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    J29 or J27

    This is what Espo is talking about not being good in 5 knots or less off the wind......https://yachtscoring.com/emenu.cfm?eID=5876
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    J29 or J27

    If they came from the NS fleet they are all frac rigs at least. They had a couple MH's up there, but the rest are fracs.(over 25 boats in that fleet) Not sure about IB/OB configuration though. I trailer my 29 home and have up and down the east coast of America. We've been to KWRW( 2 times), Charleston RW(3 times), Annapolis NOODS(3 times), and once out to Detroit NOODS on Lake St Claire. I've never been stopped either. Hustler is for sale just in time for you to salvage 1/2 your sailing season next year. Buy it and kick ass at your club. Unless you DON'T want to sail OD...........
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    J29 or J27

    I think the OP would be insane not to buy a 29 considering there are 5-6 others at his club. The 29 and 27 are vastly different boats with different missions. If you sail in a breezy venue with lots of chop and don't mind amassing a crew of 7-8 guys every week the 29 is pretty unstoppable. Its deck space is enormous, with super wide side decks. The 27 is a much smaller boat for crew, not as comfortable for sure, but it requires less crew and your sail budget will be smaller as well. Good 29's do come up for sale. Big Taz was for sale recently in RI.......that was a competetive boat. Of all the 29's at your club, are they all the same configuration? There's a huge fleet of frac 29's up in Nova Scotia. Very competetive fleet and I'm sure a few of those boats must come up for sale occasionally.
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    Dark Side of the Clipper Ships Book

    Not beating upwind she wouldn’t.
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    J/29 Cascading Backstay

    I'm not using a cascading system in the usual sense. When I bought my boat, it was set up with the usual multiple cascade 48:1 system found on most J29 MH's. It was OK and worked, but the 72:1 system described above is much better. Easier to play the BS in breeze, easier to ease large amounts to fraculate down hill.
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    J/29 Cascading Backstay

    My backstay block is about 6' 2" off the deck. Sorry I didn't measure the backstay. Hustlers is lower to the deck than mine. The exact lenght can vary quite a bit and still work.
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    J/29 Cascading Backstay

    Must have been low end dyneema or theres other issues with the boat. I have used vectran in the past for the backstay and the bridle. Have since switched to dyneema and there is no difference I can ascertain in creep. The dyneema lasts alot longer in the sun! As long as you use sk78 or better you will be fine.
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    J/29 Cascading Backstay

    Tried to upload pics here of backstay but its not letting me for some reason. Sorry.
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    J/29 Cascading Backstay

    I have a dyneema backstay so I could make it any lenght I wanted. Replace every 3 years or so for safety. I do all my own rigging work so no big deal. The 72:1 system is configured the following. Dyneema bridle from port side transom chainplate up through heavy duty runner block spliced on shortened backstay. This leads down to a 6:1 purchase connected to starboard transom chainplate. This is your gross tune, which has a cam cleat mounted on bottom block in system and provides 12:1 purchase.(6:1 cascaded with bridle = 12:1) The upper block end of the 6:1 purchase leads to another smaller 6:1 purchase(bottom end mounted on pad eye just to starboard of tiller) which is double ended and leads to both sides of the cockpit for control by helmsmen. Typically, you set your gross tune before racing and play your fine tune upwind. Downwind, you blow off the gross tune for fraculating. Headstay lenght doesn't matter as your gross tune purchase can be tightened more or less depending on mast rake. If I think of it, I will take a picture of mine tommorow before racing. The above description might be a bit convaluted......I apalogize! I've always wanted to mount all the purchase below decks except for the bridle from either side of transom. This would reduce the windage of the two tackle purchases substantially which would be nice. Much cleaner appearance as well. Maybe someday..........
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    J/29 Cascading Backstay

    The typical cascading backstay shown on class site is a 48:1 purchase. My boat initially came with this purchase and it was OK, but have since changed to the 72:1 system that Hustler and other top 29's use. Much easier to use in my opinion and much more tolerant if you are constantly changing headstay lenght for different conditions.
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    Trailer-able performance cruisers under 5k?

    Please tell me they didn't leave the man overboard in the water(dragging behind the boat) while getting down their flag poled kite?
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    Outboard Bracket for J/29

    Yes, Tohatsu 4 stroke.
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    Suggestions for a Maine/RI Hurricane Hole

    Hadleys may seem like a good hurricane hole, but from what Ive seen, its not. Its small and likely crowded, no public moorings and poor holding for ground tackle. Not alot of space for plenty of scope either.
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    Suggestions for a Maine/RI Hurricane Hole

    In Buzzards Bay for sure New Bedford harbor inside the hurricane barrier.
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    Outboard Bracket for J/29

    https://search.defender.com/?SI=74de1cd7-f84e-4aa2-a826-da442969a64a&Action=14&AXD=%2f%2fwww.defender.com%2fProductDisplay%3fprodnum%3d300703~300703~Garelick+Aluminum+Bracket+for+2-Stroke+Auxiliary+Outboard+Motors~172.99 This what I use on my 29. I have a 6hp long shaft Tohatsu.