MOVING JIB TRACKS (1999-10-28)
|Q1:||I have an older model J/105. May I move my jib tracks inboard to the newer location?|
|A1:||Yes. This reverses an earlier decision not to allow any relocation of tracks. In 1993, when redoing the deck splashes for the J/105, the builder unintentionally templated the jib track holes from the marks for an optional adjustable lead system, which was parallel and slightly inboard of the old standard. Since then, all boats have been the same. There has been no evidence that one position is faster than the other, especially considering that owners may inboard or outboard sheet. For J/105 hulls #1- #72 only, owners may relocate their jib tracks inboard to the new location, provided they conform with the following:
1) Only one set of jib tracks is permitted to be installed at one time.
2) The center of the front edge of the relocated track shall measure no greater than 13′ 9 1/8″ and no less than 13′ 8 5/8″ from the center of the edge of the deck molding at the bow (just aft of the stemhead fitting).
3) The center of the front edge of the relocated track shall be no less than 6mm and no greater than 9mm outboard of the nonskid seam adjacent to the coach roof.
4) The center of the aft end of the track shall be no less than 6mm and no greater than 9mm outboard of the nonskid seam adjacent to the coach roof.
[Note: This ruling supersedes RI-99-4.]