Lex Teredo

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    Greater Naptown Suburban Regional Metroplex Area
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    Beer, bikes, beer, J/35's, and beer.

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  1. Lex Teredo

    Navtec A-250 Backstay Cylinder Length Adjustment

    I would leave it pumped but it requires keeping ~800 PSI in the system, and while keeping a little pressure in seems to preserve the seals, I'm not thrilled with keeping a lot in. We also have 4 "gears" for racing with the #1 sail - 800 PSI, 1600, 2400 and 3600, and the greater length requires us to go to something like 4500 in a brisk wind, which is getting close to the cylinder's 5000 PSI limit. Plus it takes longer to pump up and we don't need the full 6 inches or so of range, just a couple inches. . So I'd rather adjust the piston length, if that's possible.
  2. I had a Navtec A-250 hydraulic backstay adjustment cylinder rebuilt over the winter and it's working fine, but the shop returned it to me with the cylinder in fully extended mode. They also replaced the toggle that connects to the backstay rod, as the old one was worn out. Supposedly, the replacement toggle is identical to the original, but the backstay now has about an extra inch or two of slack in it now with the hydraulic release valve fully opened, so I assume the shop gave me the cylinder with the piston in fully extended mode, and that there is some way to adjust the cylinder so that the piston's baseline (unpressurized) length is a little shorter. If I uninstall the cylinder, push the piston back down an inch or two and reinstall it, will that take the excess slack out of the backstay? If so, how do I do that? The Navtec documentation doesn't cover that.
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    Questions for US Citizens sailing to Canada

    Pretty amazing that the flag of Canuckistan is flying while the others are just limp. You guys really are superior to the rest of us - even your flag flies better than ours. . . . . I mean, come on. Worst. Photoshop. Evah.
  4. Lex Teredo

    On a sailboat to hell...the truth must be told!

    There'd be a big puddle if she was taking a leek.
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    Severe Hull Damage

    I know somebody who fixed similar *looking* storm damage on a very comparable boat. He wound up getting an extremely nice boat out of the deal. While he saved a lot of money, even with pro repairs, it wasn't a steal. The thing took a lot of coin to fix. The problem isn't the hole. Anybody can fix a hole. The problem is the structural damage that may have occurred in addition to the hole. That sort of damage can be hidden and you really want a good surveyor with some knowledge about this sort of damage to take a look at that. Along with all the other potential problems highlighted above.
  6. Lex Teredo

    New, to me, J35

    Should be through bolted, depending on where they were moved to and who did it, could be they are held on with machine screws rather than bolts. The glass is pretty thick there but it is mostly only solid glass layup along the cockpit seat and sides. If you need to you can drill through, as long as it's stainless it will be soft. Just keep the drill more or less lined up with the screw. Once the heads are off it's pretty easy, just pull the cam cleat off then use vice grips to turn the stub. I look for sales on cam cleats. My /35 has many and they wear out, but it's about 10 minutes per cleat to replace a cleat if you have a helper. Yes, there are lots of fittings and bits of bungie and other soft fittings that need periodic replacement - and don't be afraid to replace cable with properly spliced Dyneema, where appropriate. Suggest you start keeping an Excel spreadsheet and start a year-to-year maintenance schedule. The maintenance is a bit of a PITA, but then you turn upwind on a breezy day or get the spinnaker up when it's blowing 30 and forget about all of that. Congrats, and which boat did you buy?
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    Boat loans

    It's better than that. Why finance $70k at 6% for 5 years, when you can finance it at 4.5% for 30**? Makes all the sense in the world. *$81k total repaid. Boat will probably need a serious refresh by then, but you'll have that money in hand to do it. It'll hurt at $1k/month, but have you seen the price of sails? **$127k total repaid. You really going to hang onto a ULDB until 2048, and you trust our politicians and banks not to put you underwater on your mortgage? Okay... But it will feel like you aren't paying as much b/c it only adds $350/month to the bill. "Math is hard." - Malibu Barbie
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    On a sailboat to hell...the truth must be told!

    James Lileks* (google him) has made a lucrative sub-career out of posting up that sort of schlock art, and noting the prevalence of erect celery and other vegetables. But particularly celery. I, and my celery, salute you LB 15. *Lileks' Gallery of Regrettable Food is not to be missed. At least in photographic form. You probably don't want to experience scrapple in Jello (in a fancy mold) in person.
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    A Form of Cruising...

    +1 on Spring Cove.
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    How do you define Good Crew?

    1) Good attitude - keeps calm, shows initiative, asks to help with the crap rigging and boat maintenance jobs; brings booze or food now and then. Sells out for the team. 2) Always shows up including at tougher (and multi-day) weekend regattas and races - they aren't just Wednesday Night Heroes. 3) Always keeps learning - a desire to master their positions, then the other ones, then tactics. OD answer, BTW. 4) Through a combination of attitude and hard work, inspires the skipper to improve, to make it better for the crew. I have a lot of really good crew at the moment. * Edited: Model-like good looks don't hurt. Doesn't harm new crew recruiting, and somebody has to make up for the skipper.
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    A Form of Cruising...

    As for the towns... the crabs are ridiculously good this year. Wouldn't avoid towns entirely...
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    Free labor - Caribbean

    I have a couple friends in St. Martin who could scare up some charity work for the kids to do. Anguila got hit by successive eyes, it's a mess. It's not totally on the way to Grenada depending on how you leave out of St. Martin but it's a half day sail at worst... PM me if you are interested and I'll figure out how to put you in touch.
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    Fair price for a J92?

    I saw one go for IIRC $15-17k a couple years ago, clapped out, no sails in need of a running rigging refit, no trailer. Engine ran fine and the interior - stripped out version - was clean enough. YMMV.
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    Show your boat sailing thread

    We barber haul the genoa like that on the J/35 when reaching the #1. Our setup is a 15 foot long length of old 5/8ths line spliced to a reefing hook, snatchblock on the T-track/toe-rail. (The T-track adjusts easier, feel for you on that point). With your perforated toerail, no reason adequately sized carabiners shouldn't work just fine. Procedurally - before we turn to a reach we put the snatch block on the toe rail around amidships, maybe 4' aft of the shrouds, and run the line to one of the cabin top winches. We tack, sheet the genoa, stick the reefing hook through the clew, then ease the sheet and trim the barber haul until the genoa's leech has the same curve as the main. The snatch block is in the right place when it's pulling more or less straight downward from the clew. What makes it fast, IMAO, is not just the much more efficient jib trim, but that properly trimming the jib establishes a really nice efficient 'envelope' for the main. This means there's some fussing between jib and main to get it just right. .
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    Annapolis- Bermuda Race (Unique Experience)

    Yeah, the AB race. Good stuff. Which boat? The Ericson. Because going fast is better than going slow. Plus it is a turn key program. (They said.) It'll be easy. (They said.)