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About jkalucki

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    San Francisco, CA
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    Daysailing, cruising, beer cans.

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  1. I read just a few days ago that the Irish J/109 group is having a batch of these manufactured. Shipping this back from Europe just might be cheaper than trying to have one custom built. Sounded like they were finalizing orders soon.
  2. I've been short-handed and single-handed racing and cruising a J/109 on SF Bay for a while now, and it's quite doable and comfortable to cruise with the #3 up to ~16kts no reef, and ~30kts single-reefed with the rig set to heavy weather and minding the backstay. When racing with the #2 single-handed, add a few knots to each of those figures. While there are 109-105 differences, I think they all tend to favor the 105 in our typical spring-summer-fall conditions. I'd find a high-clewed #3 for cruising and the days where it's really honking. Also, I'd consider your mooring carefully- a slip
  3. Upon further differential inspection, the existing aluminum SeaDog Clamcleat Junior has apparently worn out. The interior teeth are clearly worn through when compared directly to a new replacement part. I also have a long tail on the line and can add outhaul and Cunningham from the companionway, similar to the J/111 Blur photo above. Thankfully easing both tends to happen in lighter winds and/or off the wind, when going forward to pop the cleats is less of an issue. Still, it might be nice to have them belayed near the cockpit. Although the reefing lines are clearly lead this way, I'm he
  4. My under-boom aluminum outhaul clam cleat, probably the original, has been slipping for a while now. Any advice from someone who has successfully upgraded to a solution with a little more positive control? Perhaps a small cam cleat with a fairlead to keep the line captive? Or is it best to stick with the original clam cleat setup? Given all the in-boom purchase, I can't imagine that the SWL needs to be more than 200 or so pounds...
  5. @Cman, my guess is that your sailmaker was worried that there wasn't enough intermediate shroud tension to check the middle of the mast aftward, and they were worried about putting too much bend in the mast. In any case, having the leeward shrouds flopping about should be your warning that the rig isn't set up right for heavy air. (And theoretically, unless you have the right pin check system, everything could catastrophically work loose.) The warning sign for too much bend in the middle of the mast should be tack wrinkles in the main that a reasonable amount of Cunningham can't pull out.
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