Re: [macgregor19sailboats] Sailing a light trailerable
- I'll give you some more suggestions when I get back
about alternative jibs like furling, recutting, etc
but I did notice in some catalog like Hobie's that
they make jib battens with small hinges for solving
the problem of tacking when the battens overlap the
--- Michael Matthews <mike_matthews@...>
> MessageYes, my mast hast the chickenhead assembly. I__________________________________
> was told by the local
> MacGregor dealer that the sails I have were only
> used early on. They're
> designed with full battens to improve the
> performance but they dropped
> them after the first year because of the problems
> that I'm having, difficulty
> tacking in light winds.
> The battens are only part of the problem. The sail
> shape is the real issue.
> My sail does not look anything like what you see on
> the cover of the
> brochure (http://www.dougpile.com/mac19/). The sail
> on the brochure
> is the standard triangular shape you see on most
> sloops. The sail I
> have is much more "boxy". The top goes back almost
> to the mast and the trailing edge is a good 18
> inches behind the
> backstay. The MacGregor "M" on the sail doesn't even
> clear the
> When I tack I have to get 18 inches of the top three
> battens around
> the backstay. This might work okay in heavy winds.
> But in the light
> winds that I had I was having to let out the main
> sheet all the way and
> then get up and jump up and down on the end of the
> I'm guessing that unless you have the exact same
> sail you aren't
> going to have this much of a problem.
> Good luck!
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: Tom Garmon
> To: email@example.com
> Sent: Tuesday, October 28, 2003 4:40 AM
> Subject: RE: [macgregor19sailboats] Sailing a
> light trailerable
> Now ya got me thinkin'! I just sent my main out to
> Sailcare for reconditioning, it's also a fully
> battened main. Haven't had it up yet. How bad was
> the interference of the main with the backstay? Does
> your 19' have the standard Macgregor chickenhead up
> top of the mast? The chickenhead assembly puts the
> backstay about 5" back from the masthead. I'm hopin'
> that's enough to clear!
> Tom '92 19'
> (Still gotta get a name!)
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Michael Matthews
> Sent: Monday, October 27, 2003 11:10 AM
> To: firstname.lastname@example.org
> Subject: [macgregor19sailboats] Sailing a light
> Okay, I took my "new" MacGregor up to the lake
> last weekend
> and learned one important fact. I have no idea
> how to sail a small,
> light trailerable! What was even more
> frustrating is that I'm not new
> to sailing. My family has owned heavier, bigger
> boats that we've
> sailed all over San Francisco Bay and the ocean
> outside the Golden
> Gate since I was a little kid. Right now three
> of us, myself, my mom
> and my dad all own sailboats sitting in slips in
> the bay.
> However, that didn't seem to make a difference.
> We launched the
> boat and motored out to the biggest section of
> the lake. I attempted
> to raise the main and lost the halyard right
> away. I've never ever done
> that before! The nice thing about a trailerable
> is that we were able
> to lower the mast on the water and have it back
> up in less than 10
> minutes. Nobody had to ride the bosuns chair to
> the top.
> We spent most of the next few hours drifting
> around sideways and
> trying to find the wind with the ole' iron
> spinnaker. We never had much
> wind that day and maybe I can use that for an
> excuse. I don't think
> the wind every topped 5-8 knots (if that) and
> the boat mostly just
> drifted sideways. I couldn't get it to track
> worth a damn. I have a full
> batten main with a generous pocket near the top
> that wanted to hang
> up on the backstay at every single tack. In
> fact, with the lack of wind
> I was unable to get the sail across a few times.
> The battens just refused
> to clear the backstay. The tiny jib that came
> with the boat just didn't
> seem to produce any drive at all.
> So for now I surrender. I'm taking the boat down
> to the salt water
> into an area that I'm familiar with and where I
> know the wind patterns
> and know how the boat should point and perform.
> I'm already thinking
> that I'd like to cut the main down, remove the
> battens and get a bigger
> jib. She feels like she wants more drive on the
> bow and less main.
> Any suggestions, thoughts, random musing would
> be greatly appreciated!
> I could really use some pointers. I must find a
> way to get better sailing
> performance out of either myself or the boat.
> Take care,
> Michael Matthews
> 1992 MacGregor 19'
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