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  1. Hello, I would greatly appreciate any advice on how to best setup the bungee system so the bowsprit automatically retracts when I release the bowsprit line. The more detail you can provide the better. 1. Where are you anchoring the bungee to the boat and the bowsprit? I have heard some people are tying it off pretty far back toward the stern of the boat. 2. What length of bungee do I need and what diameter of bungee are you using? 3. What other hardware do I need to set this up? 4. Anything else I should be aware of or need to know? Thanks for the help, Rhett J70 363 "Down the Line"
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    Other J-70 Owners' Discussion Sites?

    I too would like to see these forms get more active. Maybe, we can all work on it and make this a great place to get info about the boat and racing.
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    Ronstan Or Like Calibrated Turnbuckles

    I too would like to see class approval to use calibrated turnbuckles. One, it is not a very expensive upgrade. Two, it doesn't really give one an advantage like modifying the keel or hull of the boat would. It just makes it easier to tune the boat. Someone without the calibrated turnbuckles can be just as fast as someone with them. They just have to be more careful about counting the turns. In fact, it may make it easier for novice racers to turn their boats and be fast for the conditions compared to advance sailor who have more experience with the boat and can tune it through experience and intuition. All in all, I have found the North Sails tuning guide and the rig tension gauge to be very effective in getting the boat tuned right for the conditions. However, I haven't done the best job on counting turns of the buckle and I'm sure my mast isn't centered anymore. One way you can keep track of the position/length of your shrouds without using calibrated turnbuckles is to use a caliper to measure the length of the shrouds between two points close to the turnbuckle. Its not the quickest system, but does give you a way to record the setting of your rig in a precise manner. I am in complete agreement about not creating an arms race with sails, other technologies, or modifications to the boat. This is one design racing where the skill of the sailor and his/her tactics and strategy determine the winner, not the ability of the boat to reach a higher top speed than all the other boats. All the boats should be on a level playing field. It concerns me when you hear stories about people spending time and money to modify their boats so they go faster. In my opinion, they are really missing the point of one design racing and could potentially ruin it for the rest of us. Anyway, I'll get off my soap box now.