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  1. Tempting. Throw $10k at sails and 5k into the boat and you've got yourself a great boat. With two other nice M243's in St. Pete I think this will be pretty enticing for somebody down there.
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    Martin 243 Used Sails

    They were double barrel Ronstan Turnbuckles. Good luck on the water this weekend.
  3. USA389

    Martin 243 Used Sails

    When I had the Martin I spend hours turning the turnbuckles. Because the mast is so bendy it required a lot of turns to change gears. I was thinking just for ease of general tuning. Have 3 or 4 positions on the ramps then fine tune with the turnbuckles. I don't think I'd let them off downwind...
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    Martin 243 Used Sails

    Zks, Have you seen the sliding shroud adjustment on the Melges 20's? That would be a pretty slick upgrade to the Martin 243 rigging/tuning package if you can get enough range.
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    Martin 243 Used Sails

    Great pic. Are there more in the series? I never ever felt at risk of capsizing on ours. The wings provided good stability when the leeward one skims on the water. Training wheels
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    Martin 243 Used Sails

    It was a lot of weight but it was fast! I think that was before we knew the 700lbs rule...
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    Martin 243 Used Sails

    This was first day sailing Ghost so a few months before the 3Di sails. We might have had 6 on that day...
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    Martin 243 Used Sails

    Exceedingly fun boat. In my next life when I'm a boat builder, spar builder, and metal fabricator I'd build a bulletproof one. We had Ghost out in 20kts (Above) a couple of time. I was always worried about breaking the mast. Making the wing connections, mast step, and keel connection super solid would be priorities.
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    Martin 243 Used Sails

    Like a set of Melges 24 sails... Have any of those zks?
  10. Hull #5 was GHOST, is now Pigs With No Purpose in St. Pete
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    Martin 243 Used Sails

    Wish I hadn't thrown out a set I had couple years ago...
  12. USA389

    J/22 vs Sonar 23

    I think people are getting tippy-er confused with sportier. I've sailed both extensively. In terms of performance, the Sonar is faster than the J-22. Have a look at the PHRF 4 results here. Sonars won't sink in a wipe out... If you want to go for a sail in a Sonar in Guilford let me know.
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    Removing Vivid antifouling

    Wet sand with 220?
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    Fair price for a J92?

    They are great boats. Just check the decks for soft spots...