Re: Performance Cruisers and Racer/Cruisers
The ratings on J-36's vary with region a little more widely than the 36.7 or J-35. Rod Johnstone swears that the J-36 should have equal speed to a J-35 in most conditions (except light air)and a J-35 generally rates faster than a First 36.7. I have sailed the 36.7 and my impression is that it is less forgiving and not as easy to sail to its rating as the 40.7 which is a boat that I know really well and love for its capabilities. Because the 36.7 is hard to keep at speed they are hard to rate, meaning they take absolutely first rate gear and a really skilled crew to sail to their rating. The J-36 is much more forgiving and so in the hands of a skilled crew can be more consistent, even if its rating were acurate an dit is perhaps a slightly slower boat.
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