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 here as it is a great platform for sharing info with others.


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


(Always looking for input)

Some of the Tips were last tweaked on 2015-11-08.


* Distribution List *

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Nautical Terms

SJ23 Parts

Mooring Design for a Pocket Cruiser

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 Buying a SJ23?  Then read FAQs and both reviews 1986 & 2013   * SJ23s For Sale 


About 200K sailors have visited this web site since the first Tech Tip was published in 1999-05-26.  The counter stopped working around 2003 and I got tired of keeping count!  However, Chuck was the guy who started this web site a few years earlier.  He has since moved on to other interests while I continued with the Tech Tips.  Hope you find them useful.










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 a diagram on the paper than on your laptop!


KNOWLEDGE - I don't know everything about the SJ23, yet!  Most of what I know is documented in these Tech Tips!  The missing bits and pieces come from other owners to whom I am very grateful.  This information 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.  They 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.  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.