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    Chester, NS
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    Sailing, hiking, skiing, cars

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  1. As chester said, they were a small builder in Sarnia Ontario. She rates 96, and will sail to it if you keep her in her quite narrow groove, which I frequently don't. As chester mentioned the Abbotts became famous for making really fast Solings, then made a Soling with an interior with the 33, and a 33 with standing headroom with the 36. They're narrow and deep, with little or no hope of planing - but I've done a solid 9 in flat water on a broad reach with white sails, so they will move... Still not sailing:
  2. Abbott 36: http://www.abbottowners.com/images/abbott-36-2/ Big sister to the Abbott 33, in response to folks wanting standing headroom.
  3. And a more cruisey shot of Razz (still not sailing):
  4. I'm new to actually posting, have been reading and enjoying for years. Here's my two boats - Razzmatazz has entertained me for the past 7 years: Spice is waiting for me to pick her up and bring her home in the spring:
  5. Great advice on the rudder, thanks! I should be able to do that fairly easily before launch. Won't be able to get out of buying her if there is an issue, but I will want to be aware of it if it's there. The watertight bulkhead plan would be somewhat involved to implement, but certainly not impossible. The Nerf football to seal things up would be easier, but probably not as effective! Plus with a 4" (5"?) hole in the boat you don't have much time to react, I expect. Definitely worth pondering. Congrats on your own J/35, Mike! There's a couple of them at our club, one of which is sail
  6. In case anyone is curious, I loved the boat on Saturday and have decided to go ahead with the purchase. I have to agree with everyone who's spoken about J/44's, and Spice in particular - they are amazing boats! We didn't find anything alarming during the survey, which was fairly extensive. There is some separated tabbing on a galley bulkhead that will be corrected before launch (no idea how long it's been separated, but may as well epoxy it back in place) and wear and tear commensurate with a 30 year old race boat (actually probably less than I would have expected), but overall she's in great
  7. Thanks longy - great advice, I think I can check all of this weekend, I'm heading down to the boat to do the final survey with a buddy in the business, and will add rudder and other bearings to the list that need to be carefully looked at. I wasn't planning to drop the rudder, but will try to get a sense of how things are in the bearing department and maybe change my mind on it. The first thing I'll do with the boat in the spring is head offshore for Nova Scotia, so it'd be nice to arrive in one piece. I will be taking a Nerf football along for the ride, though, to plug the gaping hole left by
  8. Spice has had had keel sump reinforcement, I'm told, and has the new class rudder (comes with the old one as a spare, or sculpture, also!). Does anyone know what the sump reinforcement should look like, or what should satisfy me as to it's sufficiency? Good suggestions on the rudder bearings and steering gear, also winches and turning blocks. They're all original Barient winches, which are great but also hard to get parts for all these years after they stopped making 'em. Turning blocks should be replace/repairable if needed, but the more I know about what I'm getting into, the better.
  9. I'm having a J/44 (Spice) surveyed this weekend, what particular things should I be on the lookout for? My primary concern is wet core, so will be very diligent in hunting and measuring that. I know it's an old boat, I suspect that it's been ridden hard and will not be problem-free, but what I don't really know is specific 1990 vintage J/Boat problems that I should be looking for. Any input is appreciated! Being my first post, by way of introduction I've previously owned (chronologically, and in some cases simultaneously): 1978 Abbott 22, 1982 Roue R/20, 1965 LeComte Northeast 38, 1972 Ya
  10. You can get an inflatable collar for a Walker Bay that makes it much more stable and it's still light enough to hoist to the foredeck pretty easily. I have a Walker Bay 8' that I was very happy with until stability became an issue (friends didn't feel comfortable with it), now I have a Walker Bay Genesis 310 with an outboard - and while it's a great boat to zip around in, and can carry five people safely, it's a pain in the rump to go any distance with, since it's a sea anchor to tow (relative to a hard dinghy, at any rate) and it's a lot of work to put on the foredeck (hoist heavy 4 stroke di
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