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J35 Shoal Keel

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I purchased "Foot Loose" a couple of months ago, a 1985 J/35; the hull and deck is solid, no blistering at all, just needs new bottom coating and deck will probably get new gel coat and non-skid. The interior,.............., that's going to be a job! 

I'm investigating swapping the 7' draft standard keel for a shoal draft keel, maybe a wing keel, etc but ideally need a 5' max draft keel to be able to sail on Lake Arthur; the J Boat factory optional shoal keel is 6', I haven't contacted Mars Keel yet regarding a custom keel or keel draft reduction but will give them a shout in January if I'm unsuccessful sourcing a used keel.

Does anyone out there have a spare shoal keel you'd be willing to sell?

Rick

 

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The J35c , 34c and 40 all had a UFO keel option. The mold for the keel was in the photos and parts list for the US Watercraft auction.  

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On 12/1/2017 at 9:06 AM, bloodshot said:

Tyson can weld it on for you

hehehehe

 

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Supposedly at least for the J/109  a heavier layup was used in the sump area on SD boats because the SD keel is around 400 lbs heavier than the standard keel.  I was told this while looking at a SD J/109 being sold as a brokerage boat by the local Jboat dealer, when asking about J/109 sump issues. I'd contact Jboats and ask if this was true for the J/35.

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My experience with the 109 is that the shoal draft, when lined up against deep draft, was shit. Furthermore, the first time i sailed the 109 after we swapped keels i was shocked how abrupt the mode was between pinching and stalled. I think with the old keel i just didn't feel the stall as much bad because it was, well, just never as effective when it wasn't stalled. Also just got my ass kicked sailing a shoal draft x yacht a few weeks ago in an upwind race... I blame the keel, personally... 

 

As for the sump, Jboats still sent us a retrofit kit even though our boat was built with a deep draft, so i can't speak to any extra material or not to begin with. 

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Frankly I think it's a shame to kill a good boat with a shoal draft keel.

105s did it, 36.7s  did it.

The J35 is, right off the shelf one of the best designs to ever ply water. Change the keel and you're losing a lot it's performance characteristics 

Should have bought a boat that already fit your water .

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