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    Antrim 27 vs Melges 24

    Anyone have any direct head to head racing comparison they can share. Like the Melges, but I think the Antrim might be a bit better for the family. Thanks
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    J/80 Downwind Angles....

    Dynamic question I know.  We have been racing the 80 for a couple months now after racing symmetrical boats for decades.   Upwind, we can go fast.  Downwind there is some frustration. I am starting to think that there is a big range of wind velocity that you sail this boat like a soaker. For...
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    Active J80 Forum anywhere?

    thanks for that.  Just looking for nuggets of wisdom to make us smarter and faster w/out reinventing the wheel.
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    Active J80 Forum anywhere?

    Hi, We just started racing a J/80 w/ three 16 year olds and a couple of old guys (dads). I thought I would find a ton of online info, discussion, used equipment etc..., but I really haven't found much. Can anyone point me to something that I might be missing?  Thanks.
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    what's your top boatspeed in a J boat?

    J/33  13.2 on 1 big wave.  It really felt fast.  God I miss summer already...
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    Melges 24 VS Melges 32 in PHRF

    Cool picture.  They are insanely fast in 5 to 8 kts.
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    Melges 24 VS Melges 32 in PHRF

    Does the 24 have a chance against the 32 in PHRF? It's a lot of seconds per mile, but they are living in different universes upwind... 
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    J 33 Mainsail Trim

    We bought a used 33 last year and had a lot of fun racing it. We did not embarrass the competition but we had moments and races where we all thought wow, this boat can really win. The main is such a big part of this design - more so than on a J 35 as a % of sail area. I read on SA somebody...
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    Downwind main trim in light to moderate

     I love that video. I sent it to everyone on the boat and begggged them to watch it. I really appreciate the feedback.  Thanks
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    Downwind main trim in light to moderate

    I am guilty of  giving a lot less thought to downwind sail trim than upwind. I was looking at a pic of our J33 behind a 35.  The 35 had a little twist in their main.  Ours was off on the halyard, way out on sheet and vang on.  Kinda barndoor style. In the pic, the 35 trim looked nicer.  I had...
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    Anyone used Kiwigrip and removed it?

    I agree with Spackler.  It seems to kinda get a grime to it.  Nobody has dedicated deck shoes on our boat, and it seems to get dirty and then not want to scrub clean.  This annoys me. But, it is amazingly easy to apply.  We have had it down 2 years and no chipping or flaking to speak of. You...
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    J33 Stories

    Well, 1 year in w/ the J/33.   We didn't fill the closet with trophies, but we know the boat is faster than the crew. As one sage put it to me, you can fix a slow crew, you can't fix a slow boat. It is the most well rounded boat I have owned.  You never leave the dock and say because of...
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    cool or horrifying?

    Absolutely freaking loved it!  Put it up and let God take it down. Great stories rarely start with the light #1...
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    What size Tuff Luff for a J/33?

    Anyone happen to know which Tuff Luff extrusion is the proper one on a J/33?? I found the front of mine had about a 6" crack on the front side of it.. I wonder if epoxy and a narrow pc of cloth  would be a short term fix?? Thanks for any info.
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    J/33 Backstay

    We will be racing a pair of J 35's + others mixed phrf raceers. Can the 33 point equally high as the 35 w/out pinching?? We are going to be slow boat in class at 84. Being slow boat and not matching point is generally bad.. We have a good main and a good #1, but so do they :(
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    bent rod on backstay

    I only ran down 1 quote, but it was about $850 for everything new.
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    bent rod on backstay

    We bought a J33 last fall. I was unwrapping the mast today and saw about a 20 degree bend in the back stay near where it attaches to the masthead. Also, there is a "toggle" between the terminus of the backstay and the mast head. I thought that was odd. I would think the backstay would go to...
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    J/33 Backstay

    In full disclosure, we bought this boat in October, and I havn't even sailed it yet. I keep thinking about the backstay and that little hand pump for it wayyyyy back behind everything. I am used to sailing smaller boats and being able to drive and adjust backstay any and all the time...