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Re: [j4x-owners-group] Thinking of Buying J-42

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  • Frank Flannery
    I would have to second Rod s recommendations. our boat is a 40, but they have almost the same hull and rig, so I imagine they are similar enough to compare. We
    Message 1 of 6 , May 15, 2013
      I would have to second Rod's recommendations. our boat is a 40, but
      they have almost the same hull and rig, so I imagine they are similar
      enough to compare.

      We have the 100% jib up about 95% of the time. It's great upwind down
      to about 9 kts and deeper downwind in 11. We generally are sailing in
      some seas, which means you need a little more wind than you would in
      the calmer waters we've experienced in the PNW or New England summer.

      However, the boat is absolutely amazing to sail with our 140% jib in
      lighter winds. When we were in Maine for a summer, we used the 140%
      the whole time. Occasionally, we were in up to 20 kts, but never
      upwind. Usually it was closer to 8kts, which meant typically 6+ kts
      of boatspeed.

      I've contemplated the idea of a second forestay immediately inside the
      first stay in order to have two jibs available. This would be a
      solent rig, not a cutter. I'm not sure what the engineering would
      involve, but the anchor chain area is already tight and there would be
      a host of other problems I'm sure. I can always dream....


      On 5/13/13, Rod Deyo <roddeyo@...> wrote:
      > A few additional comments on the sails.
      > For jibs we have a North Marathon 3DL 150% #1 and North 102% Nordac #3 with
      > vertical battens. Sailing and cruising year around in Puget Sound and
      > Canada, we encounter highly variable winds from 0-40+ knts. The 42's do
      > remarkably well for a heavier boat with just the #3 in winds as low as 6-7
      > knts true depending on wave conditions, but below that really need a larger
      > jib to accelerate and drive the boat to speed upwind. In anything over 10-12
      > knts true, the boat takes off with the #3, and its really nice being able to
      > trim the jib flat if the winds get above 20 knts true, rather than
      > roller-furling a larger sail. As noted, there is also a definite advantage
      > in easier tacking with the #3 - the overlapping jib can be troublesome for
      > smaller sail trimmers (or larger ones for that matter :)).
      > Downwind, the boat does reasonably well with the big main and winging the #3
      > jib in winds as low as 10-12 knts true. The larger jib would be more
      > effective if you don't use a flying sail. But for any extended distance
      > downwind in less than 14-16 knts true, we'll usually try to fly either a
      > symmetric or asymmetric spin since this makes a tremendous difference in
      > boat performance. The J/42 is quite stable with its keel weight and large
      > rudder, and if you use a sock and blanket the spin behind the main during
      > the douse, you can easily fly a spin in 18-25+ knts double-handed. This
      > will get you rolling along...
      > Rod Deyo
      > J/42 Northern Lights
      > Seattle, WA
      > From: j4x-owners-group@yahoogroups.com
      > [mailto:j4x-owners-group@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Thomas Keffer
      > Sent: Monday, May 13, 2013 3:33 PM
      > To: j4x-owners-group@yahoogroups.com
      > Subject: Re: [j4x-owners-group] Thinking of Buying J-42
      > Hi, Ed
      > The J/42 is a mainsail driven boat. The job of the foresail is to provide a
      > continuous lift for the mainsail, allowing a higher angle-of-attack, not to
      > provide sheer surface area. You'll be fine with the standard 100% headsail.
      > That's what I use 90% of the time when I'm not racing, and that's in the
      > Pacific Northwest where we suffer from light winds all summer.
      > -tk
      > On Mon, May 13, 2013 at 3:22 PM, Ed Cale
      > <e.cale@...<mailto:e.cale@...>> wrote:
      > Hi TK,
      > Thanks for the fast response and insights. I will certainly keep those
      > issues in mind. While I now live in Sonoma County, Northern California, I
      > plan to keep the boat in New England, as the cruising is far better than on
      > the west coast (IMHO). As such, I won't need A/C, a watermaker, or much
      > else to keep me happy.
      > I do have one specific question about sails. As I said, I will be cruising,
      > not racing this boat, and will probably buy a new roller-furling genoa,
      > which will be my everyday headsail. Given that the winds are usually pretty
      > good in New England (north of CT), I'm assuming that a, say, 120% or 130%
      > sail would be about appropriate. Do you disagree? (BTW, both my wife and I
      > are in our mid-60s and in pretty good shape. However, we have no interest
      > in fighting a huge, overlapping headsail.)
      > Thanks again for your valuable insights.
      > Ed
      > From: Thomas Keffer <tkeffer@...<mailto:tkeffer@...>>
      > To:
      > j4x-owners-group@yahoogroups.com<mailto:j4x-owners-group@yahoogroups.com>
      > Sent: Monday, May 13, 2013 2:53 PM
      > Subject: Re: [j4x-owners-group] Thinking of Buying J-42
      > Hi, Ed (and welcome to the J/4X group).
      > Mostly, the J/42 is a very well constructed boat with very few weak points.
      > However, like all boats, they have their problem spots. Here are the three
      > I'm aware of:
      > 1. Corrosion in the port fuel tank due to contact with the hull. See Dave
      > Robinson's write
      > up<http://www.sailingsource.com/j42class/Tips/StarbirdSept2007.htm>.
      > 2. Water ingress into the chamber under the sole of the anchor locker.
      > 3. Rudder bearing problems, particularly with the early boats that used
      > Harken bearings. See Bill Stellin's write
      > up<http://www.sailingsource.com/j42class/Tips/JaywalkerApr2007.htm>. My boat
      > had Tides Marine bearings and also has had some problems.
      > Problems #1 and #2 are easy to spot and inexpensive to fix. Problem #3 is
      > also easy to spot (you'll experience play or high resistance if there is a
      > problem), but expensive to fix.
      > Of course, there are also the usual wear-and-tear problems that any
      > competent marine survey should be able to outline.
      > My personal philosophy is to look for a boat that has had minimal additions
      > --- no genset, no A/C, no watermaker --- and keep the weight down and the
      > performance up, but if you've browsed the message threads here you can see
      > that many others don't agree with me! :-)
      > Are you on the East Coast?
      > -tk
      > On Mon, May 13, 2013 at 2:33 PM, e.cale
      > <e.cale@...<mailto:e.cale@...>> wrote:
      > Hello to the members of the J-4X Group!
      > I've been sailing since the 1970s, and always admired J-boats. Years ago, as
      > a J-37 blew past me on a beat, I wanted to yell over to the skipper to turn
      > of the engine! Of course, it wasn't on.
      > Anyway, I'm now in the wonderful position of considering a J-42. I would
      > like to know from current owners if there are any special mechanical or
      > construction issues I should look for in evaluating a potential purchase. I
      > will, obviously, be concerned with potential water penetration into the
      > core, possible delamination in the hull or deck, bonding issues between
      > bulkheads/furniture and the hull, and the condition of the engine. However,
      > are there any particular little bugs or issues that you would recommend I
      > check before making a commitment?
      > I learned a lot from reading owners previous comments on shoal vs deep
      > draft, and I don't have a strong commitment, either way.
      > I would appreciate any recommendations which you might have.
      > Thanks in advance,
      > Ed Cale
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