J40 News

December 4, 2016  -Neat video from Mystic Museum on the J/Bros.   https://youtu.be/5m5dM_r-dEU

November 30, 2016  – Overheard winterizing tip: The plugs for the Raymarine speed thru-hull should be removed and drained once on the hard. Most owners remove the speed paddle to avoid travelift damage and put in the plug prior to haul-out. The plug has 2 seals, upper and lower and WILL trap water between the two. This water could freeze and damage the thru-hull.   Many J/Boats use Raymarine and this seems to make sense.

October 5, 2016  Annapolis Boat Show – Another Big Wheel!  Sailing Hall of Fame designer Rod Johnstone is at the J/Boats exhibit – be sure to meet the designer of the J40 while you’re here picking up sailing goodies!

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September 15, 2016  Coming soon – articles on the headliner and on the propane system and solenoid.  If you have a J/40 upgrade in the works, spend a few minutes, shoot a few pix, copy down some part numbers and sources and send it in.  Thanks!

        – Propane System article posted 10/6

July 12, 2016   – Not every boat was designed by a National Sailing Hall-of-Fame designer, but if you have a J/40, yours was…

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The National Sailing Hall of Fame – Preserving America’s Sailing Legacy • Engaging Sailing’s Next Generation

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Rod Johnstone grew up sailing a homebuilt Lightning, then he raced Thistles, 505s, and 470s. He says they all had an influence on the lines he drew for the 24-footer that became J/Boats’ initial offering (J/24). But perhaps the biggest influence was a neighbor’s 30 square meter he was familiar with (LOA 43’ 6”; LWL 28’ 6”; BEAM 7’ 2”). In the mid-1970s, he took that boat to watch a New York Yacht Club reaching start in strong wind, sailing to leeward of four 12 Meters (VimColumbiaEasterner, and Weatherly) to observe their performance. “We just had our skinny little main up,” Johnstone recalls. “We were taking notes, and after 20 minutes, we realized we were keeping up with the 12s, doing 9 or 10 knots. We were planning(!) In those days, there were very few larger boats that planed.”

He went back to work on the 24-footer he was drawing, aiming for a keelboat that would plane and be stable. “Planing doesn’t rely on how fat the stern is,” Johnstone says. “It’s how flat the hull is ahead of the keel. The J/24 has dead rise, but heel it 15 degrees and it’s flat.”

He had additional motivation for working on the 24-footer. During one very hot, light wind 470 regatta Johnstone sailed with his wife, Lucia, as crew, she lost her balance at one point. “I can’t recall what I said, but the word `elephant’ was used,” Johnstone says. “At the awards, she was smiling, but muttered she’d never set foot on the 470 again.”

Rod shared the emphasis on performance with his brother Bob. “But a sailboat is a want, not a need,” he says. “Performance isn’t just speed, it’s about a boat doing what you want when you want to do it. Balance is key. It pleases me to know an average person can sail a boat of mine and get the same kick out of it that I do. A lot of non-racers sail our boats.”

Rod’s son Alan has been chief designer at J/Boats since 1985. Sometimes they independently tackle a new design, then superimpose them on the CAD machine. The difference is often measured in millimeters. “Either I brainwashed him, or he brainwashed me,” Rod Johnstone says.

– Roger Vaughan

 Announcement is copyright 2016 National Sailing Hall of Fame.   Roger Vaughan is an Oxford, Maryland based sailing writer who has chronicled some of the finest moments in sailing.  His 1970-1980’s books are especially prized. (Ed.)

June 29, 2016  Write a letter through Boat/US to your Representatives regarding Ethanol Fuels!  This announcement was sent in and BoatUS is asking for help to Congress to back off its current mandate for 15% ethanol gasoline, which is bad for boat engines.

                                     http://capwiz.com/boatus/issues/alert/?alertid=64052836

June 21, 2016  Spotted on the Chesapeake heading north – Betsy & Joe Ruzzi bringing their new J40, Chinook,  home to Annapolis

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June 17, 2016  While the Littles are headed north, Fred Allardyce in his J/40 Misty is headed south in the Newport-Bermuda Ocean Race – 4-hour delayed Race Tracker is here where you can cheer the Misty crew on!

