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    J/111 as a Multipurpose Boat?

    It definitely lowers the barrier to go for a short evening cruise when you have a furled jib ready to be used when you want. I have the soft hanks. And great as they are, there is always the extra work of hanking on a jib and sheets when you want to go for a sail. Not to talk about flaking and storing it once you return. But apart from that it is imho the best options when sailing short handed.
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    J/111 as a Multipurpose Boat?

    It's just fit and finish. The veneer is very easily dented and because of the sharp edges these are also potential spots of damage. It is "OK-isch", but for a boat this price you would expect much better. And had they used composite materials instead of veneered wood it would last longer (and likely had saved weight). Maybe it's better in the US built boats? Regarding the wheel instead of tiller: both have pro's and con's. When sailing shorthanded I use the autopilot 90% of the time anyway (also for tacks and gybes). Then the advantage is that you don't have a tiller sweeping around in the cockpit and the pedestal is a good place to hold on when conditions are tough. But for quick manual intervention is critical situations a tiller is easier for sure.
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    J/111 as a Multipurpose Boat?

    I can echo Blur's comment. I use my 111 almost every weekend for cruising, including cooking and sleeping on board. Next month we go for a 3 week holiday on it (with the two of us). Then I do a few solo and two handed races and just a lot of solo day trips. Sleeping on the boat with 4 is perfectly doable, but you need to deal with all the luggage laying around (as there are no cabinets for storage). For the purpose you intent to use the boat for, I think the 111 has the followings pro's: - minimum comfort items are available: stove, oven, fridge, head, sufficient headroom, v-berth, proper cabin space to sit and relax on poor weather days spent in the marina. We really like it that the boat has no table in the cabin. This gives a lot of space to move both during sailing as well as when docked. - this is a relatively light boat, which makes it easy to dock, pass locks etc. when you are short handed. - you can make sailing the boat as challenging or easy as you want. Go with just main or a jib only on stormy cruising days and blast with the gennaker when you want. I use jibs on soft hanks. - easy to sail solo or two handed; just make sure you have a proper autopilot and do a few tweaks like bringing outhaul and cunningham back to clutches in the cockpit. - it's fast and fun! It goes very well upwind too; nice if you only have the evening after work available and you need to return to your marina after a downwind leg. The con's might include: - no separate cabins aft. Heads not enclosed - a bit of water will leak from the sprit on the v-berth.. Just make sure you take your matras and bedding away when beating in windy conditions. - no storage space for clothing etc. You need to live from what is in your bag. We sleep in the v-berth and use the space aft for sail storage. Bags with luggage hang around on the settees or the cabin floor. - build quality of the interior is very mediocre. E.g. a 109 is much better. (although my personal preference would have been that they didn't use any wood/laminate at all but used GFK/Carbon instead). Hope this helps. Let me know when you need more info.
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    J111 Jib Furling

    I use soft hanks on my 111. Perfect solution especially when you sail shorthanded.
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    Taming a nervous NKE auto pilot

    Yes, that magnet trick is a clever one! Keep us posted!
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    Taming a nervous NKE auto pilot

    Geert, I think the NKE compass is just a NMEA 0183 compass. The compass interface box converts it to the Topline bus. The reason I think this is because when you use a Regatta processor, the compass is directly (without interface box) hooked up to the NMEA input of the regatta processor. So maybe you can buy an NMEA compass (or build one with e.g. an Arduino board) and try if this solves your pilot issue.
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    Taming a nervous NKE auto pilot

    FYI: I use the regatta compass together with the Regatta processor.
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    How do I remove bowsprit cap?

    Tnx. Didn't know that the sprit is in a separate compartment on the J/112 (on my 111 it's naked in the cabin...)
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    Taming a nervous NKE auto pilot

    The movement of the pilot all depends on sea state and the gain I have set it to. In calm water it sometime only makes a correction after 10 (or more) seconds or so. I more rough water it may be a few seconds or maybe twice a second. I have 9 presets configured that define gain, rudder coeff. counter rudder and wind damping. Then once a setting is chosen I do some fine tuning of the Gain when needed. The 9 presets are for UP, Reach and Downwind. And then for High, Medium and Low winds each.
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    Taming a nervous NKE auto pilot

    Hi Geert, Two questions: - did you have this problem from the start or was your pilot working fine in the past and is now for whatever reason having this strange behavior? - did you try to re-initialize your pilot (in the menu there is an initialize option. You then have to set the rudder to the exact middle position, then fully right, fully left and back in the middle again. This re-initialization would be the first thing to try. When sailing on the North Sea or IJsselmeer my NKE works absolutely perfect and responds well to the various tuning options via gain, rudder coefficient etc.
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    How do I remove bowsprit cap?

    What happens to the water that will get into the sprit via the hole in the end cap. Can it drain somewhere without getting into the interior of the boat?
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    Regatta Page on NKE Multigraphic?

    Once you start using Expedition or another software to do the performance calculation, you should modify the config file to include the line Performance= N. (This is likely set to Y in your config file now). This ensures the polar is no longer taken from the regatta processor, but from Expedition instead
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    Regatta Page on NKE Multigraphic?

    From the tactic page press the down arrow to go to the start line page. I never use it but as far as I remember that is how to access it. Do you have a regatta or HR processor? These allow you to enter a polar. But it's much easier to not use that polar and have Expedition drive all your performance data.
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    J/111 Goes Sailing...

    I assume those are your full crew targets Peter? I have an ORC speed guide for my boat with a crew weight of 135 kg. I scale the 10m winds in Expedition by 7% to obtain mast height numbers. As I sail on non-tidal water most of the time my log is now very well calibrated as well and the ORC polar proves to be very accurate. Still, downwind in light air I can exceed the polar by 1-3%. The target heel is about 25-30 degrees (upwind) for >10kt of wind.
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    J/111 Goes Sailing...

    My tip: Get an ORC Speed guide for your short handed configuration (especially: reduced crew weight). I found the ORC polar numbers to be very accurate and they can be good "target" to shoot for and make you understand if you are sailing the boat well or not. The speed guide also contains target heel. You will be surprised how much heel the J/111 likes to get the best out of her!