Do you have a 20-25 year old Hall Spars package and want a new performance upgrade? Your best bet to improve performance and longterm value of your boat might be a new Sparcraft rig at a 33% discount negotiated by the class.
J/boats and the J/80 North American Class are partnering with Sparcraft to produce a complete rig upgrade package in time for the beginning of sailing season this spring and the pending 2022 Worlds in Newport. Branded the "J/80 Worlds Promotion Bundle", by class President Ramzi Bannura, the concept is to improve the NA fleet overall by upgrading some of the older boats.
Originally conceived as incentive for boat owners to charter their boats - getting the charter to cover most of the rig upgrade cost - the class has made it open to all owners with the intended outcome of increasing attendance overall at Worlds and NAs.
Boat owners that are willing to charter exchange a permanent performance upgrade for a short term loan of their boats. Due to the Pandemic, new boats built in France are not available for charter. And the 12 new boats originally dedicated to the cancelled 2020 Worlds were long ago delivered to the Hudson River SC. So the class is promoting the brand new rig package as incentive for chartering as we are still in need of charter boats. You can list your boat for charter on the J80worlds2022.com site
Brand new rigs retail for over $12,365, Sparcraft, which is also a sponsor of the 2022 J/80 Worlds, is offereing mast, boom, shrouds, headstay and Profurl furler for $8,400 - a 33% discount! We need 10 owners to commit to the group purchase within the next few weeks so that a spring delivery can be accommodated.
Comparing the Sparcraft rig vs the original Hall rigs, North Sails J/80 expert Will Wells, says "the decision is a no-brainer and worth doing." Outside the performance differences another consideration is many insurance companies will only give pennies on the dollar to replace a 20-year old plus rig. And Hall Spars themselves recommended that standing rigging be replaced every 10 years and the mast every 20.
Those who have questions or are interested in the package should email firstname.lastname@example.org J/80 NA Class Charter Coordinator for 2022 Worlds.
The paint job on Sparcraft masts is an option. The hardware comes installed - ready to go.