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  •  Saturday June 17 update – some 35+ boats have decided to withdraw from the race including the a potential line-honors maxi  Belle Mente.  A developing cold-core low could push 30-40 knots against the Gulf Stream to produce a very nasty sea-state.  Wise words from  double-hander Rich du Moulin at the April Safety at Sea Seminar: “Getting to port is mandatory, but which port you end up at is optional. “
  • 42 boats have retired so far, include Misty.  One of the pro-sailors was quoted as saying “wind doesn’t break boats, waves do”.   The wind forecast isn’t the issue, it’s that the direction goes against the Gulf Stream.  If you were following the Volvo Race a few years ago, the leg from Lauderdale to Boston was declared the roughest, including the Cape Horn leg.  Lots of broken stuff on the boats.

June 12, 2016  The Littles on Ragtime are headed north on their retirement cruise – follow it here:

                                     https://littlesragtime.wordpress.com/

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May 27, 2016   Lark’s Nav Station Electrical Panel DC Volts Input Meter went on the fritz.  The panel works fine, just that meter doesn’t.  Also have a Xantrex digital system meter which I tend to like more – BASS is still around for parts – New info in UpKeep/Upgrade Section

May 20, 2016 – Lark finally sees the water.  Winter Jellyfish are still here, usually gone in March or early April. Been a cold and wet Spring.

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May 16, 2016  – 40th Anniversary of the 1976 launching of RAGTIME, Rod Johnstone’s garage-built family racer.  They did well with it on Long Island Sound and a bunch of people wanted one just like it.  Rod quit his job,  asked TPI to build some J/24’s for the orders he had, and J/Boats was born.

March 3, 2016 – Time to dust off the boat.  Nearly Spring somewhere.  We have a few inches of snow forecast for tonight, but it’ll blow over.  In the meanwhile we’ll enjoy the fireplace.

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Feb 7, 2016 – Under Upkeep – Plastic Through hull note.  Also James is looking for advice on Dingy Davits and Updating Refrigeration – have any updates on those,  shoot them to me and I’ll post ’em.

Dec 23, 2015 – Received a Holiday e-card from the J/Boats folks today – very nice and they used  a J40 to wish you

                               Peace, Love,  Happiness & Prosperity.  Yep, J40sailors couldn’t have said it better.

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December 2, 2015
 Added a piece on SailTrack that many of the J40’s use under “Upkeep”.

November 28, 2015  Rebuilt Volvo 2003 under “sale Boats” from a reputable source.

October 8, 2015  Come meet Rod Johnstone, J/40 designer at the Annapolis Boatshow! Northpoint Yacht Sales/J-Boats booth, across from Quantum Sails! sm_DSC2925

October 1, 2015  Hurricane Jauquin for us east coasters.  Been raining for days and then a hurricane on top of all the waterlogged soil – no where for it all to go.  Wish we could ship some of it west where they could use it.  Best place for updates is : US National Hurricane Center (NHC)

August 30, 2015  Heron’s Reach is reported to be back home.  Interesting blog of the journey at

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August 28, 2015  – J40 designer Rod Johnstone shares his thoughts on the J/Boats design philosophy in a letter published in Scuttlebutt today:

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July 4, 2015 – Hope you are able to be out on your J40 watching firework somewhere this weekend.  Had a question from a owner on the dogs for the Bomar ports on the sides of the cabin.  He has a couple that need replacing.  If anybody kept old frames after a replacement, Dana Oviatt could use the Dogs x 3. Shoot me or Dana a note if you have some – Al    Update:  Dana ordered and received new dogs, different style but he says they work fine – Al.

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It appears that Bomar no longer makes these models, however it looks like the old stock of these ports was picked up by Defender.  So they appear to be still available – http://www.defender.com/

June 27, 2015 – Latest issue of CRUISING WORLD  (Cruising World Website) July 2015 contains a North Sail (north sails website) advertisement for their cruising sails.  What finer boat to use to show them off than a J/40?

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June 4, 2015  Jim Bordeaux’s Solstice started the Annapolis-Newport race today.  She was 7th to go by Drum Point near Solomons at around 330pm EDT.

