Recent content by John Welch

  1. John Welch

    Improving the Hunter 216

    "I did McGuiver my LJ. I used 7/64 dyneema and some little plastic blocks I had laying around. If you want dimensions let me know. " Hunter216, Yes I am interested, as I believe many others here, in your enhancements of the 216, especially the Lazy Jack System to better control the mainsail...
  2. John Welch

    Hunter 216 Sailtec alternative test

    Hunter216, I like you way you think through problems! Great work
  3. John Welch

    Improving the Hunter 216

    Hunter216, You must be reading my mind. Sailed twice last weekend with no wind! So no updates on tuning. However Dropping the main is a pain with the size and girth of sail and fighting it for control and strapping bungee cords with ball ends around it is no fun. I ordered a mast track slug to...
  4. John Welch

    Improving the Hunter 216

    You are correct, I dry fitted the boom roll stop first and then removed it to drop the eye slug into the mast track for the Boomkicker mast attachment . Then I reinstalled the rollstop eye slug and finished assembling the boom rollstop
  5. John Welch

    Improving the Hunter 216

    A few questions: 1) Boomkicker’s website indicates the model to use is the 750, is this what you used? YES 2) What “model” of the seoladair fitting did you use? Standard Roll Stop Fitting 3) Having done the installation would you do it any differently? Nothing! I love every upgrade 4) Can you...
  6. John Welch

    Improving the Hunter 216

    I took the Hunter out of a sail afterwards and it transformed the boat. My hunter went from a mud-duck, vague handling barge to a Olympic 470 on steroids! In 25 years of racing and sailing I have never spent so little time and money to gain so much performance with control! The stock Hunter...
  7. John Welch

    Improving the Hunter 216

    Attach the main halyard to the end of the boom and raise the boom. Slide and pine the two ends of the Boomkicker to the mast attachment and the boom attachment. Mount the lower purchase triangle plate to the mast bail and the upper Vang to the boom bail
  8. John Welch

    Improving the Hunter 216

    Notice the original boom bail holes were 37 1/2 inches from the Gooseneck Pin. Newer boom bail holes are 42 1/2 inches from pin. Srew in the upper track into the boom. Set the location on the middle hole
  9. John Welch

    Improving the Hunter 216

    Mount the upper Boomkicker attachment onto the boom. Mark three drill holes after you tape the track to the boom. Drill and tape with the tools that are provided
  10. John Welch

    Improving the Hunter 216

    Then move to the boom. Remove the boom bail and drill two 1/4 inch holes farther away from the gooseneck
  11. John Welch

    Improving the Hunter 216

    Tape a small wrench into the mast slot at about the mast rubber bumper to stop the eye slug. Drop the eye slug down the mast sail track opening. Stew the U flange into the slug. Add the bottom mount for the Boomkicker
  12. John Welch

    Improving the Hunter 216

    Mounting the Hunter 216 Boomkicker 750 was very straight forward. Measure down four inches from the original mast bail on both sides and drill a hole for the 1/4 inch bolts.
  13. John Welch

    Improving the Hunter 216

    Use a C clamp after the screws are started to slowly modify the roll stop arm to conform with the girth of the Hunter 216 boom
  14. John Welch

    Improving the Hunter 216

    The roll stop U bracket is screwed into the eye slug with two screws. The two stabilization arms move upward and are secured by two screws in the hole drilled and tapped into the boom.
  15. John Welch

    Improving the Hunter 216

    Next upgrade will be the boomkicker. But first we need to control the “sloppy boom” with a Seoladair roll stop fitting. The roll stop greatly improves the boom response. The kit uses an eye slug or mast fitting slide that drops down from the mast opening for the sail cars. A hole is drilled an...