Recent content by Patbrogan

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    Spinnakers, Cruising Sails, Code Zero and Bloopers on 420?

    That would be great! We are at Marina Villange n16 though the boat is in the boatyard for a few more days! While bringing up from Newport we hit a crabpot. I’ve done a lot of racing and been on foredeck and now that we see older and going to be double handed I don’t want to deal with a pole. So...
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    Changing TV and Electronics-- Using Tablet for TV and Navigation?

    I bought a smart DVD player with WiFi to add to old tv and I went to swap the old CD player. I unscrewed the 4 screws front panel in but could not get it out, or the CD player or figure out how to accesss the tv to add dvd. Decided it was a much bigger project and I’d need to read manual...
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    Changing TV and Electronics-- Using Tablet for TV and Navigation?

    My friend’s comments: Cell phone boosters can work, but they are much better in a fixed location where you have rf shielding that is causing the loss of coverage. The booster is a bidirectional rf amplifier. It works by amplifying the cell phone tower signal picked up on the "outside" (mast top)...
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    Connecting mast with CDI fuller to front of boat

    Thanks for the input. I talked to blue water and ordered new pins and solved the problem. Here is what we did. We checked rigging and shrouds and the under shrouds were loose and outer tight. So we loosened up the outside shrouds and put our winch back on and were able to get it to fit in. What...
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    Connecting mast with CDI fuller to front of boat

    Thanks for the input. I think the forestay wire is a bit kinked from the transporting. We've always had a challenge getting it to fit but the problem got worse this time. I'm also not sure the mast isn't 90 degrees to the boat. And another issue is that the mast doesn't seem to articulate much...
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    Connecting mast with CDI fuller to front of boat

    Our 26M has been with mast down for months and when we went to step it, the built in forestay won't reach to the connection. We added 2 screw lock carribiners we got at West Marine as extensions. They are rated to about 600 pounds. Not sure if the forestay is bent, or if the mast isn't all the...
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    CDI furler for 26m not furling

    Just found the set up video. Got a boat with no manuals and am struggling for some--like the e-tec 60 maintenance manual... Will look for CDI manual, thanks.
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    CDI furler for 26m not furling

    On the boat I just bought the furler line keeps getting caught as the roller part doesn't stay seated in the housing. See image. Any suggestions on how to get it working?
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    Caring for bottom that is docked

    We have had our boat in the water now a month in Pittsburgh Ca. Where there is both salt and fresh water. We have about 10 feet of algae growing on the bottom! I tried to power wash it off from dock and think I can put it on trailer to clean...how do I best handle this? I thought it would take...
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    Check list

    just the items above otherwise we love it but need to solve steering problem.
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    Forestay shackle with furling system on 26m

    We were thinking of replacing the forstay shackle on the furling jib to make it secure and easier to attach and not lose. Our current system is a shackle attached to the bottom of the furler and a cotter pin and ring. Sometime )once sine is a new boat) we stepped the mast in the dock and had to...
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    Pop top is a killer

    I'm a new 26M (2006) owner and read this with curiosity. Does my boat have a pop top?
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    Check list

    Buying the Mac We just bought a 2006 26M and didn't have the luxury of even seeing the boat before buying as it was out of state. SO we relied on pictures and a video of it running. Now that we have it, and sailed it last weekend, here are the things we found that were surprises. 1) The...
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    Mac26m rudder alignment and steering? Power not working

    Thanks for the input. It appears that the engine and turning arm were not installed correctly in that we can turn the steering wheel three rounds in one direction and less than one in the other. In looking at the extension arm, it almost looks like it is 4-6" short. We would like to add the Blue...
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    Mac26m rudder alignment and steering? Power not working

    We just bought a 26m and used it for the first time. When backing out of dock, we discovered that steering was not aligned. The rudders shift much more in one direction than the other. What to check? Also, is is best to use second bolt to lock rudders up for transport. One came that way, the...