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May 21, 2015  – Spotted in the Ala Wai Harbor, Honolulu – Hull #3  Your Mom... still in Hawaii.  That’s the problem with Hawaii -once you get there, you don’t want to leave …  sm_DSC7688

April 24, 2015  Jerry & Ginny (Heron’s Reach) are now in the Marquesas –  follow their dream voyage at http://heronreachodyssey.blogspot.com/

February 26, 2015 – j40sailors.com blew through 25,000 page views last week  since it started  three years ago (all stats exclude my/admin’s IPs).  Another 7,000+ clicks on content as a lot of “pages” are content PDFs.  The most visited page is “Sale-Boats”.

February 2015 – under Upkeep, added Cabin Sole Article

January 2015 – Ever wondered what happened to Ed Huckins’ and Cindy Sparks’ Mal de Mer III?   She has been getting quite the refit (hard to believe she needed anything…) but she was purchased by a couple in Bellingham, WA and they spent 15 months refitting for a BIG 33 country cruise.  Her new name is Heron Reach, and you can follow her new owners Jerry Schuster and Ginny Malmquist on their voyages at  http://heronreachodyssey.blogspot.com/

November 2014 – New Upkeep/Upgrades  article on Fresh Water Pressure Pump Replacement.  Also Wes Oliver (#67-Covenant sent in some Winged Keel pix which were added to the Keels document under “Specs/Manuals”  Tab.

October 2014 – More Dave Foster (Many thanks to Dave Foster!) since the fleet has been too busy sailing to send me any local news!   We’ve had a busy year that hasn’t left enough time for sailing    :u(   The new Yanmar has been a dream – we cruise easily at 7.5-8 knots now. I have a water system pressure pump project and article to do and she goes up on the bricks with the start of ski season.  Our Chesapeake weather has gotten cold quickly while those in Pacific Northwest might have an extended season this year.

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July 2014 – Dave Foster!  Where is the summer going!?

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6/27/2014  Newport Bermy Race Results!

The 2014 St David’s Lighthouse Division, the biggest division in the 49th running of the Newport-Bermuda Race, saw many J/Teams post strong finishes among the 96 Division boats. This is a great race, and if you have a chance to do it on a J/Boat all the better.

Of ALL the J/Boats in the is division, J/40 Misty (shoal draft), had the 2nd fastest corrected time, behind a race only lightwieght J/125.  This race was a light-air patience-fest.  I would argue that Misty was one of the more comfortable and easily managed J’s out there.  Once again the J/40 demonstrates few trade-offs.  Suppose I should mention that Fred and crew are a pretty good bunch of sailors and that no one should be terribly surprised…  but good sailors know good boats.

Selected finishes of J/Boats similar to the J/40:

Class 2 (15 Boats) – St. David’s Lighthouse Division

6/class, 15/division, USA 43553, Misty, J-40 shoal draft, Fred Allardyce, Westerly, RI , CCA,

Finish: 06/25/14 10:37:18,   Elapsed; 117 17 18,   Corrected: 84:32:14 hours

9, 18, USA 50787, Schematic, J-42 , Bob Fox, Arlington, VA , AYC, 06/25/14 12:50:35, 119 30 35, 86:10:32

10, 21, USA 73482, Sleijride, J37c, John Gorski & Andy Schell, Lancaster, PA , EYC, 06/25/14 12:14:30, 118 54 30, 86:33:03

Class 3 (15 Boats) – St. David’s Lighthouse Division

5, 24, USA 50820, Finesse, J-42, Newton P.S. Merrill, NY, NY , NYYC, CCA, 06/25/14 11:31:53, 118 01 53, 86:55:13

Class 4 (14 Boats) – St. David’s Lighthouse Division

3, 30, USA 28920, Sunset Child, J-120, Dmitry Kondratyev,  Moscow Russia, RORC, 06/25/14 05:49:00, 112 09 00, 87:26:45

6, 49, USA 51512, Rocket Science, J-120, Rick Oricchio, Fairfield, CT , CCA, 06/25/14 09:07:39, 115 27 39, 90:31:59

7, 51, USA 50271, Moneypenny, J-120, Ken R Comerford, Annapolis, MD , AYC , 06/25/14 09:00:51, 115 20 51, 90:39:44

8, 52, USA 51120, Windborn, J-120, Richard W. Born, Lutherville, MD , CCA, 06/25/14 09:05:04, 115 25 04, 90:42:53

10, 59, USA 51334, Shinnecock, J-120, James Praley , Annapolis, MD , Annapolis YC, 06/25/14 09:12:47, 115 32 47, 91:22:18

14, 73, USA 61200, Secondhand Lions, J-120, Robert WB Kits van Heyningen, Portsmouth, RI , Ida Lewis, 06/25/14 13:23:13, 119 43 13, 94:18:18

6/20/2014  Newport Bermuda Race!

