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  1. Wet Spreaders

    Moving Jib Tracks

    My boat is the only one I know that still has the tracks outboard. In my opinion it's not a disadvantage going upwind in decent breeze with no other boats around. I think it becomes an advantage when the wind is howling because the slot is a bit wider. It's probably a minor disadvantage after a crowded start in light to medium air when trying to hold a lane. I kept it as it was for 15 years, but my sailmaker is nagging, my crew is nagging and I'm curious - so I'm making the change. One more point - I removed the tracks today and found that the area of deck where the track is mounted is not a sandwich. It's solid fiberglass, so that eliminates all the screwing around with ghetto allen wrench balsa routers and core-sealing epoxy. I just filled the holes with thick epoxy and I'm waiting for it to set.
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    Moving Jib Tracks

    No. The whole point is to get the sail sheeted in at a finer angle without blading it out. Car goes forward. If you move the car back, the inhaul doesn't do anything except pull hard on every piece of equipment it's attached to or run through. Overall, it's a crappy setup, so that's why I'm moving the cars. Incidentally, guys with inboard track ALSO inhaul in light air, so whether I inhaul or not with tracks outboard, if they are right, I'm still disadvantaged.
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    Moving Jib Tracks

    Yeah, that kind of works, but it puts a lot of tension on the lines and the mast boot, and is generally a pain in the ass to manage from the cockpit. Also, you need to move the cars forward and that puts them in the wrong position if you don't inhaul. Overall it's a bit of a mess and we generally end up not bothering.
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    Moving Jib Tracks

    J105. Inhaulers not allowed.
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    Moving Jib Tracks

    Frankly, my preference would be to leave the old track where it is and just add the second - then I don't need to fill anything or re-do the non-skid under the removed track (with associated color match problems). Unfortunately, class rules don't allow that - I can't have both tracks available on deck.
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    Moving Jib Tracks

    Yeah - that's going to be a problem because the headliner is old vinyl stuck to the inner glass skin with old contact adhesive that's probably crispy and barely an adhesive any more. Perhaps the best argument for just going with thickened epoxy to start with - and maybe filling the hole in two stages - first 10%, let that gel, then the rest.
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    Moving Jib Tracks

    My deck is Kiwigrip, so making a perfect sanded finish to deck level is not really necessary. You could make a ploughed field look like a ..a.. ploughed field in the other direction, using that stuff. Getting a color match will be a bitch because I bet the deck has faded over time.
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    Moving Jib Tracks

    I want to use the tube mix because I never used it before (just to try it) and because I'm really messy - I can spread this stuff everywhere if unsupervised (simple clumsiness and inattention). Also, it's hot - even in October. I want to limit the steps to reduce the chance that I'll spill something on my deck and to reduce the time from mix to application. Also, I'm guessing that the tube type does not mix so much air into the epoxy, so there will be fewer voids to pop, or require refilling. It will likely cost a few bucks more and there will be some wastage if I don't use the whole tube, but on the other hand, we're talking a few bucks anyway and I'd probably spend that in cups, stiring sticks, syringes, masking, and cleanup if I was mixing from jugs into cups into syringes. It looks like there's a difference of opinion on whether to use "thickened" or "low viscosity", which is good because that means it probably does not matter much. Maybe I'll get a tube of each and see what happens.
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    Moving Jib Tracks

    So I want to move my jib tracks inboard. It's an OD class, but mine's an early boat and the tracks are outboard 2" more than the class standard - I'm allowed to make the change. The construction is the usual glass, endgrain balsa, glass sandwich. I'm mulling on using one of those epoxy resins that come in a squirty tube (caulking gun type) with a mixer nozzel to fill up the old holes and also to waterproof the new ones before I bolt the track in place. Totalboat Thixo comes in "thickened", "low viscosity" and "fast setting". Do I want the gooey stuff so it will stay were I put it when I squirt it in the hole, or do I want the runny stuff so it has a better chance to wick into the balsa and waterproof it? Other sage advice?
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    Sealing end grain?

    PEG. Poly Ethylene Glycol. Soak green bowl blanks for 6 weeks - replaces the water with waxy stuff. No more drying so no more cracking. I can't imagine how you might manage it with a big piece of tree. Perhaps a kid's paddle pool or something like that.
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    J/88 top batten hooking on backstay

    This used to annoy me on the J105 also. It is a pain in the ass downwind, never a problem upwind except in really light air. I handle it by shaking the backstay. Since the boat is "one design" you can't make any substantive changes anyway, so really you're stuck with the manual approach.
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    Marriage Lesson # 5067

    Nope - didn't need to say it. It's apparently obvious without saying anything.
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    Marriage Lesson # 5067

    I twisted the top off the jar for her and went to my shop, alone, to grind new edges on the chisels. That was about 8 hours ago and I'm now calm enough to come back inside for dinner. The chisels, screwdrivers, set squares, and anything else that might be mis-identifed as a pickle pry bar (or picture nail hammer - another story), are in a nice new plywood cabinet, with a padlock.
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    Marriage Lesson # 5067

    We need a coffee table. My wife finds one online for $1500. It's particle board crap, in my opinion. I could make a better one from real wood that would not look like it escaped from Ikea. "Babe - I could make that". "No you can't, you're so crap at woodwork you can't even buy screwdrivers that don't break." Eh? What broken screwdrivers? So I went on a hunt for my screwdrivers. They are all fine. What's not fine is my set of fine chisels. The tips are cracked and utterly fucked up. I wonder.... So I just found out it was my fault. Apparently, men created pickle jars that can't be opened by women. I'm a man so that's my fault. The only good solution to getting a pickle out of a jar is to attempt to pry the cap off with a knife. However, knives are made by men, and I'm a man and so I managed to fuck up the knife manufacture and made it too bendy. So obvously the best idea was to use a better pry bar, like a screwdriver, or something that closely resembles a screwdriver. But I'm an idiot there too, because clearly I made the "screwdrivers" too brittle to pry the lid off a pickle jar. She knows this because she tried several of the best knives and all of my chisels and the experimental outcome was identical in each case. Aaaaaagggghhh!!!!
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    J105 rudder bearings

    It's an expensive job and more involved than you might think. Unless your bearing is really trashed (shaft wobble) I'd suggest trying to clean out the one you have. That being said, I replaced my lower bearing about 5 years ago - clunking sound when tacking traced to lack of balls. The yard did not have to touch the upper.