freewheelin

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    Inspecting a mooring?

    I like the idea of backing on it, but will dive on the moorings as well. Would you dive it first, or back on it first then go down and take a look?
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    Advice for first time Grenada bareboat?

    thanks everyone for the advice! leaving saturday and super excited. for the record, anegada is not on the itinerary, thats a bit further afield than we would like to go. wouldn't be a SA chain without a little misdirect though
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    Inspecting a mooring?

    Thanks. We are chartering. What is interesting is that in some cases the charter itinerary recommended the moorings (well, certain moorings). We will clarify at the debrief I guess to make certain. Thanks for the advice Thanks, what should I look for? Rusted out links? Frayed lines? Or just basic crappyness.
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    C&C 29-2?

    why is this one a cheater boat?
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    C&C 29-2?

    I agree, they are good looking boats. The wheel is a big drawback in my opinion. But given what others have said about the characteristics, looks like all in all is a nice package. There is always given and take when looking at older boats. You have to live with what someone else wanted at the time.
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    C&C 29-2?

    awesome to hear. thanks again for the input!
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    C&C 29-2?

    thank you, it is really helpful to hear from a former owner. I sail in the protected long island sound, but have a few bucket list races that go further afield. For example, there is an around long island race, which would long slogs of open water on the southern and eastern shore. Provided all is in good shape, and moderate conditions, would that be something in this boats's wheelhouse?
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    C&C 29-2?

    Thanks for the input. What makes them frightening downwind in a blow? Do they tend to be squirrely downwind? I couldn't find much on them online, shore of a practical sailor article that had little info on their actual sailing characteristics
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    East Coast version of a Moore 24

    Don't forget that sweet sweet pioneer cd changer. You can blast your favorite sublime tunes, or get a good price selling it on the toyota supra owners forum.
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    East Coast version of a Moore 24

    and you only have to go from a 159 to a 259 on your phrf ratings, what a steal
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    X 24 class is a simplified J 24

    The whole idea is not having to pay as much to optimize the boat or worrying about crew weight
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    X 24 class is a simplified J 24

    yes....but. these martins have a completely reshaped main. they also start out 60lbs lighter than the J. I don't think stripping deck hardware but keeping the class main would get you there on a J.
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    X 24 class is a simplified J 24

    ok, now we may have officially jumped the shark on the OP's desire for simple, cheap, accessible. So maybe back to basics? Roached out main with full battens Headsail somewhere in the the 120-30 range Durable sail cloth Normal, widely available spin Leave the traveler/primaries as optional Ditch pulpit, but keep stern rail - it's a comfort factor while daysailing If the traveler is useless, let owners decide whether to go with it or save the weight
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    X 24 class is a simplified J 24

    why not mod a j 24? what other boat is as inexpensive, available, and still fast enough to be fun? seems like the perfect boat to mess with.
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    X 24 class is a simplified J 24

    +1 - Cheaper, yes. More simple, yes. Slower, no. I have sailed a J 24 plenty of time jib only in light winds, it is sticky and boring - and that's just day sailing. I have also sailed shorthanded with a 155 in bigger winds, and that is not much fun either. I think something in between would be balance enough and still fast. I really like the sprit idea, though maybe just because it looks cool. I've never sailed an asym - how stable would it be downhill?
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    X 24 class is a simplified J 24

    I remember reading about the j24 sailors cheating by adding lead to the keel. They obviously did this without adding a bulb. Is there an easy/cheap way to do this, and would it flatten the boat? Once you move away from OD, its no longer cheating and becomes a mod, right?
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    X 24 class is a simplified J 24

    now we are talking... A-frame would be badass. Though now we may be moving away from the "low cost of entry" deal. what about weights in the bilge instead of the bulb - would that help at all?
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    X 24 class is a simplified J 24

    talk to me about this blob of lead in the keel...
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    X 24 class is a simplified J 24

    I share this concern. Gutting performance too much takes away the fun. But the idea I think is to re-purpose the thousands of boats available for cheap - even if that means making it similar to a less available boat. What would you suggest to keep the performance up, but make the boat competitive for a shorthand crew. In my experience you seem to need 4 on the rail in order to sail close to rating.
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    X 24 class is a simplified J 24

    I am no expert, but I would like to see a way to move the j24 to a flatter, lighter boat requiring less crew to perform. But making it an entry level knock-around racer in my mind means it should be somewhat versatile. How would a Jib alone perform on point to point races? I think it would be fun to see some $7K boats get into the mix with $70K boats on some of the long course races. There are enough w/l only boats out there... Food for thought?
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    X 24 class is a simplified J 24

    Personally, I love the idea of turning the J24s laying around in every yard into the go-to low cost (purchase and maintain) racer. They are a blast to race around in, but it is a kick in the gut having to put in the entire purchase price of a boat every year just to stay competitive. I think this idea has legs.
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    Girl with patreon account goes sailing in hot place

    Have a patreon, need a boat! https://annapolis.craigslist.org/boa/d/young-family-looking-for/6386649809.html Bluewater is a must
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    X 24 class is a simplified J 24

    sounds like the Ex took your traveler, primaries, and bow/stern rails with her in the split
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    X 24 class is a simplified J 24

    seems a miss to create a class without making the j 24 more comfortable/less expensive. flattening her out without railmeat makes a lot of sense. But why slow her down and require 3 to run her. I vote: keep the traveler and primaries since they are already there switch to a 120ish headsail on a roller furler allow the main to be roached out ditch the lightweight sailcloth and move back to more durable/less expensive materials add a portapotty I don't see the value in removing the pulpit or stern rail
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    X 24 class is a simplified J 24

    What is the goal? All for a modified j24 class - but what are you aiming for?