The 635 mile Classic starts today,  with a variety of challenges including where to hit the Gulf Stream for best advantage or least damage.  I didn’t do a full count, but by my eye J/Boats is the best represented with 20% of the fleet.  Fred Allardyce is racing his J/40 Misty and with a shoal draft keel will be pretty even with the J/42’s Schematic , Arrowhead and Finesse.   J/37c Sleijride is also similar in speed and design.   Also competing are a significant group of J/120’s and J/44’s (8!) as well as a least  5 other J/designs.

To watch their track: http://pantaenius.us/en/american-yacht-insurance/newport-bermuda-race/live-race-tracking.html

To check out results and other race info: http://bermudarace.com/2014-race/

3/26/2014 Quick note from James Little, owner of #49, Ragtime:

Thanks for everyone’s advice on the engine from the J40 website!  I replaced the burned-out Volvo with a Kubota Beta 38.  I also got a new transmission and had the Max Prop 2-blade propeller refurbished by PYI.  It really runs nicely and fit in with no problem with the current deep bowl sink.    They had to increase its height a little using two thin pieces of Starboard below the engine mounts.  Very quiet and none of the annoying smoke out the exhaust that previously coated my dinghy.  I have only put a few hours on it taking back to dock, but so far so good.    James Little

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wow – that thing is really red…  ;u)  So far we have Volvo 2003 rebuilds, Volvo D2-40 repower, Yanmar repowers, and Kubota-based Beta Marine.  Kubota based engines are also available from other manufacturers including Nanni.  So – lots of good options when you get to  that point.

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24 JANUARY 2014     US Watercraft, Supplier of replacement original J40 components announces the March 2014 Rendezvous.

J/40 owner and North Sails President Ken Read will be the KeyNote speaker along with other subject matter experts. See the Announcement below:

2014 Midwinter Rendezvous
The 2014 USWatercraft Rendezvous is just around the corner!  Please join us on March 8th for a day of boat building demonstrations, sailing seminars, and mingle with key industry partners.  We will have several 2014 Alerion, C&C, True North, and J/Boat models in production and on display.  Presentations will include engine maintenance, new product development, sailing tips, and much more.   The day will begin at 10AM and go until 4PM. Lunch will be provided.   
Featuring
KEY NOTE SPEAKER:
President of North Sails
 
SPEAKERS:
Rob Mazza & Mark Mills
Former C&C Designer and Mills Design
 
Tom Degremont & Sam Howell
Langan Design Partners
 
Joel Rumelhart
Power Products Systems, LLC 
 
Matt Fries
B&G Instruments
 
David Winskowicz & Mike Alfano
Mack Boring
 
Andrew Burton
Andrew Burton Yacht Services
 
Paul Grimes
USWatercraft
 
and more…
 
DISPLAY BOATS:
  • ALERION YACHTS: All models including Sail Magazine’s Best Boat Winner, the Alerion 41
  • C&C YACHTS: C&C 30 One Design and the Redline 41 in production
  • TRUE NORTH YACHTS: TN34MKII Outboard Express, TN38, and TN50 in production
  • J/BOATS:  J/22, J/24 and the 2014  J/100

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12-15-2013   A quick note from Lisa Falk on the West Coast –  

Looks like we will be pulling the mast for a re-hab and replacing all the rod rigging this winter (with rod).  After two and half years, we finally resolved the engine steaming issue early this fall, so that is a big relief!  It’s a Volvo Penta 2003T…we replaced the heat exchanger, all the major plumbing – exhaust lines, exhaust elbow, intake lines, impeller –  nothing seemed to impact the steaming AT ALL.

Then finally ran a mild acid, Maritime Express ME Ultimate Descaler, two gallons in a white bucket with a bilge pump, to intake (so closed loop) to clean out anything else that might be in there but somewhere we couldn’t get.  I guess the stuff starts out blue, but by the end of running it all through twice it turned creamy milky white.  Husband Marty and the mechanic think we got worms up inside somewhere that calcified and were blocking water flow.

