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  • Ron Buckles
    Apr 25 7:40 AM

      Sean,

       

      Super!

       

      Please post or send me pictures.

       

      Thanks,

      Ron Buckles

      ron@...

       
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      Charlotte Bronte from Jane Eyre


      ----- Original Message ----
      From: Sean Goodwin <SeanGoodwin@...>
      To: macgregor19sailboats@yahoogroups.com
      Sent: Wednesday, April 23, 2008 4:06:55 PM
      Subject: [macgregor19sailboats] Re: late posting + steering system

      I rigged a very simple tiller/rudder/motor interconnect on my Mac 19
      with four inexpensive rubber bungee cords.  Through trial and error,
      I found that two bungees banded together with one end connected to
      each end of the rudder steering shaft connecting rod, and the other
      end to the back corner of the outboard motor will turn the motor
      along with the rudders by moving just the tiller. I also loosened
      the motor  steering friction bolt to allow it to turn easier with
      less input.  It doesn't quite move the motor stop to stop, but it
      does enough to give the tiller substantially more control than with
      just the tiller/rudders under power.  The faster you are going, the
      more force it takes to change direction, but it is safer that way
      since accidental high speed turns can cause unsuspecting passengers
      or crew to end up in the water.  When the motor is tilted up out of
      the water, the bungees are slack producing no additional drag on the
      steering during normal sailing.  This configuration has also allowed
      me to use my tiller pilot autohelm to steer a heading while under
      power.  I can send pictures if you are interested in it.

      I am still trying to figure out how to get my Eagle Cuda GPS fish
      finder to talk to the seatalk autohelm.  Once I do, I should be able
      to get my Mac19 to follow a plotted course on autopilot!



      --- In macgregor19sailboats@yahoogroups.com, "John Shields"
      <maccutter19@...> wrote:
      >
      > --- In macgregor19sailboats@yahoogroups.com, "mike angelo"
      > <angelwilliams69@> wrote:
      > >
      > > sorry again for not posting immediately.  For some reason, the
      > messages seem to get lost
      > > in my overloaded email but hopefully it will improve.
      > >
      > > As far as interlock steering system.  The 26x has a super
      system,
      > however I can see two
      > > negatives.  Unless your motor has very little steering friction,
      > you may end up with more
      > > tiller force required.  Also, if the system limits how far the
      > motor can steer, it may be a
      > >
      disadvantage in tight situations.  The other day we were out and
      I
      > didn't notice how close
      > > we came to shore so I had to use full tiller plus start the
      motor
      > and use full motor steering
      > > to avoid the problem. 
      > >
      > > You may be able to lower the turning friction on the motor and
      > design the interlock
      > > mechanism so the motor turns  fully then you'd have a sweet
      > system.  I'm waiting for some
      > > designs that we can all improve on.
      > >
      > > Just noticed that my centerboard is stuck in the trunk.  Makes
      > tacking tough.  Anyone else
      > > have this problem before?  Hope it's not the pully/cable
      system. 
      > On the 26x I sailed in MI
      > > it took about 2 hours to dig out the barnacles from Lake Erie,
      > then I painted the board and
      > > trunk
      with anti-fouling but on a trailer in Arizona I don't
      > understand what's causing the
      > > problem.  Guess I have to jack it up to see.  By the way I
      hooked
      > two 2 x 4s together with a
      > > big hinge, placed them near the stern and  used two floor jacks
      to
      > raise the rear of the
      > > boat off the trailer when I had to fix one of the rear trailer
      > bunks.  Should give me better
      > > access to the centerboard with the same method.
      > >
      > go to my photobucket site & search all my mods "maccutter19" album
      > there you'll see my 26m pedstal steering system on my 19 dual
      > furlers eng set back , mast extension & lots of other good things
      >
      > John
      >



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