Captain Jack Sparrow

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  1. Captain Jack Sparrow

    Club Swan 80 (From the FP)

    The ClubSwan 80 is a retractable sprit- "Retractable Carbon Sprit". There certainly is a bit of engineering and man hours in implementing a bowsprit, but I would think that based on the size of these sprits (10+ feet) that adding the equivalent length of hull wouldn't be an attractive proposal at all. Nobody in this market is looking for a bargain on engineering or man hours (or they wouldn't be buying a new 80 foot racer-cruiser) and in any case, the added wetted surface caused by adding 10 feet to the bow would then drive a bigger rig, bigger sails, and...a bowsprit for the downwind sails. The point you make about added complexity, man hours, etc is perfectly valid. It just likely is never going to be an issue for racing boats run on this sort of budget. I can see it being a factor in smaller cruising boats, where a fixed price point is important to development and build costs. I don't think anyone has ever bought a brand new Swan because they were looking to save money on costs.
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    Rhodes 19 not stored with keel blocked

    @Hitchhiker If they were laminated ribs, I'd agree 100%. And there certainly isn't any reason to go poking holes all over the ribs. Most O'Day Rhodes 19's have white oak ribs that aren't encapsulated or sealed in any way. If a blade or even dull flat screw driver sinks into the wood, its pretty indicative of ribs being in poor shape, even if they aren't visibly falling apart. We had one R19 locally have the keel start to separate from the hull, even though the ribs that the keelboats fastened through appeared to be whole. Turns out you could sink a knife easily into the tops of the ribs holding the keel bolts, and the washers and weight of the keel had over time compressed the wet and rotten wood.
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    Rhodes 19 not stored with keel blocked

    It’s possible they aren’t a disaster if they are originals but it is unlikely. Especially if there has been movement at the hull joint, saltwater can get in there and eat away at the bolts. New ones can be sourced from Stuart Marine in Maine. They’re expensive but if you do it correctly you only have to do it once. I redid the bolts and ribs on O’Day R19 #1852 a couple years ago. That was a late 60’s hull I believe, so it was around 50 years old with the original bolts.
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    Rhodes 19 not stored with keel blocked

    Check ribs. Stab them with a knife or flathead screwdriver. Make sure they are tabbed in well. Check the keel/hull joint. If that isn’t separated you’re in good shape with sag. Keel bolts should be checked. Hopefully they aren’t originals.
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    Rhodes 19 not stored with keel blocked

    They aren’t that heavily laid up. It’s pretty common that they have wavy bottoms or indentations from stands if not balanced properly. Is the boat being looked at an O’Day or a Stuart hull?
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    Air-cooled Outboard

    I was just in the market for a small outboard to be closer to minimum allowed weight for the J/80 class (12.5 kg). I was looking at the Honda 2.3 (29.5 lbs for short shaft) but apparently its a centrifugal clutch rather than a gear shift (engages at whatever RPM), and some user reviews suggested it was much louder than normal water cooled 4-strokes. I ended up with a Suzuki 2.5 hp (29.0 lbs short shaft) which is water cooled after a couple friends who have the same motor recommended them and I found one locally. I got the long shaft one, which is around 34 lbs (dry). If you're looking for a motor to actually get you places though when there is current or bad weather, I don't think less than 4 hp is going to help. When not racing the J/80 I carry a 6 hp Yamaha 4 stroke on the back. Weighs over 60 lbs but can motor at around 6 knots.
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    Why did J Boats drop the J100?

    There is a slight irony to you criticizing my screen name and talking about my ego in a paragraph immediately after talking up your contributions to SA of J/boat renderings. Thanks for taking the time to expound upon your position though. Do you think the new J/9 will satisfy the seemingly many looking for used j/100’s? There was a local 100 just shipped across the country to San Francisco. It was pretty well set up for racing..wonder if the west coast guys will see her out there.
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    Why did J Boats drop the J100?

