J/Boats this summer launches a new 33-footer designed for daysailing, racing and weekend outings.
The builder says the newest addition to its lineup was designed to enhance the joy of sailing and encourage participation by novice family and friends.
Single-handed or short-handed sailors will appreciate the boat’s efficient deck layout, with controls for the roller-furled jib and mainsail close at hand. She’s light and nimble enough at 6,500 pounds to be easily handled by a family crew, whether trimming sails or pushing off a piling, according to the company.
Although ideal for daysailing, the J/100 isn’t restricted to near-shore waters. Her self-bailing cockpit, stability and waterline length is similar to many 40-footers for faster, more comfortable day trips, according to the company.
The J/100 features a comfortable cockpit with full-length seats and a full-beam dodger for weather protection. The interior includes two berths and a head, with an optional forward V-berth. There’s also an easily accessed transom platform with drop down swim ladder.
The J/100 is the latest evolution in J/Boat hull shapes, long and narrow (beam of less than 10 feet) for speed on all points of sail, according to the builder.
The sailboat is built by TPI Composites in Warren, R.I., using the patented SCRIMP resin infusion process, which is said to yield higher glass-to-resin ratios and higher quality bonding properties to double the strength of traditional fiberglass lay-up.
Two keel configurations are available; the standard draws 5 feet, 5 inches, and an optional shoal keel draws 4 feet, 5 inches. Class rules restrict one-design racing sails to main and jib, but other options include genoa, Open 50 style asymmetrical spinnaker on a roller, or conventional spinnaker.
A 10-hp diesel auxiliary with folding prop is standard.
Hull No. 1 was to be launched in June, with some two dozen more
reserved. Base price is $107,500. J/Boats, Newport, R.I. Phone: (401) 846-8410. www.jboats.com