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last updated 15/2011 lap
Winter/Spring 2010 update , I have done some upgrades to the electric system and installed new wiring and mast light.
As many of you know I have moved Badmudda to Rocky Fork Lake in Hillsboro Ohio. We have a JAM fleet there of mixed boats . We race main and jib/genoa only. The picture below is a practice race day so we pulled out the old kite and had a nice run of about 5 miles. I have a great regular crew at Rocky . Crew members include my wife, Carrie Lake and Doug Lake. We have a great time together and enjoy the competition. We have taken home quite a few trophies but more importantly great memories and good times.
fall 2008 badmudda sailing at Rocky Fork Lake , Hillsboro, Ohio
a picture of last winter in florida with the Faulkers
badmudda in perfect trim on a practice day
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1) Changed out motor bracket for this year with spring loaded type which is much easier to control than the old dead lift model.
2) This is my last year as race director. I am looking forward to next year when I can focus on my boat and doing well.
3) I am having some rotting of main bulkhead that I need to cut out and replace this winter.
4) We have ahd some decent races this year but overall not what we normally do.
New for Badmudda in 2005
1) The old skipper is race director this year so we will not be quite as active racing this season but we will get out there some and have some fun. I promise to set some fun courses.
2) I purchased a new Mainsail from North to replace several used mains I have been using the last few years.
3) My crew (both of them) have bought their own J24s so I must be a good salesman or a terrible skipper.
Badmudda is a 1977 j-24, hull # 46. It is a great testament to this boat, that she is 25 years old and still sails well and is structurally strong. I can not tell you the countless days of sailing fun and excitement we have had sailing her. I have been sailing over 20 years so not just any boat would work for me. Performance was a must but I have 2 kids in college so the budget was important. The J is so much fun to sail and the helm is so light it handles like a dinghy. I purchased her in January of 1997. She was unnamed at that time. The previous owner was Jim Lurton of Lexington Ky. Jim had a common problem. His wife said one of the boats had to go. He owned a power boat and the sailboat. It was like 10 degrees out and I made an offer. He took it and next thing you know I need to tell my wife and I got one hell of a project on our hands.
So, I waited for a sunny day and told the wife to come over and take a look at my dream (?) boat. To say the interior was ugly would have made it sound too good. My wife would not even get inside. The brown vinyl 70's cushions and mildew falling off the back of the deck were enough for her. I keep her at Brookville Lake in South East Indiana. I have a dock so she is wet sailed and we race club handicap style almost weekly. She had a dark blue hull when I purchased her. The bulkheads had been replaced. You will notice I have the old time motor bracket and a boarding ladder installed on transom. The dark blue hull was too hard to keep looking nice so I repainted hull during the winter of 2000. We used Pettit Easy Poxy White and did spray it. We had to sand and prime the dark hull to get rid of the bleed through.
I sail quite a bit by myself on weekdays and always wanted a way to get back on the boat if I fell off and the wife likes it. I will add some more pictures and details in the future.
We now have 9 J24's in our fleet! Our shop has three more used j24's available for 2005 WHY NOT COME OUT AND JOIN THE FUN. This is the most fun you can have on a budget sailboat racing.
I just finished a new bottom using vc 17 m blue. . I completely stripped off old trilux bottom using believe it or not acetone. The job took approximately 25 hours, 6 gals of acetone , 20 rolls of paper towels. I did some keel cleanup while I was at it. The reason for the acetone was how clean it was without the mess of sanding and scraping. If you try this , do it outdoors with plenty of ventilation and heavy rubber gloves.
here are a few pictures.