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Re: Full or fin keel?
I would agree that J-Boats is probably building a reasonable high tech newish boat. Even still, when you look at the new models, it is J-boat. Look at Elan and Beneteau for two, and they have boats that cruise, then some race, and a couple do both to a degree. X-Yacht is getting into this mold now that they are getting bigger per say too.
The J122 is a performance cruiser that can race while the J111 and J105 are more of a racer.
The only reason that prevents J boats to make what Xyachts do, with a full line of racers, performance cruisers and cruisers is ....MARKET, I guess. Simply there is not a big enough market for more expensive and fast sailboats in America.
Some time back I talked with the Salona guys regarding the American market. They said to me that they were more interested in the Asian market that was a lot more interesting. They had only sold a boat to America but several to Asia and Australia.
The owner of that American Salona 37 is a member of this forum. He says wonders about his boat and even so they only managed to sell one
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Last edited by PCP; 03-14-2013 at 11:49 AM.