In any case, that FINALLY stopped the steaming.  She wasn’t actually running hot, but we knew there shouldn’t be that much steam – there never had been before – and the water flow is now noticeably increased.

Editors notes:

Kaholo is a basic step in hula dancing where the feet are brought together, accompanied by soft arm movement.  A couple of pix of #83 are in the Gallery

Zebra muscles have been seen as far south as the Susquehanna River in Maryland too, so looking back at your exhaust water and knowing what “normal” looks like is a good idea.  If you have decreased flow or steaming you will know it before the gauges tell you.

Lisa is just finishing her term as Commodore,  King Harbor Yacht Club  (http://www.khyc.org/)  in Redondo Beach, CA, USA.  The America’s Cup pays a visit to KHYC earlier this past year. Lisa_AmCup

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11/15/2013 – Winter article updates

– updated halyard clutches to reflect new Spinlock XTR.  If you try them, shoot me a note on your experiences.

– Over the winter I’ll finish up an exhaustive article on the Yanmar install.  Among the recent surprises was the STANDARD alternator on the 3JH5E is already 120Amp, so no upgrade needed.    And yep, the old motor came right up through the main hatch easy as you please…


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I KNOW you had some projects during 2013.  Shoot pix, write them up, and send them in.  I can help you edit if you like – Al

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10/12/2013 – Annapolis Sailboat Show at the J/Boat display

Rod and son Al were there with Northpoint Yacht Sales showing the latest J/Boats including the J/111, J/95, J/70 and their very latest J/88.

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I asked J/40 Designer Rod Johnstone what was his very favorite feature of the J/40.  He briefly paused and then remarked “It was that my wife loved to sail on it.    In 1988 we took a 3 week cruise on hull #12 and she was completely won over.”    While Rod is beloved in the J/40 community, son Al has been doing great things for J/sailors for some time as well, showing once again that J/boats are family boats.

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9/25/2013  –  MUST-WATCH ALERT:  NBC Sports Network telecasts the final and deciding America’s Cup Race between Oracle and ETNZ TODAY 4PM/ET, 1PM/PT, Wednesday or if a postponement is issued then  a day later .  J/40 co-owner and former America’s Cup helmsman and Volvo Ocean Race skipper Ken Read, as well as America’s Cup winner and author Gary Jobson will be providing color commentary and analysis while Todd Harris provides the play-by-play.  If you haven’t been watching, it is unbelievable seeing these boats foil upwind at over 30 knots and downwind at over 40.  There is NO TRUTH to the rumor that a “foiling add-on” for the J/40 is being drawn up by Rod Johnstone.

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9/3/2013 – Cockpit manually operated bilge pump replacement – more to this than meets the eye – new in “Upkeep”

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8/16/2013 – WELCOME to the Fleet – Jeff Kittrell and Volition, previously Vixon.  Jeff keeps her in Kemah, TX where he will enjoy a lengthy sailing season!

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8/6/2013 -Motors.     Lark (#4)  should get her new motor install completed this week.  She’s getting a Yanmar 3JH5E, re-propped to a right-hand turning Martec RH-18(dia) x 16(pitch) folding prop. new shaft and shaft seal.  Recently done Cutlass bearing, so that’s the whole drive chain.  Looks so nice  I hate to put her in the water.  I’ll have a full writeup with pix in the next couple of weeks in the Upgrades/Engines section.    Also moving water intake and filter under companionway along with fuel filter – a “filter compartment” where everything is really easy to get to!  I’ll have a near-new and a once rebuilt folding left-hand prop (Martec’s) for sale if you need something newer or want a backup prop for cruising for a left-hand-turning engine such as the Volvo 2003 or D2-40.  The cost of a new prop ($1,100+) was a non-trivial cost element in going to Yanmar.  Not as easy a decision as switching from Green to Silver.  I have a ton of pix of this and probably won’t get around to a complete writeup until there is snow on the ground – if you have a question shoot me a note – Al

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2013 MARBLEHEAD-HALIFAX RACE   – In IRC 3 class,  Fred Allardyce’s J/40 MISTY took third in class.

