Edited by Charles Mason
Delivering a new level of performance is a tall order, especially for a first design.
But, Al Johnstone learned the trade well from his father, Rod, and the J/32, the first J Boat with Al's name on it, promises to be a valued addition to the J Boats family.
The boat is fast and easy for two people to sail.
Construction of both hull and deck utilizes the SCRIMP® resin infusion system; the laminate schedules include unidirectional, biaxial, and triaxial fibers. Baltek balsa core is used in both the hull and deck; a floor grid is fused directly to the hull to create additional strength.
Johnstone has resisted the urge to jam a lot of bunks belowdeck. The single stateroom/single head aft combination, with two settees in the main cabin for kids or visiting firemen, is a nice blend.
I had the opportunity to spend four days sailing the boat, and what fun days they were. Although the J/32 might be considered stiff by some, I liked this characteristic, because it allows the boat to accelerate out of a tack efficiently.
Part of the secret- the cockpit is efficient, and visibility from the helm is good even with the dodger up. The mainsheet tackle system is double-ended and easy to handle.
No 32 footer without davits can solve the dinghy-stowage problem perfectly, but there is more than enough locker space in the cockpit for an inflatable, scuba tanks, or other gear.
The J/32 will fit your needs for weekend-plus cruising.
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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Aug 19-24- J/111 World Championship- Cowes, England
500+ 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/70 are again setting records for class participation at Key West Race Week (60 teams), St Petersburg NOOD Regatta (28 boats), Charleston Race Week (87 teams registered), and North Americans (93 teams). In 2013, J/70s also set records for Annapolis NOOD Regatta (49 teams) and North Americans (90 teams entered in 28 hours)! In 2014, the first J/70 Worlds will be hosted by New York YC and SailNewport and the first J/70 Europeans will be hosted by Fraglia Vela Riva on Lago di Garda, Italy in September 2014!
J/111 One-Design/ Offshore Speedster
2013 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 2013 North American Championships in Chicago in August. 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. The first J/111 Worlds will be hosted by the Royal Yacht Squadron in August 2014! Find out more about the J/111 and the one-design sailing regatta schedule here.
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