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    J/99 vs. J/111 for DH racing

    I use a long tack line (about 25m). Before dousing a drop the tail of the tack line and the halyard in the water on the leeward side of the boat. This way I'm sure there will be no kinks in the line when releasing the stopper. And also it adds a nice piece of friction to dampen the line when being released (I have a figure 8 knot at the end of the halyard, no knot the tack line). Once I have collected the foot of the gennaker I can open the clutch of the halyard. This has just the right amount of friction in the water so I can take the sail down into the companionway is a controlled way.
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    Viewing NMEA 0183/NKE data with Expedition?

    Let me know if you face problems. I have a full NKE system with Regatta processor running with Expedition, including sending data to the displays. Works perfectly!
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    J/99 vs. J/111 for DH racing

    When sailing solo or 2-handed on the 111 I drop below the boom in the companionway until approximately 15 kt and letterbox in stronger winds. Then re-pack to launch from the bag in the rail.
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    J/111 2011 questions

    At least on the European boats there is already a standard fitting on the bow to tack a jib.
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    J/111 2011 questions

    For the starboard locker the boat comes with an insert-box. This box is about 2-3x as deep as the port locker. However you need to remove this box when you want the life raft to fit into the starboard locker. The raft stays directly on the bunk and you can grab it through the cockpit locker or inside the cabin.
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    J/111 2011 questions

    On my (Europe built) 111 there is 1 locker underneath the port cockpit bench and 1 underneath the starboard. The one on port is very shallow (maybe 15cm) and only usable for e.g. storing lines. The one on starboard basically doesn't contain a bottom. So when you open it you look straight into the starboard aft bunk. There you can store your raft (assuming it is small enough to fit through the open bench hatch in the cockpit.
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    J/111 2011 questions

    I use a Zodiac raft in a valise that I store (like Blur) in the starboard locker. Be aware that not all rafts will fit through the locker hatch, so take this into account when buying one. https://www.inflatablesintl.com/product/zodiac-coaster-iso-9650-4-person-life-raft-bag/
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    J/99 anyone have info beyond the teaser?

    Why do you think that? I race and cruise a 111 solo as well as two handed. Boat is very easy to operate and a blast to sail.
  9. How does that work with the chart plotter? I hardly ever stand behind the wheel (only sometimes when going downwind in heavy weather). I normally sit beside or in front of the wheel. So doesn't make is more sense to mount the plotter with the screen facing frontwards or make it pivoting so you can turn it around depending where you sit/stand?
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    Regatta Page on NKE Multigraphic?

    @jsam31 Do you happen to know what the latest software version for the Regatta Processor is?
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    J/111 as a Multipurpose Boat?

    It definitely lowers the barrier to go for a short evening cruise when you have a furled jib ready to be used when you want. I have the soft hanks. And great as they are, there is always the extra work of hanking on a jib and sheets when you want to go for a sail. Not to talk about flaking and storing it once you return. But apart from that it is imho the best options when sailing short handed.
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    J/111 as a Multipurpose Boat?

    It's just fit and finish. The veneer is very easily dented and because of the sharp edges these are also potential spots of damage. It is "OK-isch", but for a boat this price you would expect much better. And had they used composite materials instead of veneered wood it would last longer (and likely had saved weight). Maybe it's better in the US built boats? Regarding the wheel instead of tiller: both have pro's and con's. When sailing shorthanded I use the autopilot 90% of the time anyway (also for tacks and gybes). Then the advantage is that you don't have a tiller sweeping around in the cockpit and the pedestal is a good place to hold on when conditions are tough. But for quick manual intervention is critical situations a tiller is easier for sure.
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    J/111 as a Multipurpose Boat?

    I can echo Blur's comment. I use my 111 almost every weekend for cruising, including cooking and sleeping on board. Next month we go for a 3 week holiday on it (with the two of us). Then I do a few solo and two handed races and just a lot of solo day trips. Sleeping on the boat with 4 is perfectly doable, but you need to deal with all the luggage laying around (as there are no cabinets for storage). For the purpose you intent to use the boat for, I think the 111 has the followings pro's: - minimum comfort items are available: stove, oven, fridge, head, sufficient headroom, v-berth, proper cabin space to sit and relax on poor weather days spent in the marina. We really like it that the boat has no table in the cabin. This gives a lot of space to move both during sailing as well as when docked. - this is a relatively light boat, which makes it easy to dock, pass locks etc. when you are short handed. - you can make sailing the boat as challenging or easy as you want. Go with just main or a jib only on stormy cruising days and blast with the gennaker when you want. I use jibs on soft hanks. - easy to sail solo or two handed; just make sure you have a proper autopilot and do a few tweaks like bringing outhaul and cunningham back to clutches in the cockpit. - it's fast and fun! It goes very well upwind too; nice if you only have the evening after work available and you need to return to your marina after a downwind leg. The con's might include: - no separate cabins aft. Heads not enclosed - a bit of water will leak from the sprit on the v-berth.. Just make sure you take your matras and bedding away when beating in windy conditions. - no storage space for clothing etc. You need to live from what is in your bag. We sleep in the v-berth and use the space aft for sail storage. Bags with luggage hang around on the settees or the cabin floor. - build quality of the interior is very mediocre. E.g. a 109 is much better. (although my personal preference would have been that they didn't use any wood/laminate at all but used GFK/Carbon instead). Hope this helps. Let me know when you need more info.
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    J111 Jib Furling

    I use soft hanks on my 111. Perfect solution especially when you sail shorthanded.