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On 9/23/2020 at 11:53 AM, Lex Teredo said:

After discussions with the yard... we're going to move the fuel fill hole forward about a foot, run the line down adjacent and connected to the forward side of the icebox cabinet, following the interior of the hull down into the setee to the tank.  That cabinet is glassed in and solid like a rock... they thought it would be expensive to basically disassemble and re-assemble the cabinet, cut out parts then re-glass them back in, and it likely wouldn't go back together as tight as it is now.  The new position will be out of the way but will be more easily replaced if need be and save quite a bit of money.  I'd have reservations if this were a gas fill line but since it is diesel - and having seen how hard it is to cut or puncture one of these lines - I think this approach will work fine.  Will post up pics once it's done.  

Torresen's in Muskegon replaced mine about 18 years ago in place.  I don't recall that they had any major problems removing and replacing (At least I don't remember any outragous bills or fiberglass work associated with it) .  Mine is hull 105, 1985 build,   I think they pulled the tank and yanked it down with a feeder line attached and pulled the new hose down with the feeder line. 

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You think they'd do mine?  LOL.  The fuel line is connected internally somewhere in the cabinet, there is no give at all when pulled down or up real hard, so the cabinet is going to need to come apart

J35 NA's in Cheboygan MI were amazing!   Following a VERY slow Port Huron to Mackinac race and a BRUTAL Chicago to Mackinac race the J35's gathered in Cheboygan MI for teh 35th anniversary North Ameri

Nice article in the spring issue of Sailing World covering the Cheboygan MI North American Championship regatta this past July.  It was really cool to have Rod Johnstone their!

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22 minutes ago, lartaunt said:

Torresen's in Muskegon replaced mine about 18 years ago in place.  I don't recall that they had any major problems removing and replacing (At least I don't remember any outragous bills or fiberglass work associated with it) .  Mine is hull 105, 1985 build,   I think they pulled the tank and yanked it down with a feeder line attached and pulled the new hose down with the feeder line. 

You think they'd do mine?  LOL.  The fuel line is connected internally somewhere in the cabinet, there is no give at all when pulled down or up real hard, so the cabinet is going to need to come apart to get it out - this per a guy who has worked on 8 or 10 J/35s in this area over the years and has done it before.  We have a little higher hull number, and there are some variations in construction, we've noticed over time - for instance the 2" shoe we have on our keel to bring it up to class standard dimensions.  I don't mind moving the location of the fill tube anyhow so that I can inspect the line from time to time.  The old fuel line was dry rotted enough that fingertip pressure on a knife pushed it through the rubber. That wasn't comforting.  It will also free me up to shoot some insulating foam into the ice box area of the cabinet, to let me keep beer cooler on warm days, so it's a win/win. 

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The guys at Muller's (same crew, now under new ownership) cut out the old line back to the cabinet base, moved the fuel fill deck fitting about a foot forward, and fastened down the forward edge of the icebox/cabinet to the tank location down under the settee, adjacent to the breather hose.  They were doing some glass work on the exterior of the hull in that area anyhow, and when they finished up it was impossible to tell they had moved it.  I'm happy with the fix and honestly happy to have the new line out where I can replace it myself if needed. And the icebox/cabinet is still rock solid, so all's well that ends well.   

It goes well with the new tank, and combined with slightly larger fuel lines - up to 3/8 ID versus the stock 1/4 ID lines - the engine is running a lot better.  The 3GM30 couldn't turn past 3000 before and now it spins to 3400 under load - haven't done more than short bursts or pushed it past that and the 2800 RPM cruising speed is smoother and quieter than it was a few years ago when I bought her.  New engine mounts helped but the improved fuel supply was like a tuneup.  I went with KSH Fuel Tanks / KSH Marine.  They were knowledgeable about Coast Guard tank requirements on baffles and all the rest, and built it to spec using the class line drawing you guys forwarded me for about $450.  Money well spent.   

Now about this chainplate bulkhead that I have which is getting a little soft due to many years of slight water intrusion... I guess that's this winter's big project along with templating the keel and some inside repairs of a few wet spots.  It sounds like a lot but I feel like an utter slacker compared to Roger... he shames the rest of us really.  

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Ed did a  review of a beautifully maintained J35 that is really quite good!   Thanks Scott!    Boat has some minor mods for comfort but is in absolutely pristine condition. Set up more for cruising but I have seen boats set up like this be very competitive on the race course too.  Congrats to the owner on a beautiful J35,  Link to video HERE

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Any puget sound J/35 sailers on here? I'm in seattle and thinking about buying one but wanted to talk to some local owners/sailers.

I've seen Those Guys and Solution at races in the area but I know there are others out there. 

This is what I'm looking at: https://seattle.craigslist.org/kit/bod/d/gig-harbor-boats-j-racing-sailboat/7210756641.html

Used to be Renegade and sailed on the great lakes till 2006 or so, then sailed the south sound for a few years but has been in a shed for the past decade.

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21 hours ago, sheet_in said:

Any puget sound J/35 sailers on here? I'm in seattle and thinking about buying one but wanted to talk to some local owners/sailers.

I've seen Those Guys and Solution at races in the area but I know there are others out there. 

This is what I'm looking at: https://seattle.craigslist.org/kit/bod/d/gig-harbor-boats-j-racing-sailboat/7210756641.html

Used to be Renegade and sailed on the great lakes till 2006 or so, then sailed the south sound for a few years but has been in a shed for the past decade.

Didn't it used to be Red?  Sailed out of Milwuakee?  Boat looks amazing!  Great price for the condition!

 

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2 hours ago, lartaunt said:

Didn't it used to be Red?  Sailed out of Milwuakee?  Boat looks amazing!  Great price for the condition!

 

I remember when it came to the PNW. And yes, it was red. It was only raced for a couple of years before it disappeared. I had heard that it was being rebuilt, now I see where it went. Looks good.

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On 10/24/2020 at 9:32 PM, sheet_in said:

Any puget sound J/35 sailers on here? I'm in seattle and thinking about buying one but wanted to talk to some local owners/sailers.

I've seen Those Guys and Solution at races in the area but I know there are others out there. 

This is what I'm looking at: https://seattle.craigslist.org/kit/bod/d/gig-harbor-boats-j-racing-sailboat/7210756641.html

Used to be Renegade and sailed on the great lakes till 2006 or so, then sailed the south sound for a few years but has been in a shed for the past decade.

"Add to that brand new white Naugahide upholstery ..." but how many baby Naugas were killed to do that upholstery? I cry .... 

good lookin boat though. 

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20 hours ago, ahab in puget said:

^ white hides a certain type of stain well. 

White wine?  Caffe au Lait?  Fettucine Alfredo?  Well, that's about all I got.  

Naugahyde or similar would be tough around here... too damn hot during most of the sailing season.  You'd be sticking to the settee like a gold digging third wife to a 90 year old billionaire.  

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1 hour ago, Lex Teredo said:

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Naugahyde or similar would be tough around here... too damn hot during most of the sailing season.  You'd be sticking to the settee like a gold digging third wife to a 90 year old billionaire.  

There is only one or two days a year you would be sticking to it here in the great pwn. But the rain water might puddle on it from time to time. 

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