San Juan 23 Technical Tips.
web site is dedicated to all San Juan 23 sailboats that love to be
pampered for I fervently believe that a boat responds well to good
treatment. So treat her well and talk kindly to her while on board,
for she is listening, (and it wouldn't hurt to quietly thank the Clark family
for a good design). I document my modifications to Panache
& other SJ23s here to show you the how and why.
* LAST UPDATED, 2019-11-17 *
sailors have cruised through the
SJ23 web site since the first Tech Tip was published on May 26, 1999. Chuck started this site a few years earlier. One day we met for
breakfast and agreed to add technical stuff. He has since moved on to
help with family interests. The rest is history as it happens.
Enjoy. Contact me
THOUGHTS of the DAY
Panache conversion to roller furling
& end of season delivery.
- I owe a huge debt of gratitude to the SJ23
skipper who suggested I convert my existing 150% genoa to
furling. If I recall what he said, "Despite its age, your
sail has hardly been used. So go ahead and convert it."
As you can see from the smooth Dacron of the sail, he was so
right. Panache sails so much better with these "new
PS: This photo of the genoa was taken when my Dad (94 years young) and I were lazily cruising around for a day. A nice waste of time at 4.5 knots and calm seas! The description of the delivery trip and photos are at the end.
REALLY USEFUL STUFF!
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San Juan History.
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PRINT - I've made each Tech Tip printable on (8.5x11)" paper so you can carry a printout to your boat. While viewing the Tip go to "print preview" in your browser and scale it to fit your printer. It's a lot easier to scribble notes & draw on paper than on your laptop!
- I don't know everything about the
SJ23, yet! Much of what I know is documented in these Tech Tips!
I am very grateful for the missing bits of info that dribble in from other owners.
Many are not even aware how valuable the information in their question
is. I generally update the applicable Tech Tip with the info gleaned from their
approach to solving the problem. This
knowledge is provided in the true spirit of the
Internet, "A free exchange of information for the benefit of all."
MEASUREMENTS - The SJ23 was constructed using Imperial dimensions which I continue to use on this web site. The measurements shown are taken from Panache and I have taken great care to ensure accuracy. Measure your own hull for an exact fit. It is the best and most accurate way. However, if you find a dimension or description in error I would appreciate hearing from you. After all, I was wrong once before and I suppose it could happen again!
- The modifications shown in these Tech Tips give you an idea of what can be
done to repair or upgrade an SJ23, or any other pocket cruiser for that matter. The
Tips are directed to those individuals who
possess "opposing thumbs" or know people who are suitably
equipped! You assume all responsibilities for misplaced pencil
marks, cutting too short/long, picking up the wrong tool or not understanding
what you're about to do! I cannot accept responsibility for damage
or loss resulting from the use of information provided herein.
That's enough of the legalese.
P. Schimmel, SJ23 Tech Tips