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Why J/105? A SAIL Magazine Review

"Maximum Speed-to-Cost Ratio"

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!

Of the off-white vinyl trimmed interior itself there's not much to say. There's a roomy V-berth forward and 6-foot, 5-inch settees amidships. There's also a Raritan head with holding tank, a carry-on cooler, a galley sink with a 5-gallon collapsible water tank, and room for a two-burner stove.

The total package is a very roomy daysailer or adequate weekender that will take you places faster than just about any other monohull of its size. As J/Boats go, that makes for a very favorable speed-to-cost ratio.

Sailing is Cool!

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 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 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 boat 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 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 2016

JGear 250pxLook 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-models 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 Events

Jun 25-Jul 1- J/80 World Championship- Sotogrande, Spain
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Jul 8- RORC Cowes-Dinard-St Malo Race- Cowes, England
Jul 8-10- Vineyard Cup- Edgartown, MA
Jul 9-10- Sail Newport Regatta- Newport, RI
Jul 11- Pacific Cup Race- San Francisco, CA
Jul 11-15- Whidbey Island Race Week- Whidbey Island, WA
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Jul 12-16- New York YC Race Week- Newport, RI
Jul 16-17- J/111 European Championship- Hamble, England
July 22-24- J/70 Great Lakes Championship– Youngstown, NY
Jul 22-24- J/70 Pacific Coast Championship- San Francisco, CA
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Jul 28-31- Marblehead NOOD Regatta- Marblehead, MA
Aug 1-4- J/111 World Championship- Cowes, England
Aug 4-7- J/80 North American Championship- Toronto, ONT, Canada
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Aug 6-13- AAM Cowes Week Regatta- Cowes, IOW, England
Aug 134-14- J/FEST New England- Bristol, RI
Aug 13-19- J/24 European Championship- Plymouth, England
Aug 14-20- Women's World Keelboat Championship- Rye, NY
Aug 19-25- J/22 World Championship- Kingston, ONT, Canada
Sep 17-19- Rolex Big Boat Series/ J70 Pre-Worlds- San Francisco, CA
Sep 24- Oct 1- J/70 World Championship- San Francisco, CA

J/70 - The Sportboat Changing Sailing

J70 spin08 redThe J/70 speedster is the next-generation ramp- launchable keelboat. It introduces a new dimension of fun, fast sailing in a stable, easy to own boat.  The high aspect, carbon rig provides superior performance and stability. Off-the-wind, J/70 simply flies- the masthead spinnaker and plane away in moderate breezes.  With 900+ boats delivered worldwide, the choice is clear. Learn more about J/70 here.

A Family-friendly One-Design & Daysailer- J/88

J88 SolarSailer sailing 003 18212Big boat feel with sportsboat-like acceleration.  Plus, a weekendng interior and huge cockpit make for the most versatile 28 footer anywhere.  Blistering upwind speed of 6.5 kts and trailblazing speed offshore (she planes in 13 kts of wind), means you will collect silverware!  Plus, join exciting one-design events today- 2016 J/88 North Americans in Long Island Sound.  Learn more about J/88 here.

Offshore speed. One-Design Fun. Unbeatable J/111

082010BTSN 7014v2J/111's continue to win major events offshore. Plus, with 110 boats delivered worldwide, you can enjoy one-design racing! World Championships have taken place in Cowes, England and Newport, RI. In addition, one-design fleets in the Solent, The Hague, La Rochelle, New England, Chesapeake Bay, Lake Michigan and San Francisco provide spirited competition. Learn more about the versatile J/111 here.

Elegance, Comfort & Style - NEW J/112E

J112E beauty 01 18245 800 600 100J/112E is the newest addition to J/Boats’ “E” Series of sport cruising yachts. The “E” is for elegance and evolution in performance cruising design. This dual-purpose 36 footer has a spacious two-cabin and enormous, comfortable,  cockpit.  She is perfect for the annual yacht club cruise, sprinting to Mackinac Island or short-handed blue-water sailing offshore.  Learn about J/112E here.

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