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Re: Blue Jacket 40 (new racer/cruiser)

There have been a few Delphia's here in the NW for a couple of years, I have to say, been pretty impressed with them from the get go. have nto sold like I think they should......then again, this area of the world does not seem to go for new boats like one would think they should! A lot of folks seem to think old shoes are the way to go, ie anything from the IOR era and older!

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Re: Blue Jacket 40 (new racer/cruiser)

HERE is Bob Perry's review of the BJ40. Not sure what to say about this review, and the Hunter 40. IIRC the H40 is narrower than the BJ, yet Bob calls the H40 a beamy boat, and the BJ normal width........

I am having a hard time figuring out of BP was liking or just doing a normal review trying not to be too harsh on it.

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Re: Blue Jacket 40 (new racer/cruiser)

The comparison of the Blue Jacket 40 to an IP 420 is apples to oranges. The displacement of the BJ40 is 16,5000 lbs vs 30,000 lbs for the IP420.
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Re: Blue Jacket 40 (new racer/cruiser)

Here's a few BJ40 details I shot at the Chicago debut:

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Re: Blue Jacket 40 (new racer/cruiser)

Should be a quick design compared to a Island Packet. Performance Cruiser not a racer/cruiser. The foils and bottom look good but otherwise very much a cruiser
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Re: Blue Jacket 40 (new racer/cruiser)

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Here's a few BJ40 details I shot at the Chicago debut:

 photo ead3614f-2633-4e11-918f-7caa3d0e16cc_zps524899eb.jpg
Mast plate/hardware

 photo a64b4349-f4f2-4e6f-8f9c-1ab72862b148_zps28086cf2.jpg
Cockpit propane locker

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Starboard aft stateroom
Nice details and quality material. Did not understand also that Bob Perry review neither it's opinion about the boat. He says the boat is too light to be a serious cruiser but 7.500Kg is just average among performance cruisers and even some mass production cruisers like the Jeanneau 409.

http://www.sailingmagazine.net/boats...blue-jacket-40

I hope the boat is a success. It is certainly better than the average US production and as a fast cruiser I see potential in the boat. Not as an offshore racer, as they also claim the boat to be designed for and that mostly on the account of the rigging.

No more photos?

I found this video and photos:

but not a form to embed it so you will have to look here:

http://www.sailmagazine.com/boat-news/blue-jacket-40

According to Johnson, the boat is designed to provide sparkling performance combined with the necessary sea-keeping qualities for safe, comfortable offshore passagemaking. The result is a boat that looks sturdy and fast, and is drop-dead gorgeous.





I have said that I like the hull and even more on this photo. As expected this is a boat that can take heel upwind and that hull is designed to provide max hull form stability at some substantial heel angle. That angle will also provide the biggest contribution from ballast. This boat is going to be a fast upwind boat.

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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.
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Re: Blue Jacket 40 (new racer/cruiser)

I don't get that story of a huge cockpit. By modern standards that cockpit is not even big since this is a not a very beamy boat. The cockpit of 40ft Catalina, Hunter or Tartan are much bigger not to mention European boats even performance ones. Or we are comparing this boat with older and less performant designs? That does not make sense.

Regarding space this boat should be a two cabin only boat. With two cabins it will have plenty space (with a large cockpit locker) as the galley could be extended a bit (and it would gain a lot with it).
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Re: Blue Jacket 40 (new racer/cruiser)

FYI - Larsen Marine in Illinois now has a BJ40 for sale with an asking price of $430k. Anyone got a deposit down yet?
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Re: Blue Jacket 40 (new racer/cruiser)

Wow - that's a little chunk of change. Glad we are out of the recession.
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