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  1. Heatwave80

    J/80 shackle between traveler and main sheet

    I think the only reason for the second shackle is to keep the block high enough to clear the traveler control blocks.
  2. Heatwave80

    J80 Bow Pulpit Replacment

    Tops In Quality used to make them...
  3. Heatwave80

    J/80 Redux

    I owned one of each (Hull 45 TPI built and Hull 406 French built). Aside from hull 45 losing her keel and sinking (long story - search the archives) it was a good boat when I owned it. The French boats have a superior build in most ways: molded in toerails, foot braces and winch islands, shorter stanchions and pulpits, properly framed windows that don't leak, and clear coat anodized spars instead of painted. Performance-wise they did not seem to be any faster but I have been out of the class for a long time so things may have changed. I think the J-80 is a great boat that does many things well and would have been awesome with carbon spars to enhance performance and simplify trailering.