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Everything posted by SailMoore1

  1. Too many options and depends on use / preference. I like a single braid line for the main sheet, I have used Salsa line in the past but don’t remember what I am using now. But it is a single braid. For control lines, I like Robline options. Easy to splice, holds in the cleats and easy grip. Then it depends on how high tech / money you want to spend.
  2. My first sailboat. Never thought of it being built like a Boston Whaler but good comparison. Though you see 50 year old Boston Whalers and haven’t seen a Sidney Sabot in years. I had her for about 3 years and never had an issue. I thought she was well built and ahead of her time with a fiberglass mast and laminated curved boom. Also really liked the centerboard. I was just slightly faster than the Naples Sabots that were the predominate boat in my area.
  3. Many years ago, I would camp on the trampoline of a Hobie 16. It was OK but bigger boats are so much better.
  4. I had a brand new Banshee back in to 70’s and 3 Laser after the Banshee. The Laser is slightly faster but not by much. There were only a couple of weak points on the Banshee. The back of the boat is open and if you throw the helm over fast the back of the boat will scoop up water. Not enough to cause issues but a couple of gallons. Will not happen in a Laser. The other weak point was the plywood transom. They deteriorated over time. On the plus side a Banshee can be sailed easily with 2 adults or 4 kids. Not something the Laser will do. Ron Moore in Santa Cruz was rebuilding Banshees a few y
  5. Still love sailing my Finn (1949). Though my boat is many decades newer.
  6. Blackadder knows what he is talking about. I got his sail design from North and my 27 was a weapon in PHRF. Never had the opportunity to race against a 29 during my ownership.
  7. I kept and launched my Finn from our dock for years. I have a Laser too but almost never sail. The Finn is so much more fun..
  8. Looks like you hit the main J issues. The only other major concern is the balsa core material. May or may not be a big concern depending on size and location of any wet core. Have not owned the 40 but raced on one a few times. I liked the boat and interior lay out. Good all around boat in my opinion.
  9. Gotta Go, the Finn is a great boat and so much more than the Olympics. Most people that sail the Finn have no intention of ever going the Olympic route. I am north of 200 and have a Finn and Laser. Sail both regularly. But preference is the Finn. Looks like you are out of Connecticut. You will have to work hard to get Finns out in that area. The Laser might be a better option if one design racing is what you are looking for.
  10. I have 2 PFDs that I like and they are very different. Stohlquist - really like this one but a little bulky for dinghies. Ultra adjustable and once set up it does not move. Because of all the adjustment points there are more chances of getting snagged on rigging and lines. But if needed in a life threatening situation, this would be my preference. Zhik - I use this one most of the time on dinghies. Very thin and almost nothing to get caught on rigging or lines. Some models are listed as flotation aids and not USCG certified. IMHO, Zhik is probably the most popular in dinghy racing.
  11. I bought a heavy duty sewing machine maybe 20 years ago from a canvas maker that was closing and going cruising. Best investment in sailing gear ever. It has outlasted many boats and paid for itself so many times over.
  12. Just buy a Finn you won’t be disappointed with the boat sailing in SF except if you want to race. Competition and race opportunities are plentiful but all in southern CA. I had my Finn in SF for several years and the conditions are excellent for this boat.
  13. Get in touch with Rodney Cobb at Suntouched Sailboats. He can fill you in on everything you would ever want to know about Finn sailing in the UK. I believe his shop is closed at the moment, like most of sailing. But bet he is answering emails and he posts on Facebook everyday.
  14. Amazing and well done!!! I saw him leave San Diego only wish I could have been there today.
  15. Where are you located and how far are you willing to travel?
  16. I had a boat once with balsa cored deck The prior owner attempted a fix like the above photo. It was a small area, maybe a 1' diameter circle. He drilled about 8 holes and filled with epoxy. Not sure what type or if any drying involved. The deck was rock solid in the area of the repair. But a hairline crack developed around the exterior of the repair. It was in a high traffic area on the deck. I always assumed it was from the different core materials. The epoxy was solid and the balsa might flex a little.
  17. I had a Henderson (don't remember the model) but whale parts worked with no issues.
  18. Congrats!! keep us updated on the progress, cool boat.
  19. I have used Trinidad for years with good results. The last time I painted was during the time of no ingarol. The paint has held up well against hard growth but seems like the slime layer developes much quicker between cleaning. I too have wondered about the higher grades of Trinidad and if it was worth the additional cost. Never tried as I felt I got good coverage and live expectancy with the standard Trinidad. Someone must have tried the higher grades. How did it work out, worth the expense?
  20. Such as sad ending. I was looking forward to the continuation of the repair phase. Obviously, it was really major and the repair might actually be greater than the value of the boat?
  21. I like working on boats and do not mind these repairs. Also, I have only used balsa just to keep it consistent and it is easy to work with. Mad and others have a good point on the endless talk about wet core. Really, how big of an issue is it? My guess is that most J's over 20 years old have some wet core. The owners may not even be aware and it does not take away from the fun of sailing or racing. Weight is small is issue unless it is a massive area, at least in my limited experience. But most of my repairs have been around 1-2 sq feet that resulted from improperly bedded bolts through
  22. I've replaced core on 3 different J's and the first response was correct, it all depends...... Real pain to repair a deck from the inside. But if a small area and nonskid is in good condition it is the better plan. Otherwise you will be doing Kiwi Grip or another type of nonskid to the entire boat. But if a larger area, it may actually be quicker to do from the outside even with the time to apply a nonskid. Also think about resale value. I would rather have a boat with the original nonskid as it will last a lot longer than any aftermarket product. But, I would also rather have a dry
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