Join Date: Feb 2002
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Advice Wanted: 30'''' + for Retiree...
AS much As I would like to help. We just bought our first J 30 ( still on the hard somewhere in Michigan )
Therefore most is hearsay, however funded enough that I shelled out a lot of hard earned money to buy the boat.
They are fast ( phref 141)
They are somewhat trailearable ( LIMITED to good trailer and BIG car ) but one can do it.
Fractional rig so my wife doesnt have to work all too hard on the smaller jib.
I think they look good.
The have full standing room all the way to the front. Big enough restroom, lots of storage . SUPER nice BIG Coolbox.
Active Class Racing and Phrf Racing Community with lots of help
Being able to surf and go like a bat out of hell
Lotsa Spare sails available as the hardcore racers will replace every two years, and those sails have lots of life left.
Can be singlehanded with Main alone
No silly Mainsheet which goes from the middle of the boom all the way forward up and down and than backward again.
Big enough boat to spent vacation in and get into rough weather without fearing the worst ( 91 Fastnet Race ! )
Now. I know that there are faster boats out there which are lighter and maybe w=sail circles around me in very light air. I also know that yopu need a couple peopl on the rail in heavy weather racing.But in Cruising mode you simple change jibs put a reef or two into the main and the boat stays flat and fast ( fast enough anyhow)
I think I am gonna like our new boat.
AS far as best models ? Yeah the 84 and later have a nicer kitchen, more room in the cockpit and are more desirable but also up to 10 grand more than an earlier model.
I decided for an older one, purely because of much less money.
I also looked at 28 Lasers, about the same price as J 30 ... faster in light air, easy to trailer, but the wife didnt like the spartan inside accomodations and killed it from the list rather quick. Actually it was my wife who picked the J 30.
Email me back in a couple of months and I cantell you more about the actual sailing... lol