San Juan 23 Technical Tips.

This 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 onboard, for she is listening, (and it wouldn't hurt to quietly thank the Clark family for a good design).   I document all modifications to Panache & other SJ23s here as it is a great platform for sharing info.
(Don't even ask me how much time I've invested in Panache, let alone this web site.  I could be quite wealthy at $1.00 / hr.)


A - TRAILER (towing & storage)
(structural integrity)
C - CABIN (creature comforts)
D - ENGINE (push requirements)
(running & standing)
(about & how to)
(lots of no.)


BOAT PROJECTS - (This is where you can get other ideas. Project 10 is currently in progress)

Some of the Tips were last tweaked on 2016-05-16


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Hit Web Stats sailors have visited the SJ23 web site since the first Tech Tip was published in 1999-05-26.  Chuck started the site a few years earlier. One day we met for breakfast and agreed to add technical stuff.  Chuck has since moved on to other interests.










DISPLAY SETTING - The Tech Tips are formatted for a display setting of 1024x768 using any of the available browsers, although my preference is Firefox
SEARCH - Unfortunately this web site is NOT SEARCHABLE.  This feature is not available with free space on a TELUS server.  However, you can use "Ctrl F" (entered from your keyboard) to search through an index or a document.  
PRINT - I've made each Tech Tip printable on (8.5x11)" paper so you can carry a printed page to your boat.   It's a lot easier to scribble notes on paper than on your laptop!
KNOWLEDGE - I don't know everything about the SJ23, yet!  Much of what I know is documented in these Tech Tips!  The missing bits and pieces come from other owners to whom I am grateful.  Many times I update a Tech Tip with the new info gleaned from their approach to solve a problem.  Many of these fixes improve the longevity of the hull.  I can't see doing otherwise.  This knowledge is provided in the true spirit of the Internet, "A free exchange of information for the benefit of all." 
LEGALESE - 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 sailboat 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, picking up the wrong tool or generally not understanding what you are doing! 
The dimensions shown match Panache.  I have taken great care to ensure accuracy but I cannot accept responsibility for damage or loss resulting from the use of information provided herein.   Measure your own hull to ensure an exact fit.  It is the best way.  However, if you find my dimensions or descriptions in error I would appreciate hearing from youAfter all, I was wrong once before and I suppose it could happen again!
Bob P. Schimmel, SJ23 Tech Tips Editor.