The Farr 44 has a fractional rig,
although I know of one that was built with a pilot house
and a masthead rig.
The J 44 is masthead rigged, but does have a moderately
short 'J' and very long boom.
A J 44 would be at lot of boat to handle for a couple,
unless they are fairly athletic. a J 40 would fit the bill
It's probably just ignorance - but I don't trust the keels on the J-boats. There have been to many stories of problems. I love the boats - I'm just sayin'.