Re: Interesting Sailboats
I can attest to the sea worthiness of the J/105. In many coastal and shorthanded long distance races thru out the Midwest and South Atlantic coast have seen the J/105 perform beyond expectations. Some in One Design configuration, others PHRFed out with specialty sails.
One area to remember in downwind sailing is that sail sizing has increased the actual surface area under the 89m2 (not 77) areas rule. This allows greater driving force in all wind speeds, and optimized for the lower wind ranges of under 10 knots.
As for thinking to going to symmetrical chutes vs. asymmetric, the improved designs for asymmetrics and the twist characteristics allowing the leech to twist easily in light air, yet doesn’t over twist in heavy air says a lot.