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    Moving Jib Tracks

    I just bought an older 105 with the 1” further outboard tracks as well. Is there any advantage of keeping as is? Have all of the competitive < hull 70 moved their tracks inboard to match the newer track location?
  2. I have significant corrosion at the base of my aluminum J105 mast. From what I gather, there are two repair options. 1) Cut the 1/2' off at the base and add 1/2" G10 plate to ensure the mast section that meets the partners stays at the the same location. 2) Have a local rigger make up a "doubler" and affix to the exterior base of the mast #1 seems much more simple and less expensive. Will this not change the characteristic and bend of the mast? Any other options and or suggestions? I'm also concerned that #2 might not fit in the partners when re-stepping the mast.
  3. Curious, what are you selling.  and yes she could go bigger but still restrained by depth.

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    ISO 32-36' Cruiser without Mast / Sails

    Thanks all she just surveyed a 34 hunter that she is very happy with.
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    ISO 32-36' Cruiser without Mast / Sails

    So many opinions! Guess I should have expected it on this site. The boat will be at a very protected dock, so no issues with rolling. She does not want a motorboat, she likes the interior of a sailboat, likes a separate V birth, likes the aft cockpit with canvas, likes an aft state room. She doesn't want to deal with diesel engines, or buy a boat without engines and get towed to and from the marina each year. When my friend, single mom with two kids, told me she wanted to buy sailboat years ago for the purpose of having a floating weekend getaway near the shore I thought she was crazy. We found her a Hunter 25 for a few grand and she and her kids have had a blast with it for 5 summers for very little cost. Now she wants to move up to a bigger boat. Make fun of it all you want, but bottom line, it works for her and her family and she is ready to find a bigger boat to float on 10 weekends a year.
  6. Have a friend who is looking to buy a 32-36' sailboat to use as a "summer house" at a dock. It will never sail. Requirements are: - Not a beater, interior must be in good shape - No major issues to hull or deck - 1995 or newer - Draft < 4.5' - Engine must work - AC and refrigeration a plus but not required - Dock power system working - Must be near the NY/NJ area If you have a boat, or know someone who has a sailboat that fits this need, please email me Thanks.
  7. I would say follow these tips to keep smiles on sailors faces after a regatta... 1) Simplify the SIs so you don't have various competitors with varying interpretations. You should be able to be dropped from Mars, read the NOR and SIs and be clear on what rules you need to follow. 2) Tell us how to win the event we are competing in. I can't stand competing in an event to learn that the overall trophy is some secret formula the race committee decides on after the race is over. Or worse yet, learning that the committee didn't think through their formula that can't work and gave the award to a boat that didn't really win. The goal of many boats when they compete is to win, I have never competed in any other sport where people have no idea how the winner was selected. This just causes people to think they should have won or tears winners down because the "secret formula" put them at an advantage 3) Don't cancel racing when it is "to windy". Many boats and crews thrive in windy conditions. The concerns that some boats have equipment or crew that are not prepared to compete in wind, should not be a factor for the race committee. Keep it simple, call it when sustain winds hit 35. Other than that, if the owner’s responsibility to race his or her boat or not. 4) Don't send us out when there is no wind and there is no wind in the forecast. Keep a RC boat out on the course area, put up an AP on land and drop it when there is wind to race 5) Don't send us in when the conditions are great to sail because the band is setting up and the caterer is lighting the sterno cans. We came to race, please race us. 6) If there was no wind on day one and day two calls for wind, change the time to an earlier time the next day 7) Don't set the SI and NOR max races to severely limit the number of races a series can sail. Let you race committee decide how many races to race in a day / event 8) Make protests a positive experience, ensure you have qualified, impartial protest committee members who are not member of the RC. Ensure the PC notifies the entire fleet through the correct channels when a ruling my impact them. Allow non-interested parties to listen to protest to learn what it is about and how they are conducted. 9) Have the proper RC vessels and equipment to run a race in 25 knots of wind, so that no matter what the conditions, you can safely and efficiently run the race 10) Attempt to set square starting lines, if you don't you are just asking for damage, protests etc. 11) Don't charge people to go to a tent party to pick up a trophy in a regatta where they paid an entry fee to participate 12) Don't limit the ability for competitors to market their sponsors. 13) Don't allow hull cleaning between the start of race one and the finish of the last race. Keep costs down and minimize logistics. 14) Don't allow towing out to the race course from coach boats, friends, etc. 15) Don't engrave awards with the owner names, just include the boat name so trophies can be given to crew. 16) If your YC is going to host a regatta, don't charge the racers to keep the boat at your dock or on moorings if they available and please open your club facilities up to visitors who are supporting your club and your event. 17) Don’t over communicate to competitors over the radio, especially when questions get asked that can be answered by reading the racing rule of sailing, NOR or SIs. 18) Avoid skipper’s meetings that allow for the discussion and questions of rules. All of the rules and details a competitor needs should be in the NOR and SIs. If needed, competitors can contact the RC prior to a specific time and amendments can be posted if needed. 19) Don’t combine starts of unlike boats if they are not in the same divisions. 20) When conducting a distance race, ensure that the result include overall results, even for one design boats -just apply the OD rating to allow all racers to see how they did against the entire fleet that raced the race 21) If there are protest on the last day and those protest do not impact the boats that will be awarded a trophy, don’t delay the award ceremony. 22) Require all boats to provide their insurance COI prior to racing 23) For handicapped fleets with various boat designs, please keep the legs to an even number so you are not providing an advantage to certain boat designs. 24) Don’t just base handicap class splits on ratings, you need to look at the boats designs when considering fleet splits.
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    J30 or J29 Frac Boom

