jamesmalcolm

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  1. jamesmalcolm

    Should I Even Bother

    It's a gamble. Take a moisture meter if you can find one and scope out how bad the moisture is. Check everywhere, not just the bow. They're a little tricky to use (for me at least) but I'm sure there's a thread somewhere on this site on doing it properly. If it's just the foredeck and you have the time/money/patience to pour into it, why not.
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    J/24 - Tillotson-Pearson vs Performance Sailcraft

    I'm assuming they hold up better than TPI boats as well? PS boats always seem to sell a bit higher than TPI boats of the same year.
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    I hate Yacht brokers

    This sounds like that story of that Russian man who was offered a credit card by his bank. He removed the spending limit, monthly payments, and changed the interest rate to zero and sent it back to the banker. The banker signed it without reading the documents and when the bank discovered the mistake, they took the man to court and lost. It was the bank's fault for not reading the contract, but it was an underhanded thing to do by the Russian. I'm willing to bet a fair chunk of change that this particular broker won't leave a document unread again. https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2013/08/14/man-who-outwitted-bank-ends-700k-lawsuit-a26770
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    J24 wet core replacement material

    That core looks drilled but the skin looks intact. How is that?
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    J24 wet core replacement material

    Thanks for posting the great images. Is it worth resealing all of the deck hardware like this or just what is on the areas of core I'm replacing?
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    J24 wet core replacement material

    I found a foam that is the same density as balsa and if the class measurer in my fleet doesn't object I will use it over balsa. The only potential issue is shaping it to the areas of the deck that aren't flat, but the wet sections should be small enough and the curve of the deck gradual enough that it doesn't matter.
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    J24 wet core replacement material

    You're right. I had a friend take a moisture meter to the deck and the core is wet around and downhill of hardware that was removed and improperly sealed by the previous owner. What is counter sinking? If I've already backfilled and redrilled the epoxy do I still need to seal the hardware because water won't get through the epoxy anyways? (Of course I will reseal regardless but I'm just wondering what if.)
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    J24 wet core replacement material

    It's about 50 lbs over weight. Class rules say the replacement material must be as close as possible to the original but I don't know how much the original weighed and I want something that won't absorb water in the future. Divinycell looks like a great option because I can choose the density. Thanks all.
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    J24 wet core replacement material

    I have yet another J24 with wet core. I have read the West systems guides and plenty of threads on this forum and others and they have all been very helpful. The only thing I'm not sure about is what to replace the wet core with. My boat was built in 1988 and was cored with balsa. Should I replace it with balsa or something else? I would like to use something that won't absorb water in the future. My boat is a little heavier than class minimums so something lighter than the original core would help get the boat down to weight. Any input would be great.
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    Favourite Boat pic?

    You have my admiration
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    are umpires good enough?

    It's more like castling to the wrong side of the board. When a pro does something wrong, someone new may not be confident enough in their knowledge of the rules to stop them. It may just be me but there is a reluctance to protest among many sailors because they see protests as these big important events that should be a last resort when the rules are broken instead of the first one, and only used in very serious situation. There would be more self-enforcement in sailing if protests were viewed as routine events that weren't worth writing home about.
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    are umpires good enough?

    I sail in a Wednesday night fleet where "no flag no foul" has descended into "no contact no foul." The only protests that ever make it to the protest room are the ones where boats have serious damage or where the 1st place glasses are at stake. Newer sailors aren't comfortable because they don't think it's worth it or they don't see a big difference between eighth and ninth place in a ten boat fleet. That's fair, but as those sailors climb the ladder and become more experienced they hold on to that reluctance to protest. "Protest"at my yacht club have become a dirty word among many. There is a general unfamiliarity with the rules and in many situations I have been reluctant to protest a clear foul because I was only 99% sure of the rules. The current rules of sailing work when people bother to learn them.
  13. Is there any difference between the 2500 or so Tillotson-Pearson made J/24s and the 500 Performance Sailcraft J/24s or are they both generally the same? What is the difference between an American made J/24 vs and Italian or Argentinian one?
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    Foiling, how heavy is too heavy?

    True, but I think the object isn’t necessarily speed, the object is to foil
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    Foiling, how heavy is too heavy?

    If I start cutting holes I think I'll do more harm than good.