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    Tips for rigging and operating a roller furler

    No problem, happy to help! You will have to post a few pics when she gets used this summer. Until then enjoy.
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    Tips for rigging and operating a roller furler

    No worries, happy to help! Am thinking/guessing/hoping that the Harken unit is all assembled/ready to go by a marine industry pro. If so you should be good. One small point would be the #1 and #3 track positions are a little short (but fine for their intended use of a dedicated sail), so there...
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    Tips for rigging and operating a roller furler

    One additional thought. Not sure if you have pulled the trigger on all the above or what might be driving the process. As a general statement the J/24 is designed for 4 people-200lbs each on the rail to provide stability. If you are sailing shorthanded (such as I am when I go out with myself...
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    Tips for rigging and operating a roller furler

    Not sure if you have purchased one or not yet. If not, I would recommend one by Harken, they are far superior to the lesser quality/"price point" furling systems. Again not sure if you are using an existing sail cut down or starting with a new sail. If cut down will need to be sized correctly...
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    Adding flotation to a J/24

    Hi Bill, Sailing season will be here before you know it! Many/most (and there are more than a few) J/24 sinking's involve a scenario where the boat is being raced hard in a big breeze with the spin up. The boat broaches, the cockpit lockers open and water pours in there/boat starts to...
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    GPS-based knotmeter question

    Bill just a heads up. Looks like the new version is now available. A few differences from its predecessor. One being an internal rechargeable battery as opposed to the three AA batteries on the old one. Love mine.
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    GPS-based knotmeter question

    Happy to help! I was lucky enough to buy mine second hand from a co worker years ago. You might try the gear section of Sailing Anarchy or perhaps ebay. The double AA batteries (three from memory) are easy to change and the damping rate seems very good on it. A brief fogging issue one time...
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    GPS-based knotmeter question

    Hi Bill, Yes use a speed puck on my J/24 and have good things to say about it. Wavedancer is also correct in that it is currently in redesign with no set ETA for the new one. I spoke to Velocitek a few months ago about some of their offerings (Speed puck and older version of Pro Start). I...
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    Two questions from a newbie to J/24 sailing ...

    Hi Bill, Will kind of jump around a bit here. With respect to "real" depth under the boat the only way to get that is by drilling a hole/adding a thru hull. There are a few work arounds-from memory I have an ice fishing portable depth finder with a suction cup transom mount transducer but...
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    Two questions from a newbie to J/24 sailing ...

    Sort of depends on what you are hoping to do with the boat. I have a group 24 deep cycle which is not overly small but on the other hand the boat is used on Lake Michigan and as a result I have a fixed mount VHF radio with masthead antenna, boat came with CD player and I do cruise the boat on...
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    Two questions from a newbie to J/24 sailing ...

    Can't speak to all J/24's but USA 4332 did not have a topping lift when I purchased her. The boats do no typically have a rod boom vang or boomkicker and it is certainly useful to have the boom held up when the main is dropped. My solution was to use 1/8" grey Amsteel (spectra). I put a...
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    Two questions from a newbie to J/24 sailing ...

    Happy to help, far from an expert on the boat, but there a common things that as owners we all go through on each boat, so happy to share. Enjoy the boat and wishing you a good summer on it.
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    Two questions from a newbie to J/24 sailing ...

    In mine I use a 3 part process. First is the boot-link here J/24 Mast Boot — Waterline Systems Next are for and aft chocks-mine look something like this JCD J24 Mast Chocks - Set Finally there was a little side to side play, so I made some custom made mast wedges for both port and starboard...
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    Two questions from a newbie to J/24 sailing ...

    No worries, happy to help! Feel free to post questions as they arise.
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    Two questions from a newbie to J/24 sailing ...

    Some random thoughts on furling. It is a great help in sailing shorthanded although like anything else in life does involve a few compromises. In heavy air with full crew the idea sail would be a sturdy, flat, #3. In light air you want a light #1/150. Obviously with furling you are trying...
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    Two questions from a newbie to J/24 sailing ...

    Your local sailmaker should be able to do a good job and you can pick the Sunbrella fabric color you like. Alternatively in the pre Covid world, the two large one design lofts, i.e. North Sales Newport, RI or Quantum loft in Portsmouth, RI actually did enough volume that they had them pre...
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    Two questions from a newbie to J/24 sailing ...

    No worries, happy to help! I think among the more competitive racer crowd they sometimes use "Lopez Blocks" which are by appearance a Harken block that is mated to a T track car, but I think for what you are doing the Schaefer will do just fine as long as not left out in the sun year round in a...
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    Two questions from a newbie to J/24 sailing ...

    I have the Schaefer blocks on mine and like them. They are the white sheave that you mention and I find them suitable for my use which consists of day sailing, occasional racing and cruising. Schaefer in general builds pretty robust hardware and it is not like blocks are "consumables" i.e...
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    Questions about Toe Rails and Association legal replacements

    Yeah they do look like they have seen better days/time to replace. I would say this, always remember the up front discount given when you purchased the boat, i.e. you probably saved 50k plus or minus, so that should take some of the sting off the price of toe rail replacement. I had to replace...
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    Questions about Toe Rails and Association legal replacements

    sorry restored, not "resorted" must be the cold has frozen my brain...
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