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Newbie here, some project pics..SJ21

Hello all, first post. Just bought a San Juan 21 Mk II yesterday, good shape and it was a racer. I've been doing a lot of reading but I haven't sailed in 20 years, and that was just some Hobie's. I have a lot to learn! I have been power-boating my whole life, probably had 80 different boats so I know the "rules of the road", just need to learn to control that big sheet in the air .

It came with a trailer but I decided to motor her home to my dock in Port Charlotte FL. 15mi or so and only used about a gallon...that was my first time motoring a blow boat and it was surprisingly "nice". It has a 2003 Merc 5hp.

I have a million questions but I like to try and give more than I take so here are some project pics first....

The first 'problem' I had was holding the mast after stepping to get under a low bridge to my house...luckily I had a strong friend with me that just held it up until we passed the bridge. So project one was of course a mast crutch. It is about as simple as it gets, just made out of 2X4's. I will probably make one with a roller later but my main concern was not damaging the mast with a small point-of-contact while motoring out to open water. I'll add an eye-bolt to lash it if needed, and will pad it somehow.

When I got to my dock I pulled up the outboard bracket only to realize there was nothing to hold it in the up position. There are no springs and I guess some type of latch was missing. On the ride home I noticed the mount was dragging in the water quite a bit causing drag and splashing so I decided to make it adjustable. In the pic you can see the old "stay" and the new adjustable one I made out of some 1/4" aluminum I had lying around. I have no milling machine so I made it with just a drill, angle grinder and a handheld jig saw. Took about an hour and it seems to work well, the handle allows me to easily pull up the motor even without helper springs.

I'm hoping to meet a few sailors in my area, learn the "ropes" and eventually get into some local regattas.
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Re: Newbie here, some project pics..SJ21

Welcome back to the world of Blow Boats! The first thing you will realize is that you can't be in a hurry...it's about the journey, as much as the destination!

Nice job on that motor bracket! It looks alot like what the mount should have. I'd like to see what you can do if you DID have access to a milling machine!

I am sure you will find no end of little projects like that to keep you busy! Enjoy!
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Thanks Schock! Don't worry, I'm in no hurry...either I'm getting old or just more laid back...I guess both.

More projects start tomorrow...
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Re: Newbie here, some project pics..SJ21

I looked up the specs on the San Juan 21. It is very similar to mine. You have a few inches less beam, 5" more length, and maybe slightly more taper aft of center. Your mast is 2' taller and you have at least 35 sq ft more sail area. It has similar displacement and lifting centerboard.

The main differences in rigging are that you have split tracks for jib and genoa with the jib tracks on the cabin roof while the genoa tracks are on the coaming side. Mine uses long tracks on the side deck. This should make them similar with a genoa but you can sheet the jib in tighter when close hauled. Yours has winches on the cabin roof while mine only has winches on the cockpit coaming. I have seen SJ 21's with both although I've never actually had to use mine. I've also seen SJ 21's with a very similar horse configuration of the main sheet. However, with the vang track in your cockpit a horse would not be essential. The vang, inner jib tracks, taller fractional rig, and larger sail area show the racing emphasis.

By the way, the bracket you built is very similar to the brackets used on ladder jacks to adjust the base angle. These are also typically made of aluminum and support at least 250 lbs.
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Re: Newbie here, some project pics..SJ21

Gosh Brehm, so what kind of boat do you have? Or is this a guessing game

Best of all, put your boat model in your signature.
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Okay. I added a signature.
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Okay. I added a signature.
I tried to too but it doesn't show. It shows when I go to edit, but not here. Maybe I don't have enough posts?
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Ok, I can see it now only in my new post. I thought it would add it to the old posts also. I can't see my signature .gif though, says I need 10 posts to see links or images in signatures.
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I looked up the specs on the San Juan 21. It is very similar to mine. You have a few inches less beam, 5" more length, and maybe slightly more taper aft of center. Your mast is 2' taller and you have at least 35 sq ft more sail area. It has similar displacement and lifting centerboard.

The main differences in rigging are that you have split tracks for jib and genoa with the jib tracks on the cabin roof while the genoa tracks are on the coaming side. Mine uses long tracks on the side deck. This should make them similar with a genoa but you can sheet the jib in tighter when close hauled. Yours has winches on the cabin roof while mine only has winches on the cockpit coaming. I have seen SJ 21's with both although I've never actually had to use mine. I've also seen SJ 21's with a very similar horse configuration of the main sheet. However, with the vang track in your cockpit a horse would not be essential. The vang, inner jib tracks, taller fractional rig, and larger sail area show the racing emphasis.

By the way, the bracket you built is very similar to the brackets used on ladder jacks to adjust the base angle. These are also typically made of aluminum and support at least 250 lbs.

Thanks for the reply! I just hope most of that makes sense to me soon . Just kidding, sorta. You blow boaters have a language all your own, and I am learning it quickly by reading old posts.
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Thanks for the reply! I just hope most of that makes sense to me soon . Just kidding, sorta. You blow boaters have a language all your own, and I am learning it quickly by reading old posts.
Don't feel bad, some of brehm62's terminology is a bit ...unusual!

I am not clear what he means by a "horse" and I am guessing what he is calling a "vang track" is in fact the traveler.
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