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    Setup, Tuning and Trim- North Sails

    Here's the North info, circa 2007. All the mast setup info is basically the same since the mid- 80's. It agrees with that from other sailmakers. There is also a newer, current Tuning Guide here: J/24 Tuning Guide | North Sails. I believe that the new Tuning guide has only minor changes...
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    Boat / Mast setup and tuning- Ullman

    Ullman Sailmakers' Tuning guide for J/24s. From about 2010. All information here regarding setup of the mast is what was developed by top sailors over about the first 10-15 years of the class, and is what is needed to minimize the natural lee helm by raking the sailplan (and center of...
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    I'm sorry, I don't. I have lots of pictures, but not that one. I sold my boat 2 weeks ago after 25 years. Maybe contact mast builder Charleston Spar an see if they can send you a photo. That part (area) of the mast is the hounds.
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    Ok. It's a little unfortunate, it seems. A spinnaker halyard always should exit above the headstay. Think about how it works...rotating from one side to the other when you gybe. Below the headstay it would chafe against the headstay or the jib halyard. Seems like a problem the way it is.
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    serious lee helm

    As designed, J/24s have a very neutral, maybe slightly lee helm. Tuning for racing, within the rules, consists of 1) making the mast as short as possible. It's measured from the hounds (top of headstay pin) down, so it gets shortened by cutting the bottom. Masts are expensive, so you really...
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    That's different from the original 1978 mast I had, and different from the 2005 new mast I had. By 2005, masts were made with one sheave below the headstay for the headsail, and one above the headstay for the spinnaker. I can't tell what's behind that fabricated stainless piece that's held by...
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    Two questions from a newbie to J/24 sailing ...

    I don't want you to think I'm ignoring you Bill, but I have no experience or knowledge to share. I see that they exist though. Good luck! -V
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    Mast cap stuck in mast well(tube)

    I like the basic idea, but might try 5 minute epoxy instead. Let it set up for an hour or more. Careful you don't get any on the sides.
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    What Things Most Newbies Wouldn't Think of That Need to be Onboard?

    I like the "automatic sail track lubricator" gizmo. Way cool! Good luck with everything. That first real sail will be, or was, great I'm sure.
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    Keel Sump - What do I need to do here?

    I'm not sure exactly what's going on there, and what you need if anything. What do you mean by backing plate? Are you talking about the stainless bar in your photo? That's for attaching a strap for lifting with a crane. But the keelbolts that go through it should be clamped with nuts to the...
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    What Things Most Newbies Wouldn't Think of That Need to be Onboard?

    About the last part... I think they aren't so common on smaller boats, and I think the J/24 would be in that category. They just might have used them in early days though. About your original question though- I think a few tools, a bucket, and some lengths of line in a couple of sizes...
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    What Things Most Newbies Wouldn't Think of That Need to be Onboard?

    Well, apparently you got the mast up successfully. Good for you! I guess you know , but it's worthwhile to check (test) out all of the important "stuff" you'll need on the boat to make it work. I guess sails would be in that category. being a sailboat. Ok. 'nuff joking. Those are...
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    Two questions from a newbie to J/24 sailing ...

    I'd say if you really want a topping lift, you have to use your intuition, engineering skills, and accumulated know-how on this one, or search out an original unmolested boat to see how it was done. I have no idea how the topping lift was implemented when I dismantled mine. Best wishes!
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    Mysterious bilge water

    Good! Glad you got to the bottom of things. You really know how it all goes together now. :) -V
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    Spreader Brackets Question

    Where ya gonna sleep, man, during your cruise? That looks like a mess! :) I'm glad to see that the previous owner at least supported the deck. I don't understand his whole thinking. (I'm assuming it was a guy) Keep that short mast though. It will make a helluva gin-pole. Do you at...
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    Spreader Brackets Question

    Christian!! You don't want to part it out after all your effort. I don't remember in detail how they were originally rigged, but yes, there were turning blocks 'foot blocks' on the deck to lead lines back to the cockpit. In 1978 it was all the rage to have everything led to the...
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    Spreader Brackets Question

    You're welcome. Just keep in mind the advice about having the spreader push against the mast rather than the screws. If it should fail in a good breeze, you could lose your mast. That's expensive. Jib and Spinnaker halyards exit on the starboard side because when racing it's normal that...
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    1979 keel sump stringers rotten

    It's been a month. We don't know how you're making out. But no, I don't suggest any of that stuff. The athwartship stiffeners, historically called 'keel floors', are designed to spread the forces (load) from the keel out into the hull. The keel sump, the molded part of the hull to which the...
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    Spreader Brackets Question

    The spreaders should project slightly upward, so as to bisect the angle formed as the shroud goes over the spreader tip. Alternate explanation is that the angle between the spreader and upper half of the shroud should be the same as the angle between the spreader and lower half of the shroud...
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    Are you still dealing with this? It's been a couple of weeks. I can tell you that the Main halyard and topping lift exit on the port side of the mast, and the jib and spinnaker halyards exit on the starboard side at the bottom. The jib halyard exits the mast at the top under the headstay...