EVERYONE CAN RELAX AND ENJOY
Creature comforts come in many forms on the J/27. The 11' long cockpit and moderate height boom allow easy crew movement across the cockpit while tacking and jibing. For sitting and hiking comfort, mid-height padded backrests/lifelines run cockpit length, making J/70 one of the most comfortable boats to helm without having to rely on hiking straps to keep you in the boat.
Seaworthiness, Sailing Comfort, & Speed All in a Fun 29' Sailboat
Until recently, it didn’t make sense. Why would anyone want a larger, more expensive boat than a J/24 if they couldn’t stand up in it? Times are changing. The fantasy of sailing around the world in a self-contained household is giving way to the realities of sailing closer to home.
How many people drive GMC motor homes as a family sports car? Why sacrifice speed, ease of handling, driving or sailing comfort for residential features which aren’t fully utilized? We all are becoming more selective in our expenditures ... less willing to pay for something that won’t be used. Sailing is no different than other lifestyle sports. Knowledge and experience eventually lead to ownership of the best performing products.
Speed- Speed through the water is the most obvious factor in performance. Sailing speed improves daily cruising range, generates excitement and pride in one’s vessel, and makes one less dependent upon a motor.
One way to get more speed from a sailboat is to reduce weight of furnishings and equipment. Another way is to concentrate weight in the center of the boat. Both of these objectives have been achieved in the J/29 without sacrificing basic below-decks liveability.
The standard J/29 provides a comfortable midship "living room" with ice chest and sink for dockside gatherings or overnight cruising for two ... but nothing in the forward or aft third where each pound of weight adds to the "moment of inertia" to amplify pitching in waves.
The result is a smoother ride than on boats with heavier ends, hence less resistance and more speed.
J/29 Versus U.L.D.B.- There’s a limit on how far one can go in the pursuit of speed. Small, light, narrow and low can become tender, wet, and slow. And, U.L.D.B. (Ultra Light Displacement Boat) can become just plain U Boat.
Unfortunately, there are no chair lifts on the ocean. Those breezy conditions which make U.L.D.B.’s exhilarating downhill make for equally exhausting and wet climbs back uphill. The key to sailing (as opposed to surfing) performance is speed to windward.
Here’s where the J/29 excels. She will do 6.5 knots upwind which is good for a 40 footer. To do this in 15 knots of wind with full main and #I genoa is remarkable.
Seaworthiness- A primary reason for owning a 30 footer is to expand one’s sailing horizons ... to sail offshore in open water without those anxieties normally attributed to small boats. Going fast must then become secondary to seaworthiness.
The J/29 is a BIG, TOUGH boat engineered with large safety factors for crew error or severe offshore conditions.
Compare J/29 chainplates, bulkheads, keel support beams, rigging and hardware with economy cruisers and ULDB’s. Then imagine 35 knot squalls, dropping off 10 foot waves or
colliding with a rock pile at 8 knots. It happens all the time. That’s why J/36 structural bulkheads and keel beams were combined with the hull and rig of the J/30: 450 boats worth of testing including the Fastnet storm.
There’s enough freeboard and reserve buoyancy in the bow to keep from submarining when surfing under spinnaker in steep seas. The wide, flared sides of the hull slap waves down rather than up and onto the crew.
Ease of Handling- The standard fractional rigged J/29 sails under mainsail alone better than most 30 foot cruisers under full sail. This "no problem" alternative comes in handy getting through storms or crowded harbors.
There are few boats that will plane downwind under better control with spinnaker. The faster she goes, the more stable she becomes. After the first hour at 11 knots, you actually begin to relax and settle into normal shipboard routine.
Outboard Power?- Apart from being less costly and easier to maintain, the outboard engine on a J/29 is not the problem we thought it might be. The large transom and rudder help to hide the engine. The only time it has to be stored below is before a race, when there’s usually plenty of help around ... who’d rather do this than dive into cold water to band a prop. It’s quieter below during rest and stereo time for the off-watch. And, manueverability is improved in tight situations, because the motor can be turned with the rudder.
Optional Masthead Rig- A double spreader, tapered masthead rig with "in-line" shrouds and checkstays is offered as an option for those who are more accustomed to tuning and sailing such a rig ... particularly in areas where light winds prevail or for overnight races when it’s important to sustain speed with limited visibility.
