T and J Racing

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    Blaine, Wa. USA
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    Motorcycle racing, commercial diving

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  1. T and J Racing

    SJ24 electronics/instruments recommendations

    Thanks for the replies. I do have a proper VHF base station as well as a fresh Series 27 marine battery and new ABYC-compliant DC wiring, LED's all around, etc.
  2. So, I have a San Juan 24 I just got in November. Been sailing and crewing for 2 years first. My intent is to cruise the San Juans and eventually up to Desolation Sound some time in the next couple years and likely race a bit this summer. So far the longest trip has been 2 days, never out of sight of land. I singlehand about 50% of the time, with inexperienced crew the rest of the time. I have a compass, an old pulse-echo type depthfinder and a speed sensor fitted but no instrument to read it. That's it for instruments. Of course I carry paper charts, current atlas and tide tables and a smartphone. What other electronics should I be looking at? My personal philosophy is to read books rather than spending money, and I'd rather not rely on complex gadgets if I can work through a problem by other means if that makes sense. I have no problem adjusting my schedule because of weather rather than relying on a radar to help me across a foggy shipping lane, for example.
  3. T and J Racing

    First boat at age 50

    Yep, a steaming light halfway up the mast. I'll try getting up there this weekend when I have some help on the lines.
  4. T and J Racing

    First boat at age 50

    I'll be darned, that was it. Believe it or not, I actually traced it down before reading this. Nice to have a super dry boat. I'm mid-rewire right now, it's not too bad considering my very limited power needs, though I'm doing my best to do everything new and to ABYC code. The bow light wires were a mother$#@&er to get to, but I managed 4x properly crimped butt splices with marine shrink tubing on every connection in that tiny, tiny inconvenient space. SUCCESS! Tomorrow is LED bulbs and wiring up the little switch/fuse panel. Staying original in configuration with updated components. I got an Interstate Series 27 battery and a proper marine 5a charger. Also tomorrow wiring 5 consumer circuits from bus bar to switch panel. I have a bosun's chair but still scratching my head about scaling the mast to replace the deck and mast lights. Looks like the mast wiring is that stupid speaker wire, not sure how to replace that either. At least it looks to be in good shape. Does anyone know if I'll capsize the boat from the top of the mast? I'm about 205lbs fully dressed. This thing sure is fun to work on.
  5. T and J Racing

    First boat at age 50

    Wow, great info guys. Thanks very much. I love books but books and practice can only go so far, right?
  6. T and J Racing

    First boat at age 50

    This was a significant factor for me certainly. Also, I resent the core muscles remark. Not that it isn't true, I just resent it. DAMMIT.
  7. T and J Racing

    First boat at age 50

    Thanks very much, that's exactly what I'm planning to do. I do have a couple small soft spots on the deck, but hey, she's 41 years old. I have a few soft spots now as well... Inspecting and rebedding the chainplates is also on my short-term to-do list, along with all the stanchions and track hardware.
  8. T and J Racing

    First boat at age 50

    I'm still in initial cleanup mode right now, though tackling DC wiring today. My only substantive complaint on this boat is the wiring, so I'll methodically trace and diagram everything that's there and likely replace the lot including master battery switch, fuse and switch panel and all bulbs with LED. Compass Marine How-To and to a lesser extent Don Casey is providing good guidance on boat DC wiring to ABYC standard. I'm only powering house DC needs (interior/nav lights, VHF radio & phone charger) so my needs are fairly straightforward. I do have a &%#$load of winches, and they are a bit mix-and-match, though all ratchet cleanly and click like the bezel on a new dive watch. That said, winch service is #3 on my priority list after wiring and outboard servicing, so I can get a first-hand look at their condition. The PO set the boat up for racing which isn't currently on my horizon, but never say never so I'm leaving the cockpit configured just how it is for now until I learn more. I was a crew chief on a motorcycle roadracing team for 12 years, and I do miss a lot of that environment. Next on the practical skills list - docking maneuvers. I took the ASA118 class last year on my buddy's Valiant 42, and I'm going to pick a flat calm day to practice prop-walking her into a fixed position bow-in and stern-in offshore on a buoy, then back at my slip until I'm happy I can singlehand her into the desired position. Then I'll do it on a (more) windy day until I get it drilled in. Docking and MOB I like to drill constantly, I find they are perishable skillsets, with me anyway. Meanwhile, my wife and friends have kindly volunteered to help clean her topsides this weekend which will really help a lot. She's gonna shine up nicely, which makes everyone feel better in small ways. By the lee, your cross-section drawing got me thinking: I'm having a persistent trickle of fresh water into the bilge/keel recess, on non-raining days. I wonder if the low-density filler between the liner and hull might be saturated with water from leaking chainplates, etc. and be draining into the bilge? Hmmmm.... Thanks for the encouragement and support guys, we'll be out on the water soon. Troy Gessner
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    First boat at age 50

    Wow, you guys are SUPER helpful and optimistic! Bummer, most of the forums for activities I enjoy appear to have been overrun with folks who mistake caustic internet snark for actual wit. Shame really, I'm sure there is some genuine good knowledge to be found here. By the Lee, thanks very much for the links and information. That's a nice cross-section drawing of the SJ24.
  10. T and J Racing

    First boat at age 50

    Well we did it yesterday. After 2 years of lessons, studying, J24 rental time and crewing on race boats and cruisers, I traded one of my motorcycles for a San Juan 24. I followed the advice in Don Casey's "inspecting the aging sailboat" to identify potential issues, and she appears to be in very good nick all around. Local racing history, big spare sail inventory (8 total), all new running rigging including a new roller furler and 8hp outboard that starts first pull. Clean inside and out but will respond well to some spit and polish. Looks like she tagged the dock hard and punched a small hole in the bow at some point, which was glassed over but not repainted. First step for me is to service the outboard and all 6 winches, then take her out into Bellingham Bay and start figuring things out. I am equal parts excited and scared. It's a very different feeling than taking someone else's boat out.