Multi-Purpose Club Racer -Sailing World Boat of the Year 1994
Last year J/Boats' J/92 walked away with the Overall BOTY honors. The J/130, a scaled-up version, has taken the best attributes of that design and packaged them with enhanced comfort and improved performance, and come up a winner as well.
When the panelists test-sailed this boat, they lined up against two all-out IMS race boats, and the comparison was impressive. Upwind and down this simply rigged 43 footer matched strides most of the time against its racing brethren, with half the crew and half the effort expended.
The phrase "ease of handling" was a common theme in each judge's assessment of the J/130. Most pointed to the boat's clean, functional, and user-friendly cockpit and rig as the basis for this. Lindsay felt that, among its peers, the J/130 would be best for "intense club racing, shorthanded sailing, and coastal cruising."
And Phil Steggall emphasized the versatility of the boat, ascribing it to the designer and builder's making "the most of modern technology in terms of sail handling and layout." He called it "truly a multi-purpose boat" at a reasonable price.
J/130: Nifty performer
By Chuck Mason/ Chris Caswell/ SAIL
Have you seen a boat that looks and sails like a racing machine, yet is aimed at the cruising market? When you step aboard this 43-footer, you'll see how these two often disparate sailing worlds can be blended into one nifty boat that displaces about 15,000 pounds.
Abovedeck, the T-shaped cockpit is spacious, with wide side decks and well-placed coamings for the Lewmar 58 self-tailing winches. All lines are led aft, so all sails can be handled from the cockpit. The tapered Hall Spars triple-spreader section is supported by Navtec rod rigging.
On-Board The J/130
By Sven Donaldson/ Pacific Yachting 1996
The die-hard traditionalist might feel the J/130 lacks enough overhang fore and aft to be genuinely un-holier But everyone else will probably agree it's a lovely boat. Lean and low, with a bit more spring to its sheer and rake to its mast than commonly seen these days, the J/130 looks the part of a thoroughbred-a boat meant to sail, first and foremost.RIG A triple-spreader, "near masthead" fractional rig is supported by rod rigging. The rig geometry represents a nice compromise between reliable simplicity (checkstays but no runners) and high performance. The asymmetrical spinnaker is flown from the masthead, 18" above the hounds. Its tack is secured to the end of a carbon-fibre "J/Sprit" that retracts 7' into the forward cabin when not in use. The sprit passes though a big self-draining anchor locker with a gasket at each end-a system that appears to keep water outside .
In most respects, the deck layout is a conventional, proven arrangement. Twin jib leads can be adjusted from the cockpit under load. The Harken genoa furler features a removable drum for racing. A solid vang is standard, and the boom-end mainsheet/traveler system is first-rate.
With this boat's excellent light-air speed under sail, the 47hp Yanmar auxiliary may not get used much, but it's capable of driving the boat at around 9kts.
The galley features big double sinks, hot/cold pressure water, a Force 10 propane stove with oven, and generous stowage. The head compartment-one of the few parts of the boat incorporating a molded fiberglass liner-offers hot showers and easy maintenance, including easy access to all plumbing.
J/130: Passes True Offshore Test
By Peter Metcalf-
I had the opportunity to sail on the new J-130, not on an afternoon demo-sail on Chesapeake Bay, but a 2000 mile delivery to her new home in Puerto Del Rey, Puerto Rico. As much as my crew and I were looking forward to the trip, a winter departure from Annapolis is not the sort of thing a delivery crew would wish for. A gale ridden delivery from New York to Tortola still fresh in our minds, and the recent misfortunes of several boats and crew, served to remind us that sailing in these latitudes at this time of year is not something to be taken lightly.
Though we may have done better to dig for the beach and jibe back out to Lookout Shoals, we held forth to our rhumb line and soon enough got out of the current. As dawn broke, with the wind now steady at 30kts, our speed was back up to nearly 10kts with just two-thirds of the jib out. Then the puffs started, and with these puffs came the first of some wildly exhilarating rides. With the sail area we had out, 32kts of wind provided the horsepower necessary to make her break loose. Clyde was driving when what began as a surge down the face of a wave, became a thunderous plane. As motion and sound below became distinctly different, l looked up from the chart table to see an expression on his face that said "what the hell is happening" He started reading off boat speed as it climbed to 15kts and stayed there. The puff finally passed and she dropped off the plane. Brian rolled over in his bunk, mumbled something about being on a subway, and fell back to sleep.
Throughout the day we had gusts to 35+kts, each providing another carnival ride as we planed up the back sides of 15 foot waves, always wary of what we would find on the other side. We came to know this as the "runaway train mode", which we felt to be appropriate because she handled like she was on rails. By sunset the breeze had moderated to a steady 25kts and we went back to the auto-pilot. We were able to cook and eat a very civilized dinner at 8+kts and still sailing with only part of the jib, we completed a 24 hour run of 228 miles.
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