Stu McCrea

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    Halifax Nova Scotia
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    Ah that should be pretty clear..........

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  1. Stu McCrea

    Marblehead to Halifax 2019

    Were in, hopefully get some weather this time. Past two have been warm and kind.
  2. Stu McCrea

    J/105 Companionway trim

    goto mcmasters carr to see if they have the product and if you have someone who can mill it
  3. Stu McCrea

    what's your top boatspeed in a J boat?

    22.7 J120 delivery to Marblehead 2015
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    J/125s Are AWESOME

    It certainly requires some TLC. Hull 14
  5. Have the issue. Masthead tri has LED and when switched on at night (obviously) almost all, if not all AIS targets disappear on both chart plotter and expedition. Switch to LED bow lights and switch off Masthead they re-appear. Going to test a few different LED bulbs in masthead to see if there is one with less interference. Good thing is although we might not see targets, we are still transmitting from our AIS (using masthead ANT). Great of Coast Guard to finally come out.
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    J/125s Are AWESOME

    i was wondering why it was not listed. So its confirm it is head to Detroit
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    J70 Trailer retro kit for 'up' trailering?

    Sadly your going to find that the axle capacity on the trailer you have may not be capable of taking the load of all the parts required for keel down trailering. That said, the bunks can be bought from C&C (builder) and I guess if one was good with welding alum you could try to build uprights lighter then the steel that is currently used. Most people appear to be simply buying a new trailer (crazy)
  8. Selma should watch the race from Castle Hill, anytime after noon will be good as the crusing boats start first an faster all out racing machines are last (3-4pm) Crew party requires a wrist band as usually is at Newport shipyard (assuming they haven't changed it). Usually the owner has to purchase these as part of the entry process. There might be some available at event. Make sure as crew you get to the New York Yacht Club right away to pre clear customs as it gets busy especially with 180 boats doing race. If Selma is sailing boat back get a letter from owner stating she is doing that as it will make her entry into Bermuda a lot smoother as they are picky about how long your there and when your leaving (especially if your leaving by sea). Events in Bermuda, the yacht club parties can be fun for sure, that's where you should be.
  9. Stu McCrea

    J/125s Are AWESOME

    Rasin Cane is former Morning Glory out of Bermuda
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    Marine refrigeration ("happy wife, happy life")

    Josh I recommend the Sea frost BD system. Yes a plate, but the conversion is so simpler. You will want to install the unit (compressor) in the aft locker. Build a L bracket shelf and mount that to hull, keeping unit high up and allows for access in that locker.
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    Sprit seal for J/125

    Did you try McMaster Carr?
  12. Stu McCrea

    J 121

    Yup an 8 J120s. Will be fun to see how the new J121 goes against other J's (44, 122, 120, 125)
  13. Stu McCrea

    J/120 offshore cruiser

    NP Send me a message anytime or check out J120 Atlantic Fleet on fb. Yes rudder bearings has/had been issues. Simple replacement. Shaft dia is somewhat undersize for boat, therefore close inspection there. Exhaust elbows like to rot out, check that too
  14. Stu- Thank you for your comments re J/120 for offshore cruising. I'm interested in any other pointers you might want to offer. There appears to be good consensus in the sailing community that it is a good offshore boat. I am also aware of potential issues with the rudder bearing.



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    J/120 offshore cruiser

    Owned a J120 for a number of years and done bermudas marbleheads as well as inshore racing. Yes the sprit can leak if not properly sealed and or the drainage is blocked( that and burying the bow while doing 15 knots plus). We have engineered a shroud system that seems to keep water out. The boats are a great choice for offshore, their manners are very kind and with the large rudder very much have a lot of control. I own a late model (hull 177) and there is no sump issues. Those were hulls 1-20 from memory. There is a lot of other areas that you need to concentrate on that I can share if your interested