|It's a two person one-design sport cruiser that will keep up with a fully crewed racing boat. In the J/105 (10.5 meters LOA) designer Rod Johnstone has gone for high end power and an interior that is as simple as possible to provide the maximum speed-to-cost ratio.
The boat has low freeboard for minimal wind resistance, a low center of gravity, and the look of speed that Johnstone likes. Although the overall beam is not extreme, there is a lot of flare in the topsides, and the waterline is quite narrow. There is also very little below the waterline, so wetted surface is minimal. The keel is a bulb to enhance stability. And with a very simple and light interior, the 105's displacement is a lean and hungry 8,500 pounds. Most striking of all the J/105's features, though, is the retractable bowsprit and the big asymmetric spinnaker it sets. A crew of two can manage it, and one can gybe it.
I sailed the 105 in light conditions and found the asymmetric sail fun to set and trim. It was more docile than a conventional chute and got us up to wind speed at 90 degrees apparent-faster when we turned farther downwind.
Upwind, the boat is pure J: finger light on the helm, easily balanced, with an instant response to helm inputs. A tiller is standard; the optional Edson wheel is generously sized (48 inch diameter) and attached to a sturdy fiberglass pedestal that's great for bracing your feet.
|Other standard equipment includes Navtec rod rigging, a Sailtec hydraulic backstay adjuster, a Hall Spars Quikvang, and a dodger.
The dodger covers a rather large companionway opening, the only place with standing headroom below deck. Designer Johnstone's figuring goes like this: With a sailing couple, only the woman is apt to be concerned with the interior, the average woman is 5 feet, 7 inches. Subtracting 2 inches makes for manageable headroom for her, and voila, a 5-foot, 5-inch interior. There's the logic of a very experienced performance sailor!
The Joy of Sailing
Sailing is the ultimate freedom, the experience of being at one with nature and the sea, powered only by the wind and one's imagination. Why is sailing so appealing to so many people? Perhaps because it's one of the few "life sports" that offers both a relaxing escape as well as an invigorating challenge. You pick your level of comfort and excitement. Or maybe it's because sailing is never the same twice - each time on the water is a unique adventure that can enrich friendships, strengthen family ties, and refresh one's own sense of well-being. How many other outdoor activities can be shared with three or even four family generations? It is said there are two types of sailors in the world - the young and the young-at-heart.
What a Difference a J Makes
Fulfilling those sailing dreams starts with finding the right boat that fits you - whether you aspire to day-sail close to home, cruise to distant shores, or take up the challenge of competitive sailing. Performance differences between sailboats are greater than differences between golf clubs, tennis rackets, skis or cars. There aren't many wooden or metal tennis rackets, skis or golf clubs in use anymore. That's because newer designs that perform better and are easier to use are MORE FUN! A well designed sailboat, like a good sports car, is an extension of its owner. It could take years of sailing other boats to learn the difference that good design and quality make to one's sailing enjoyment. Or you can save time and take advantage of what we've learned and designed into every "J." We invite you to explore our site to learn more!
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600+ J/70's Sailing in 2014!
The J/70 speedster is the new "baby J" that is generating tremendous enthusiasm for a next-generation ramp- launchable keelboat. J/70 introduces a new dimension of fun, fast sailing in a stable, easy to own boat that all of your friends and family can enjoy. J/70's 22-foot long waterline with high aspect, all carbon mast and boom provides spirited performance and stability that feels like a much larger boat upwind. Off-the-wind, J/70 will simply light-up the crew with a smile! Set the masthead asymmetrical spinnaker and plane away in moderate breezes.
J/70 is already taking the world by storm-- it's the fastest keelboat class to receive ISAF International Class status in history! 19 fleets have developed in the USA alone, and Europe has fleets forming in a half-dozen countries. Learn more about the J/70 concept here. Find out why J/70 has been generating enormous buzz in 2014-- J/70s are again setting records for class participation at Key West Race Week (60 teams), Charleston Race Week (87 teams), North Americans (93 teams), World Championships (89 boats) and Europeans (41 boats)!
J/111 One-Design/ Offshore Speedster
2014 was another great season for J/111 one-design and offshore sailing around the world. With numerous events organized in Europe and in the USA, J/111 sailors enjoyed the camaraderie of sailing close, tactical racing around-the-buoys and in major offshore events. Highlights again included domination by J/111s in Chicago-Mackinac Race overall. J/111s hosted their 2014 North American Championships in Harbor Springs, Michigan in August and the Europeans and World Championship in Cowes, England. J/111's have established a remarkable sailing record offshore. Learn more about this versatile, easy-to-sail, offshore racer-cruiser and, more importantly, join in on the fun and set your sights on the best combination of offshore and one-design racing in the world's greatest sailing areas- Cowes, Newport, La Trinite, San Francisco, Great Lakes, Harbor Springs, to name a few. Find out more about the J/111 and the one-design sailing regatta schedule here.
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