Spent the first half of 2016 crewing on the J/35 Addiction out of Honolulu.
A sailing lady I met in HI decided to visit me in Seattle after delivering an Islander 36 from Kaneohe to the Bay area. I wanted her to stay, so I ditched my Cal 25 and bought Hull #40 in Seattle. Handed over the check the day she got into town.
Chill maiden sunset voyage on Thursday night. Had a hell of a time sailing to Anacortes on Friday evening to pick up some friends. Hit a surprising 5 or 6 foot swell past Port Townsend when I noticed a special feature, swinging dinghy davits - wait, no, the davit crossbar was broken. Held onto lady's belt as she lashed some pipe together. High fived, then we turned around to find the old 3GMD smoking into the cabin. First time with an inboard, overheated itself into a coma around midnight... got beaten around by swell for a bit until the breeze picked up. Reminds me of the second day of Round Oahu when Addiction's bulletproof Yanmar 3GMD died on the leeward side of the island.
BUT, I bought it to be a cruising sailboat which actually sailed, not a powerboat with poor bridge clearance. We managed to sail from PT to the marina on the north side of Fidalgo. A bit of a b**** fighting current on the north side, but she survived that particular renaming tradition. Managed to traverse the narrow marina channel under sail, docked under sail, picked up some friends, sailed back out. A short distance to Cypress but by this point the tide had reversed and we couldn't fight current with 8 additional crew/camping supplies, so we pulled a 180 and tried sailing to Cypress in the wind shadow of Guemes. Not a lot of wind back there so we popped up the Code Zero (still debating if this has any advantage over the #1) and managed to limp our way around.
Got to the mooring ball at Cypress, where our friends were rafted, just as the sun was setting. Touched down gently under sail, despite the current and swing of the raft. Spent the next day learning how to disassemble and "augur" the coolant system until she burped out some sorta clog. Hooray! Dropped off friends in Anacortes. Another night sail back to Seattle. Decided to cross the shipping lane at Port Townsend when the 3GMD conked out, again (guess that fuel gauge didn't work after all, previous owner) right as the fog was kicking up at 5a. Thick fog, no wind, then a FOG HORN from the direction of Admiralty Bay. Looked at the watch, 5 minutes later whatever x00ft vessel had closed half the distance. Lady kept looking at the boat nervously, I calmly insisted we focus on hoisting sails. Came within x00yds of us... long, multi storied, no idea why something that big was coming from that direction. Once it was next to us realized it must be heading south. With about 2kts of boatspeed decided to tack /at/ it since then we stood a chance of running into it instead of it running over us. Got into the clear right as the wind died.
With no motor, current pulled us past Anacortes... 12 hours later and 2 solo sail changes later, while my Hawaiian crew member took a much needed nap, limped into Port Ludlow under sail. (Seeing a trend here?) The J/35 is magical in light air. The boat seems to keep sailing no matter what direction you point her in under certain conditions... Once in Port Ludlow I docked under sail for the fourth time in my life.
Ate at the fancy wine restaurant. Best meal of my life. No mechanic could make it to Port Ludlow the next day and I needed to get back to work, so we sailed out of Port Ludlow at the tail end of the ebb, and had a fresh breeze/tide back toward Shilshole. Friendly coast guard pulled up to tell us not to sail near the nuclear sub 500yds north of us - sure, just please don't ask us to stop! - and set course for Seattle at a healthy 6 knots. Was too nervous to set Spin with the two of us (should have) and ended making it as far as Edmonds before the breeze died.
Drifted for a while. Started catching Zephyrs here and there and in a few hours made it to the Green Buoy off of Golden Gardens. Unfortunately wind forecast from that point on was 0 knots for a few hours, so... we let the lifelines down, sat on our respective rails and used the dinghy oars to row. In case you were wondering, it takes about 1.5 hours to row a J/35 a nautical mile. Tough to slow her down, tho, ended up bumping the dock on the way in.
Turns out the mechanical surveyor didn't fully tighten the bleeder valve, so once our low fuel went back into the tank we couldn't get her to start again - the diesel mechanic apologized for charging $250/hr to bring us 3 gallons of diesel. But, she runs great now! Good old Yanmar 3GMD, bulletproof, really
Found her with the usual issues of previous owners moving things around and not bedding things as they should - some wet core but the balsa seems to be good. I have her shrink wrapped at Shilshole, afflicted hardware removed, dehumidifier and fans running 24/7, worklights cooking off the water, tea tree oil circulating in the air to (ideally) prevent rot. Once it's dry, I will be drilling oversize holes, hitting afflicted areas with CPES, potting with epoxy and filler and replacing all hardware -except- for the main culprits, mid-deck spinnaker guy blocks. If you previously owned Hull #40, why O why did you make that decision?
More about Hull #40:
- a bold blue paint job
- poorly matched green dodger and bimini
- Instead of the usual 1 too few winches, she has 9! Pretty sure I have at least one of every major brand...
- Primaries are Harken 560 Self Tailers - nice and big so one person can bring in the #1 in a puff.
- Secondary Asahi Self Tailers for Spinnaker in Cockpit
- Roller furler, lost a little SA
- Kevlar #1, #2, #3, and Main. Dacron Heavy #1 and Main. None made specifically for the boat, except for maybe the #1. The "money maker" as I like to call it. You know... if amateur sailboat racing made money.
- Carbon fiber end-for-end pole
- Carbon fiber bow sprit
- Code Zero from a Beneteau 36.7, giant .75oz Asym for the sprit, smaller 1.5oz Tri-rad
- Wheel conversion (winced at this until I learned how easily the boat sails itself)
- 100 gallons of water tankage in rear half of quarter berths
- Forward berth converted to Pullman with sail storage forward
- Port Settee converted to a double
- Hot water heater
- Below deck autopilot
- Usual hydraulic vang and backstay, plus a hydraulic outhaul? Was this standard?
- Previously named Blue Streak. Was moored in Elliott Bay for years. Prior to that was based in Portland, believe the name was Sorcerer. Mast was replaced sometime in the 90s when someone struck one of the City of Bridges' namesakes.
She's a nice boat - same issues you'd expect of any boat which is two years older than you. I bought her with the intent to cruise and will luckily have much more budget available for that thanks to my choice of boat. Plus she's faster than any other Racer Cruiser I could get at this length/price point. I'm of the philosophy that I'd rather carry less cargo and make a shorter passage, be able to stay off of a lee shore, and provided I gauge correctly have fun getting out of the way of storms.
I plan on cherry picking particular Puget Sound races and need to build up a proper racing crew. I took first in my start/class during Sloop Tavern Yacht Club's Race Your House. I'll admit that it was a little unfair since it was light air, and mid-race the wind shifted so that every leg ended up being upwind.. Then again, that's why she's perfect or Puget Sound.
I put myself on the Alawai Harbor liveaboard wait list in April 2016. I'd like to go to Oahu so I can race my old crew. Does anyone have a decent (or better) #3 they're willing to sell to a budding world cruiser? PM me!
Glad to be part of the club.
J/35 "Zone of Decision" or... The Zone.