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2/22/2013:  J/Boats announces the J/88  – for availability in June+, a J/70 with overnighter accommodations in 29′

See www. Jboats.com for details.

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2/5/2013 US Watercraft Open House Seminar Schedule announced – RSVP soon!

USWATERCRAFT RENDEZVOUS
Come celebrate with us and visit our new location in Warren!  We have a fantastic day planned with seminars, factory tours, and demonstrations.
DATE: March 9th,  TIME: 10AM – 4PM
LOCATION: 373 Market Street, Warren, RI 02885
RSVP ONLY by February 19th
sarah@waterlinesystems.com or 401-247-3000
Lunch will be provided.

Seminars:

Racing and Electronic Navigation, New Product Development Process, Diesel Maintenance 101

Sailing Fast in your Alerion, Boat Maintenance Basics

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1/18/2013 – The U.S Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia has denied a rehearing on the decision that allows the EPA to put E15 on the market.

This doesn’t affect the J/40 directly, but many owners have dinghies with outboard motors and generators.  E10 hasn’t been kind to them and E15 will be much worse. The American Automobile Association boating groups are strongly on record against it’s use.  “We are disappointed in the D.C. Circuit decision,” Cindy Squires, NMMA’s chief counsel for public affairs and director of regulatory affairs said in an email to Boating Industry. “We remind consumers that E15 is not approved for marine engines and not to fuel your boat with 15 percent ethanol gasoline. As we consider our next steps we will continue to educate consumers about the dangers of E15 and encourage anyone interested in learning more to visitwww.smarterfuelfuture.org.”

Auto makers  like Ford, BMW, Toyota and Honda, warned of the E15 mixture purportedly intended to help ween the industry off foreign oil.  Almost all of the companies’ issues are based on the fact that E15 would do irreparable damage to cars made before 2001 and using the new ethanol fuel would violate many of the warranties they issue for their vehicles.

This is an issue that will hit all Americans and it is difficult to see who is the beneficiary other that the ethanol industry and the legislative targets of lobbyists.   Ethanol use affects everything with a gasoline engine including generators, lawnmowers, weedwackers, compressors.  Many people don’t realize that it takes MORE petroleum to grown the crops and process ethanol than the petroleum it actually replaces in fuel tanks.

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1/15/2013 – Added link to J/Sailing Gear & Apparel under “Links”

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1/4/2013 Maserati Clipper record attempt – latest update 2/16

Your J40 is up in the yard and you’re bored again.  I was out with my J35 skipper and crewmates at lunch and we were talking about one of our fellow Aunt Jean (J35) alums, Ryan Breymaier.  He’s done pretty well having double-handed non-stop circumnavigated in NEUTROGENA, an IMOCA 60 which finished 5th of 15 in the Barcelona World Race 2010.  His latest project is with Giovanni Soldini on Maserati (nee Erickson 3) of Volvo 2008-2009 fame.  They are attempting to break the Clipper route record from NYC to San Francisco.   Maserati left noon on News Year’s Eve and is currently ahead of the previous record.  They project 50 days to finish and if you are looking to kill some time during non-sailing weather, it is pretty interesting stuff, and the site includes a tracker.  Not as audacious as the J40 Gryphon‘s circumnavigations perhaps, but way better than a reality-show rerun:  Here are the links:

Interweb:  http://maserati.soldini.it/?lang=en

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/giovannisoldini?group_id=0

update 1/15/2013 – making great progress down the east side of S. American

update 2/1/2013 – One month at sea – Giovanni Soldini – http://maserati.soldini.it/diario-di-bordo-pensando-a-flying-cloud/?lang=en

update 2/16/2013 – YouTube – The finish for the record!:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=VLiE31x8tXc

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11/28/2012  Waterline Systems announcement!

Waterline Systems LLC is proud to announce our recent acquisition of J/Boat files and original molds for various vintage J/Boats.  This new acquisition allows us to service nearly all models with original factory parts, specialty parts, and make needed repairs and upgrades, all while assisting our customers to retain the value of their J/Boat.

Ed note –  They currently build the J22, J24, J80 and J105.

