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Old 14-07-2009, 15:17   #1
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Blog Update!

Updated my blog. Check it out!! Last time I will post that I updated it on here. I don't want to take up the space and I assume whoever is interested is already following along.

Hope everyone is well!!

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Old 14-07-2009, 22:20   #2
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George, Keep writing!! what a great blog! I feel like we are watching your adventure unfold real-time! Can I add another exclamation?
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Old 15-07-2009, 10:37   #3
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Thanks for being my #1 fan, Ocean Girl!!

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Old 15-07-2009, 15:50   #4
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Did I read correctly that the J-33 you bought lost its mask? What was the failure mechanism?

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Very resourceful of you, Paul :-)

Yes, it lost it's mast in a storm. The previous, previous owners had comprised the structural quality of the mast near the base where it meets the top of the deck. It has been checked out, no structural damage was done to the body of the boat. There is a new mast on site that I am having put on before I get to the boat. I am putting on all new rigging to go with the new mast.
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Old 15-07-2009, 16:40   #6
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Not trying to be pushy, just interested in the rig failure. Do you know what actually failed to cause the rig to come down? Chainplate, toggle,....? For the mast to have come down due to comprise near the base, I would guess they would have had to drill a ton of holes near the partners and then had serious corrosion. This is a keel stepped mast, right? Must be a real pain to get a mast shipped into Tonga.

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Old 15-07-2009, 16:42   #7
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Tongabound,
I guess I should mention, I own J/37 that is setup for cruising - hence the interest.

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Old 15-07-2009, 16:59   #8
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Bingo, bango. That is exactly what happened. I lot of holes drilled in some crazy scheme to reinforce it with more bolts. I sort of see the logic in doing that, other than I would like to trust that the boat manufacturer knew what they were doing when they built it, and it is probably best left as is.

Yes, it probably is a real pain to get a mast there. The guy I am buying it from already has one there, just sold it to me before he got around to putting it on.

I went to the J website and they don't have info posted on the J/37. Tell me about it.
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Old 15-07-2009, 17:13   #10
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George,
If you are going to haul the boat when you are in Tonga, do check the lower rudder bearings. Not sure if the J/33 was built with the Harken bearings or not. They may just be a delrin bushing. The Harken bearings have a tendency to have the race corrode beyond use.

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Old 15-07-2009, 17:26   #11
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I am going to have the boat out of the water when I get there, to paint the bottom and go over the whole thing, and replace what needs it then. Seems like the best plan.

Yeah, I saw the j37 picture, but they have no info. How come?
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Yeah, I saw the j37 picture, but they have no info. How come?
Here's some info.
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I assume you are "Jeorgia?"

Looks good.
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