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stam22 09-13-2011 11:12 PM

Any O'Day 34/35 racers out there?
I've been racing my O'Day 34 and haven't been able to get her up to her PHRF rating. Just wondering if any other O'Day owners have any experience in racing there boat.

RecoveringRacer 09-14-2011 09:59 AM

Racing an Oday 34/35
My boat is an Oday 30, but it is similar enough that what I have learned may be applicable. Initially, I had difficulty pointing high, and could only tack through 100 degrees, which was not competitive. When I measured and calculated the sheeting angles, I found my particular leads were 11.5 degrees off the centerline. So I rigged barber haulers, and pulled the sheets in to nine to ten degrees off the centerline. This let me tack through 90 degrees in most conditions. The Oday 30 is undercanvassed for light air, but a taller mast was not in my budget. I did optimize my sail inventory as best as possible, with three used Kevlar headsails from J-105s, two lightly-used symetrical spinnakers, and one new asymetrical spinnaker with a sock. These were all a help in picking up the pace. If you click on my name, you'll see a picture of the Kevlar 140 percent number two genoa in a single handed race off Los Angeles.

stam22 09-14-2011 10:04 PM

I would like to know how you attached the barber haulers. Do you have any photos? What did you attach them to?
I just blew out the lower panel on my mylar genoa. I have been searching for used racing sails. There are a lot of Jboat used sails out there. The J105's seem too small in the foot, and J120's are way too big.

RecoveringRacer 09-14-2011 11:20 PM

Oday Barber Hauler
With my Kevlar 155 and 140 percent Genoas, I just used a small snatch block attached to a line, and cranked it in from the windward sheet winch. With my high-clewed 133 percent cruising genoa, I used the same block and line, but cranked it from the windward cabin top winch. With my no. 3 blade, I attached a snatch block at a fixed distance from each side of the mast collar with a "Loup".

Regarding the sails, the J-105 has the same "J" dimension as my Oday 30, but a slightly longer "I", requiring minor recutting. I was able to find a few J-105 owners who had slightly used 155% and 140% genoas for PHRF racing by actually advertising on the J-105 web site. I used a class jib for my blade. I even found a beautiful symmetrical spinnaker from a J-105. Those guys have deeper pockets than I do!

If you have a 43 by 14 foretriangle, you might look at the J-35s. They have slightly larger J and I dimensions, but a fairly simple luff recut could make their headsails fit for about $300 apiece. If you leave the tack where it is, but tip the head back (down the leech) you will raise the clew. This will have the benefit of narrowing your sheeting angle a bit, because the lead will be shifted aft.

stam22 09-15-2011 08:28 PM

What is the web address for the J-105 website? Where would the J35's advertise? I'll give it a try. Thanks.

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