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  1. I might advise against this. On my J/109 I tried this, and the load on the tack line as it abruptly made the 90 degree turn around the SS was too much for the tack line and it blew up at a VERY inopportune moment!! Instead, I suggest a modification like the picture below, which is how my J/112E came from the factory. This has worked very well (no wraps of the tack line around the sprit) and I would think it would be pretty easy to retrofit the right Antal ring into your existing u-bolt. On the J/112E it is the Antal 14X10 part.
  2. I can’t speak to sailing ON the 36.7 as I only sailing on one once, but I owned a J/109 from 2004 to 2015, put about 25,000 miles under her keel and did just over 700 races with her in that time, often AGAINST 36.7s both with the standard symmetrical kites as well as modified versions with a sprit and an asym. The 109 was a WONDERFUL boat. Easy to single-hand with jib and main, or double-hand adding the spinnaker into the mix. With the correct sail inventory (3 headsails, 3 spinnakers) she was happy in anything from 5 - 30 knots of true wind. And even though my PHRF rating kept going down
  3. Yes, the whole sprit is in it's own compartment in the v-berth, and at the aft-most, lowest part of that compartment on the starboard side there is a 3/4" drain hole where any moisture will run out. You can see it in this photo in the lower left corner, cut below and ahead of the vent for the water tanks.
  4. Now that I drilled a hole through the cap and ran the bobstay through to a piece of shockcord it does! Turned out that the starboard anchor locker drain hole was in just the right place to run the G10 tube through, so I only had to drill ONE new hole in my boat to install the bobstay!
  5. Got it. Turns out the consensus is the cap is NOT removable, so I ended up doing the bobstay project with it in place.
  6. Any suggestions on how to remove the cap on the end of the bowsprit of my J/112E? I removed the large u-bolt at the end that held the Antal ring, and after doing so the cap is now a bit loose and there is perhaps 1/8" of a gap between the cap and the end of the carbon fiber sprit. Before I simply try to apply MORE force, I thought I would ask for advice. So, any advice?? Thanks!
  7. I used the S46 reversible winches as my primary winches for trimming the jib. In less than 10 knots of TWS they worked fine, but once the wind speed/loads came up the clutch that was supposed to switch it from low speed to reverse would fail, and you could either grind in at 10:1 or ease the line out, but could not get the 46:1 low-speed mode to engage. So I have swapped them our for the Selden S54 winches, just two-speeds (10:1 and 54:1) and the old fashioned "take it out of the self-tailer and ease it out by hand" method for easing. The R40s on my mainsail seem to work pretty well, and occas
  8. I went with the Airmar DST900+ on my install last year, and it has never worked right. Shows the boat moving through the water while it is at the slip, shows a 3 knot boatspeed when it is actually going 7 knots, and a 20 knot speed when it’s going 5. Airmar e me a paddle wheel to use while they try to troubleshoot, but no luck in figuring it out. Sadly, I found all of the “fancy” upgrades I did (Airmar transducer, Selden reversible winches, United Maior roller furler) have performed horribly, and I am in the process of replacing them all with the standard spec equipment.
  9. Had my J/109 for 12 years, sailed her 25K miles and did about 700 races with her. Won a lot of them. So... Yes, she wants to be flat to reduce leeway. First, if the rig was tuned for 8 knots then that is the biggest issue. We had a baseline setting for 10-14 knots, then would back it off 2, 1-1/2 and 1 turns on the uppers, mids and lowers for light breeze day (whole forecast under 8 knots) or up the same amount for big breeze day (whole forecast over 15). Regardless of rune, as the breeze comes up, the backstay goes on, traveller goes down, main gets sheeted in more, Cunningham gets
  10. Cool? Just the "new" kid on the block! ;-)
  11. Bill, I was doing some Googling on crew management tools this morning and found your post...just signed up for the 30 day trial to see how it would work for my new boat, now that my old J/109 "Superstition" has morphed into my new J/112E "dopodomani"! I look forward to testing it out and if all goes well signing up for a subscription. I'll also tell all of my other racing friends about it here in Mass Sailing. I may have a few idea on how you could market this up in the Boston area, if you're interested DM me. Thanks!
  12. I have one on order to be installed with B&G electronics on a J/112E. My understanding at this point is that the speed/temp/depth info will make it to the mast displays, but the leeway data will only show up on the Airmar app running on the iPad. Like the idea of no paddlewheel, interested to see if it truly displays speed as a negative number while moving backwards!! With any luck, I'll have some real-world feedback for you by the end of June!
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