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  1. adrianl

    Why did J Boats drop the J100?

    I am a Packers fan - (also is the South African rugby team colors) This is Vivid yellow.
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    Why did J Boats drop the J100?

    I used the jib boom once so the Quantum sail that comes with the boat will be almost pristine! The sail is just too small for racing - 84% or thereabouts. It is nice to go dead down wind in a blow with the jib boom but for upwind work just wont wok - least not here in our typically light wind. I see talk of a 150 genoa - respectfully suggest you research this as the boat gets overpowered very quickly - 8 knots true maybe - unless you are carrying a lot of weight on the rail. We raced DH with just the 105% on a roller furler and found it plenty of power - for upwind distance work there should be a very flat cut code zero which is a wicked sail at 60 true and 5 knots of breeze! Take a look at following pics https://www.photoboatgallery.net/p349027313 https://www.photoboatgallery.net/p695154261 https://www.photoboatgallery.net/p348473548 https://www.photoboatgallery.net/p606878259
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    Why did J Boats drop the J100?

    Blackadder - yes I was the first owner who put the boat together. We won every distance race on Long Island Sound with the exception of the Block Island Race with her, sailing DH for 5 years - so to the commenter above who questioned her ability to win races I call bullshit! When I sold her she was immaculate and looking at the pics it seems the 2nd owner has kept her up so you are getting a fantastic boat. Good luck with her and happy to answer any questions - IM me
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    Why did J Boats drop the J100?

    Blackadder - did you buy Flashpoint from Annapolis?
  5. adrianl

    Vendee Globe 2020

    following on the container collapse report from a few days ago - this is the aftermath.
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    Vendee Globe 2020

    The container collapse on the boxship ONE Apus is poised to become one of the largest recent incidents. The owners and managers of the ship are now reporting that the extent of the lost and damaged containers could exceed 1,900 boxes with possibly 40 transporting dangerous goods. Fully loaded the Apus has a capacity of 14,000 TEU. Yesterday, NYK Shipmanagement reported on behalf of Chidori Ship Holding that the 138,611 DWT vessel had suffered container collapse mid-Pacific during a voyage from Yantian, China bound for Long Beach, California. The Apus, which is operated as part of the Ocean Network Express (ONE), was approximately 1,600 nautical miles northwest of Hawaii when it encountered a violent storm cell that produced gale-force winds and large swells. The vessel rolled heavily in the storm resulting in the container collapse. They reported that the Apus had diverted from its course and today confirmed that as AIS data showed yesterday that the ship has reversed course heading in a westerly direction. The managers said that they were seeking “a suitable port to right unstable containers, assess any damages, and determine the exact numbers of containers lost.” The AIS data now indicates that the Apus is heading towards Yokohama due to arrive on December 7, while yesterday it indicated Kobe. “Our focus remains on getting the ship to a safe port to ensure the ongoing safety of the crew, the vessel, and the cargo on board,” the companies said in their statement. They also reported that a notification was sent to the JRCC in Honolulu and Guam with maritime navigational warnings subsequently broadcast. They continue to promise that full investigation will be conducted into the incident. The Apus is a new containership having been delivered in April of 2019 as the sixth in a series of seven ships being built for ONE at the Kure Shipyard of Japan Marine United Corporation. Measuring 1,194 feet in length, she employs a hull form that minimizes the engine-room space to improve cargo-loading efficiency and the latest safety and navigational technology. This incident is the second recent container collapse experienced aboard one of the vessels of the network. On October 30, a sister ship, the ONE Aquila also suffered a collapse during heavy weather in the Pacific. The company did not announce the number of containers lost or damaged, but that vessel diverted to Tacoma, Washington, where she spent nearly a week undergoing a survey and offloading damaged boxes before proceeding to Long Beach. A loss or damage of nearly 2,000 containers would rank among the largest incidents the industry has experienced without the loss of a vessel. The World Shipping Council in its 2020 report on containers lost at sea said the yearly total was declining. In the most recent three-year period, they reported the average was 779 containers lost down by nearly half from the average of 1,390 lost in the three prior years. Among the most significant incidents was 4,293 containers in 2013 when the MOL Comfort was lost and approximately 900 containers in 2011 when the Rena grounded. Weather is considered to be one of the most frequent factors contributing to container damage or loss overboard during a voyage.
  7. Here there would be no retained money - have to register ownership with the state and / or Coastguard and I can't imagine any dealer will turn over the title without payment in full!!
  8. Most important change would be wheels rather than tiller - I thought that the tillers would be more fun and responsive, which they are, but they are also situated at for me a really awkward angle - I had the handles cut down - if you look at the early boats they have smaller handles on the tillers than the newer ones as couldn't move around them easily and also added tiller extensions to try and get outboard without having to lean in to drive and it was never comfortable - so second most important is a good autopilot as I didn't really want to drive the boat after an hour or so!. Tacking and moving side to side, especially with the life raft in place is also a pain. If you are going alloy rig then are you doing wire rigging as well - helps the IRC rating a bit if that is what you are planning to race under.
  9. I have just bought a 40 year old Swan 47 - talk about one extreme to another - because I have wanted one for the last 25 years - and will now spend whatever it takes to restore and make look even more beautiful so at the end of the day nothing about owing boats makes any financial sense at all!! Would I do it again? Given the opportunity to commission a new Swan - well now that's a hard one......
  10. Understand what is REALLY in the "sailaway" price the dealers advertise. In my experience the equipment list is short enough that you wouldn't want to do a 5 mile day sail. If you are planning any offshore work at all what gear will you need. For example - I bought my Sunfast 3600 that is sold as an offshore race boat that would not meet Cat 1 requirements as had no bilge pump below and dyneema lifelines - had to fight with Jeanneau to get them both included in the price. If you are on a mooring - does the boat even have suitable cleats and fairleads or will you have to retrofit - Sail handling - I double hand so need a main with Antal slides, not a bolt rope - is that an issue for you and if so does the boat you are looking at buying have a mast track that will take slides - the Axxon mast that Jeanneau uses as standard not NOT so I had to have an external track fitted to take the slides - Navigation equipment - if you elect to fit your own how easy is it to get to wire runs etc once the boat is together - the factory options package may look expensive but at $150/hour labor will add up fast when it takes 3 times as long to chase cable runs into inaccessible places! Lastly - just be prepared for the deprecation shock when you sell your newly commissioned pride and joy a few years from now! Otherwise enjoy the build process - it can be fun, just so long as you have realistic expectations.
  11. adrianl

    J4x maintenance costs

    I think you need to say out loud how much you are prepared to spend to maintain your J4x and see what reaction you get......
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    J4x maintenance costs

    I went from a 36 ft to 47 ft and running and repair costs doubled - that just the way it is.
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    J4x maintenance costs

    The answer to this is almost impossible to quantify - to start with there is a BIG difference in running costs of a 46 versus a 40 - you want to ignore cost of sails, slips, etc but that is all part of the cost. A set of rags for a J 46 will be 50% more than for a J 40. As far as maintenance goes - how fussy are you? how much do certain things annoy you to the point of not being acceptable? are you buying premium parts or discount? How much are you spending on the boat and how much to do you have available for annual running costs? I would say that 10% of the cost of the boat - excluding slip fees - is a minimum expectation.
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    do big race boats depreciate?

    I sold my Sunfast 3600 for 50% of its all in cost after 5 years and the new Sunfast 3300 is going to hammer the 3600 values as IT is the new shiny object!!
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    do big race boats depreciate?

    And small race boats depreciate and mid size race boats depreciate - ask a Swan 42, or C&C 99 or Farr 400 onwer - - they all do as the latest shiny object comes to the market....