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    J109 outhaul cleat upgrade

    Upon further differential inspection, the existing aluminum SeaDog Clamcleat Junior has apparently worn out. The interior teeth are clearly worn through when compared directly to a new replacement part. I also have a long tail on the line and can add outhaul and Cunningham from the companionway, similar to the J/111 Blur photo above. Thankfully easing both tends to happen in lighter winds and/or off the wind, when going forward to pop the cleats is less of an issue. Still, it might be nice to have them belayed near the cockpit. Although the reefing lines are clearly lead this way, I'm hesitant to lead more things from the boom to the base of the mast. I haven't really measured, but, conceptually, as the boom is eased, tension increases on those lines, and they also bind the boom forward into the mast, as the vang does. Probably not an issue, but something to check.
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    J109 outhaul cleat upgrade

    My under-boom aluminum outhaul clam cleat, probably the original, has been slipping for a while now. Any advice from someone who has successfully upgraded to a solution with a little more positive control? Perhaps a small cam cleat with a fairlead to keep the line captive? Or is it best to stick with the original clam cleat setup? Given all the in-boom purchase, I can't imagine that the SWL needs to be more than 200 or so pounds...
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    J109 tips and tricks

    @Cman, my guess is that your sailmaker was worried that there wasn't enough intermediate shroud tension to check the middle of the mast aftward, and they were worried about putting too much bend in the mast. In any case, having the leeward shrouds flopping about should be your warning that the rig isn't set up right for heavy air. (And theoretically, unless you have the right pin check system, everything could catastrophically work loose.) The warning sign for too much bend in the middle of the mast should be tack wrinkles in the main that a reasonable amount of Cunningham can't pull out. I sail in San Francisco with a rig (usually) tuned quite a bit beyond the top end of the guides. With this setup and my stay lengths, it's hard to put too much bend in the mast unless you go beyond the 2" of ram. FWIW, I've found the guides not well calibrated for our heavy air (20+ true). Loos tensions and turnbuckle turns beyond the "heavy" recommendations still result in somewhat slack set of leeward shrouds. The local riggers recommend ignoring the guides for heavy air and keep going tighter until the leewards stay still, but I've been wary about going this tight. So I've, perhaps naively, settled for somewhat slack leewards in the heaviest, but always with a straight-to-the-eye mast. Otherwise, @11235's recommendations seem right to me, although sailing short-handed, I haven't gotten vang sheeting to work quite as well both with speed and with handling. Also, I ease the inhauler before dropping the traveller below about centerline, but I might be doing this sub-optimally. Inhauling in 18+ seems counterproductive, as the "luff-up-a-little mode" groove gets too small and its very hard to keep all the telltails flying just so.
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    Used J/109 Question

    We had similar issues on our Bay Area 2004 J/109 a few years ago. Very light oxidation and very light blue-green here and there on random interior fittings, but no real pitting anywhere. A quick wax up with Flitz and they all looked brand-new and it's been fine without touch-up for maybe 3 years now.