    The first J/100's came out in 2005..before the market crash. There was plenty of money going around, hence the arrival of the Morris M36, Hinckley Daysailer 42, Friendship 40, at the same time. They were all meant to be simple boats that could be handled easily and had the minimum creature comforts (a head) and huge, comfortable cockpits. Deck layouts ensured that nobody would have to leave the cockpit. The J/100 at an asking price of around $140k in 2005 dollars was much more affordable than the others in the luxury daysailer market and the best performing by a longshot. Absolutely agree that for the target market at the time, the J/100's performance blew away the buyers expectations of what a daysailer could do.
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    Why did J Boats drop the J100?

    It was designed as a daysailer, as a somewhat cheaper (relative) option to the Morris and Hinckley options that were coming to market around the same time in ~2004. It was not intended to compete with their weekender/racer in the 105. Also, it may be barely faster than the 29 boat for boat (ratings would suggest otherwise) but it can sail to its rating upwind with only 2 people on board. Try 2 people on a J/29 upwind and see if it sails to it's rating. The J/100 is a perfectly good boat for what is what intended to do, which is daysail. Owners may race it, and the boat happens to be reasonably good at that, but it wasn't part of the design brief. Easy to sail and comfortable and good looking on a mooring. People who are buying J/100's to race and then complaining about its supposed or actual shortcomings are missing the point of the boat, and should have done their homework before buying. You may have not mentioned ratings directly, but I would hazard a guess that of any discussion about J/100's and their performance attributes or otherwise only become topic of discussion when ratings are brought up. The boat sails as it was designed to do. I doubt any of the first owners were that upset with its rating seeing as they either A) Didn't race it (because they had a real race boat) B ) didn't race it because they bought it with no intention of racing or C) Raced it and had enough money to throw at developing sails and spinnaker set ups for the boat that made it a good performer.
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    Tack wraps around the bowsprit

    The fairlead ring on the sprit seems to be the best solution (whether lashed to the U-bolt or inserted into it, as shown above). Cost effective, and simple. That being said, any of the mentioned solutions may not solve the issue, which may be a "software" (crew) problem rather than hardware problem. If the crew work is the issue, I'd suggest 1) making sure the sprit is oriented correctly (unlikely thats the culprit), 2) on the hoist, keeping some tension in the tackline as the sail goes up (also probably not the issue), and 3) on gybes, take any slack out of the tack line. #3 is likely the biggest culprit if this just started happening, and in addition to preventing foul-ups on the sprit, having full luff tension will make the A-sail invert and refill faster during inside gybes. Not bringing the tack line in during a gybe is just asking for trouble.
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    J-80 mainsheet systems

    One has to kick the mainsheet UP to release it when sailing at certain heel angles or when the traveler is cranked up to weather In the diagram you posted from Harken, picture that the traveler is dropped slightly to leeward. Look at the angle of the sheet and geometry of the block labeled 2680 on the swivel base. Now picture what that block will do if the traveler car goes all the way to the windward side (port side), but the swivel is still be sheeted in the same position. The base block leans over to bind up with the cam cleat, and makes it very difficult to release without pulling nearly directly up. Maybe try a smaller block on the base swivel? Or a larger base swivel with a longer arm? I don't know if doubling up the springs on the base block would prevent it from tipping towards the cleat..
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    J-80 mainsheet systems

    I’ve never seen a j/80 without the basic traveler/swivel cam base arrangement.. I’m pretty sure it is mandated by class rules/build specifications. Perhaps putting an angled shim under the cam cleat in the swivel base would make it easier to release? Or maybe taking the captive fairlead off the top of the cam cleat so the line can be flicked out of the cam easier. I know exactly the problem you mention. Definitely don’t want to be relying on kicking it to release it.
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    Taxi dancer

    Re: V5 Alan Andrews design. Launched in 2001 as Victoria 5. One of the first 5 to be built to the (then) new Tp52 rule. Later taken out of class configuration and fitted with a canting keel. Some of the west coast guys likely know all the details with that one. Now it’s in NZ.
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    J 80 mast head antenna

    My TPI built boat has bow and stern lights, and that little chrome switch. No masthead unit. 1994 boat.
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    J 80 mast head antenna

    J/80's have stock masthead lights?