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    Dinghy Racing/Olympic Class

    Gotta Go, the Finn is a great boat and so much more than the Olympics. Most people that sail the Finn have no intention of ever going the Olympic route. I am north of 200 and have a Finn and Laser. Sail both regularly. But preference is the Finn. Looks like you are out of Connecticut. You will have to work hard to get Finns out in that area. The Laser might be a better option if one design racing is what you are looking for.
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    PFD recommendations?

    I have 2 PFDs that I like and they are very different. Stohlquist - really like this one but a little bulky for dinghies. Ultra adjustable and once set up it does not move. Because of all the adjustment points there are more chances of getting snagged on rigging and lines. But if needed in a life threatening situation, this would be my preference. Zhik - I use this one most of the time on dinghies. Very thin and almost nothing to get caught on rigging or lines. Some models are listed as flotation aids and not USCG certified. IMHO, Zhik is probably the most popular in dinghy racing. Go to a West Marine or similar and try on lots of models to see what is comfortable. If comfortable higher chance you will wear it and not just have it on board.
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    Heavy duty sewing machine

    I bought a heavy duty sewing machine maybe 20 years ago from a canvas maker that was closing and going cruising. Best investment in sailing gear ever. It has outlasted many boats and paid for itself so many times over.
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    Want to get into Finn (open to suggestions, though)

    Just buy a Finn you won’t be disappointed with the boat sailing in SF except if you want to race. Competition and race opportunities are plentiful but all in southern CA. I had my Finn in SF for several years and the conditions are excellent for this boat.
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    Looking for 25-27 ft phrf rocket...

    J27 reasonably priced easy to maintain
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    Boats for Big Chaps

    Get in touch with Rodney Cobb at Suntouched Sailboats. He can fill you in on everything you would ever want to know about Finn sailing in the UK. I believe his shop is closed at the moment, like most of sailing. But bet he is answering emails and he posts on Facebook everyday.
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    Fast singlehander for 60 yo's for messsin' about

    320 lbs? I thought the weight was 236 lbs, still a very heavy boat for this size. But they also stay competitive much longer at the highest levels compared to other lighter boats.
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    PFD recommendation - keelboat helmsman

    Wear what is most comfortable for you. I have many different life jackets. The Stohlquist (can't remember the model) is probably my favorite for stituations where I might really need the jacket. Super adjustable and comfortable. But it is bulkier than the ones I use more often. I wear the Zhik most often but I also mainly sail dinghies. Not as adjustable as the Stohlquist but far less bulky. Most are not USCG approved and are listed as a flotation aid, if that matters to you. I did hear there is a new Zhik that is USCG approved. I also have an inflatable harness and use that mostly on keelboats. If it is comfortable you are more likely to wear it.
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    Harken Windward Sheeting Main Car

    Loved it on the J27. Never had any issues. Maybe call Harken?
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    paint for daggerboard and rudder

    Awlgrip or similar is going to give you the strongest / durable finish. But unless you have some from a previous project all the associated additives and primer make this a really expensive option.
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    Jib Sock

    I have a sock built by North Sails Canvas. Really good quality and easy to install. Definitely get and use the cinching lines. They keep the canvas tight and prevent strong winds from ripping it apart. As long as you take even a little care taking it down the cinch lines are not an issue. I would just roll it up as the sack comes down and never had a problem with the line tangling.
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    Bottom Paint removal?

    I've done soda blasting but not chemical removal. Good results but I had thick layers to remove. Sounds like chemical might be the better option for you. If you are doing this at a boat yard make sure the yard will allow this to be done. Many yards are getting very strick on what they will allow the boat owner to complete especially when it comes to removal of old paint.
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    where is webb chiles?

    Amazing and well done!!! I saw him leave San Diego only wish I could have been there today.
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    I agree with bump n grind don't let some wet readings deter you from a good boat. Obviously size and location may change your comfort level. I have an expensive moisture meter that I use for work (not boat related) and had a J30 for 10 years. During that entire time there was a section of deck that showed moisture. I removed all the deck hardware in that area and dug out the surrounding balsa core through the bolt holes. The balsa was dry and looked brand new. Filled the holes and area of removed core with resin. Redrilled the holes and never had an issue. Meter still showed the area as wet. Never figured it out. Maybe a bad mix of resin during the building that never fully cured? Who knows.....but the core was dry and the deck was solid. I would also think this is an exception as I have had other J Boats with wet core.
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    Rigger in San Diego

    I used pacific offshore rigging the last time I changed standing rigging. Friendly people, delivered on time and to specifications.