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Re: J 105
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.
Thanks for posting we all appreciate your insight.
In fact is amazing that a boat narrow as the J 105 and with a transom hull design maximized for upwind sailing can be ocean raced downwind with a crew of two for many days. That does not only say very well about the boat balance and design but also about the crew. Chapeau to you
I have some questions: Downwind could you leave at speed the boat on autopilot?
Do you have sailed with short crew boats more adapted to short crew or solo sailing and if so can you comment on the differences, specially going fast downwind?
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