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by Dan Corcoran
Tue Nov 24, 2020 10:03 pm
Forum: Sails & Equipment for Sale
Topic: J/109 Sails & Equipment for Sale
Replies: 17
Views: 7142

Re: J/109 Sails & Equipment for Sale

yes, please contact me at 516 captain at gmail dot com
by Dan Corcoran
Tue Nov 24, 2020 1:11 pm
Forum: Class Rules Discussions
Topic: Removing the center table
Replies: 15
Views: 538

Re: Removing the center table

My vote, center tables stays. I mostly race my J/109. Both racing and cruising we have meals on the table, go through the trouble of moving the anchor back to the rear so we can use the table, and can't imagine it not being there. The arguments in favor of keeping the table that resonate with me: * ...
by Dan Corcoran
Mon Nov 16, 2020 6:25 pm
Forum: Racing Tools and Techniques
Topic: Masthead Nav Lights
Replies: 1
Views: 83

Masthead Nav Lights

Has anyone given thought / heard a complaint about 109 nav lights not being visible when flying spinnaker? Apparently, there is a rule that requires our nav lights are visible, and failing that being possible from the bow, we should have masthead nav lights.
by Dan Corcoran
Mon Nov 16, 2020 6:22 pm
Forum: Class Rules Discussions
Topic: Removing the center table
Replies: 15
Views: 538

Removing the center table

Our table cover is really heavy, about 6 lbs. My crew offered to make something much lighter. I mentioned to them that I heard on the annual class call that the table could become unnecessary in the class rules, and likely removed to save weight and make it easier for spin douses. They asked me to k...
by Dan Corcoran
Sun Nov 01, 2020 9:47 pm
Forum: Maintenance Topics
Topic: Changing the hard stuff - engine & rigging - how often
Replies: 2
Views: 199

Changing the hard stuff - engine & rigging - how often

As my 2006 J/109 reaches 15 years old next year, I wonder what i should be thinking about for maintenance beyond the basics. Has anyone changed things like engine mounts (4 yrs / 1000 hrs says yanmar), mixing elbows (mine does not look original), prop shaft seals, or rod rigging during the life of t...
by Dan Corcoran
Sun Nov 01, 2020 9:39 pm
Forum: Maintenance Topics
Topic: Jib Harken Cam Cleat
Replies: 2
Views: 179

Jib Harken Cam Cleat

One of my cam cleats is failing, which version of the Harken Cam Cleat do we have on our 109's? Is it serviceable without removing it?
by Dan Corcoran
Sun Nov 01, 2020 8:00 pm
Forum: Maintenance Topics
Topic: Balmar MC-614 Alternator Regulator
Replies: 8
Views: 348

Re: Balmar MC-614 Alternator Regulator

I worked at it a while. Do you mean the entire pedal comes off, including the arm, or only the rubber foot comes off?

To get the arm off as well, I need to undo the pump? What is it secured too?
by Dan Corcoran
Sun Nov 01, 2020 7:58 pm
Forum: Maintenance Topics
Topic: Holding Tank Pump
Replies: 0
Views: 61

Holding Tank Pump

When pumping antifreeze through the holding tank pump in the head, I immediately noticed a foul smell.

I suspect something is leaking. If it's the pump itself, where can I find this part?
by Dan Corcoran
Sun Nov 01, 2020 12:15 pm
Forum: Maintenance Topics
Topic: Balmar MC-614 Alternator Regulator
Replies: 8
Views: 348

Re: Balmar MC-614 Alternator Regulator

I could not figure out how to get the handle off the foot pump, so I could pull up the floor panel.
by Dan Corcoran
Thu Oct 29, 2020 7:25 pm
Forum: Maintenance Topics
Topic: Balmar MC-614 Alternator Regulator
Replies: 8
Views: 348

Re: Balmar MC-614 Alternator Regulator

I don't believe a large ground wire is necessary, the charging current does not pass through the MC-614, only the power required to run the regulator logic, signal the alternator, and measure the battery voltage. Bill, did you fish them blind, or were you able to figure a way to lift the floor panel...
by Dan Corcoran
Mon Oct 26, 2020 9:48 pm
Forum: Racing Tools and Techniques
Topic: PHRF Almost Distance Racing
Replies: 1
Views: 132

PHRF Almost Distance Racing

1) Someone told me in passing that they believe the PHRF rating for the J/109's was changed recently in Europe, and asked if I took that to challenge the ratings here. Would anyone know any specifics about this? 2) What kind of tools, techniques, sails might be helpful in competing against other boa...
by Dan Corcoran
Mon Oct 26, 2020 9:39 pm
Forum: Class Rules Discussions
Topic: Clutch replacements
Replies: 9
Views: 7475

Re: Clutch replacements

My crew is asking me to replace the two constrictor clutches I use as secondary to my main and jib halyards.

Is a second set of spinlocks really any better?
by Dan Corcoran
Mon Oct 26, 2020 9:26 pm
Forum: Maintenance Topics
Topic: Balmar MC-614 Alternator Regulator
Replies: 8
Views: 348

Re: Balmar MC-614 Alternator Regulator

Has anyone come up with a way to route additional wires from the battery compartment to the front of the engine room that doesn't involve going through the galley or down the middle of the bilge spaces? I would like to run extra voltage sense, ground, and battery temp sensors without using up space ...
by Dan Corcoran
Mon Oct 26, 2020 9:24 pm
Forum: Maintenance Topics
Topic: Balmar MC-614 Alternator Regulator
Replies: 8
Views: 348

Balmar MC-614 Alternator Regulator

Next time you go to rearrange your electrical system or change your battery, there is an interesting article written by R. Collins, an expert in boat electronics that I found interesting here: https://marinehowto.com/programming-a-balmar-voltage-regulator/ Note, the best and worst installation pract...
by Dan Corcoran
Thu Aug 20, 2020 5:27 pm
Forum: Maintenance Topics
Topic: Head Plumbing and Y-valve
Replies: 18
Views: 10870

Re: Head Plumbing and Y-valve

Practical sailor magazine lead me to believe all these are equal. https://www.practical-sailor.com/systems-propulsion/joker-valves-for-marine-heads Other potential clues: * It only seems to siphon only when set to overboard, and not when set to holding tank. * The holding tank unexpectedly filled up...