Originally Posted by FarCry
Having raced on and against a well sailed J36 I can attest that they are much faster on the water than they appear to be on paper. As Paulk correctly observed, they have a fair number of amenities for cruising comfort at a very reasonable price. The problem I see is that there just aren't very many of them for sale.
Thanks! We've had our J/36 since 1999, and have enjoyed winning the club championship several times against some obviously hot competition, as well as cruising between New York City and Northeast Harbor, Maine. We've hit 12.5 knots in a blow with just a reefed main up, and 13 knots with the full main, spinnaker and 150% genoa all up at once. Though fast is fun, we've also spent days at anchor, simply relaxing, or perhaps baking blueberry muffins. Eclipse is not for sale (sorry!). There were only about 40 J/36's built, but a good number seem to have migrated to the PNW/Seattle area. J/35's are more common, but lack some of the creature comforts we enjoy unless they've been customized. Around here, we rate 84 PHRF (87 with a roller-furler) while the Beneteau 36.7 rates 93 for 'round the buoys racing. J/109's rate 66. (J/105's rate 96, but you can't stand up below, so why bother?) The J/35 rates 78, and we've passed every one we've raced against as well. The advantage of PHRF is that it adjusts ratings to prevalent local conditions and thus makes the rating more valid than IRC with it's "one size fits all conditions" approach. There are a lot of boats out there. Check them out!