80 footer versus a J/80 Newbie Story! - SailNet Community

   Search Sailnet:

 forums  store  


Quick Menu
Forums           
Articles          
Galleries        
Boat Reviews  
Classifieds     
Search SailNet 
Boat Search (new)

Shop the
SailNet Store
Anchor Locker
Boatbuilding & Repair
Charts
Clothing
Electrical
Electronics
Engine
Hatches and Portlights
Interior And Galley
Maintenance
Marine Electronics
Navigation
Other Items
Plumbing and Pumps
Rigging
Safety
Sailing Hardware
Trailer & Watersports
Clearance Items

Advertise Here






Go Back   SailNet Community > General Interest > General Discussion (sailing related)
 Not a Member? 


Like Tree32Likes
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
  #1  
Old 02-08-2013
GDSimmons's Avatar
Newbie, Rochester, NY
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: Greece, NY
Posts: 38
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
GDSimmons is on a distinguished road
Send a message via Yahoo to GDSimmons Send a message via Skype™ to GDSimmons
80 footer versus a J/80 Newbie Story!

OK, so I'm a new guy here, just diving into sailing. I attended my first Yacht Club meeting last night so I can get my name out there and start crewing for folks and going on Newbie Sail Nights. Well, all visitors were asked to introduce themselves and there were a few there. 1st guy stands up, he looks like a movie star, states he and his family have been sailing for years, etc. Then he says, "just purchased a J/80". OMG My heart stops, mouth drops. I can barely afford lunch at my office cafeteria most days, and this guy here just purchased a J/80! I'm way out of my ball league at this meeting, but I'm here so I should at least introduce myself and quietly exit right LOL. So I give my intro: "no experience, no boat (I can't even say the word yacht lol) "just a guy looking to get out on the water and learn any way I can". Well, the whole night I'm staring at this guy in amazement, even shook his hand and could feel the power of an 80' yacht owner pass through my feeble rowboat status. I could only imagine the other HUGE yachts these people in this club own given this guys desire to join. So I stay and fellowship awhile, everyone was very welcoming and friendly. The minute I got home I immediately Google J/80 Sailing Yacht to see the beast this guy owns so I can show my wife and kids I rubbed shoulders tonight with an owner of one of these! OMG (mouth drops again). Are you kidding me? A J/80 ain't an 80' yacht! Wow, what a story to tell next time I'm at the meeting. I still respect the guy, he's got a boat, I don't. But I will feel much, much more at home at the next meeting! I got a kick out of this, hope you did too.
Attached Thumbnails
80 footer versus a J/80 Newbie Story!-80feet.jpg   80 footer versus a J/80 Newbie Story!-j80.jpg  
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #2  
Old 02-08-2013
Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Massachusetts
Posts: 95
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 3
justflie is on a distinguished road
Re: 80 footer versus a J/80 Newbie Story!

Wah, wah!
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #3  
Old 02-08-2013
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Montreal, QC, Canada
Posts: 258
Thanks: 0
Thanked 12 Times in 11 Posts
Rep Power: 2
sony2000 is on a distinguished road
Re: 80 footer versus a J/80 Newbie Story!

Yes, when the rest of the world is using meters.
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #4  
Old 02-08-2013
Rhapsody-NS27's Avatar
Daniel - Norsea 27
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Clarksville, TN
Posts: 501
Thanks: 21
Thanked 23 Times in 18 Posts
Rep Power: 3
Rhapsody-NS27 is on a distinguished road
Re: 80 footer versus a J/80 Newbie Story!

Those J boats confused me too at first. Saw a J/80 in person while in Germany a couple years ago. Thought the numbering was odd at the time.
GDSimmons likes this.
__________________
Daniel
1981 Nor'sea 27,
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

Quote:
Aside from what it teaches you, there is simply the indescribable degree of peace that can be achieved on a sailing vessel at sea. I guess a combination of hard work and the seemingly infinite expanse of the sea - the profound solitude - that does it for me. - Billy Campbell
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #5  
Old 02-08-2013
SHNOOL's Avatar
Stupor-user.
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: East Stroudsburg, PA
Posts: 1,012
Thanks: 6
Thanked 35 Times in 32 Posts
Rep Power: 8
SHNOOL is on a distinguished road
Re: 80 footer versus a J/80 Newbie Story!

Yeah, 80 meters more impressive snivel snivel... Ok... someone should have told you... j/8.0 Like S2 7.9, um meters or yards or something.

