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CRUISING WORLD- "J/133: J Is For Juice!"

In setting the pace for the current crop of racer/cruisers, the J/133 assigns a high priority to speed.

By Ralph Naranjo- CW's Technical Editor

By the time the spray had settled in the wake of the 2004 Boat of the Year contest, it was clear to me that among the growing fleet of sailboats being offered for the dual purposes of racing and cruising, the J/133 was definitely the showstopper. Even though I spend much more time cruising than racing, I like boats that are meant to sail efficiently, and I found in the J/133, a big sister to the popular J/105, technology and simplicity elegantly blended in pursuit of harnessing a breeze.

The J/133 is light and responsive. It has a fine entry, a flat canoe body, and modest beam that trims down to an even leaner waterplane. The well-matched bulb keel and spade rudder deliver forgiving steering characteristics as well as surprising tracking ability for appendages with such high-aspect ratios. Even as we noticed some binding in the rudderstock bearing on the prototype boat, the J/Boat team was already in the process of fixing the problem.

TPI Inc., which builds the J/133, was among the first production boatbuilders to implement resin-infusion laminating techniques, and it employs its patented SCRIMP system in the manufacture of many large composite structures in addition to boats. The big plus for the boat buyer isn't just the precision repeatability that such a process makes possible; the infused resin also fills the slots in the balsa core, reducing the incidence of voids and producing a laminate that's more resistant to water damage.

I like the layout below, which blends the requirements of a sea boat with those of a comfortable coastal cruiser. The modest beam and easy-to-navigate cabin sole give the accommodations a sailboat feel, the U-shaped galley to starboard is anything but minimal, and the adjacent nav station to port is a main feature of the saloon rather than an afterthought. The two settees that flank the cabin table need only lee cloths to make them excellent sea berths, while the cabins forward and aft offer double berths for times when the boat's on an even keel.


Lifting cabin-sole boards, peering into the bilge, and looking in lockers, I found evidence of sound engineering practices and adherence to the systems-installation guidelines of the American Boat & Yacht Council.

A fast, agile, big-mainsail sloop, like other high-performance Js, the J/133 has a retractable sprit. It's both simple to use and a real turbo boost for those cruising in areas like Long Island Sound and Chesapeake Bay during light, summertime conditions. An asymmetric spinnaker is easier to handle than a conventional chute and ups the performance and fun factors for a shorthanded crew.

Navtec rod rigging is standard, as is the Hall Spars carbon-fiber mast that's less than 65 feet tall, allowing the boat to duck into the Intracoastal Waterway. A shoal-draft alternative to the standard 7.5-foot keel will make that option more appealing and ease the boat's passage in other shallow-water cruising grounds.

The few weaknesses I discovered can probably be addressed through modifications at the builder's or with after-purchase add-ons. The boat we sailed lacked a bow roller, necessary for efficient anchor deployment and retrieval on a plumb-stem boat such as this, and, proving the J/133's raceboat inclinations, the toerail didn't extend aft of the mast. Anyone with extended racing or cruising ambitions should bear in mind the limited tankage--50 gallons each of fuel and water.

Strong enough to go offshore but also fast and fun in all-too-common light air, the J/133 should appeal to those who both race and cruise with smaller crews and shorter time frames. Its comfortable accommodations provide the amenities and privacy to make fast, efficient, performance cruising a real pleasure for two couples.

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

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J/Sailing Calendar 2016

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Upcoming Events

Nov 26-30- J/24 South American Championship- Porto Alegre, Brazil
Nov 28- Dec 6- Peru J/24 National Championship- La Punta, Peru
Dec 4-6- J/22 Jamaica Jammin Regatta- Montego Bay, Jamaica
Dec 12-13- Quantum J/70 Winter Series I- Tampa, FL
Jan 9-10- Quantum J/70 Winter Series II- Tampa, FL
Jan 13- Lauderdale- Key West Race- Fort Lauderdale, FL
Jan 18-22- Quantum Key West Race Week- Key West, FL
Feb 6-7- Quantum J/70 Winter Series III- Tampa, FL
Feb 25-28- J/70 Midwinter Championship- St. Petersburg, FL
Mar 10-13- J/70 Miami Sailing Week- Coconut Grove, FL
Apr 16-19- Charleston Race Week– Charleston, SC

J/70- The Sportboat Changing Sailing

J70 spin08 redThe J/70 speedster is the new 23 ft. "baby J", the next-generation ramp- launchable keelboat. J/70 introduces a new dimension of fun, fast sailing in a stable, easy to own boat that friends and family can enjoy.  J/70's high aspect, all carbon rig provides spirited performance and stability that feels like a much larger boat upwind. Off-the-wind, J/70 simply lights up the crew with a smile! Set the masthead asymmetrical spinnaker and plane away in moderate breezes.  With 900+ boats delivered, the choice is clear.  J/70 sailing has taken the world by storm-- it's the fastest keelboat class to receive ISAF International Class status in history, with over 20 fleets worldwide. Learn more about the J/70 concept here.

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IntroducedJ88 SolarSailer sailing 003 18212 in the fall of 2015, the electric J/88 Oceanvolt model establishes new standards for ultra-quiet, low-maintenance, eco-friendly performance for sailboats.  Hop onto your boat and power away from your mooring (or dock) in peace and quiet to enjoy a beautiful day of sailing on the water. Featuring a 15 hp electric motor and 7.1 kW of battery power, you have a "no wind" range of 20nm.  Or, extend your range to 50-60nm by going "solar sailing"!  Recharging takes places using the sun, the wind, the grid or hydro-electric regeneration from the propeller!  Learn more about this revolutionary J/88 Oceanvolt concept here.

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

082010BTSN 7014v2J/111's continue to win major events in offshore racing as well as enjoy strong one-design competition- with 110 boats delivered!  As a class, two 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.  The J/111 Midwinters at Key West Race Week take place for the third time in  2016.  The next J/111 North Americans will be on the Great Lakes again.  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!

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