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    Tawas Bay, USA
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    J/22, Lightning, Laser, J/105

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  1. Will

    Sabre 36 Survey & General Info?

    Great boat, some of the best built boats in North America.
  2. Will

    Can you make a "PHRF cheater"?

    Great topic. I have two seperate views on this: 1) Regatta, or spinnaker fleet season championships... The upgrades you list are the bare minimum that should be done to the boat. 2) If your goal is to increase participation, this is usually done in JAM races or Family races. Where do we find these additional boats? Most of the time they are the cruising or cruiser/racers in our clubs. Like the Cal 33 with dodger, roller furlering, 100% jib, full water tanks, roller main.... In your example, a J/30 should beat this boat every single time, new sails or old just due to the added weight, windage, sails, line handling systems... of the Cal 33. If the goal is to increase numbers, then more measurement needs to be done, on the cruising boats, and time at least in PHRF needs to be added to their ratings. I am not talking a roller furling credit, that is a bullshit credit, most people are running racing 155% genoas on a roller drum just to get the credit. I know it sounds like a lot of work, but we need to measure overlap of sails, ask owner how much water capacity do you have (cut that in half?) do you sail with dodger up.... That still won't make up for all the shit down below like dishes, pans, clothing, tv's... but it is a start. I am both sides of this. I race a one design keelboat, but my family and like like to flop around on our old cruising boat for family races too. I am not asking for a rating adjustment, but there are boats in our fleet who need them to make it fair for them to compete.
  3. Will

    J/35 vs J/36 vs J/105 Designs

    The J35c and the J110 are both built off the J/34c.
  4. Will

    J/35 vs J/36 vs J/105 Designs

    I thought the hull and deck are almost identical between the J36 and The J35, different keel and rig. The J36 was very expensive to build and my recollection was the J35 was MUCH cheaper to build and they could sell it for a lot less money. Times were tight and it sold great.
  5. go to west system web site and download the Gougeon Brother's on Boat Construction. It is the epoxy Bible
  6. Woodpecker,  I keep reading your posts and it makes me curious.  There used to be a Peterson 37 named Woodpecker, she was cold molded and beautiful.  She sailed the great lakes for 30 years.  Recently someone bought her and shipped out east for a refit.  Would that be you?



  7. Will

    Used J/22 Mast

    The class has a few masts available, decent price. http://www.j22.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/J22-Sparloft-Masts-for-sale.pdf
  8. Will

    Used J/22 Mast

    The class has a few masts available, decent price.
  9. USA 236,  I read your post regarding Hall Quickvang mounting brackets.  I find myself in need of both the boom side and mast side brackets.  Can you share who you purchased yours from or your drawings?



    1. USA 236

      USA 236

      I had Ted Johnson (local sailor)  make the lower bracket for me.  The upper bracket was borrowed off a derelict race boat rotting in the weeds.  I think Ben Hall has a small production shop, but when I reached out to them about another matter I got little feedback and service.  Nautos parts seems to be a direct counterfeit.  Have you made any luck with your search?

    2. Will


      Hall still had one in stock, but it was $400

  10. Will

    J22 Mid Winters

    There were 7 past world Champions in the fleet, plus another 7 or so past NA/MW champions and around 14 Pro's. Mike, Zeke and Todd just sailed fantastic and did not have any shitters. Jeff Todd, Chip and Chris also sailed great to earn second place.
  11. Will

    Is the J/24 worth it?

    Why not a J/22? For $10k you can get a very nice race boat. Cheap to campaign and really easy to pull around on the trailer.
  12. Will

    Newer J80 Crazing

    Give Waterline a call. I thought those hulls and decks were built in china and only assembled by US Watercraft. I have a 2004 J/22 built by US Watercraft and it has zero crazing or cracking.
  13. Will

    J22 Worlds

    The North guys including Allan are nothing but great to their customers at these events. Some of them had bad days but were still seen on the dock every single day going over rig tune with customers and talking things thru.North was well represented at the worlds and I think you can ask most anyone, that a north rep when asked helped them out and quite happily. They have a pretty amazing group of talent in this class and more people should think about buying a J/22 and racing in this class if they want good racing. Yup, it is not the latest and greatest, but it is extremely even boats and great racing! As far as Team Thunder Chicken protesting Team Fluffy. Guys c'mon! It is a world championship! Hell yeah you protest if you think there is a chance!
  14. Will

    J105 sheets and halyard

    Hey Paul, try Todd Jones down at Thomas Hardware in Detroit. Great rigger experienced on all boat small to maxi. He has done some J/105 work and will know what is the best. (313) 886-6094 Cp
  15. Will

    Waterline J/105

    Waterline is handlaid fiberglass and NOT scrimp. According to smart people, that is the way to go, either a pre-scrimp TPI boat or if you can find one, a Waterline boat. I also heard they are light and need max correctors. The boat I sail on has a Hall Spar and it is beautiful. I have not seen the Sparcraft, but they are supposed to be the same (wink wink...) Good luck.