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  1. esoxproblem

    what's your top boatspeed in a J boat?

    J/33 13.2 on 1 big wave. It really felt fast. God I miss summer already...
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    Melges 24 VS Melges 32 in PHRF

    Cool picture. They are insanely fast in 5 to 8 kts.
  3. Does the 24 have a chance against the 32 in PHRF? It's a lot of seconds per mile, but they are living in different universes upwind...
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    J 33 Mainsail Trim

    We bought a used 33 last year and had a lot of fun racing it. We did not embarrass the competition but we had moments and races where we all thought wow, this boat can really win. The main is such a big part of this design - more so than on a J 35 as a % of sail area. I read on SA somebody had made a point of commenting that over trimming the main on the 33 would absolutely kill it. I was wondering if anyone had some firsthand experience with mainsail trim on the 33 and could share some information? Sail trim and or set up. Thanks
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    Downwind main trim in light to moderate

    I love that video. I sent it to everyone on the boat and begggged them to watch it. I really appreciate the feedback. Thanks
  6. I am guilty of giving a lot less thought to downwind sail trim than upwind. I was looking at a pic of our J33 behind a 35. The 35 had a little twist in their main. Ours was off on the halyard, way out on sheet and vang on. Kinda barndoor style. In the pic, the 35 trim looked nicer. I had always thought that the slightly twisted leech was just an air dump, but maybe there is more to it.? Any thoughts to downwind angle against the J35? Right now, if we match angle, we probably loose a little ground. And, if we heat up a little, we still loose a little ground. Thanks
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    Anyone used Kiwigrip and removed it?

    I agree with Spackler. It seems to kinda get a grime to it. Nobody has dedicated deck shoes on our boat, and it seems to get dirty and then not want to scrub clean. This annoys me. But, it is amazingly easy to apply. We have had it down 2 years and no chipping or flaking to speak of. You can find some of the aforementioned bubbles that have popped though. For DIY, I don't think anything else comes remotely close to being as "easy"
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    J33 Stories

    Well, 1 year in w/ the J/33. We didn't fill the closet with trophies, but we know the boat is faster than the crew. As one sage put it to me, you can fix a slow crew, you can't fix a slow boat. It is the most well rounded boat I have owned. You never leave the dock and say because of conditions, we have no chance today.. One race in 18 to 25 downwind we surfed to 13.2 knots. No fear, No anxiety just big smiles. (definitely a little initial anxiety though) Once we clean up our mark roundings, we will always be in the hunt. We are damn good the first leg!! We don't get a ton of heavy air here, and one thing I noticed in the 18 to 25ish race you had to stop the boat from feathering up. To hit near polar upwind speeds of 6.3 to 6.5 you had to consciously keep the boat a little lower than felt natural. The J35's were a touch higher with equal speed. I might post this in General Anarchy for ideas and let people tell me how stupid I am...
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    cool or horrifying?

    Absolutely freaking loved it! Put it up and let God take it down. Great stories rarely start with the light #1...
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    What size Tuff Luff for a J/33?

    Anyone happen to know which Tuff Luff extrusion is the proper one on a J/33?? I found the front of mine had about a 6" crack on the front side of it.. I wonder if epoxy and a narrow pc of cloth would be a short term fix?? Thanks for any info.
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    J/33 Backstay

    We will be racing a pair of J 35's + others mixed phrf raceers. Can the 33 point equally high as the 35 w/out pinching?? We are going to be slow boat in class at 84. Being slow boat and not matching point is generally bad.. We have a good main and a good #1, but so do they
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    bent rod on backstay

    I only ran down 1 quote, but it was about $850 for everything new.
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    bent rod on backstay

    We bought a J33 last fall. I was unwrapping the mast today and saw about a 20 degree bend in the back stay near where it attaches to the masthead. Also, there is a "toggle" between the terminus of the backstay and the mast head. I thought that was odd. I would think the backstay would go to the pin directly.. Has anyone seen a "toggle" there before and why?? Also, this is my first boat w/ rod rigging. Is this 20 degree bend critical to fix immediately? I hate to buy a new backstay without rigging the boat once and seeing how everything fits and tunes out... I attached a few pics. Thanks for any input.
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    J/33 Backstay

    In full disclosure, we bought this boat in October, and I havn't even sailed it yet. I keep thinking about the backstay and that little hand pump for it wayyyyy back behind everything. I am used to sailing smaller boats and being able to drive and adjust backstay any and all the time. Obviously, you can't do that on the 33. Has anyone ever replaced a hydraulic backstay on a boat this size for a mechanical cascade system run to the driver? Maybe the spar is to stiff and you need the hydraulic... Maybe that is why the checks are so important.. Do keep more tension on the backstay than you would on a smaller boat and then use the checks to put more power back in to the main?? Thanks