Seriously though a J/80 would be decent to crew on... you'd learn a lot without having to really kill yourself. Asymmetrical spinnaker means easier douses/gybes, wide open cockpit simple set of primaries and secondaries... basically just playing moveable ballast and grinder as crew. They go fast, and are very stable boats, but still pretty forgiving.

I wouldn't mind upgrading to a j/80 if I stick with the racing set.
GDSimmons likes this.
__________________
Boatless - suffering through liars and used car [pronounced boat] salespeople who are incapable to seeing the truth.
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #6  
Old 02-08-2013
GDSimmons's Avatar
Newbie, Rochester, NY
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: Greece, NY
Posts: 38
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
GDSimmons is on a distinguished road
Send a message via Yahoo to GDSimmons Send a message via Skype™ to GDSimmons
Re: 80 footer versus a J/80 Newbie Story!

Quote:
Originally Posted by SHNOOL View Post
Yeah, 80 meters more impressive snivel snivel... Ok... someone should have told you... j/8.0 Like S2 7.9, um meters or yards or something.

Seriously though a J/80 would be decent to crew on... you'd learn a lot without having to really kill yourself. Asymmetrical spinnaker means easier douses/gybes, wide open cockpit simple set of primaries and secondaries... basically just playing moveable ballast and grinder as crew. They go fast, and are very stable boats, but still pretty forgiving.

I wouldn't mind upgrading to a j/80 if I stick with the racing set.
No doubt, its a great boat, I was just way mistaken on the size LOL. I'm so excited to go sailing I'd crew on just about anything. The yacht club, Genesee yacht Club (Port of Rochester, NY) has a competitive racing group, and I'm sure the J/80 will be impressive there. Have a great sailing season and wishing you luck in the races!
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #7  
Old 02-08-2013
A palapa awaits me...
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Denver, CO
Posts: 40
Thanks: 4
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
Razcar is on a distinguished road
Send a message via Skype™ to Razcar
Re: 80 footer versus a J/80 Newbie Story!

Great story! It's the boat naming conventions that are all over the place... your assumption was appropriate even if wrong.
GDSimmons likes this.
__________________
--
Raz - Denver, CO

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #8  
Old 02-08-2013
blutoyz's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Posts: 640
Thanks: 10
Thanked 11 Times in 10 Posts
Rep Power: 2
blutoyz is on a distinguished road
Re: 80 footer versus a J/80 Newbie Story!

You will learn more about wind on the J80 than you would on an 80' yacht I'll bet. That boat looks like good fun!!
chef2sail and GDSimmons like this.
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #9  
Old 02-08-2013
deniseO30's Avatar
Move over Joan Rivers!
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Bristol pa
Posts: 6,145
Thanks: 52
Thanked 89 Times in 79 Posts
Rep Power: 9
deniseO30 will become famous soon enough deniseO30 will become famous soon enough
Re: 80 footer versus a J/80 Newbie Story!

Sigh.. leave it to the guys to make it about size...
__________________
Denise, Bristol PA, Oday 30. On Tidal Delaware River, Anchor Yacht Club. New Website!
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

my current "project"!
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #10  
Old 02-08-2013
sailortjk1's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Porter, IN
Posts: 4,647
Thanks: 1
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
Rep Power: 10
sailortjk1 has a spectacular aura about sailortjk1 has a spectacular aura about
Re: 80 footer versus a J/80 Newbie Story!

Are you sure you were at a Yacht Club? You said everybody was nice and friendly .

As a newbie, I would try and become real close to your friend with the J, that will be a fun boat to be on and you will learn a ton real quick.
GDSimmons likes this.
__________________
Courtney is My Hero

If a man is to be obsessed by something, I suppose a boat is as good as anything, perhaps a bit better than most - E.B. White
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
Reply

Tags
humor , newbie


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools

 
Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may post attachments
You may edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Newbie sailor, newbie to sailnet aarhus Introduce Yourself 2 06-16-2010 03:59 AM
30 footer too small? raceman Living Aboard 46 05-26-2009 07:21 PM
Got my title for the 30 footer.. john232 Boat Review and Purchase Forum 24 06-18-2006 09:02 AM
Advice on a 12 footer Gaul Boat Review and Purchase Forum 3 04-07-2004 04:11 AM
I bought a 30 footer for 500.00..... john232 Gear & Maintenance 14 11-03-2003 12:27 AM


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 06:26 PM.

Add to My Yahoo!         
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
SEO by vBSEO 3.6.1
(c) Marine.com LLC 2000-2012

The SailNet.com store is owned and operated by a company independent of the SailNet.com forum. You are now leaving the SailNet forum. Click OK to continue or Cancel to return to the SailNet forum.