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Member Since 18 Jan 2005
Offline Last Active Apr 21 2017 02:53 PM

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In Topic: J/33 Backstay

20 April 2017 - 03:45 PM

I couldn't see any advantage switching over to a multiple part purchase system. Going from a integral unit to a panel with a pump would be preferred IMHO. The power and ease of repeatable settings goes way beyond appeasing any small boat inclinations that you might be having. Save that for simplifying deck layout and sailhandling. I think youll quickly find that the backstay is the throttle as you gain familiarity with the boat, sail combinations and settings. I also wouldn't discount using the checkstays. I assume the boat is set up with a bunny retractor system ala J/35? If not, do it.

In Topic: J-27 vs J-80

18 April 2017 - 03:06 PM

I own a 27 and have raced against the J/80. In mixed fleet w/l the 27 crushes the j/80 with OD sails or 130% Genoa. With that said, as my local racing fleeting slowly inching it's way towards the 2000's I would consider switching to the 80 to have a newer boat with less maintenance, asymmetrical spinnaker and less crew demand. I sail with 6 guys and it's the only way to fly as I can generously extend the range of the Genoa as the boat needs the horsepower while keeping her flat. As for the interior of either, unless your a child their both equally useless for anything other than storage in my opinion. The enclosed cockpit may feel more secure to novices on the 27.

In Topic: Varnishes

15 April 2017 - 11:25 PM

Home Depot Spar Varnish from Minwax is PolyUrethane, Epiphanes is actual varnish. Poly will flake off over time. Spend the 20 bucks more.

In Topic: J/35 Backstay hydraulic piston

09 April 2017 - 04:02 PM

Oyster Bay boat shop. However, asking for identification help without a picture is useless.

In Topic: Hall Spars Replacement Parts-What to do?

05 April 2017 - 05:26 PM

My research shows Nautos makes vang lugs so similar to Hall's they could be sued if there's no patent.  I can't vouch for the quality as I've never seen one in person.

They look similar in appearance, but the mounting width is greater than the Hall its a 4cm difference.  Wont work for my application.  Southern Spars bought out the Hall Inventory.  Hopefully the North Group will see the value in providing aftermarket parts.  As for me, I found a machine shop to duplicate the fitting that I need.