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The SJ 34 began life as Crown 34, produced in Vancouver BC. They are designed by a Hien Druhyzen (sp?) and are a pretty typical late 70s somewhat-IOR-influenced cruiser/racer. So if you search YW etc for Crown 34s you'll get to see more examples, and get an idea of what SJ may have changed from the original.
The Crowns have stood the test of time, with several in our area still racing and cruising. What the San Juan built boats are like I can't really say but if they followed the original scantlings then they're probably fine for what most of us do with our boats. That is a fair bit of boat for the money....
It is of the "skinny main big genoa" era, so will have the habits associated with the same. A bit of a dancer dead downwind, I'd expect, when the wind pipes up. But careful sail selection and heading choices makes that pretty manageable.
The Crown 34 was refined into the Sceptre 36 and Sceptre Yachts was formed, and Sceptre has a pretty solid rep, esp for their pilothouse 41/43s.
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".. there is much you could do at sea with common sense.. and very little you could do without it.."
Capt G E Ericson (from "The Cruel Sea" by Nicholas Monsarrat)
Last edited by Faster; 10-22-2008 at 07:49 PM.