Details/Upgrades/Major Maintenance items

    • hull #77, pre-scrimp, light and stiff
    • Awlgrip painted hull, black – new paint in 2000
    • Waterline Systems Grand Prix bottom, Baltoplate antifouling
    • Faired keel and rudder by Waterline Systems (2002)
    • Split mainsheet system with custom mounting plate for fine and course tune sheets
    • 8:1 Mainsail cunningham block and tackle
    • Masthead mounted Windex
    • Oversized Primary self tailing winches (Lewmar #48 vs. the standard Lewmar #44)
    • Custom Marine Canvas jib sock (late 2008)
    • Force10 removable one burner propane stove (late 2008)
    • new lifelines and lifeline cushions (spring 2009)
    • new engine motor mounts (spring 2009)
    • new traveler cleats and Swiftcord control lines (spring 2009)
    • new Raymarine knotmeter transducer (summer 2009)
    • custom carbon fiber and stainless steel combination MOB pole mount and backstay gauge stick (2009)

    • replaced stock autohelm with Raymarine smart x-10 pilot with linear drive (2009)
    • North Sails mainsail cover (2010)
    • Quantum trysail, storm jib and ATN Gale sail (2010)
    • new main, jib and spinnaker halyards (2010)
    • new bilge pump and new bilge pump switch (2011)
    • new mixing elbow and exhaust elbow (2011)
    • new oil pressure switch (2011)
    • new Baltoplate bottom (August 2011)
    • new Spinlock clutches for spin halyard and 1st reef (Sept 2011)

     Current Sail Inventory  

 ·   89 sq meter class Evolution runner  (new in 2010, one race so far)

·    55 sq meter Hood code zero spinnaker  (new in 2010, two races so far)

·    North class main (2008)

·    North 100% #3 Jib (new in 2002, cut flatter than one design jib)

·    89 sq meter Ullman AP spinnaker  (new in 2005)

                ·   77 sq meter North spinnaker (new in 2003), rarely used as this was the old class dimension 

·   110 sq meter PHRF North spinnaker (2002)

·   155% PHRF Quantum (2010)

·   storm sails: Quantum trysail, storm jib, ATN Gale sail (2010)

·    North sharksin main (2003), now a delivery sail

                ·    ATN spinnaker sock



·         Furuno Model 1621 Radar – Pole mounted with quick connectors for easy complete removal (5 mins) from custom glassed in pole sleeve hidden in boat’s stern. 

·         RayMarine Ray 53 DSC VHF (New in 2004)

·         RayMarine ST-60 Speed (New in 2004), new transducer (2008)

·         RayMarine ST-60 Multi (2 Displays – New in 2004)

·         RayMarine ST-60 Wind (New in 2006)

·         RayMarine ST4000+ Autopilot (New in 2004)

·         Raymarine ST-40 Depth Sounder

·         Garmin 76 interfaces in Seatalk network for power and data at nav station

·         Garmin 440 color plotter at helm (2008)

·         Velocitek SC-1 (2008)

·         Tack Tic Race Master compass (2008)

·         Alpine AM/FM/CD Player
·         Alpine 75 Watt AM, Cambridge Soundworks speaker system with subwoofer

·         two new batteries (2009)

·         Sirius satellite radio (new mount 2011)



boats history (from prior owner in Yarmouth, Maine):

"In 1993, my father, getting on in age, tired of going slow and tired of always having some complex system on his Alden 44 not working, sold the Alden 44 cruising boat and purchased the J/105 with a shoal draft keel for daysailing and a 40ft powerboat for cruising.  That was well before any visions of one design sailing.  My Dad's health began to deteriorate and so I bought the boat from him in 2001.  As I had recently sold my J/24, I began to gear up Black Owl for local summer racing.  A couple of other J/105s came to our area and although not yet enough boats to race one design I wanted to be able to at least race boat for boat with the other J/105s in the PHRF events, so during the next winter I had the shoal draft keel replaced with a deep keel.  At the same time, I had the bottom, keel and rudder faired. The boat has always been launched in mid June and hauled in mid September and is under shrink wrap for the remaining 9 months. 

The boat is dry.  Last year after the boat had been hauled, there was a boat beside Black Owl that was being surveyed and so I asked the surveyor to run his moisture meter around my hull as I was curious.  Everything looked fine.  There has never been any blisters.  There was a gel-coat problem.  When my Dad ordered the boat in 1993 he wanted a black one.  The factory apparently builds a string of white boats and then a string colored boats (to order) as I guess the process is different between white and colored.  If he wanted a white boat he could get it in '93 - if he wanted a colored boat he couldn't get it until the next winter.  So the boat was built white and then Awlgrip'd Black.  Apparently the resin TPI was using in the early 90's was not as good as it could have been and the resin did not completely cure.  White boats didn't have problems but dark boats that heated up in the sun would cause the resin to cure more and then shrink causing the gelcoat to get these very fine hairline cracks.  No moisture would get in but it looked bad when you inspected the gelcoat up close.  The cracks first started to appear in 1998.  At the time TPI had a 10 year gelcoat warranty, and so after much complaining in 1999/2000 they brought a special tool to our yard in Maine and removed all the gelcoat (above the water line - no problems below) and then put a new layer back on and then repainted the boat.  I don't know if this had to be done to any other J105s but I do know of a J/44 and a J/130 that were sailed where we are that were of a similar vintage that had the same problem and same fix.  They did an excellent job. The hull is perfectly fair and we haven't seen any cracks since.  The boat seems to float the same or maybe higher so I'd guess that no weight was added and maybe some was lost.

In 2002, Black Owl did extremely well racing PHRF and won the overall award for the top boat in the Gulf of Maine (out of about 100 boats).  In 2003, there were enough boats to sail one design and we won 4 out of the 5 events.  In 2004, we won 4 out of 5 Maine events and finished 2nd at the two New England regional events we attended.  In 2005, our banner year, the boat not only won every event entered but also won every race (PHRF and one design).  In 2006, my family dynamic began to change as my kids were getting old enough to race dinghy's on their own and so we began to spend our time going to their Opti regattas.. In 2006, we only raced the boat 3 times (2 firsts and a second).  This summer, the boat was only sailed a few times and was raced just once, in a doublehanded PHRF overnight race (1st place).  I'm selling the boat as I don't see my time freeing up to race for another 5 years or so."