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J /22
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Description: J /22
Keywords: J /22
 


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Registered: January 2000
Location: maryland
Posts: 1888
Review Date: Wed December 11, 1996 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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22 foot one design keelboat -
fast, manueverable, fast, sweet helm, low cost of ownership, "dry", fast, strong class association worldwide, stringent class rules make boats equal regardless of year, fast, excellent teaching boat, ideal racing boat for women - mainly for racing rather than day sailing, safe, satisfaction of ownership is unbeatable









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Review Date: Wed July 28, 1999 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Compared to it's big sister the J/24, the J/22 represents a design change that seperates it by more than just two feet of length. Less beam to length than the 24 makes the J/22 closer in concept to the later J/27 and the boats sail similarly, particularly in light airs. Easily sailed with spinnakers by a crew of three or four, the J/22 is a competitive club or one design racer/daysailer with a strong class association. Strict class rules are designed to keep the cost of ownership and racing down and to avoid the typical "arms races" that often plague other classes. For PHRF racing, the addition of a small T track next to the cockpit is easily done and allows the use of overlapping genoas which are a must for any sort of downwind performance in jib&main racing. Typical PHRF ratings are 200-205 non-spinnaker and 185 with.
The boat is a lot of fun to sail. It's size makes it very sensitive to crew movement and weight placement yet it has the stiffness of a true keelboat. At the helm, it has a fairly wide "groove" and the small size of the sails make managing them easy, even in a blow. In light air, the boat truly shines and carefull crew work on roll-tacking can produce enough lift off the keel to keep the boat moving when everything else stops.
As a daysailer, the J/22 can be easily singlehanded with the class 100% jib and actually sails quite well on main alone.
Maintainance is minimal with older hulls having a small teak toerail - replaced on newer models with a fiberglass moulding.
Some models were equipped for "cruising" with bow pulpits and even partial lifelines but the boat is an overnighter at best. There is no tankage and belowdecks is really little more than a sail storage area.



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