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    Transom gudgeon bolt length?

    Steel bolts on an aluminum plate will create a galvanic reaction. The two metals will create an electrical charge and eventually the steel bolts will infuse themselves into the aluminum. I have used aluminum plate as backing plates for my winches and all the stantions. I made the hole in the...
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    Prep below the waterline

    I am experimenting with a ceramic coating this year too. From reading the reviews and other materials, I sprayed the ceramic coating on the sides as well as on the bottom paint too. Its not a wax but a hard coating that is very slippery in water. I haven't done much sailing on it yet this...
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    J24's in the Fairfield CT area

    MatH, where do you sail out of in Greenwich? We haven't been able to organize a casual J24 one design event yet. As I see more interest, hopefully we will be able to set up something for next summer.
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    Considering painting a J24 hull, any advice on what paints work well for racing?

    When I bought my J24 about 5 years ago, it had the same problem. Too many layers of antifouling bottom paint. What we did was to sand all the bottom paint off down to the Gel coat. paint with an epoxy barrier coat then I would go to your local marine store depending on the water where yo...
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    J24's in the Fairfield CT area

    Peddler, yes we would definitely be interested in a more local j24 one design weekend. Would be a lot of fun. where is the Branford/Pine Orchard race weekend listed? Regattanetwork? Thanks for replying, hopefully more people will see the interest and reply too.
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    J24's in the Fairfield CT area

    Bob & Carol, Thank you for replying. Yes we sail out of FYC. We sail PHRF for Wed nights and other YRA LIS regattas occasionally. If there are more responses, would you be interested in a J24 "non official Class" race one day this summer. Hoping with your response we will get more so that...
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    Setting Rake on a J24

    I'm not sure I understand your question. The spreaders on my boat are fixed. With a distance of 155cm between tips. What we do do is set the mast pre bend "rake" at 2in at naught on the backstay. That has worked very well for us. I have never moved the spreader angle on the mast. And have...
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    J24's in the Fairfield CT area

    We sail our J24 out of Blackrock Harbor, we seem to be the only J24 in the local area. I am looking for other J24's in the area of Fairfield. If there is enough interest we can organize a series of J24 regattas. My thoughts to have some fun Beer can races for the local area. Cedar Point One...
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    Electric Outboard Question

    I am considering replacing my old 4hp gas engine with a Torqeedo Electric engine. Does anyone have any experience with these engines on a J24? On Long Island Sound? My use is only in and out of the Harbor, about 15 mins each way.
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    All Battens Same Size or sailmaker Specific?

    In short. No. Battens come in different sizes but the width of your other batten is the same. My recommendation is to measure the width of the sleaave and buy batten material then cut to length. I keep a stock of batten in my garage. Always snap or the kids loose them on our laser and cat...
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    J/24 Halyards - Cleated on the Mast

    Go to west marine custom rigging J24. They have all the standard measurements for all line, sheets and shrouds.
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    Question on Replacing Traveler

    The traveler bar base is attached to the boat by 2 bolts, I believe 7/16 nut. The traveler is attached by through bolts, about 8, to the bar base. Getting the traveler off is very easy, just need a Philips Head screwdriver and a socket wrench (7/16 too I believe from memory, I would bring 3/8 &...
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    Bow Hatch Repair of replace

    Thanks Gstilin, good advice and not a difficult fix.
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    Bow Hatch Repair of replace

    The Bow Hatch on my 82' #3318 broke when trailering it. It wasn't locked down properly and blew open. Not much damage but the supports under the Glass broke, so the hatch can't really hold any weight. Can it be repaired? or is it worth it buying a new Bomar hatch. Lewmar makes a hatch for...
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    PIXEL Upgrades

    My 12yr old son races PIXEL's great boat for his age before moving to a Laser or 420. I want to upgrade the Boom Vang, from the Stock 3:1 to a Laser style 15:1 Harken. Does anyone know if the boom is made to handle the load, similar problem to the pre 1983 Laser Booms that don't have the...