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  1. Blur

    J/111 sail configs in ORR?

    We're in the process of ordering some new sails, and I wanted to revisit this discussion. One issue is staysail, which in ORC and IRC can be as big as any headsail. But ORR seems to be more restrictive as "it shall not be tacked in such a position that, if the sail were trimmed flat along a parallel to the centerline of the boat, its clew would fall abaft the LP line” I e "Staysail LPG Max” depends on the tacking point? The tacking point normally ends up 920 mm aft of the forestay. Is this a correct interpretation?
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    J/111 twin tackline sprit end

    50 cm peeling strop from the bow or the "code loop" on the sprit (that you can reach). We just open the tackline jammer & bowman retrieves it directly from the sail and runs forward to connect. Key thing is to get the old kite down cleanly and the new one to fill, so plenty of time for the bow to do his thing. We've been talking about different ways to trip the tackline, but ended up with a very basic setup. Things tend to get tangled up in 24 knots at 03:00 AM
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    J/111 twin tackline sprit end

    Today we run the code from 1 meter out on the sprit, and a typical scenario is going back and forth between code and A3. With a new Helix Code that is run from the end of the sprit, we want to perform the same sequence: Hoisting an A3 outside and just furling the code - unfurling the code and dropping the kite. Plus that the furling works much better on a 2:1 tackline (see photo above for dead-ended port tackline). Additional benefits would be the ability to do proper peels (today we use a short peeling strop and move the tackline before tripping the strop) and also as a backup if something breaks. The downside is more complexity and added weight.
  4. Any pointers/tips on how to arrange for twin tacklines on the J/111? The top/left one is from SD Boatworks (tried to get in contact with them). The bottom/right is Ramrod. Would prefer to keep the inside dry
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    My point exactly. I think they sold 75 yachts in the first 2 years of the X4 series. And now >50 of X4⁶.
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    Agree... But if both Arcona and X-yachts can sell 50+ yachts each of a model like this in a few years, I would set a similar goal for J/boats = 25M€. J/44 = 68 boats, J/46 = 35 boats, J/133 = ??? And I wouldn't call Elusive a First 45 anymore New keel, rudder, mast, etc, etc, ...
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    Maybe the "buy an ad"-reactions are referring to linking to your own page with the exact same information as the official J/boats page This internet stuff is hard. Naturally, there's a market for this. Arcona has sold plenty of 435 and 465 (lighter and more expensive w an option to go full carbon), X-yachts are pumping out X4³ and X4⁶ (a bit on the heavy side, but a long tradition in this size) as well as Grand Soleil and a few others. So from a business perspective, it makes perfect sense. Personally, I think they've could have turned up the J/dial a bit more with a retractable sprit and some styling. But as always, they've done their homework.
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    J/111 2011 questions

    That's not an issue. All boats have this. The keel is recessed, and by design, there's a gap between the "filler plates" and the keel that you fill with Sika to stop turbulence. Some of us fill the volume behind with foam, but it always collects water that keeps draining throughout the winter. For a thorough inspection, you need to remove the plates and redo the work. But I wouldn't worry.
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    J/111 downwind sails

    Want more horsepower? Just rename you A2 as an A4. And your A3 could be an A5? Always room for a bigger kite
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    J/111 downwind sails

    Can just be sheeted in one sheet at a time, so lower sheet should be slack.
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    J/111 downwind sails

    RECOMMENDATION: start sailing with what you got and then decide We started out with just an A2 and a A5, where the A5 were both a reaching sail as well as a spare sail for the A2 when it blows out. We actually collected data and the A5 was pretty close to the A2 on VMG in winds > 20 knots. We were surprised too, but this lead to our A3 theory. The A5 is a kick-ass sail both at TWA 120 in 15 knots (2-3 knots faster than a boat with jib top) or reaching in higher wind-speeds. The J/111 don't have the stability to power on a beam reach, so you have to be conservative, but downwind it can pay dividends to get a proper kite up. Sail selection is both about covering large areas in the sail chart AND getting real performance impact. Handling isn't a big issue, When shorthanded we just do a letterbox. Looking at the jib top, the NS sail chart had it in TWS 15-20 knots & TWA 60-90. We think we cover most of this area with J2 + outboard sheet + change to a reaching horn (see sheet below). We've been discussing a jib top multiple times, but there's always been another area with higher priority.
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    J/111 downwind sails

    Outline = target TWA for best downwind VMG, i e not lower than that until trimmer is happy and willing to try. Planing starts at 17-18 knots. A2 is perfect on flat water as long as it stays together (typically 24-28 knots). Then there are two schools: most UK/French boats go to A4 and stay low (in a blow you're pinned at TWA 150) or we looked at the Melges that go to a full size A3 (or A2.5) when planing. This should generate as much power without being pinned down. This gives me more wiggle room and the ability to play the waves. So we use A2 to 20 knots,. A3 from 20-28 and after that it's the A5. Done quite a few tests to support this, but I haven't seen any full on test on A3 vs A4 in planing conditions. If one of the A2.5's is in a heavier cloth, I would use that one in a blow.
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    J/111 downwind sails

    First of all: congrats: Looking at the sail inventory, I guess the boat has been primarily sailing inshore W/L? The prior owner (or their sailmaker) should be able to help out with the range (TWA/TWS) and also the sweetspot for each sail. If I had to guess: Quantum A1.5 - light air <8 knots VMG where you typically sail TWA 135-140 Doyle A2 - general purpose runner, TWS 6-20 knots, sweetspot TWA 145-165 (as low as you can go with pressure). Quantum A2.5 - general-purpose runner? Full size = 130 m2? I can see those either trying to address a wider range of angles, sailing hotter than optimal VMG OR addressing areas where you want to put the bow up when planing >18 knots. Here you need to test the limits when reaching for yourself since this is very dependant on shape & condition. Spinnaker staysail with a furler (unknown origin) we get effects at VMG sailing >6 knots. >18 knots we let the jib stay up instead. TWA 140-160-ish, but remarkably hard to get effect w reaching. We've been experimenting a lot w tacking point. Below is a recent sail chart (types. A1.5 might cover most of the A3-area in light air. Same with the A2.5 in medium. Area will be a problem when reaching in more wind since the J/111 is a tippy boat. We've never torn a sail when reaching, so boat/crew gives up before the cloth Our inventory is offshore focused where we choose to sail just the sweetspot angles, so less focus on "allround" shapes. A3 is full size and A5 is 100 m2. A0 is 75% code in laminate, 80 m2.
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    J/111 - Adding refrigeration

    This is what you get standard on the Euro boats built in France. Icebox Is deep, I can just touch the bottom, so my guess is there's not much room to add anything under/behind. Work well on hot days. The boat is now in the Med. By "pentry module" I mean the wood structure containing sink, icebox, stove and cupboard. Opposite of the "nav module" :-)