Seakpowder, You making a trip to Jay Peak, Vt this weekend? I hear they are getting 2 of snow. Check for moisture around the all through hulls, the bow pulpitMessage 1 of 3 , Apr 28, 2010View SourceSeakpowder,
You making a trip to Jay Peak, Vt this weekend? I hear they are getting 2' of snow.
Check for moisture around the all through hulls, the bow pulpit anchoring spots, especially the rear ones, around the chain plates and the genny tracks.
The Chain plates seem to be an issue with all J Boats and I've been told it is very easy to avoid any moisture issues. Annually just pop up the cover on the deck, remove the old sealant, clean it, put new sealant down, put the cover back down.
The bow pulpit rear attachment points seem to go through solid fiberglass but the bolts go through the transition from the cored deck to the solid glass, so if the bolts leak the water gets into the coring even though they don't go through the core. The builder should have stopped the coring about an inch further back.
And look for cracks along the center line along the bottom, it appears that voids are fairly common. I found 2 on our J28 and a friend has found 4 on his J30. No moisture issue though. Easy to fix.
Our J28 only had a current moisture issue by the bow pulpit. I did get some false readings on some through hulls. We pulled them out and they seem to be fine and were installed properly with no coring directly exposed.
The only other thing we have seen so far is the teak over the main cabin settee shelf is not attached to anything along the whole outside edge so it flexes and bounces a bit. The only reason I even noticed it is because that area of teak was falling down due to the weight of the 25 year old speakers that were mounted to it. I fixed it, reinforced it and got smaller more modern lighter speakers (actually a system for a Laptop PC with a small subwoofer).
So far, for us, this one seems to be a pretty solid boat. We looked at a J28 boat in RI, and it had a few more moisture issues, nothing major, but this one had less issues.
Date: Wed, 28 Apr 2010 06:28:28 +0000
Subject: [J28Sailors] Looking to buy a J28
From your collectives experiences w/ J28's what are the items extra attention/investiga tion should be given to? (Beyond normal wear and tear)
Thanks for your help!
Welcome to the forum, Before I start listing bad things I just wanted to say that the 28 is a very well built boat, especially for its size. If you decide toMessage 1 of 3 , Apr 28, 2010View SourceWelcome to the forum,
Before I start listing bad things I just wanted to say that the 28 is a very well built boat, especially for its size. If you decide to buy one I am sure you will love the boat.
Now for some bad stuff...
The battery cable, where it is routed over the gearbox tends to get chafed and if it chafes all the way through could obviously cause some major problems. To see this you can climb into the port cockpit locker and there is an access panel that gets to the gear box and stuffing box. Take a look through that access panel and check the battery cables that pass over the gear box.
Where the chain plates pass through the deck is a VERY common spot for leaks and can allow water into the core. It is a problem with all J-boats and not just the 28.
The bow pulpit and all of the lifeline stanchions, due to the stress of being leaned on, etc, also tend to leak but their bolts do not seem to go through the deck core, at least not on the ones I have re-bed on my boat. However the water coming into the boat can damage the interior.
Check the aluminum mast step, which is essentially an aluminum I-Beam that has had the bottom half of it fiberglassed into the hull. The forward end of it bolts to the partial bulkhead that makes the head of the V-berth. Water forward of this bulkhead (lift the floor board under the V-berth) can puddle because the drain holes through the bulkhead are a couple of inches higher than the hull. The combination of salt water, aluminum step and stainless bolts can cause the step to corrode.
The stock running lights from Lucas are cr@p. All the contacts in them are un-tinned copper. Due to this everything ends up becoming a non-conducting lump of corrosion. If you do any sailing after sunset make sure you replace them.
Check the hoses that connect the cockpit drains to the drain holes in the stern. They are just exhaust hose and given the age of the boat have probably dried out and cracked. If they haven't been replaced already this means any water in the cockpit is draining into the hull instead of overboard. The hose is an odd size (2-1/4" if I remember correctly) and I had to special order it, which makes it more expensive then you would think.
Have fun and good luck in your search,
--- In J28Sailors@yahoogroups.com, "seakpowder" <seakpowder@...> wrote:
> From your collectives experiences w/ J28's what are the items extra attention/investigation should be given to? (Beyond normal wear and tear)
> Thanks for your help!