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2249Re: [macgregor19sailboats] Question re: fully retracting centerboard, easily??

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  • Bruce Kinzinger
    Jun 10, 2014
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      That Spectra looks interesting.  I see it on Amazon for about $20 for the 50 pound test.  Do you remember what strength you used and how hard it was to thread it through the hull?

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      As far as the rudders, they are completely up and out now, as per this updated album:

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      As far as the prop, it's a 4 blade on the Merc.  Once I install a tachometer, I'll have a better idea if it's optimal. But it matches what Merc recommends per boat length & weight for towing/ running (i.e., we like tubing/ skiing). The extra 10 degrees of wedge have helped, as per these photos.  But I'm still falling short of 23 mph by 2-3 mph, at this time.

      Bruce/ North Star/ Dundee Creek

      From: "dan sullivan sailhard@... [macgregor19sailboats]" <macgregor19sailboats@yahoogroups.com>
      To: "macgregor19sailboats@yahoogroups.com" <macgregor19sailboats@yahoogroups.com>
      Sent: Tuesday, June 10, 2014 10:44 AM
      Subject: RE: [macgregor19sailboats] Question re: fully retracting centerboard, easily??

      What pitch prop? Were your rudders up? My CB used to droop down too, but I replaced the troublesome swagged cable with 2 lines of spectra and now it comes all the way up. The spectra has lasted 3 seasons so far. :)
      I'm VERY happy with my new 3 blade 9 pitch Honda prop and BF40. I can get 22 mph top speed ballast empty with 2 adults/ 2 kids. and no "singing" at low speeds like with my Michigan prop.


      To: macgregor19sailboats@yahoogroups.com
      From: macgregor19sailboats@yahoogroups.com
      Date: Tue, 10 Jun 2014 06:59:28 -0700
      Subject: [macgregor19sailboats] Question re: fully retracting centerboard, easily??

      Dear fellow Mac 19 friends,

      Our boat is finally able to achieve 20+ mph with our new Merc 40.  Our key issue was that the centerboard was hanging about 3" low when casually "retracted." 

      With intentional lifting of the board while on trailer, and locking it in from the inside,  it was fully retracted & the boat broke 20 mph finally.

      The centerboard lifting design suffers from the friction of the CB cable grinding over that metal bar inside.  Has anyone developed an easy way to be confident that the board is fully up, when motoring, or is this just not an issue for others?

      Thank you!
      Bruce / North Star / Dundee Creek, Chesapeake Bay

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