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by TSweather
Tue Jul 12, 2022 5:53 pm
Forum: Maintenance Topics
Topic: Sparcraft mast & boom parts hard to obtain
Replies: 2
Views: 274

Re: Sparcraft mast & boom parts hard to obtain

Sparcraft has atrocious customer service when ordering parts. RigRite is a better option with more in stock parts and quicker shipping. They can also cross reference part #'s from the Sparcraft list of J109 original rig parts on this site. As for the pin, I would just try hitting it with a scotch br...
by TSweather
Tue May 24, 2022 5:07 pm
Forum: Sails & Tuning
Topic: Spin sheets .....
Replies: 8
Views: 7885

Re: Spin sheets .....

I agree with Dan that the type of line matters. We chose 8mm "Euro Endura Braid" for our spinnaker sheets. Total length required for the two sheets was 180ft. The J109 owners manual suggests 2x 85ft sheets, but I purchased more in case I messed up the taper or end splice. We actually use t...
by TSweather
Wed Apr 27, 2022 5:48 pm
Forum: Maintenance Topics
Topic: Winch Upgrade
Replies: 1
Views: 319

Re: Winch Upgrade

Hi Jerry, The cabin top holes are not pre sealed from the factory on our boat #41. Performa winches do have a different hole pattern, which will require over drilling and sealing with epoxy prior to mounting. I replaced my primary winches and the Performa is an excellent upgrade. Sikaflex 291 is my ...
by TSweather
Thu Mar 17, 2022 11:03 pm
Forum: Maintenance Topics
Topic: 20 year Maintenance
Replies: 13
Views: 1620

Re: 20 year Maintenance

I am aware of two failures. I had my rig inspected in 2017 when it was down and the inspection reveled no changes were required. Thanks Bill Now that it will be new- any suggestions on the best system to tune up/down rig turnbuckles without damaging them? Hey Jerry, Have found that Knipex pliers wi...
by TSweather
Tue Mar 15, 2022 12:39 pm
Forum: Maintenance Topics
Topic: 20 year Maintenance
Replies: 13
Views: 1620

Re: 20 year Maintenance

While it definitely looks like an upgrade, why are people choosing to retrofit this forestay attachment? Are the older style ones prone to failure? Ours has been in service since 2003 and still appears fine, though the furler itself has taken a beating and may need to be replaced in the coming years...
by TSweather
Sat Jan 15, 2022 3:15 pm
Forum: Maintenance Topics
Topic: Chain plate construction error resulting in deck distortion
Replies: 2
Views: 784

Re: Chain plate construction error resulting in deck distortion

Sorry to hear about this as it is far from what anyone wants to deal with right off the start. While I am curious how you are handling the chainplate anchoring system that connects to the keel grid below deck, it does sound like you have a solid plan on how to re-core the deck in such a critical spo...
by TSweather
Thu Nov 18, 2021 2:01 pm
Forum: Maintenance Topics
Topic: Project Costs, Input Welcome
Replies: 6
Views: 1528

Re: Project Costs, Input Welcome

Hi Bart, I second the HDI kit for the exhaust elbow that Bill had mentioned as it is an extremely well made part. It is a pretty easy install as the part that goes into the exhaust hose slid out much easier than I had expected and there is plenty of room to access the bolts on the manifold. You can ...
by TSweather
Wed Nov 03, 2021 9:51 pm
Forum: Maintenance Topics
Topic: Sealant replacement or maintenance?
Replies: 11
Views: 2867

Re: Sealant replacement or maintenance?

As Bill alluded to, the headliner allows leaks to travel far beyond where they actually get in. Last year I thought my companionway hatch/sea hood was leaking, so I took it off, filled the holes with epoxy and re-drilled them. After sealing it back on the leak remained. Turned out the leak that was ...
by TSweather
Tue Oct 05, 2021 6:43 pm
Forum: Sails & Tuning
Topic: Removing the Mast
Replies: 1
Views: 1051

Re: Removing the Mast

We're also going to drop the rig this year. Just made some wide base saw horses to store it on. Planning to get final measurements on the turnbuckles using calipers and label all wires. I will likely disconnect the boom and all wiring myself before the yard gets to it. Beyond that you could always g...
by TSweather
Fri Jan 15, 2021 4:11 pm
Forum: Maintenance Topics
Topic: Hull/ deck issue
Replies: 6
Views: 4236

Re: Hull/ deck issue

Hi Karen, While ours is still intact I have repaired the hull to deck joint on other boats before. If the deck is noticeably lifted I would consult a pro to look at it before applying any adhesives as you may want to back up the repair from the inside with strips of glass tape/tabbing seeing that th...
by TSweather
Fri Jan 08, 2021 2:10 pm
Forum: Maintenance Topics
Topic: reparing wood finish
Replies: 11
Views: 6453

Re: reparing wood finish

You will have to sand any surfaces that you want varnish to stick to, though I didn't bother with the underside of the bottom two steps and just taped them off. As for the colors and blending, my re-finished top step came out exactly like Mvallus's above. Pretty sure that the steps on our boat are t...
by TSweather
Sun Nov 29, 2020 10:53 pm
Forum: Maintenance Topics
Topic: SS rod below backstay hydraulic pump
Replies: 1
Views: 2129

SS rod below backstay hydraulic pump

This year the yard damaged the SS rod below the backstay adjuster while it was removed to allow the Travel Lift access to lift the boat. While they have agreed to remedy the issue, does anyone know who made this part or where to find a replacement? Charleston Spars, Navtec, Rigrite, Schaefer, White ...
by TSweather
Fri Nov 13, 2020 10:50 pm
Forum: Maintenance Topics
Topic: Changing the hard stuff - engine & rigging - how often
Replies: 2
Views: 2955

Re: Changing the hard stuff - engine & rigging - how often

Hi Dan, Been going through all these systems on our 2003 since we got it a couple years back. I had the saildrive seals changed last season and ended up needing to replace the lower unit due to pretty bad pitting along the seal seat thanks to electrolysis. While I won't likely touch those seals for ...
by TSweather
Wed Oct 14, 2020 12:31 am
Forum: Maintenance Topics
Topic: Helm Friction Lock
Replies: 6
Views: 11688

Re: Helm Friction Lock

While I would be interested in what you finally figure out, your last photo on the left of the sprocket appears like one of the pins in your chain isn't as flush as the others. Might be just something from the photo, but it did catch my eye. Even though its unrelated to your issue, Edson does sell r...
by TSweather
Tue Jun 02, 2020 1:06 pm
Forum: Maintenance Topics
Topic: Fluxgate compass mounting location
Replies: 4
Views: 5619

Re: Fluxgate compass mounting location

Thank you Dan and Bill for some extremely thoughtful responses. I had wanted to move it just forward of the starboard water tank, but am limited due to length of wire (dpu is mounted in front of the holding tank) and the proximity to battery cables led through limber holes, etc. I'll check the devia...