French J80

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Postby Guest » Wed Apr 13, 2005 2:53 pm

I just purchased a new French J80 from JBoats. Almost no documentation came with it. I have a couple of questions.

1) Does anyone know how to rig the boom vang? I appear to be missing a part, but without instructions or a packing list it is difficult to know for sure.

2) Shoudn't the boat come with a cunningham or am I supposed to use the reef line as a cunningham?

3) Do you put a block at the sheet end of the barber hauler or just pass the spinnaker sheet through the thimble at the end of the barber hauler?

4) Where the main feeds into the mast the track is cut away to allow the sail into the track. A little black plastic feed that would fit into this opening came with the boat in a separate back. Do I need to install this feed?

5) Do most people put a block at the end of the sprit or not?

6) In the lower spreader which stay passes forward and which aft? Also, what is the order (fore to aft) of mounting the stays to the deck plate.

Sorry for all of the questions, but I just have nothing to go on from JBoats.

Thank you for your help!

Postby Guest » Thu Apr 14, 2005 8:14 am

Definitely put a block on the sprit.

Postby Guest » Fri Apr 15, 2005 8:48 am

Thanks for the info. The block I have has a regular threaded shackle on it. This would make it pretty easy to take on and off. Do you have any ideas for securing the pin other than the wire?

Postby Guest » Mon Apr 18, 2005 8:41 am

You could use a little blue Loctite if you like, though mine has never come loose on its own...

Postby Guest » Mon Apr 18, 2005 11:14 am

After finding a couple of schackles loose after sailing, I have taken using loctite on all the shackles that don't regularly get undone. Haven't had a problem since I started doing that.

The sprit shackle supplied on our boat (#484 US) was a harken 4mm bow. It seems a bit wimpy but has held up fine.

Re: cunningham. Our boat came with a small line led to a small block/swivel/cam-cleat at the bottom on the mast. Much thinner than the reef line.

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