Lex Teredo

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About 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

    Can you buy an old/new sailboat without an MSO?

    The Kracken. Perfect.
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    J35 Anarchist

    The guys at Muller's (same crew, now under new ownership) cut out the old line back to the cabinet base, moved the fuel fill deck fitting about a foot forward, and fastened down the forward edge of the icebox/cabinet to the tank location down under the settee, adjacent to the breather hose. They were doing some glass work on the exterior of the hull in that area anyhow, and when they finished up it was impossible to tell they had moved it. I'm happy with the fix and honestly happy to have the new line out where I can replace it myself if needed. And the icebox/cabinet is still rock solid, so all's well that ends well. It goes well with the new tank, and combined with slightly larger fuel lines - up to 3/8 ID versus the stock 1/4 ID lines - the engine is running a lot better. The 3GM30 couldn't turn past 3000 before and now it spins to 3400 under load - haven't done more than short bursts or pushed it past that and the 2800 RPM cruising speed is smoother and quieter than it was a few years ago when I bought her. New engine mounts helped but the improved fuel supply was like a tuneup. I went with KSH Fuel Tanks / KSH Marine. They were knowledgeable about Coast Guard tank requirements on baffles and all the rest, and built it to spec using the class line drawing you guys forwarded me for about $450. Money well spent. Now about this chainplate bulkhead that I have which is getting a little soft due to many years of slight water intrusion... I guess that's this winter's big project along with templating the keel and some inside repairs of a few wet spots. It sounds like a lot but I feel like an utter slacker compared to Roger... he shames the rest of us really.
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    It’s time to replace PHRF once and for all!

    I like ORC better than PHRF. We had to get ORC measured this year b/c our little OD fleet was half out of the water due to COVID so they banged a bunch of local-to-Annapolis classes into ORC (rather than PHRF). The initial measurement cost a few bucks in sailmaker time and paying for the rating of course, but it was quick and it's accurate. Properly administered it's a better handicap system - for our waterline and as a displacement boat, a J/35 is a rocketship upwind and we get fucked in any reaching race or planing downwind race by newer ULDB with similar PHRF ratings. A J/35 that beats, say, a J/80 on a 30 mile downwind sled ride in 20+ kts is either being sailed way beyond its rating, or pounding on a J/80 that isn't well-sailed. (I've been doing a steady 11-12 knots with lots of fun surfing and have been passed by a J/80 throwing a roostertail in mid-20's winds... not an excuse, just reality... and when we murder that boat going upwind it's just because of the displacement hull design, not because we're sailing better). ORC gives the handicap system a better chance of being in the ballpark. ORR-EZ is a good system too as it's ORC-lite, and it's around as cheap as PHRF, and usually gives the *very casual* racer a nice way to get into handicap racing without $400 in loft time. While some of them scare the bejeezus out of me on a crowded start box, I love to death the guys coming out in a Bavaria 38 and going at it. Per a short distance race pickle dish winner a couple years ago - "we didn't even remove the china or the silverware, because the race rules told us not to." I fuckin' love that guy. Seriously, I hugged him when he said that. The handle of rum I'd drunk a third of may have had something to do with it, but that's the spirit and that's how you get people to race a few times a year, and maybe think about jumping on a serious boat, or racing on J/22s or Harbor 20's or something OD when they aren't rolling out the family truckster for a Memorial Day destination race. And just between us girls, our next boat is going to be a cruiser/racer, instead of a racer/cruiser, and it's probably going to be a weekend weapon rather than a Wednesdays plus weekend weapon. There is a lot to be said for not taking it too seriously as the knees grow creaky, the back aches, and one starts craving fresh enchiladas for the midnight meal rather than defrosted. That said, I'll stand by the contention that if it ain't OD, it ain't serious racing until you get into some serious long distance, multi-day races where the varying design choices average themselves out due to variable conditions. There are challenges other than boat design and the handicap system in those races though, and we don't all have to do the identical things all the time. That's one nice thing about sailing.
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    Chubby Girl - Going to Hawaii

    I'd be less worried about death and more about a confused mola mola trying to mate with my boat.
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    J35 Anarchist

    You think they'd do mine? LOL. The fuel line is connected internally somewhere in the cabinet, there is no give at all when pulled down or up real hard, so the cabinet is going to need to come apart to get it out - this per a guy who has worked on 8 or 10 J/35s in this area over the years and has done it before. We have a little higher hull number, and there are some variations in construction, we've noticed over time - for instance the 2" shoe we have on our keel to bring it up to class standard dimensions. I don't mind moving the location of the fill tube anyhow so that I can inspect the line from time to time. The old fuel line was dry rotted enough that fingertip pressure on a knife pushed it through the rubber. That wasn't comforting. It will also free me up to shoot some insulating foam into the ice box area of the cabinet, to let me keep beer cooler on warm days, so it's a win/win.
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    Well intentioned help

    Is the gray one a Russian Blue? He looks it with the white 'locket mark."
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    Source for Rope Cover?

