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Some New J-Boats

Looks like J is introducing a couple of new decimeter-series (i.e. sprit) boats for 2009: the J-95 and J-97.

The 95 is a daysailer/racer, with what I think is an unusual feature for a J-Boat: A centerboard! It can sail in as little as 3 feet of water. It appears to be targeted at the market trend for classy/retro daysailers.

The 97 is a family cruiser/club racer. It reminds me of the now discontinued J-32, except it has a sprit.

Both are about 31.5 feet long, but note that the 97 has less waterline, an additional foot of beam, and standing headroom.

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The 97 looks interesting. I've always been a fan of the J 32, and thought it would make a nice coastal cruiser
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Neat looking boats... Jboat's prices can take their boats off many peoples' lists - I wonder what price will be set for these.
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I like the J97, but the draft of over 6 feet doesn't make sense for a boat being sold as a cruiser/racer. Perhaps a shoal keel will be offered.
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The 97 looks interesting. I've always been a fan of the J 32, and thought it would make a nice coastal cruiser
Same here. But I've always wished it had a sprit, too. Also, very few of the 32s were built with the aft cabin/quarterberth, so they're hard to find on the used market with that configuration.

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Neat looking boats... Jboat's prices can take their boats off many peoples' lists - I wonder what price will be set for these.
No idea on price - but I agree it will probably be dear. I like to study their offerings when they're new, with the thought that down the road they may become affordable on the used market.

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I like the J97, but the draft of over 6 feet doesn't make sense for a boat being sold as a cruiser/racer. Perhaps a shoal keel will be offered.
Yeah, I had similar thoughts. I'd like to see that boat with a +/- 5 ft draft. They usually do offer shoal options, maybe one will be forthcoming...
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Excuse me while I drool.......

I looked at the J site yesterday to see the J97 and then saw the J95.

I like performance boats. People have asked me what would me my favourite boat (I call them "Post Lottery" boats) and I am always at odds. Most I like have drafts of 6-7 feet in the 30+ range. Then there is the marina where we sail. At moon low tide there is approx 2.3 feet of water in our channel and at a typical low between 3 and 4 feet. A boat with a 7 foot draft can enter and leave our marina 2 hours either side of high tide and boats with 4 foot draft one hour either side of low.

And then came the J95. Looks to have more interior room than the J92, an enclosed head and a fast design. All this in a boat that does not worry about the tides in our channel!

I think I will in an ideal world sail on a J95 and sleep on a J97 (or a house). I like the lines of both but would absolutely liove to have the 95....

A quick enquiry to local dealer came back witha 145,000 base boat price (Cdn$). That would be without sails and instruments, etc... so expect closer to $200K for a 31 foot boat - but what a boat!

Finally - a performance boat for those of us in shallow bays. And even with the board down only draws 5.5 feet! My current boat draws 4.9 feet so even 5.5 is not bad.

Still drooling .... now have to win the lottery ...

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I saw the pics etc at the local boat show last week. The 97 per the local dealer thought tween 175-200. They refered to it as a updated J30 vs most of you calling it a J32.

As far as the draft goes, weeeeelllllllll, being as I am in 400-600+' of water most of the time, don't think draft is an issue! the MORE the merrier!

The 97 looks to be like a boat spouse and I would like for cruising, and racing. Mostly racing, but some cruising involved. An interior such that she will feel comfortible in it, yet sporty enough to race, get to places reasonably quick etc.

PHRF per local dealer, 90's, I think low 100's personally, but could be wrong on that one! Locally 105's and 109's are in the upper 80's to 90's. I do not think the 97 will be as quick.

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...PHRF per local dealer, 90's, I think low 100's personally, but could be wrong on that one! Locally 105's and 109's are in the upper 80's to 90's. I do not think the 97 will be as quick.

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Marty,

I think your rating hunch is probably correct. Low 100s might even be generous. Our old Melges 24 originally rated 114 (much lower now), so it's hard to imagine the J97 below 108-111 or so. Still, that wouldn't bother me.

But at this point we're only looking at drawings... and the price is too rich for my pocketbook anyway. Maybe when a used one comes up in 5-10 years...
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John,

I think if it ment going the used route, I would look for a 109 in a few yrs personally. A few feet longer, faster etc. Then what do I know! Just stating an opinion.

I also think personally that the 105's and 109's are rated a bit slow, should be about 5-8 secs faster into the upper 70's and low 80's. Or the C&C 115 was on last spring needs to go slower by the 5-8 secs. Upwind we did fine, down wind..........left behind big time! way more so than we gained upwind.

Anyway, we may if we can afford it look a bit more closely at the 97. We would like something a bit less etc than a 109. Just wish they were NOT building the 97 in France, the Euro/US$ exchange rate is going to make the cost a bit higher than necessary if one asks me too. not that my opin counts for anything here either! A bendy toy 36.7 new at 160K is looking pretty good! used in the 110-120 range............

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As a two time J24 buyer (one new one used) i like the boats BUT for the money they still have problems that you would expect to be resolved in boats of this price range

On a J24 if your not really on top of pulling hardware and beding it your deck will be a core fubar


A local J44 had a compleat bulkhead tabing failure on the way home from the bermuda race this year and some local 105/109 boats are needing keel sump reinforcements


If you look through yachtworld listings most of the used boat that have had a hard life have a pretty big it has been fixed list
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