I had a brief communication with their team and they now have  the deck, pan and hull mold of the J40.  They also have all the engineering files for reproducing pretty much every part of a J40.   They did the same thing with the J22 a decade back and it was great for us at that time and we bought a bunch of pieces to modernize our own J22 deck layout.  I’m in the process of getting more detail from them and will put up a page under “Upkeep” when I have something.  In the meanwhile, their website:  Waterline Systems .

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10/31/2012  – Hurricane Sandy– In Annapolis we fared OK.  There were some anxious moments Thursday/Friday before the storm when 3 of the 6 relevant weather models had her coming across the Bay.  Hope our sisterships in NJ/NY and New England were spared the brunt.  If you have specific needs let the group know, we may be able to find the spare part in our sheds or attic that gets you back on the water quickly.   On the Bay we still have late Fall sailing, and it is some of our best.

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7/30/2012   Walter (Shaken not Stirred) has added pix & comments on his Volvo D2-40 installation under Upkeep.

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7/7/2012 – PUMA Ocean Racing powered by BERG skipper (and J40 owner) Ken Read win In-Port Series – http://www.volvooceanrace.com/en/news/6761_PUMA-pounce-to-win-In-Port-Series.html

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6/12/2012 J/40 Turbo’d – jboatnews blog – jboatnews.blogspot.com/2012/06/j40-cruiser-turbod.html

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5/31/2012  Early season racers – no fooling – you can race these things!

Looks like a furniture showroom below decks and the base PHRF spinnaker rating is around 81,

which is remarkably fast.

 2012 Figawi Race – As in  “where the fagawi, this fog is wicked thick!” :

* Class B – Spinnaker              5th of 16 boats – Jazz, Kirk Brown of  Hingham

* Class G – Non-spinnaker   3rd of 16 boats – Smitten, Bill Jones of Marblehead

     Jazz has a Selden Sprit which can be added for projecting an Asym Spinnaker – makes it easier to jibe too.

2012 Newport-Bermuda: 

* DoubleHanded Class,  Dana Oviatt has entered Eagle.  Fred Allardyce has entered Misty in Class 2.   Numerous J/42 and J/120s are entered and they

should have a fine time.  I’ve done it twice on a 40′ J/120 and they are a good size for going through the

Gulf Stream. Follow Dana and Fred at:

http://www.bermudarace.com/

Note 6/20 : Misty finished in the silver with a 3rd in Class 2, Eagle finished 4th in Class 14 – Double-Handed Division.

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3/14/2012 – It’s still Winter (somewhere anyway…) and you’re still bored!  Not as bored as these guys…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0iLbLS8pXN4

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2-/15/2012:  A YouTube…  OK, so it’s not BIG news, but if you are relegated to being an armchair J40 sailor during the winter months, then here you go….  (if you are in a business meeting or at the opera, you might want to go on “mute”)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SUqpXRlt05c

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1/9/2012: J40 Chesapeake Cruise in 2012?  Was chatting with David Cutner and mentioned a J40 Rendezvous on the Chesapeake if owners were running their boats up or down the coast during Spring or Fall.  Maybe we could coordinate dates, do a weekend and provide some extra berths for some West Coasters.  I have sailed up on all 4 corners of the US and it’s hard to beat the Chesapeake.  We also have a long season, so lots of options.  Thoughts? drop me a line – Al

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1/6/2012:   Mal de Mar III, Ed Huckins boat – sad day putting up a link to the listing for her  (on Sale Boats tab), and sold in two months.  (updated March 13)

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11/5/2011: J/Boats Newsletter, 11/2/2011, including mention of Ed Huckins’ passing:  JBoatNews_11022011

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11/5/2011:   J40 Co-owner Ken Read skippers PUMA Ocean Racing powered by BERG in the Volvo Ocean Race 

                                                                                           Ken steering Puma in Boston – May, 2009

The Volvo Ocean Race Leg 1 starts today in Alicante, Spain, traverses 6500 nm of water.  The first leg finishes in Capetown, South Africa.  The weather forecast for the first few days sounds brutal and we wish Ken and his crew the best for a safe and successful race.

(Update 11/6 – Abu Dhabi dismasted, Sanya hit something big and was in for bow repairs)

To cheer Ken and the team on,  the team website is:  http://www.puma.com/sailing

To follow the Race, see:  http://www.volvooceanrace.com/en/home.html

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