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  1. After many years of M24 racing, we went the other direction. I know, I know....friends don’t let friends.... ...but, the big J Boats are awesome performance cruisers. Melges makes awesome racing boats. J Boats is on to something though. May not be the fastest, or most luxe, but they hit the sweet spot in between. www.sweetruca.com
  2. airacer

    Can you make a "PHRF cheater"?

    Don’t forget about the political skills to sandbag races and make the right friends to protect your rating. Very important PHRF skill.
  3. airacer

    Can you make a "PHRF cheater"?

    A chairman of a PHRF committee once told me, there are certain boats that are “good for PHRF” and there are boats that aren’t. One of the same committee members owns a J33. You be the judge.
  4. airacer

    Generator in a marina all night?

    Love the responses! You guys are evil! :-) Some really good ones! Rather than untie the boat and let it float away, or piss in the fuel tank, I found its charter website and sent an email at 2am. Apparently Mr. Charter capn’ wasn’t even supposed to be at the dock and was awoken first thing in the AM by a call by the pissed off owner. The excuse stated in the AM ”my toys and dinghy are in the way of the 50a outlet”. Pure laziness. BTW, I have no problems with generators on moorings or in an anchorage, but there is no need while in a marina with adequate shore power 5 ft away from the transom.
  5. airacer

    Generator in a marina all night?

    Now we are talkin!
  6. airacer

    Generator in a marina all night?

    I’m not averse to that, but it’s hardly any fun. We will see what ideas another cocktail brings.
  7. As I write this it is 12:38AM and I am listening to the charter boat neighbor’s Leapord 48 generator running at the dock next door. Less than 10ft from my berth. Why not just plug in? What would you do? Ideas....
  8. airacer

    Melges 24 solo mods

    One plus about the M24, Melges provides great support. Parts are a few clicks or a call away. Also, they hold their resale value decently well. If you are apprehensive about sailing one or it gives you anxiety, by all means you should select a different boat. I do find it worrisome that you find the Open 5.70 is a better option for you. It has a higher SA/D ratio. Based on your concerns and anxiety with a child on board, you should most likely be looking at something with a much lower SA/D. The higher the Sail Area to Displacement, the faster the boat and the quicker things get out of control when the wind picks up. If you are apprehensive about sailing a M24, maybe you should back it down a bit and work on skills outside of the “sport boat” range? Also, think about going out crewed, or enlisting a local pro to give you some pointers on high performance sailing. A few days training may offset dollars spent in broken boat parts or injuries. Just food for thought. especially with an apprehensive youngster on board. You want smooth sailing to keep her enjoying the sport.
  9. airacer

    Melges 24 solo mods

    The M24 can be sailed singlehanded. It is lots of fun to and safe do so, but probably not for your less experienced and less athletic sailors. Just go up on rig tension much earlier than the guide suggest to depower. As a plus, you also have one of the best one design boats on planet to go racing with your friends...if you have any. :-) Are you planning to race, sail offshore, or just put around on Saturday afternoons?
  10. airacer

    Coffee

    Hmmmm :-) You might be on to something.
  11. airacer

    Coffee

    Tired of cleaning the French press. Grabbed an oil funnel and put a coffee filter in it with some grounds. Warm up the water in a tea kettle. Direct drip into the Yeti. Fast & easy coffee while ripping under spinnaker or at the dock. Nothing to spill or break. Easy clean up.
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    J120 Swim Ladder Source

    Team Anarchy certainly came through! Great recommendations. White Water has me all sorted and a new ladder on the way.
  13. airacer

    J120 Swim Ladder Source

    Awesome guys!!!! Thank you!
  14. airacer

    J120 Swim Ladder Source

    Would anyone know where to source a swim/boarding ladder for the stern of a J120?
  15. Cable less code 0. Hands down. Surely PHRF LE is still up to the same old shenanigans and will find some way to smack you down for using present day technology. Better yet, get rated through DRYA or the Edgewater PHRF!