Re: Blue Jacket 40 (new racer/cruiser)
Just saw the BJ40 at Larsen Marine in IL. My non-technical opinion was that as a "performance cruiser" it seems like it perhaps doesn't do either of those very well. As a cruiser, this boat has VERY little storage. The cockpit storage is so non-existance that I am not sure you could even store more than 2 fenders on this boat. Down below is not much better, the area behind the saloon seat cushions is about 6" deep (from seat back to hull). As a performance boat, I won't get into the conversation about technical specifications, and leave that to all of you who are way more schooled on that topic than I, however the cockpit of this boat is enormous. There is no where to brace yourself whether racing or in a seaway. Might be ok for lounging at anchor but I can't imagine sailing hard with that huge of a cockpit.
So, bottom line for me, it appears that this boat has a bit of an identity crisis, not sure what it wants to be and doesn't seem to do either very well.