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J /30
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Description: J /30
Keywords: J /30
 


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Registered: January 2000
Location: maryland
Posts: 1888
Review Date: Tue April 20, 1999 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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The J/30 was the second design after the J/24 to be marketed by J boats and clearly shows the pedigree when you step aboard. In fact most J/24 sailors will find themselves standing at the tiller trying to figure out where the extra six feet are. The boat looks and feels like what she is, a big J/24.
Originally marketed as a racer-cruiser the boat was a success at neither and personally I can think of nothing more uncomfortable than an extended cruise in a J/30. The boat really must be considered a racing platform and most owners have systematically stripped out the interiors to the minimum acceptable to class association requirements.
As a sailing platform the boat is fast for her size but has been saddled with a rating that is difficult to sail to in light air. The fractional rig sailplan is too small for true light air performance which is probably the reason that the class #1 jib is now a 163%. In a breeze, which is where the boat comes into it's own, the boat must be sailed flat. This usually means five or six crew on the rail as performance falls off dramatically at angles of heel over 15 degrees, especially in a chop.
Having said this, the boat is a blast to sail, especially in one design fleets. With all of these boats now approaching 20 years old and most of the "rock stars" having left the class for newer, hotter designs, it is a great way to get into big boat racing without breaking the bank account.


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Registered: November 2000
Review Date: Fri April 6, 2001 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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The J30 can be raced, but I do consider it to be a good family cruiser. I singlehand mine with the addition of a autohelm 2000 pilot. With pressure water, added tnakage and shower it is quite comfortable. The cruise to the Bahamas was a lot of fun! You must keep her flat and I accomplish this by shortening sail when sailing alone. There is a lot of room below for two people and I have done several round trips from Florida to South Carolina with a crew of five big men without being too cramped for space. These boats can usully be purchased in the mid to high twenties ready to go. I can think of no better bang for the buck. The J30 is a true family boat!
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