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6 Hours Ago 05:59 PM
Re: Starrett-Jenks Morgan45 info-opinions

Hi, Mick. Have been very lax with my online community. Guess it's that I'm on Hawaii time. Let me know if you're still prepping for the voyage and we can discuss items I brought along or would have now that I'm here. Had the boat up on the north shore of Kauai for this summer. Can't stay at Hanalei Bay for the winter. Big northerly swells make it impossible for boats but ideal for surfing at all levels. Nawiliwili is a snug harbor for wintering on Kauai so I left past Tuesday to have a leisurely sail with my lady friend Ina around the Na Pali side all the way to Nawiliwili. All was fine up until the couple of miles. We had been motor sailing with reefer main and genny for a few hours in 20 kt winds and 6-9 ft swells. A little wet but nothing scary at all. Exciting actually. Very proud of how she was handling the conditions. We tacked over to bring the breeze onto the starboard side in order to make our last run up the coast to the harbor when BANG and down swings the upper half of the mast like a closing switchblade knife. Long story short. All is well...and I'm wanting to find out who made the masts so that I can get a sleeve insert. May have to start a new forum about this, but gotta start somewhere. Hopefully the OR 45'ers will respond!
07-14-2015 12:53 PM
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You mentioned in an earlier post that you were frantically making the boat ready for an offshore passage and now it seems you did in fact succeed with that. Congratulations on your trip to HI. 21 days seems a good time based on other accounts I've read but I want to check the distance to get an idea of your daily run's.

As I'm preparing Mysti for an offshore passage I would like to know what you added to JUJU in preparation for the trip. Also what you wished you had added and maybe what you added that turned out to be not so important. I've got a wish list that is longer than my bank account so I'm trying to prioritize. The top items are a wind vane steering unit, an autopilot, a SSB radio and more solar. I'm in the process of building a auxiliary rudder steering vane that is not going to look very pretty but should do the job. What autopilot do you have on JUJU? Any recommendations will be appreciated. (Oh; forgot about the #1 item on my list: life raft.)

Yours is the second OR45 that I know has crossed the Pacific. I communicated with a couple a few years ago that bought one in Florida and sailed it home to Australia via the Panama Canal and the coconut milk run. They had no complaints about the offshore performance.

Note: Just for info to all, Charley Morgan refers to this design as the OR45 (Ocean Racer 45). Boats are typically referenced to there designer and not the builder. I met him briefly last year and he said he had fond memories of the design but I didn't get but a brief minute with him.

Attention: Serial Number questions. I do believe that every manufacturer is issued a 3 letter code for their name so the SJK in the serial number is just that; a code for them issued by DOT.

Best to all, Mick s/v Mysti
07-13-2015 07:38 AM
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Originally Posted by Stardate2010 View Post
Hi Popeye,
If you go to my facebook page alan corell you will see pics of her when I hauled her out during the summer here in Fl. She is the full keel, 31' waterline with 45 lod...
She is a Center Cockpit with a normal Morgan 451 layout but built by SJ...
Alan, I finally went to your FB page to look at your SJ Yawl. Looks good. I also see your in Liveaboard sailboat group with me, so see you there. Philipp in Mobile.
07-11-2015 04:20 PM
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Update to Pacific crossing:
Left San Francisco on July 2,2014 and arrived Hanalei Bay July 23. Encountered two storms along the way. First was Douglass while 2-3 days out from SF. Lost a jerry jug or two over the side when our wood slats parted. Flipped the inflatable right side up and put the remaining jugs inside it. Added additional webbing straps to further secure it. Worked fine for the remainder of the journey. Second storm we dodged as it was ahead to our port way off on the horizon as we were closing with Oahu. We were about a day out and could see overhead lightning flashes as well as on the horizon or beyond to port. At no time did we feel anxious,etc. flew the asymmetrical kite some. Generally removed it at night. Used the Monitor extensively. Had to lean over the stern at one point to re tighten some of the bolts that had come loose. Happy with its steering capabilities but still learning to balance the helm as much as possible before engaging the wind vane. Less stress on the device that way. Saw only flying fish and sea birds the entire way. Maybe three tankers total. A few contrails during the day and moving lights at night. All told, I wouldn't have missed it for the world! Further updates to follow.
11-26-2014 07:17 PM
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Summer is over!
06-02-2014 05:29 PM
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Thank you. I will check next time. I am afraid I wont find it. Transom had been modified to get a swim transom. S/n could have been removed then. Unless it is inside ?
06-02-2014 05:12 PM
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Well, the voyage to Hawaii is now in full swing. A whole lotta stuff to get and install. If anyone has had to outfit a boat for blue water sailing I'm sure I have your sympathy. LOL. Excited, elated, and scared sh__less all at the same time! Wish us luck on getting it together by July 2nd. Three of us are going- one with previous experience. Leaving from San Francisco.
06-02-2014 05:06 PM
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Hi, Pierre. On Juju the number is inscribed on the starboard, upper corner of the transom. I imagine you would see the same on your boat.
06-02-2014 04:21 PM
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Where do you find your serial number on the hull ?
05-11-2014 12:58 AM
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Went sailing this past Friday on our S&J 45 JUJU. A friend and I sailed her out the Golden Gate here in California for a very rollicking sail beyond the Farallon Islands to a point about 20 nm WSW of them. 15-20 kt wind starting out becoming 20-25 as the day progressed. W-NW winds that never abated all they the day and night. Northwesterly swells from 6-9(?) ft accompanied the winds. Bright sunny weather. Cloudless really. Clear starry night sky. First time taking her offshore that far. Full main and 85% high clewed roller furling jib was carried all day and night.
I am totally enamoured of her sailing abilities and have no hesitation of taking her to Hawaii in July. Will shadow the Pac Cup fleet most likely. Mums the word!!
It was very rough out there with lots of spray. Her bow never nose dived and her side deck only occasionally scooped water when she cleaved some of the higher waves. Her auto pilot did most of the work during the 22 hr non stop excursion. We only had to move about trimming her sails to put as less stress as possible on the pilot. I can't say enough about how happy I am with how well she handled a very rough and boisterous sea state. We each fell prey to mal de mer but am not placing the blame on this "hobby-horsing" I've heard about when referring to how these boats sail. I think my friend would have become ill no matter what boat based on our own heartiness AND the conditions of the moment.
I have enjoyed sailing on the Bay always and based on earlier accounts of her talents on this forum felt she would make a fine offshore sailing craft. Well, now I can say that based on my own experience she is all that and more. "The proof is in the pudding" has never been truer for us and JUJU.
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