One-Design Class- When sailing together as a Class, the J/29 Class Association rules will assess credits or debits in seconds per mile to handicap variations from the standard J/29 ... whether toward the cruising spectrum with forward " V " berth cabin or inboard auxiliary ... or for variations in rig which may prove faster. Differences may not be that great. At Block Island Week, three different rigs finished within seconds of each other after 20 miles on five different occasions.
In effect, the Class will adopt a PHRF type system to give every owner a fair chance to win. Since there’s only one boat to evaluate, the data base and decisions will be well founded.
Best Buy in Sailing Performance- The J/29 emphasizes sailing performance (speed, handling, seaworthiness and comfort underway) at the expense of below decks accommodations. The economy cruiser does the reverse: offering interior accommodations at the expense of sailing performance. If most of your time on the water is spent sailing, with an occasional overnight during the season, J/29 is the way to go.
For J/29 One-Design Class Information: http://www.j29class.net/
Introduced in: 1982 Last Model Year: 1987
Sailing for Life in Better Sailboats
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. 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. Sailing is never the same twice - each time on the water with your sailboat 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 more family generations? It's been said there are two types of sailors in the world - the young and the young-at-heart. How great is that?
What a Difference a J Makes
Fulfilling those sailing dreams starts with finding a sailboat that fits you - whether you aspire to 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 boat 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.
J/Sailing Gear For 2018
Look great this season in J sailing apparel. Check out the comfortable and fashionable sailing clothing, tech shirts, polo shirts, sailing jackets and sailing hats at the J/Sailing Gear site. Also backpacks, totes, J battleflags and other fun items like half-model sailboats are available as gifts and trophies.
J/Gear is fully customizable to your needs. When you order, you can specify just about anything you wish, including boat name, boat type, yacht club, hailing port, etc. Please be sure to visit our store here.
Upcoming Sailing Events
Jan 19-21- J/Fest St Pete- St Petersburg, FL
Feb 9-11- Quantum J/70 Winter Series- Tampa, FL
Feb 15-18- St Pete NOOD Regatta- St Petersburg, FL
Feb 17-18- SCYA Midwinter Regatta- Long Beach, CA
Feb 19- RORC Caribbean 600 Race- English Harbour, Antigua
Feb 23-25- J/70 Midwinters- Coconut Grove, FL
Mar 1-4- Heineken St Maarten Regatta- Simpson Bay, St Maarten
Mar 7-10- Bacardi Cup J/70 Invitational- Coconut Grove, FL
Mar 16-18- San Diego NOOD Regatta- San Diego, CA
NEW 40' Offshore Speedster for 5 or fewer Crew
The new J/121 is a 40’ offshore speedster that can be day raced or distance sailed by just 5 or fewer crew…. the best short-handed J ever…. capable of winning on any race track while also excelling in daysailing and weekend mode. J/121 redefines offshore sailboat racing as a recreation and shared adventure with friends - fulfilling the growing need to simplify life and reconnect with those you really want to sail with on a boat that’s pure magic to sail. Learn more about J/121 here.
Elegance, Comfort & Style - NEW J/112E
J/112E is the newest “E” Series of sport-cruising yachts. An Evolution of Elegant performance cruising design. This dual- purpose 36 footer has a spacious two-cabin layout and a roomy, comfortable, cockpit. Perfect for the annual club cruise, offshore racing or short-handed blue-water sailing. Learn about J/112E here.
J/70 - The Sportboat Changing Sailing
The J/70 speedster is a fun, fast, stable, 22 footer that can be towed behind a small SUV and ramped launched and rigged by two people. J/70 sails upwind like her larger sibling (the J/80) and off the wind she simply flies - planing fast in moderate winds. With 1,300+ boats delivered worldwide, the choice is clear. Learn more about J/70 here.
A Family-friendly One-Design & Daysailer - J/88
The J/88 combines big boat feel with sportsboat-like acceleration. Add a weekend interior, inboard head, engine and huge cockpit and you have a versatile 29 footer. Blistering upwind speed of 6.5 kts and trailblazing speed offshore means smiles all around as you collect both the silverware and priceless sailing memories. Learn more about J/88 here.