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 modifications & repairs to
& other SJ23s here to show you how and why.
LAST UPDATED, 2020-06-03
Sailors have cruised through
the SJ23 web site since the first Tech Tip was published on May 26,
1999. Chuck Van de Wetering started this site a few years earlier.
May we met for
breakfast by La Conner and agreed to add technical stuff to expand the
web site. Four years later he moved to
Oregon to help with family interests. The rest is history as it happens.
THOUGHTS of the DAY
Take a lesson from your dog:
My Spring boat prep is done & the COVID-19 count is low enough that Panache can float this summer, but with precautions.
I found that staying isolated due to the COVID-19 pandemic was a tad confining, so I kept busy with projects in the house. BUT contracting this virus is not something I relish and neither is spreading it. Stay strong, stay healthy, help where you can & don't give up the fight. We may be in different boats but we have to weather this storm together, to the end. Contact me
REALLY USEFUL STUFF!
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San Juan History.
(Cont'd from above)
Over the years I've gleaned many ideas and bits of information from
different sailors and added them to an applicable Tech Tip or created a new one. It's
how the data base grows. Its OK to post your project or problem here so
others can view it up close to learn from it or help solve it.
Your project doesn't have to be a complete remake of the boat! So set your camera
resolution to fine and image size to 1024x768, dip your quill in an
ink well and write a brief description. Then
email it to me.
Honestly it's not that difficult!
- Unfortunately this web site is NOT SEARCHABLE. This
not available with free space on
server. However, you can use
(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 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