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  1. Captain Jack Sparrow

    J/80 jib halyard tension

    If you don't care about it being class legal, change your cabin top winch to a self tailer and be done with it.
  2. Captain Jack Sparrow

    J 80 rudder pin source

    Rig-Rite has them, I just ordered all new rudder hardware from them. Bottom of their J/80 page..
  3. Captain Jack Sparrow

    J-80Pole extension rules

    Relative to the line, yes. Relative to overlap with another boat, no.    I read it as the sprit could be over the line but if the bow isn’t over, then no problem. 
  4. Captain Jack Sparrow

    J-80Pole extension rules

    No.  Clear Astern and Clear Ahead; Overlap  One boat is clear astern of another when her hull and equipment in normal position are behind a line abeam from the aftermost point of the other boat’s hull and equipment in normal position. The other boat is clear ahead. They overlap when neither...
  5. Captain Jack Sparrow

    Etchells bung help please

    Good thought, but not feasible for an Etchells. For those who don't know, the Etchells bilge drain comes out of a sump above the keel and exits the side of the keel. It's meant for keeping the bilge free of water when the boat is on a trailer, as most of them are dry sailed. The plug is screwed...
  6. Captain Jack Sparrow

    Etchells bung help please

    The class doesn't say anything about the dimensions or source of it- probably because its considered an optional fitting.  D.10.1 Fittings (b) Optional (17)  Drain hole in bilge closed with a screw-in plug. There are some boats that exist without a drain plug at all. I've never seen an O-ring...
  7. Captain Jack Sparrow

    J-80Pole extension rules This link has answers to some of your questions, I think. The rule as I understand it was implemented to prevent people from claiming room at both windward and leeward marks with the bowsprit still out, but no...
  8. Captain Jack Sparrow

    How is the vang attached to the mast and how much trouble am I asking for?

    Normally rebedding that ring would be done with the rig out of the boat. That boot doesn’t look like it’s in great shape.  You’d probably want to replace that, though some of the options also require taking the rig out to properly install around the mast.    If you need a temporary fix for a...
  9. Captain Jack Sparrow

    RORC Transatlantic Race.. 8 Jan

    It's a different race record than the "Transatlantic Race Record" that most people think of.  Which is West to East. This one is East to West. Comanche now has the record in both directions for monohulls. 
  10. Captain Jack Sparrow

    Standing Rigging dimensions and engineering

    You'd be better off shortening the maximum replacement cycle for standing rigging from 10 years to a shorter interval. As you said, year round sailing in a tropical salt water environment is not an ideal environment, and your season is probably twice that of the Northeast- where properly...
  11. Captain Jack Sparrow

    Homemade titanium rigging pins You could just order what you need from them, if cost really isn't a factor.   I'm a bit curious why the stainless pins don't fit. Poor sizing selection by previous owners for various pins doesn't mean that stainless...
  12. Captain Jack Sparrow

    J/80 trailer options

    Weight wise no problem. J/24 is slightly heavier than a J/80. Trailer frame and axles will handle J/80 easily if its a properly specc'ed and maintained J/24 trailer.  J/24 jack stand uprights may not be tall enough for the J/80 (or in the right spots..)The draft difference is nearly a foot. If...
  13. Captain Jack Sparrow

    J/80 Deck recore question

    Will do. The location and nature of the damage makes going in from the top the better choice. The area is just forward of the transom, in the cockpit floor on the port side. Getting in underneath would require putting a hatch or cutting a large temporary access port in the rear bulkhead that is...
  14. Captain Jack Sparrow

    J/80 Deck recore question

    Thanks. I'll probably just have to measure. I'll be going through most of the deck to find any problem areas this spring, so I only have to (hopefully) deal with it once in the near future. 
  15. Captain Jack Sparrow

    2021 Sydney to Hobart

    1.03.2 The words "shall" and "must" are mandatory, and "should" and "may" are permissive. ---[26835].pdf  The "should be at no less height than immediately under the upper lifeline" is a recommendation. The "not be mounted below deck level" is the...
  16. Captain Jack Sparrow

    J/80 Deck recore question

    Planning for offseason projects. I have an old (1994) TPI J/80. Soft spot with delam in cockpit floor just ahead of the port side scupper, maybe 1' x 1' area. There are a couple areas on the deck aft of the chainplates that look like they may be having issues in the near future (they sound out...
  17. Captain Jack Sparrow

    Flying jib on J/80

    Hall Spars made the rigs for the U.S boats for a while, then Sparcraft (Charleston Spar in the U.S) became the supplier. Apparently AG+ now is the class supplier, though if you buy a replacement rig in the U.S. it will be the Sparcraft section.  I've never heard of John Mast rigs on J/80's as...
  18. Captain Jack Sparrow

    Advice on flying chute

    Some J/boats run the tack line straight through the bail, some insert a low-friction ring inside the bail, and some lash a low-friction ring to the bail (on top of it). All are simpler, cleaner solutions than having a turning block banging around off the end of the sprit. 
  19. Captain Jack Sparrow

    Seeking design for a OD fleet, ~$30k new

    Too bad there aren’t any available used to build a fleet with. They are in high demand with Worlds happening in Newport in ‘22 and of the few that have come to market in the last few months they have been snapped up extremely quickly. 
  20. Captain Jack Sparrow

    Club Swan 80 (From the FP)

    The ClubSwan 80 is a retractable sprit- "Retractable Carbon Sprit". There certainly is a bit of engineering and man hours in implementing a bowsprit, but I would think that based on the size of these...