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  1. Hiking pads on the lifelines, even in the back section where there's not much hiking, and Raptor decking are great improvements for creature comfort and don't slow you down racing, either.
  2. That's probably close. I recently got a new mast from Sparcraft and it was a two person lift even before the spreaders and rigging we installed.
  3. That's actually a Virginia class sub. The sail is farther forward than the LA class. Plus, the bow wave actually piles up pretty high and I'm sure a dolphin could swim in it.
  4. Post some pictures when you do. We'll all be interested to see how it goes. Are you going to remove and reskin from the inside?
  5. When I removed some wet core around the chain plates it seemed like 3/8, but I didn't measure since I was just filling with thickened epoxy.
  6. Brian, The rigger will measure pin to pin, but the only thing that matters for you is having enough room in your turnbuckles to set the mast rake. To set rake you measure from the hounds to the transom and adjust the headstay. I just adjusting mine last night, so the the topic is very fresh in my mind. North Sails has a great tuning guide that explains it well.
  7. It's vital for setting mast rake, but there should be enough play in the turnbuckle to make the adjustment. I just installed a new mast and the measurement we used was 32' 10." pin to pin, which equated roughly to 32' 3.75" from the center of the head pin to the bottom of the threaded stud. As a note, I had to tighten up almost the whole turnbuckle to set my rake correctly. This can vary based on deviations in construction and butt setting may affect it as well. Sail fast!
  8. We had a J-80 try it in Hawaii. In medium air (pre-planing) it may have paid off, but in general, juice was not worth the squeeze.
  9. On both my J-80's I have had side chocks. Maybe you don't need them, but it doesn't make sense not to secure it side to side. It eliminates a variable and will keep it from impacting the sides of mast collar. On a more important note, this is the main entry point for rain water, so your boot and sealing strategy matter!
  10. I've had both, the boom kicker is simple, light and doesn't have any seals that will eventually leak. The only drawback is that it it visually bigger and may interfere with your instruments when then vang is puled on hard since it bends towards the mast. But, if it's already installed, I would assume that the geometry has been worked out.
  11. Doing a low power maintenance turn?
  12. On a similar note, my traveler doesn't move very smoothly when loaded up, though.
  13. Here's a picture of the Harken block we have on 554. I sail in Hawaii, with plenty of wind almost all the time and have never had to kick the sheet to uncleat it. If you are dealing with extremely high sheet loads, maybe you need a little more vang to balance it out.
  14. charis

    new j/day

    Agree with your last comment! I love my J-80 but hate the outboard. Luckily, I live in Hawaii, so the out board lives in the dock box.
  15. How many black people sail with you on Anarchy? Stop talking and go do something about it.
  16. Here's what it looks like on French boat 554
  17. I have a Boomkicker on my J-80. Replaced the pneumatic rigid one whose seals had degraded. The fiberglass is light, tough, and simple. No need to pump it up. There are two options that fit the J-80. I got the thicker one. In retrospect, I would get the small one so it takes less force to pull against. You can adjust the height that it holds the boom up if you are worried about it pushing the boom too high. (I can't imagine putting a topping lift on a J-80 unless you just plan on cruising.)
  18. We had a pink, cheap toolbox in pantry. Ironically, I found myself using those pliers and screw drivers more than I care to admit. It was just so convenient for those random little tasks.
  19. I have several hundred cat shots and traps and just got a tour as Chief Engineer on a carrier. We don't crane anything aboard unless we plan on craning it off as well. As stated, a broken aircraft may have to be craned off. Just to clarify about wind and approach speed. Natural wind is good and it takes a lot to make it difficult to land. These days there's no "steep approach." We always fly glide slope at a constant angle of attack. NO natural wind means the carrier has to make it's own wind to keep your hook engagement speed low enough. This provides an interesting phenomenon of
  20. USS Forrestal: There is a Navy training movie called Trial By Fire that narrates the PLAT camera footage and other combat photography of the event on YouTube.
  21. 21.8 kts on a J-80 in the Lahina return. Keep it above 15 for more than two hours. It cost me though... shredded two spinnakers and almost lost a man overboard.
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