Top 5 J70 Upgrades

As another exciting season approaches for the J70 class, we’ve compiled a list of our favorite J70 Upgrades.

The J70 Worlds are to be hosted in the UK in 2019 by the Royal Torbay Yacht Club

Our J70 upgrades are tried and tested onboard our own Ocean Rope J70. Nothing makes its to our J70 one design shop unless we have used it ourselves!

Heres our top 5 J70 upgrades

1. Harken 57mm T2 Soft-Attach Ratchamatic® 

57mm Soft Attach Ratchamatic
57mm Ratchamatic® – Perfect upgrade for spinnaker blocks

One of the most simple but effective upgrades for your J70 spinnaker setup is a Ratchamatic® block. Ratchet blocks are designed to add friction to increase line holding ability. This is great when the sheet is highly loaded however the exact opposite is required in a Gybe. The Ratchamatic block automatically engages the ratchet when the line becomes loaded. When the sheet is released in a Gybe the block will free run, dramatically reducing friction and increasing the speed of the Gybe.

We have used these blocks on our boat for a long time and the difference is really noticeable! This should be one of the first upgrades you consider for your boat.

Price – £71.18 each

2. Mainsheet Rope

The Mainsheet rope from our J70 rope package has been specifically designed for hand adjusted sheets. Featuring a low stretch core and a blended spun polyester/GP12 grippy cover. The cover has a soft but textured feel meaning its easy on the hands but super grippy and stable in the ratchet block.

The result is a big improvement from the standard mainsheet rope and makes the main easy to adjust from the helm.

Our J70 mainsheet is available pre-made with an eye splice. Visit our J70 Rope Package to find out more.

Price – £86 including an eye splice

3. 2:1 Main Halyard

Our J70 2:1 main halyard has been developed in accordance with a recent international class rule change. The rule allows a 2:1 lower purchase attached using a hook only.

The halyard uses a fixed length section with an eye splice each end and a halyard tail. We can incorporate your usual sail attachment method (key pin shackle, dog bone or soft shackle etc)

Once the mainsail is fully hoisted the hook attaches to the eye splice of the fixed length. The 2:1 purchase can then be used to adjust the halyard to the correct tension.

This allows for more precise adjustments when loaded and also illiminates the common problem of the halyard slipping on the class required cleat.

We developed this product on our own J70 and had great results so far.

Price – £99

4. Seadek J70 Deck Grip Kit

Seadek deck grip kit – the most comfortable upgrade for your J70!

This upgrades sits at the luxury end of the J70 upgrade market, however the difference remarkable. The factory finished non skid can often be quite slippery and prone to wear.

SeaDek is a nonabsorbent, lightweight, closed cell PE/EVA blended material specifically formulated for marine applications. The J70 deck grip kit uses the 5mm variety. This product provides exceptional grip in all conditions and makes moving around the boat in windy conditions easy.

The 3m adhesive backing will stick straight to the factory non skid. All that’s required is a thorough clean/de-grease and a dry day to apply.

Our boat has had the same deck grip kit for over 3 years and it still looks good as new!

We have custom patterned the european J70 to ensure the kit fits your boat.

Price – £699.99

5. Harken Snubb Air Winch

Snubb air – Smaller, lighter, more useful!

The Harken snubb air winch is a game changing new product for the J70. The snubb air forms a Hybrid between a winch and a ratchet block.

The original deck winches are unpopular with crew members who continually bruise themselves after bumping into them. The snubb air is 50% lower on the deck and over half the weight. The snubb air fits the same mounting holes as the B8A and is an easy upgrade. Short of time? We will fit them for free in the Hamble area.

This upgrade is fully class legal as of Jan 2019 and this product is now fitted as standard onboard new build J70s

**Requires a small corrector weight installed to meet class rules**

Price – £267 each (includes free fitting in Hamble)

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