Somebody at our club recently gave me a collection of old wands that came with an older Mach2 he bought. Measuring those (plus my own), the longest one (measuring like the red line below) was 1.32m.
My wand is 70cm from the bottom of the cup to the middle of the bend. (And then 72cm to the top)Doug, thanks! Could you take 3 more measurments for me? Id like to know the length from the bottom of the cup to the bend (maybe estimate the middle of the bend?), then from the bend to the shortest the wand can be adjusted to, and the bend to the longest the wand can be adjusted to? I didnt take those measurements before fixing mine after breaking it and should of. I lost a few cm when i tapered the break to rebuild it.
Im going to get a bowsprit and install it over the winter, but I cant do it right now, and am trying to get the boat through the rest of the summer and fall before she goes under the knife (grinder) this winter.
"My wand is 129cm from the bottom of the cup to the top, this is after the repair. I’m trying to figure out if it’s long enough to work. I’m not sure I can sand/fair down, the repair too much, guess I’ll find out."
My wand is 142 cm (13 cm longer than yours) and I almost always use the full length of it - sailing in flat water & moderate winds. I think the boat would still be flying if I shortened it by 13cm, but it would be very low.
The boat came with a new vertical, I’ll measure it. So I should try to get the wand to be the same length as the vertical? If I’m reading that correct? Or slightly shorter? My If this is in one of the Mach 2 rebuild blogs, direct me there and I’ll read up.In about 2016, Mach2 changed the length of the vertical foils - Mach2.3 being 9cm deeper than the earlier ones.
My Mach2.3 forward vertical measures about 136cm from the top of the horizontal foil to the very top of the vertical.
You probably have the shorter verticals, which probably had shorter wands to go with them.
Where is the May stick and bungee? That SS post poking forward from the wand mount should have a 125mm SS tube on it with a bungee stretched back to the wing. This is what pulls the wand down to the water and pulls the flap up when you are too high.
I think you have the locking bolt set with the wand too far forward. AMAC used to say that the forward end pin on the pushrod toggle should be on the line between the wand axle and the lower end of the wand. Later thinking was that the pin should be vertically below the axle when the wand tip was 45deg back from vertical. This being where maximum gearing happens and at normal wand position for stable flight.
My wand could be retracted maybe 300mm, I like safe and low, hate crashing.