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  1. BobJ

    Fair price for a J92?

    First you have to find one, then convince the owner to sell. $65K may not be too high for a nice example. These are not your run-of-the-mill J/105 - 3,000# lighter and with a bigger kite. Awesome offshore. More stable than a J/88, less than half the cost and a MUCH better rating.
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    Rolex Big Boat Series - San Francisco

    With apologies to Inspector Clouseau: "SA at RBBS like television on honeymoon . . . unnecessary."
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    Thoughts on Boom Tents

    ... chica-boom, chica-boom-boom-tent! Hi Paul - long-time-no-SSB! I wasn't sure how covers would work out so rather than spend a bunch on custom-fitted Sunbrella works of art, I bought a boat tarp from It was made from some kind of weatherproof but breathable stuff and I ordered it with SS grommets. The thing held up really well so three years later I ordered a custom-sized tarp from them and a second triangular piece to cover the area from the mast forward. I had the grommets located so they would correspond with good tie down spots on the boat (mostly stanchion bases) and I had the middle section (that sits on the boom) made with a double layer. I ended up with a cheap set of covers that have held up well. Notes: I did not "tie (them) down as tight as possible" - the grommets will just pull out. Instead, I cut pieces of 1/4" bungee cord to fit, which allow the covers to flex a bit in the wind. Also, I sized the width so air flows over the deck but the portlights (which craze), winches and other stuff are sun-protected. The covers are about a foot shy of the gun'l all the way around. Finally, the chafe from the tarp will wear through your mains'l cover at the ends. You need a smooth pad of some kind in those spots. My boat is in a slip year-round and exposed to the southerlies, but the covers have held up fine. And did I mention they were relatively cheap?
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    Coolboats to admire

    That's part of the reason I like it better than the stock Cape George - but then I own a J Boat (not one of the big ones!) so I'm used to a flatter sheer.
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    Coolboats to admire

    My current object of attraction. The sheer was trimmed slightly out of the mold, the bowsprit was leveled out, etc. Makes her an understated beauty IMO: Millie
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    Coolboats to admire

    I'm with Alpha. Some nice brightwork does not an attractive boat make. Besides, it has TWO offset companionways.
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    I bought a pair of J/111 inhauler rings from Hall Spars. They're a bit large for my boat (and pricey) but were made for the job. The black rubber edge leaves marks on the cabin side but those clean right off. (See in upper left corner of photo.)
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    New J designs

    Yes, designed by Rod for his nephew, Clay Burkhalter to race in the 2007 M-T. Does anyone have any scoop on the new J designs?
  9. Nah, I think he's naive - no concept of seamanship whatsoever. He'll end up needing a rescue when he runs out of food/water. This thread is his reality show but he doesn't realize it. It's all kind of strange.
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    New J designs

    I'm surprised you're going from a 92S to a 100 - what are your reasons? Around here the 100's sail on their ear (narrower beam, shallower draft and lower B/D ratio). When you try to sit on the settees you crack your head on the cabin sides - there's a price to pay for that low, sleek look. Too much cockpit volume to be good offshore and no place for the water to go (closed transom). I'd take my 92 any day over a 100 (but you knew that). I'd like to know what the 97's cockpit redesign will look like - it's pretty good as-is. I could warm up to the demo boat in RI but at $179k with no sails or electronics/gear, a fully loaded late model 109 would be a better buy (if I could stand the wheel).
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    New J designs

    Adding - I think the J/97 gets a lot of marks for those of us who race shorthanded where it's windy. Personally, that's the boat to replace my beloved J/92 for where and how I sail/race. It has a tiller so you can reach everything in the cockpit, it's the right size, the added weight, sit-in cockpit and standing room below would take the edge off in multiple ways as I get older. I like the cabin layout of the J/32 better but the 32 is at least a ton heavier than the 97. The 32 is a pure cruising boat - I don't need all that extra stuff below. I'm not a big fan of SailDrives for those of us who sail year-round, but the 97's Volvo is a better unit than the Yanmar, as SailDrive's go. The 97 has the sprit and a-sails, it looks good despite the headroom, and has certainly proven itself on the race courses in Europe. I've studied this a lot and I really think that's my next boat. There just aren't any to look at here on the West Coast.
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    New J designs

    Whatever it is, those J guys have dream jobs thinking about it, designing it and watching the orders line up.
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    never fuckin' mind

    Now that's a good movie.
  14. BobJ

    never fuckin' mind

    This thread makes more sense than most and stays on topic.
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    I have the instruments mounted in the aft bulkhead like that (and they're not nearly as big). They've been okay because I race mostly singlehanded, but every time I have crew on the boat the buttons get bumped constantly. Also, the lines coming aft from the cabintop winches/clutches lay across the instruments so I can't see them as well. Finally, instruments change - you might want something else after awhile. There's no way I'd cut a big hole in the boat like that - especially an expensive new boat. Even one of those swing-arm things would be better - you could push the expensive bits out of the way when desired and store them inside the cabin.