    Anyone out there have a spare boom with 13' E off a J30 or frac J29 you would be willing to sell in driving distance from MD?
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    Plastic winch handle socket/holder

    They are used to store handles. I have one on the interior cabin top in reach of the pit person so they always know where there handle is.
  10. Anyone know where I can buy a few of these, or similar, in the US?
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    Comparing Rig Dimensions

    What is the best site to find like sized boats based on IJPE dimensions?
  12. High level sail design question.... What would be the differences in performance of a sail with a higher cut clew where the distance between the clew and the genoa car is about 2' vs a sail with a longer leech, where the clew is lower and distance between clew and genoa car is around 6-7"? All other design are about the same in both sail designs, outside of the longer leech (approximately 15"). Boat is 30' long, 7K lbs and sail is an overlapping genoa; mostly W/L inshore racing. There is no class issues with length of leech as long as LP comes in < max dimensions.
  13. Have owned many "string" genoas for the past 10 years (NS 3DL / Q Fusion) and took the plunge with a new 3DI. Planning to hoist her for the first time this weekend. Sail is a raw version with extra protection (unwoven leech) on the overlapping areas. I understand the sail shape is much more stable vs string sails. What tips do you have from trimming and adjust the sail. I assume much less variance between low to high halyard tension? Anything those sailing with overlapping 3DI genoas are willing to share? Also, I was always told that spreader patches should be staggered to avoid a hard line on both sides of the sail where the patch terminates. I noticed on my 3DI this is not the case. Is that theory not valid for 3DI, I would think even with no delam on 3DI, a patch terminating, on the horizontal plane, at the same place on both sides, causes a higher stress area, and staggering the patch would still be beneficial, no?
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    New J80 Jib @ NOODs

    Anyone have any info on the new J80 jib that John White was sailing with at the NOODs? What are the materials and advantages over standard paneled sail or 3DI (which appears to be more expensive than this one). Is it the BTY-15 Jib? It looks like, from this pic, there are three different materials. If you look at the top of the photo the first two vertical panels (luff) are obviously different, but then the middle two look darker than the back two (leech). Given this is not an overlapping sail, curious what the design intent is.
  15. I have multiple "string" sails that have all been the "standard one design cut" in the last 3-5 years. I considered going to a paneled sail. Would there be any reason why the dimensions of the sail would be different if purchased from the same brand sail maker, simply as result of the sail changing from a string sail to a paneled sail (materials being different)? What i am asking is, should the sail be the same dimensions (specifically Girth measurements) unless the sail maker is trying to tweak the design, or are the forced to revise the design as a result of a change in materials. Yes, I have already reached out to the loft, but interested to hear other viewpoints.