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Im looking to modify my 2002 26X

Discussion in 'Ask A Macgregor Owner' started by rpd, Jan 15, 2018. Add this thread to a FAQ

  1. rpd

    rpd

    Joined Sep 14, 2017
    13 posts, 2 likes
    Macgregor 26x
    Ca Belledune Nb
    I would prefer to be facing the mast raising system using a hand winch as found on 26M
    I have a fused neck and therefore not much movement
    also would like to change or modify mast foot to again model 26M swivel foot
    thank you for your support rpd
     


  2. Justin_NSA

    Justin_NSA

    Joined Jul 7, 2004
    4,620 posts, 700 likes
    Hunter 30T
    US Cheney, KS
    The 26M system worked great on my 26S mast base. Would it not work on an X? BWY can probably fix you up with a system.
     


  3. rpd

    rpd

    Joined Sep 14, 2017
    13 posts, 2 likes
    Macgregor 26x
    Ca Belledune Nb
    thank you but where on the raising bar exactly would I install the winch any schematic with working measurements would be greatly appreciated,and would a winch such as the one on trailer adequate, also should mention that I only purchased the boat late November 2017 and have not yet launched in water presently living in New Brunswick Canada thanks Rene rpd
     


  4. rpd

    rpd

    Joined Sep 14, 2017
    13 posts, 2 likes
    Macgregor 26x
    Ca Belledune Nb
    whats or how is BWY
     


  5. rpd

    rpd

    Joined Sep 14, 2017
    13 posts, 2 likes
    Macgregor 26x
    Ca Belledune Nb
    Sorry excuse my French but who is BWY
    Again thanks
     


  6. Justin_NSA

    Justin_NSA

    Joined Jul 7, 2004
    4,620 posts, 700 likes
    Hunter 30T
    US Cheney, KS
    Blue Water Yachts in Washington. They are the go to place for all things Macgregor. I thought every Mac owner knew about them. http://bwyachts.com/
     


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  7. justsomeguy

    justsomeguy

    Joined Feb 20, 2011
    6,337 posts, 826 likes
    Island Packet 35
    US Tucson, AZ/San Carlos, MX
    At a comfortable height for your stature.
    Yes, a winch such as those found on your trailer could deal with the load. Lots of folks advocate the use of a brake winch, however.
     


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  8. topcat0399

    topcat0399

    Joined Aug 22, 2011
    992 posts, 69 likes
    MacGregor Venture V224
    US Cheeseland

    I would be one that definitely advocates for the use of an automatic braking winch.
    DO NOT use a trailer winch!
     


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  9. Old Sprite Sailor

    Old Sprite Sailor

    Joined Oct 15, 2006
    29 posts, 10 likes
    MacGregor 26X
    US Central Florida
    I would like to express my concern at using a trailer winch, as well. As carefully as I try to handle the trailer winch, the hold/release mechanism can get jiggled pretty easily. Could see the mast going "boom" at some point when that little puppy got slipped the wrong way. :yikes:
     


  10. justsomeguy

    justsomeguy

    Joined Feb 20, 2011
    6,337 posts, 826 likes
    Island Packet 35
    US Tucson, AZ/San Carlos, MX
    Contrary to all opinion regarding brake winches, I have gotten by with my gin pole's non-brake type winch.
     


  11. kenny13669

    kenny13669

    Joined Jan 22, 2008
    3 posts, 0 likes
    Macgregor 26X
    CA Ghost Lake, Cochrane AB
    I also replaced the original 26X system with the standard winched pole system from the 26M. Have only used it several times but it worked perfectly for me. A lot easier (and safer for doing this single handed) than the original system using the boats winches. I would not use a trailer winch by the way.
    Cannot comment on the issue of the 26M style mast other than I think it uses the rotating foot plus rotating assembly where they stays connect?
     


  12. Newell

    Newell

    Joined Apr 28, 2009
    16 posts, 1 likes
    2 Macgregors 26X and 26D
    US Lakes in Utah
    "change or modify mast foot to again model 26M swivel foot" Unless you also want to replace the stock mast, spreaders and possibly shroud chainplate positioning, forget the swivel plate idea. I have heard of someone using the 30' M mast on a X but the skipper never reported a definitive improvement in performance. If you go with the M mast you also need a new mainsail. :kick:
     


  13. Justin_NSA

    Justin_NSA

    Joined Jul 7, 2004
    4,620 posts, 700 likes
    Hunter 30T
    US Cheney, KS
    If it was a vast improvement all boats would be coming out with it. Save your money for better projects...or beer.
     


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  14. TortugasRoyal

    TortugasRoyal

    Joined Jan 31, 2013
    239 posts, 24 likes
    MacGregor Mac26X
    US Trailer sailing for adventure,
    ditto
     



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