Re: New Mac 19 Owner - Quick Release for Mast ?
Thanks for the advice. I will look for the pictures.
I will be docked at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego. A
pretty small Marina, but located in a very calm and out of the way
place on the bay.
It would be nice to know some other Mac 19 owners to compare notes
I was told that this boat was used for Catalina trips often. I was a
little surprised to hear it becuase I would think it might get a bit
rough for the crossing.
Has anyone taken their Mac 19's in rough conditions? How does it
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Angelo Williams"
> welcome to the group. Lots of interesting and useful info for you
> check out in past messages, photos and files. Send us photos ofyour
> furling system. I have various parts for a furler but haven't putit
> them together yet and some of the other members might want to see
> Any marine supply store, retail or online should offer several
> of fastpin. The cheaper model with a spring loaded ball may be abit
> stronger and cheaper than the push button type but the push buttonmake
> type is usually more secure. Either way, to prevent losing it,
> sure the pin is tied to the forestay adjuster with at least strongtwo
> line or small stainless cable and crimps.
> The original system for stabilizing the mast during full or partial
> lowering when single handing or if you're shorter and weaker uses
> lines from the deck to the mast cleats. Tedious and not verysecure.
> I replaced them with stainless cables, some U fittings on the mastand
> quick clips for easy removal. If I didn't post a photo to thefiles,
> let me know and I can send photos.lower
> Using a gin pole and block and tackle makes it easy to raise and
> the mast or just partially lower it enough to get under thebridge.
> Which marina did you choose? I think there are several other Mac
> in the area, including some in our group Good luck, Mikewill
> --- In email@example.com, "bruce_xmail"
> <bruce_xmail@> wrote:
> > Hi all.
> > I just bought a Mac 19'"Small Change" and I am happy to say I
> > be moving down to San Diego in a couple of weeks.on
> > For ease of use I will be keeping it in the water. My Marina is
> > an estuary and there is a fixed bridge with a 19' clearance so Iof
> > will have to lower the mast each time I go out to the bay.
> > This MAC has a roller furler system.
> > My question is.....Does anyone have a recommendation on the kind
> > pin (or something) to use to connect the forestay to the boat so
> > that it is easily removed and reatached?
> > I have to find something that is quick, easy and safe.
> > Thanks for the help !
> > Bruce H-G
I just checked sailboatowners.com for Mac19s. For some reason they don't currently list
ANY in CA even though I'm sure there are dozens in S. CA out of the over 1000
manufactured. You can either check through the group member list, or if someone near
you reads this, they can contact you. Lots more fun to sail with someone else who has the
same boat, either with both boats or taking turns on each other's.
If you don't find lots of crew nearby, let me know. My son lives in San Mateo, not that far
from you. He works for Hobiecat as their photographer, race set up, etc. and is always out
doing something on the water or in the mountains and I'm sure wouldn't mind going out
with you and sailing or giving you any useful advice. They have some really fun boats that
he gets to test and do research on so he might take you out on some of theirs at
Oceanside or invite you to a race nearby. Mike Fortuna
- I dont' think I've had it really rough, but we get 4 Ft chop on
Cheseapeek Bay plus some really large wakes - a bit taller then the
boat from troth to top. Also the frequency is short - sometimes
just about a boat length (transom is at the crest while the bow is
hitting into the next wave about 3/4 up the wave.
Under power she slams a little going directly into the waves. I
like to slow down to about half speed (10 mph?) and preffer to try
taking the waves/troths at a 25-40 degree angle. At lest a little
less than straight on. It is fun to have her splash. Much of the
spray goes off to the side thanks to the flare but wind will blow it
back into the cockpit. Never quite submerged the bow so not really
that rough or hard sailing. Also the bow shape tends to bring it up.
If she bangs I change the angle of attack and slow down. I try not
to let her bang under any conditions
Over small swells she does better with the balast empty - sort of
skips across if you find the right speed and angle. Other times
balast helps smooth the ride by plowing through sharp short chop,
but it's a matter of feel and taste.
Under sail it has not been an issue as it is slow enough. I enjoyed
it but crew got sea sick.
One time out it was blowing and gusty but I did not reef the sail as
it was reasonably flat water and it was fun heeling. A gust put her
over so that we (2 adults) had to stand on the gunwale and hang on
to the railing to keep from going over. Mast seemed horizontal but
I'm sure it was not. I let out the sail and she came right up,
after which I kept the sail out just a bit more.
Sailing with a partly furled genoa seems to hurt speed and handling
a lot. Best to keep it unfurled at least to the equivalent of a
regular jib. Once I reefed the main and it seemed to make little
difference. Reducing sail is a stuggle but I'm working on the
technique. Just don't need to do it very often.
As far as I know I have original rigging with a furler. I keep the
stays reasonably tight but they do loosen a little on the down wind
side. (Back stay is alway tight.) Since the rigging is mildly tight
the mast does not seem to whip too much even when a large powerboat
passes parallel and we rock and roll big time. The one time I
forgot to tighten the back stay I did not like the way the mast
snapped the rigging. I think loose rigging is asking for trouble
when you rock a lot.
BTW, I'm still a begginer - just don't get out enough.
Mac 19 = Fred (my daughter named her!)
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "bruce_xmail"
> Thanks for the advice. I will look for the pictures.
> I will be docked at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego. A
> pretty small Marina, but located in a very calm and out of the way
> place on the bay.
> It would be nice to know some other Mac 19 owners to compare notes
> I was told that this boat was used for Catalina trips often. I was
> little surprised to hear it becuase I would think it might get abit
> rough for the crossing.
> Has anyone taken their Mac 19's in rough conditions? How does it