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    Benefits of a solid vang in light air

    I have a Boomkicker on my J-80. Replaced the pneumatic rigid one whose seals had degraded. The fiberglass is light, tough, and simple. No need to pump it up. There are two options that fit the J-80. I got the thicker one. In retrospect, I would get the small one so it takes less force to pull against. You can adjust the height that it holds the boom up if you are worried about it pushing the boom too high. (I can't imagine putting a topping lift on a J-80 unless you just plan on cruising.)
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    Marriage Lesson # 5067

    We had a pink, cheap toolbox in pantry. Ironically, I found myself using those pliers and screw drivers more than I care to admit. It was just so convenient for those random little tasks.
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    Random PicThread

    I have several hundred cat shots and traps and just got a tour as Chief Engineer on a carrier. We don't crane anything aboard unless we plan on craning it off as well. As stated, a broken aircraft may have to be craned off. Just to clarify about wind and approach speed. Natural wind is good and it takes a lot to make it difficult to land. These days there's no "steep approach." We always fly glide slope at a constant angle of attack. NO natural wind means the carrier has to make it's own wind to keep your hook engagement speed low enough. This provides an interesting phenomenon of a right crosswind since the angled deck is moving into the wind at a 10 deg angle.
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    Random PicThread

    USS Forrestal: There is a Navy training movie called Trial By Fire that narrates the PLAT camera footage and other combat photography of the event on YouTube.
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    J80 Outboard Mod from Hitting Rudder

    This seems excessive. I only steer with the rudder and do not turn the outboard, but I've never had an issue hitting the outboard with the rudder, either. I guess you could it you pushed the helm far enough over, but in all my years of sailing J80's, this has not been a problem.
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    J80 - Anti Fouling Paint

    Black Widow. I've had it on my J-80 in San Diego for a year now and it has performed great. You still need to wipe it down, but it's so slick, any growth slides right off. I applied it with a standard Wagner airless spray gun with only minimal thinning. I did not do a full burnish, but knocked of any dust nibs after it had dried for a day with 800 grit on a sanding block. It's VERY smooth) Prior to Black Widow, I was using Petit Vivid. It was decent paint and good when the boat was in and out of the water a lot, but I agree that Black Widow is at least 33% better when it comes to the need to clean and it has lasted longer. The only problem is, it's black so you can't see kelp as well. I used E-paint for two seasons in Hawaii before I gave up on it. It never lasted at the waterline longer than a few months. Be careful when sanding it! The peroxide content makes it just like tear gas and just a little dust in the eyes or nose will cause an immediate reaction.
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    Jacklines on J80

    When I raced my J-80 in the Lahaina return (Maui to Oahu) I ran webbing (from REI, also used for climbing) from the bow mooring point aft to the stern pulpit. I put it through a loop at the base of one of the amidships lifeline stanchions to keep it outboard of the jib cars. It laid flat and created no issues with rigging and gave us a place to clip in. I was glad to have it, too, as we had up to 40 knots on the wind instruments and some pretty big waves. We hit 21 knots that race and kept it above 15 kts for over an hour. Also blew out two chutes, but they were old and it was worth it.
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    what's your top boatspeed in a J boat?

    21.8 kts on a J-80 in the Lahina return. Keep it above 15 for more than two hours. It cost me though... shredded two spinnakers and almost lost a man overboard.