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by fxalbert
Fri Mar 17, 2017 5:29 pm
Forum: Maintenance Topics
Topic: Alternator Belt Dust Fix
Replies: 9
Views: 4180

Re: Alternator Belt Dust Fix

I had the same problem with the black dust. It's the alternator belt being eaten up and blowing dust EVERYWHERE. I discovered accidentally that if you have the blue wheel on the Alternator that's the reason. The blue belt wheel does line up with the Yanmar engine and you burn up belts (and blow blac...
by fxalbert
Thu Mar 16, 2017 12:06 pm
Forum: Sails & Equipment for Sale
Topic: Sold: J 109 155% Genoa
Replies: 5
Views: 2572

Re: J 109 155% Genoa

There's about 11 hours on the sail in winds of less than 10 knots. I'm getting rid of it because for me the 6 second PHRF adjustment puts me in a class where I'm racing against J 120s and the sail is a great sail but won't beat a J 120. If I use a smaller head sail I stay in my current class so alth...
by fxalbert
Thu Mar 02, 2017 10:05 pm
Forum: Looking to Buy Something
Topic: Closed: WANTED Weekly Race Quality Mainsail
Replies: 2
Views: 2009

Re: WANTED Weekly Race Quality Mainsail

John,

I have a used North 3DL Main sail that might work for you. I'd be looking for about $500 for the sail. Let me know if you're interested and I'll pull it out of the pile and take another look at it.

Thanks,
Frank Albert
by fxalbert
Thu Mar 02, 2017 9:58 pm
Forum: Sails & Equipment for Sale
Topic: Sold: J 109 155% Genoa
Replies: 5
Views: 2572

Sold: J 109 155% Genoa

155% Genoa Mylar/Aramid. Sail is the smoked Mylar dark film with the dyed Aramid. North 3DL specifically made for the J 109. Very fast sail for PHRF racing. The North Loft in Annapolis inspected the sail and said it was in excellent condition and appraised the value at $1,700. I paid $4,500 for it n...
by fxalbert
Mon Aug 15, 2016 8:17 pm
Forum: Class Rules Discussions
Topic: Class Rule Changes
Replies: 15
Views: 13436

Re: Class Rule Changes

And all of this discussion is why I no longer race in class events. I carry two jibs. If one rips I'll take it down and put another one up. Is it dangerous? Sailing in big winds is dangerous. Wear a life vest. These are sail boats not an amusement ride. There are dangers involved in sailing. If folk...
by fxalbert
Mon Aug 15, 2016 8:06 pm
Forum: Class Rules Discussions
Topic: Cabin table removal
Replies: 5
Views: 10297

Re: Cabin table removal

I've removed the table from my J 109 nearly as soon as I bought it. I find it opens up the interior of the boat much, much better. Since I have to put it back on the boat to race in one design regattas I tend to just not race in those regattas. 99% of all my racing is PHRF and PHRF doesn't care abou...
by fxalbert
Mon Aug 15, 2016 7:54 pm
Forum: Maintenance Topics
Topic: Saildrive Diaphragms Replacement Every 2 Years?
Replies: 8
Views: 6531

Re: Saildrive Diaphragms Replacement Every 2 Years?

Had a recent scare where the "Water Proof" light came on. That's the warning light for the bladders. Turned out it was just condensation in the bladders and once it was dried out and blown out everything was fine. In the mean time my yard gave me an estimate of $3500 to replace the bladders.
by fxalbert
Mon Aug 15, 2016 7:49 pm
Forum: Maintenance Topics
Topic: Yanmar 3YM30 Engine & SD20 Saildrive Maintenance Information
Replies: 2
Views: 12864

Re: Yanmar 3YM30 Engine & SD20 Saildrive Maintenance Information

Wanted to let everyone know of a recent experience. I started my J 109 about a week ago and the "Water Proof" light came on and stayed on along with the warning buzzer. I figured it was probably the sail drive bladder warning and it was. After the yard did some examining and consultation with other ...
by fxalbert
Mon Aug 15, 2016 7:42 pm
Forum: Maintenance Topics
Topic: Rudder bearing replacement
Replies: 12
Views: 10936

Re: Rudder bearing replacement

Update on the rudder bearing replacement. I had the rudder bearing replaced in the spring of 2016. The total cost was nearly $4000 and I no longer have any water problems inside the boat. After doing all this and getting the gaiter that wraps around the base of the rudder and the top of the rudder I...
by fxalbert
Mon Aug 15, 2016 7:34 pm
Forum: Racing Tools and Techniques
Topic: 155 % vs a 145 % Genoa
Replies: 2
Views: 4088

Re: 155 % vs a 145 % Genoa

I had my 145% genoa cut down to a 139.5% genoa. This reduction (below 140%) allowed me to take just a 3 second penalty vs the normal 6 second penalty for anything larger than the class head sail. This sail has turned out to be a massive improvement over both the class head sail and the 155%. I can p...
by fxalbert
Mon Aug 08, 2016 8:46 am
Forum: Looking to Buy Something
Topic: Closed: Light 155 Genoa
Replies: 2
Views: 3527

Re: Light 155 Genoa

If you're still looking for a light 155% genoa I've got a North 3DL dark smoke tinted 155 for sale. Contact me at frers33@verizon.net

Frank Albert
by fxalbert
Sun Jan 17, 2016 12:31 am
Forum: Maintenance Topics
Topic: Rudder bearing replacement
Replies: 12
Views: 10936

Re: Rudder bearing replacement

I don't know if my boat ever had the keep sump reinforced however the boat is now 12 years old and there are no cracks in the sump area or on the outside. I think if I was going to have a problem it would have developed by now.
by fxalbert
Thu Nov 19, 2015 9:56 am
Forum: Maintenance Topics
Topic: Rudder bearing replacement
Replies: 12
Views: 10936

Re: Rudder bearing replacement

Finally got the password thing worked out. In early Sept 2015 we raced in a long 29 mile race and with the original rudder bearing in a 12 year old boat. It was almost all upwind in 14 to 17 knots with 3 foot seas. We were on a port tack for 4 hours. We took on nearly 50 gallons of water. There was ...
by fxalbert
Wed Oct 14, 2015 9:06 am
Forum: Maintenance Topics
Topic: Rudder bearing replacement
Replies: 12
Views: 10936

Re: Rudder bearing replacement

Update to my earlier posts on the J 109 Rudder bearing issues. In 2014 I had a small leak that was manageable. In 2015 after a hard race over 29 miles my leak became a serious problem taking on gallons of water. I tried the Edison maintenance suggestion of adding Teflon grease to the rudder post. Th...
by fxalbert
Mon Mar 24, 2014 3:30 pm
Forum: Maintenance Topics
Topic: Rudder bearing replacement
Replies: 12
Views: 10936

Re: Rudder bearing replacement

My yard contacted Edison. They have 4 rudder bearings left, and they cost $2,500 each. I'm told Edison did not make the rudder bearings so they bought out what was left and now there are 4. Actually 3, I just bought one as insurance. I don't know what you do after the last 3 are gone but I'm guessin...