As a longtime member of St. Francis YC, I well remember that it took years to persuade our board to take on the challenges and responsibilities that go with owning and maintaining the J/22s. The usage has evolved too, in ways that mirror the different value propositions of Long Beach YC’s Catalina 37s versus its “beater” Solings. At first, our J/22s were trailer queens, preserved as precious commodities for the next round of match racing or team racing. Bit by bit, we nibbled at that until, today, they’re used a lot. They’re hybrids, if you will, still preserved as a matched set but available for evening races, weekend races and training exercises as well as specialty events. They’re also popular in the springtime when we give our kids a break from the high school sailing circuit in favor of anything and everything else we can muster. It takes a lot of work to keep the boats up to snuff, but they’re not doing anyone any good while they’re dry. I know of at least one past commodore who preaches about adding some beater boats that would live full time in the water and be even more accessible. That would have benefits. And it would add maintenance. And it would crowd our limited dock space.