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Spinnaker for Macgregor 26X

We read lots of great advice from everyone on this sailnet site, so we are turning to you all to help us determine what spinnaker equipment we should or should not use on our light rigged 2000 Macgregor 26X.

The LOA is 26' and she has a 28' mast that is fractionally rigged 4' from the top. Other rig specs are: I=24.8, J=10.1, P=24.8, E=10.4.

Asymmetrical:
- MacGregor sells their factory Asymmetrical Cruising Spinnaker with a 27' Luff, 24.5' Leach, and a 17.5' Foot. Is this the best size to use?

Symmetrical:
-What is the best size of Symmetrical Spinnaker to use?
-What is the correct length and diameter of Spinnaker Pole?

Thanks for any help, and we welcome all your good advice!
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Yes, yes, I know ...

The salty's will advise; "if we want to fly a spinnaker, then buy a real sailboat not a Macgregor" etc. etc. etc. If this is what you meant

We currently accept the trade-offs that our Mac gives us in the way of; sail & motor performance versatility, cabin space, and docking in our driveway.

We just want to have the option to use a cruising spinnaker for our local light winds and fly kite now and again, but do it safe!

Thanks, bring it on
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If you wait around long enough, denr is sure to chime in with his sage advice regarding Macgregors.

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any piece of cloth larger than a pillow case might overpower this "shower stall with a keel" in 10 knots of wind but then again sending it to it's briny death wouldn't necessarily be a bad thing, the fish love them as habitats. Do me a favor and let the Coast Guard know of your foolhardy adventure so that they can save your south end. Butt seriously, why waste the time, money and effort? Have a nice day.
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Denr is being kind. Back on the meds, are we????

To answer the question, for those pesky light air days in your Mac, why not invest in a bigger outboard?

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I thought thats why people bought those "m" things. So when the wind is light you can start the engine and water ski!

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Yup, you were right jones2r.

I should have known better than to ask for serious advice from this crew, although I thought the way I worded my original post would have got through to some of the old thick skinned salt dogs and made them put aside make and model and just talk "wind and water".

I have not given up hope that someone will post a serious reply to my serious question, because I know we all share the same love for life, the outdoors and being on the water and enjoying friends and family.

Please continue as I am still appreciative of all thoughts!
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I don't see why you couldn't use an Asym and an ATN Tacker on your boat. There's not bow sprit, so you need to have something like the ATN Tacker...and I doubt that you want to use a pole and traditional Symetrical spinnaker on a Mac...they're a lot more work, and i don't believe the mast has the gear for mounting or working a spinnaker pole.

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Thanks SailingDog,

I appreciate your comments, and all the other posts you make on other threads. I've read most of them and you know whats-up, and don't mind to share and care!

Yes, I was thinking an Asym with the ATN would be as much as I dare.

The Sym with pole would probably be more trouble than it's worth as I would need to add a mast ring or 3/4" t-track, and install and additional halyard for the topping-lift plus rig a fore-guy. And, I'm not sure if the 3.5" mast on this showerstall would take the pull of a full kite, but that is why I am asking you all

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Yes, you'd have to add a topping lift and a downhaul for the pole. UGH... and modifying the mast adds to the cost too. Besides flying a full Sym spinnaker can lead to some really ugly things... broaches, capsizes, etc... and flying an asym is much simpler and safer.

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