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Thanks to everyone who replied for the congratulations and for your tips. I have some leads to work on now.
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Had an S23 back when I lived in Florida. That was in the 80s. Too bad they don't make them anymore, they were good boats. It was perfect for weekends on Tampa Bay and down in the Keys.

Anyway, as for the pin, it is just a stainless pin. Measure the size you need and I would be absolutely SHOCKED if you can't get exactly what you need at mcmaster dot com.

When I had mine, I also put a quick release lever on the backstay. Go to mauriprosailing dot com and search for "quick release lever." You'll see what I mean. Between that and quick release pins everywhere appropriate it made raising and lowering the mast a snap, because you could release the tension while raising the mast (making it easy to get everything hooked up) and then instantly reset the tension.

Good luck!
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There is still a boatbuilder near Monroe,WA who has the Clark Boat Co. molds for the SJ21, SJ23,SJ26, SJ28, & SJ30. I know he makes duplicate rudders, tillers, etc. for these boats plus has access to other rigging used on these models. He was still building them ten years ago when I visited his shop. The SJ fleet in Seattle will have some further info - I expect.

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Congrats

I too am an SJ23 owner, sailing on Lake Norman in NC.

Here is the link to San Juan Tech Tips: SJ23 San Juan 23 sail boat Tech Tips The site is maintained by Bob Schimmel, who sails in the waters around Vancouver. Gene Adams is the guy who bought the molds and the parts inventor and still sells spares for the SJ23.

The site is continually updated and is a wealth of knowledge about the boats. The pin you are seeking is pretty generic and can be found through Schafer Marine. One major thing to check is the centerboard and the mechanism for raising it. The centerboard is a 30lb of flat steel and is prone to corrosion.

These are really fun boats to sail, fast, forgiving and they have the wieght to stand up in a blow.

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Had an S23 back when I lived in Florida. That was in the 80s. Too bad they don't make them anymore, they were good boats. It was perfect for weekends on Tampa Bay and down in the Keys.

Anyway, as for the pin, it is just a stainless pin. Measure the size you need and I would be absolutely SHOCKED if you can't get exactly what you need at mcmaster dot com.

When I had mine, I also put a quick release lever on the backstay. Go to mauriprosailing dot com and search for "quick release lever." You'll see what I mean. Between that and quick release pins everywhere appropriate it made raising and lowering the mast a snap, because you could release the tension while raising the mast (making it easy to get everything hooked up) and then instantly reset the tension.

Good luck!
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Thanks for the link to mcmaster, I've found my new favorite site for bits of hardware.
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sanjuan2r and Lake Escape,

Thanks for the tips - I've been haunting the San Juan 23 site for a month now, and am working on a number of improvements based on the articles there.

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why don't they make these boats anymore? it seems like they are universally loved. that's why i bought mine. I know Clark isn't around anymore but it seems like someone could really make use of those molds and capitalize on a proven formula and name...


on that note, I love the sj23 site as well but i have a few beefs with it.
1. geocities - i really worry about the longevity of the geocities linkage.. often, the links don't work because of geocities weak bandwidth..
2. tiny pictures (also a geocities issue)

bob Schimmel who maintains the site has been great - he's answered personal emails and helped me greatly. it's a rich site. If this company is every revived, Bob should publish a magazine (a-la catalina main sheet)....
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