We have talked a lot about Jboats lately, the American boats that the European like more than the Americans
Here you have a great footage of a J 105 very well sailed with a short crew
I can personally attest to the offshore virtues of the J 105 for short-handed sailing, having raced one, doublehanded, from San Francisco to Hawaii in the 2000 West Marine Pacific Cup Race. It does have a few limitations, particularly in one-design (montotype
) configuration, on long, downwind races - it needs a symmetrical kite option for VMG running, and multiple headsail options. It can also be a wet boat in big breeze and waves. But it's extremely well-behaved and stiff, even without crew weight on the rail.
But a fine boat, lack of headroom notwithstanding.