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    Houston, TX
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    J/24 racing, Offshore racing

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  1. Nice mahogany Celebrity in Glenside, PA (north of Philadelphia). It's my brother-in-law's boat. I haven't seen it myself but it's supposedly been very well maintained. Price is negotiable. https://philadelphia.craigslist.org/boa/d/glenside-celebrity-sloop/7247126565.html
  2. The signal to hoist the A kite on the SV Bedrock is "YABA DABA DOO!" Confuses the hell out of newbies, but skipper Fred is pretty old-school.
  3. You could try Chris at US Boat Haulers- http://usboathaulers.com However, they're set up for much larger boats and don't normally take boats below 30' unless they're hauling two at once, so it may not be possible to come to a cost-effective arrangement for both of you. Can't hurt to ask though, worst he can say is "no".
  4. That's the right attitude. The verm can be awful, but then again, some old verm-filled boats are still dry and it doesn't matter. (I just got done racing on one tonight, and it does just fine.) Same with the sink drain- no big deal. Squishy masts and rudders can happen on any boat of that vintage, so nothing new there. Can't say I've ever encountered one with a center seam issue, so I'm not sure how widespread that problem is. The bulkhead and rotten floors are problems but both are solvable. Bottom line is any boat of the same vintage is going to come with it's own share of issues. These
  5. Just saw the Craigslist ad in question over in the dinghy forum. Yes, if it were my money, I would go check it out. Not saying it's a winner for sure, but it looks like it has potential. Probably a mid-80s build. May be post-vermiculite given that it has the newer cabin hatches, but maybe not givent that it still has lazarettes. To make it competitive, you'll want to get a bottom job done and start swapping out some of the vintage hardware, but it could be a good starting point. If you get a hull number for it, let me know and I can ask a measurer if it has a measurement certificate.
  6. All J/24s will eventually need deck recoring to some degree or other, unless you go buy a factory 5000 series and overdrill all of the through-holes yourself before putting it in the water. Just a fact of life. If it's just one or two spots, it's neither a hard job nor an expensive one. On the other end of the spectrum, I recored over 1/3 of the deck on #1155 and it took me almost 2 years (although I had absolutely no clue what I was doing when I started). PM if you want to talk details- I can tell you exactly how *not* to do it $2700 is a pretty good starting point for an older boat, es
  7. Yep, I had a test in Houston about 3 weeks ago. Knew I was going to pay out the ass for it, and didn't find out until after they swabbed me that I wouldn't get the results for 7-14 days. Results came back (negative) on day 13. Whole lot of good that did me...
  8. The only boat I actually own cost me $1, so I'm down to drawing a watch on my wrist with a Bic pen. It's not so bad, unless you miss your start or the RC does a recall... The reset function is a bitch.
  9. I just spent all of this time whining and the forecast for our coastal race this weekend is a steady 15+. Hooray!
  10. Ugh, like the lack of handholds down below... It's downright dangerous in the cabin on a hard beat.
  11. Summer racing is almost all under 10 kts. We get some winter days in the upper teens, but it's usually not blowing that hard here unless it's storming.
  12. I crew on one of the Houston ones (hull #8) semi-regularly (owner lives in New Mexico and flies out to race when he can). We're one of the fastest-rated boats on Galveston Bay but get beat regularly because the boat just isn't competive in the local conditions and doesn't sail to its rating well. It doesn't plane in light wind. Upwind in heavy wind, you need a ton of weight on the rail to keep it flat, unless you reef early and often. In both cases, we can't point as well as any J/Boat, new or old. Ours is semi-turbo, with a fixed sprit but the standard main. It's a wet ride, and in chop the w
  13. Yes, rudders must still be builder-supplied. If the Worlds winner somehow snuck a carbon rudder on, there'll be torches and pitchforks.
  14. I joined this club a couple of months ago. Stock one design J/24, no provisions for singlehanding except for a tiller bungie. Only doing inshore races (because J/24) but it's been an adventure so far!
  15. Meant to add earlier, one of them is now Blitz and is in Houston, TX. Uses sail #8, so presumably that's the hull number. We share a marina and I get to watch them sail past me pretty regularly in PHRF races.
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