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SloopJonB

J/29 Shopping

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I'm considering a fractional, O/B powered J/29.

What (any?) model specific areas should I be concerned with?

I presume it has a cored hull - anything else? It seems like such a simple boat that I doubt there could be much "hidden" but I thought the advice of the brain trust would be good.

Note: I have over 40 years experience and have restored several boats so I'm not a newbie at this - just seeking model specific experienced knowledge.

 

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There have been several listed on Ebay at very good prices.

Standard J/Boat issues, wet core, soft deck, and wet chain plates. The price difference between a good boat and a soggy one is not that much so take the time to look for a solid boat. It is well worth paying $3-4k more and starting with a solid boat than get a cheap soggy one. Core repairs are not expensive if you do them yourself but they do seem to take 5 times longer than estimated. 

http://www.ebay.com/itm/1983-J-Boats-J29-/282619615439?_trksid=p2047675.l2557&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&nma=true&si=5rWPBWxIe5q5wq8iXPCQckCGidI%3D&orig_cvip=true&rt=nc

CHEERS!

FRENZY

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What will you be doing with the boat? Racing or cruising

I owned a masthead outboard J/29 and loved the boat. I originally purchased the boat for local PHRF racing, but found it hard to get 8 people onboard which it really needed. If you have 8 people the boat is a PHRF weapon, if you don't you'll be on your ear the whole time. The boat really relies on crew weight to keep her down and sailing happy. I've sailed on a fractional rig version and found the same to be true.

 I was using the boat for cruising most of the time and grew to hate the interior so I ended up selling the boat and bought a cruiser. The J/29 interior is really just a sail locker. 

If you are looking to buy a race boat, a J/29 is 100% the boat for you. It is hands down the best competitive well built boat for the money. If you are looking to cruise, I'd pass. The J/29 is an all out racer.

If the J is for you, take your time and really go through the whole boat top to bottom and invest in a good survey. It is a 30+ year old racing sailboat so I doubt you'll find one in perfect condition, but make sure the boat wan't neglected as a cheap "deal" can turn into a nightmare with these balsa cored boats. 

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It'll mostly be used for day sailing - just playing with friends. The interior is adequate for my needs - maybe the occasional overnight or even 2 day stay but no real cruising.

I just like Hi Po toys - I drive Corvettes & Jags & Porsches but I don't race them - sort of the same idea, :D

Thanks all - the comments I've been getting make it sound like it would be a good choice for what I want.

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If it wasn't half a continent away I'd be all over it.

Exchange rate and trucking would double the cost to me.

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15 hours ago, Will said:

Buy the one in Traverse City.  Been indoors for 16 years unused!

http://www.yachtworld.com/boats/1984/J-Boats-J-29-3009739/Traverse-City/MI/United-States#.WbiE8siGPIU

I have nothing to do with this boat, just thought if your buying a J/29 that is not Hustler, than this is in better shape than any of them.

An inboard Frac with a full interior...its like finding a unicorn!  You could use those old sails for day sailing.  I think a fully crewed up and sail tested Frac is a better option over the MH

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I used to crew on a MHOB that sailed very well in PHRF (and I believe still does). I'd echo the comments on needing a big crew though.

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