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Registered: August 2000
Posts: 32
Review Date: Thu May 17, 2001 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 


We bought Argonaut about 9 months ago, and have had her in the water for 6. We are actively racing her in the San Francisco ocean series, but have long-term cruising plans. Here's what we think so far:

Boat Handling:
So far, has been great. We've had her out in 28kn gusting to 32 with 9ft seas/8sec period, and a 1st reef in the main plus a small headsail resulted in a well balanced boat that could be steered by one hand through the moguls. She's too heavy to plane, but will surf down waves under the chute. The boats very responsive to the helm, unless you overpower it with the main. The cockpit is pretty dry even in rough conditions.
Under power she also handles very nicely, with minimum prop walk, which I attribute to the prop being fairly far forward (the engine is nearly amidships!)

Topside layout:
The cockpit is pretty much layed out for double-handing; most lines are lead aft, the traveller/mainsheet is close to the helmsman, as are the instruments. For racing, this setup could be improved, since the mainsheet trimmer doesn't have the perfect place to be. Great for racing, however, is the location of the jib/chute halyard winch (the pit) a bit aft to starboard of the mast. This makes communication and coordination with the foredeck much better, and clears the cockpit of one person.

Down below:
Head to aft to port, within easy reach of the companionway. Great! underway. Ample space both in the starboard aft cabin, and the huge v-berth, which also has its own head. Big/spacious salon, centerline sinks, and extremely accessible engine. Good stuff.

Things to improve/we don't like:
- don't need the forward head. If we go cruising, we'll probably convert it to stowage, which this boat is light on.
- stowage space. The settee's are pushed all the way outboard, so there's very little space behind them, and the space below is taken up by water tankage.
- Our boat came with an engine driven fridge-compressor, which is mounted separately from the engine, but obviously connected by a belt. Can't tigthen the belt enough without pulling the engine out of alignment. Dumb. Will have to find a way to remount the compressor if we want to use it long-term.
- Anchoring arangement: Also kind of dumb; the built-in roller doesn't seem to fit any anchor I've tried, and the j-boats dealer doesn't know either. Fixing it could be costly ($5000+), since it's an integrated anchor/headstay fitting.

Hope this helps. If you want to check out more about what we are doing with the boat, visit www.ditzen.com/mc_Sailing.htm

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Registered: November 2002
Review Date: Sat November 9, 2002 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 


Very fast, easy to sail boat in light and heavy air. Sails well on main alone in very heavy winds. Shorthanded operation is facilitated by cockpit layout leading lines aft and cockpit traveler. Very attractive varnished interior with durable wool/nylon upholstery. Comfortable at anchor with low roll tendency. 11 opening ports are a plus in summer, plus I have added fans for air circulation. Center cabin engine is noisier underway, although insulated, but really makes checking and maintaining easy. Could use more storage, but aft cabin is a very handy storage area for double handed crews. Cruised extensively between San Francisco and San Diego, out to Islands. For more information, see the J40 Sailors Web Page at http://home.earthlink.net/~sded

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