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Re: Blue Jacket 40 (new racer/cruiser)

Originally Posted by kwaltersmi View Post
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."
It is, certainly not a racer-cruiser even if on the brief program Tim Jackett says that he is doing that kind of boat. Performance cruiser is a more vague description and the Bluejacket would not qualify as that in Europe.

A performance cruiser by European standards will include a rigging that will permit to sail the boat with a perfect trim of the sails and that includes on a standard boat a backstay adjuster, a big travell on the back of the boat, 6 winches (if the boat has not a direct main), four of them on the cockpit, one for the Genoa/spinnaker/Code 0 or Spinnaker, the other to the main and in most of the cases German sheeting.

An European main market mass production boat like the Jeanneau 409, not considered as a performance cruiser, has a very similar rigging a not very different weight and in its performance version (still not a performance boat) will be faster than the Bluejacket.

The Jeanneau 409, like the Bluejacket 40 are fast cruising boats. To be called a performance cruising boat depends on the definition.

In Europe anyone that is looking for a performance boat will be looking for the means to have a complete control on sail trim, controls that are nonexistent on the Bluejacket and therefore it would not be called here a performance boat. It see that in America they call performance boats to a lot of slower boats that in Europe would not have that qualification, like the Tartan or the Catalina. Maybe the Bluejacket is a performance boat by American standards

Many American say that a J122 or a First 40 or a Salona 41 are not cruising boats but racing boats. For those the Bluejacket will be a performance cruiser, even a cruiser racer.



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