install? I’ve wanted to install one and want to keep it minimal.

WinSome
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Re: Looking for ideas Deck Hardware

Post by WinSome » Sat Mar 28, 2020 11:22 am

On topic of deck hardware:
Here’s original pdf of rails and stanchions drawings
http://www.railmakers.com/yachts/macgre ... -24-25.htm
I’m ready to install a salvaged, modified stern rail on Winsome (26C) in the next weeks as I can’t sail as yet -southern Ontario-and stay isolated due to virus.

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