No, I have no interest in doing this, but a confluence of things made the question pop into my head
"What would you do to a J24 if you wanted to go offshore in one?"
So here's the challenge:
to Hawai'i and back.
Boat does NOT have to remain class legal
1 or 2 people aboard.
You will gunkhole around the Islands before returning.
Here's some info on the boat: http://sailboatdata.com/viewrecord.asp?class_id=245
Tonight I started reading 'Black Feathers' the story of the guy who took a Cal20 on the 2008 Single
Handed TransPac. Also this evening there was a thread doing on the list for the sailing club I used to be active in in Seattle
discussing why J24's seem to have a propensity to capsize
and sink. That's how this question popped into my head.
So here are my ideas:
The boat has a very serious stability issue, the AVS is just over 90deg. The first thing I would do is bolt a 300-400lb bulb to the bottom of the keel. There's a company (Mars Metals?) that makes bulbs for DIY installation
Realizing the bulb will only help so much, I accept that capsizing is still a serious possiblity and would install floatation. There's two ways to go here: Styrofoam blocks or something inflatable
was not much of an issue and I was racing
I would be most likely to go inflatable
for the weight savings. In either instance I would want floatation secured forward and in each quarter as high as possible and a long strip secured along each side again just under the deck
. The goal being to have the boat floating as high as possible when inverted, so it is easier for another wave to roll back upright.
Bulkheads coming adrift are a recurring problem, I would triple up the tabbing.
Water intrusion thru cockpit hatches is also a known problem. I would seal the hatches, probably by glassing them over.
I would add backrest coamings and a dodger
. I would probably install a block of styrofoam at the back of the cockpit to decrease its volume and there would suddenly be monster drains out the back end of the boat.
I would install a masthead halyard
and a short, retractable sprit for a CodeZero. I would give serious consideration to running an extra set of cap shrouds up to the mast
Self-steering would either be a DIY windvane
with trim tab on the outboard rudder
or a very light commercial windvane
such as a used Navik or a Mr. Vane.
I would install a chain pawl and a small bow roller. I would carry 125' of 1/4" chain and a 25lb main anchor
. I would carry a medium sized Fortress
with maybe 20' of chain. Plus of course all the extra line that normally goes with anchors.