    These are all great ideas. I thought right after I posted up, "why don't I call X, Y or Z... they probably have miles of the stuff." I'm also feeling shame because I haven't stripped my dyneema core halyards... they are so much lighter than the old (stripped) spectra lines that came with the boat that I didn't bother stripping them, favoring the longer life and abrasion resistance. My guilt and shame is that I don't have a couple hundred feet of core sitting around the house from having diligently stripped four halyards last year. Mea culpa, mea maxima culpa. Thanks chaps.
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    West Marine stocking back up

    It's a good store... but usually only has generalist stuff (paint, cleaners) and very little specialized marine engine gear or rigging. I've gotten so that I order most of my rope online and may go in to have Julian rig it, but they don't carry anything other than bare basics for the most part (thank God for Dyneema, right?) Don't get me wrong - I appreciate that they do sell the sailing gear. But I seek out the old gray haired dudes if I need some guidance on parts (or Julian on rigging) but damn I do miss APS. Wasn't even my primary chandlery but they knew exactly what my racey boat needed. Fawcett's caters more to actual sailors, but even there the clothing sales racks seem to be crowding out the boat parts. I suppose we are dinosaurs compared to the Salt Life / Huk lifestylists who powerboat a few times a year or fish a little bit.
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    West Marine stocking back up

    I've always been happy with Mauri Pro and Rig-Rite. They are specialists and git 'er done. West probably sells as much fishing gear and clothing as they do sailing bits, maybe even more. That's okay, and I don't go into West with high expectations of them having just what I need. There's an engine repair shop locally that has engine parts, there's a generalist hydraulics shop that has hydraulics and odd diesel fittings... Yeah, specialists.
  10. Lex Teredo

    J35 Anarchist

    After discussions with the yard... we're going to move the fuel fill hole forward about a foot, run the line down adjacent and connected to the forward side of the icebox cabinet, following the interior of the hull down into the setee to the tank. That cabinet is glassed in and solid like a rock... they thought it would be expensive to basically disassemble and re-assemble the cabinet, cut out parts then re-glass them back in, and it likely wouldn't go back together as tight as it is now. The new position will be out of the way but will be more easily replaced if need be and save quite a bit of money. I'd have reservations if this were a gas fill line but since it is diesel - and having seen how hard it is to cut or puncture one of these lines - I think this approach will work fine. Will post up pics once it's done.
  11. Lex Teredo

    That 80's Race Boat for Joe Slob - Redux

    Eva, thanks for posting this. It made me feel really good for reasons I can't quite put my finger on, something to do with saving a nice older boat, and you re-capturing a period of time that Covid would have otherwise stolen from you. Congratulations, good on ya! It's a pretty boat, and those Flyers are really good 'uns. They sail quite well and they seem like sweet handling, nimble boats. Unrelated - is your profile pic drawn from James Lileks' Gallery of Regrettable Food? It makes me laugh every time.
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    Rebuild an old Jabsco PAR water pump

    Thought you were out sailing for a week or three, Ajax...
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    Source for Rope Cover?

    Anybody have a good source for rope covering? I have a VPC topping lift that has compressed after a year's use and is slipping. There's no way in hell to thicken it by slipping some 2 or 3mm dyneema up the core, it's wayyy too tight at this point, so I'm planning on putting on 10 feet of 8mm cover to thicken it near the clutch. Used to be I could wander down to APS and they'd have options. They are sadly long gone. West sells New England Ropes cover for about $3/foot, which seems a little high. $30 is no big deal but I'd like to find a cheaper source in the US, if there is one.
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    Are all the fastest sails black now?

    I have whatever was cheapest, LOL. It is pretty flat black - the 3Di raw, at an appropriate weight for a 35 foot boat with 3300 lbs of keel and 10 on the rail. Considered the 3Di Endurance, which I believe is shiny, but the sailmaker said it was pretty heavy and while it would have longer shape & service life, it wouldn't be particularly fast given our generally mild conditions (Chesapeake - median wind is 9kts) and wouldn't be that much added life - but if I wanted to do a lot of ocean racing or sail hard on a heavier, bigger boat, the endurance in the appropriate weight would be the right choice. Seriously. I don't give a shit what color it is. I want boat speed & long life at a middle class price point. That didn't used to be an option due to the Iron Triangle of design- affordable, fast, durable, you can pick only two. Carbon fiber is magic, it breaks an economic and operational rule and gets away with it. It helps a lot having a sailmaker whose advice you can trust. I understand that isn't the case everywhere, with every loft.