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Re: Blue Jacket 40 (new racer/cruiser)
For those arguing the BJ40 isn't a "racer-cruiser", I'd argue that the proper term is probably "performance cruiser". The Solent rig and Hoyt boom are there for ease of sailing, which is generally a cruiser priority, IMO. While it could race, I suspect it will appeal mostly to the cruising crowd looking for a bit more speed than than more traditional cruisers (IP full foil keel boats, etc.) can provide.
All of this is interesting in the context of Island Packet's own philosophy statement: "We understand that the definition of 'performance' in the cruising context goes well beyond boat speed and must include safe, simple, predictable, and seakindly handling as well."
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