Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Washington DC
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I just took a look at the new J/97. My wife has gotten into racing and wants a faster boat. I won't replace the Mariner 28 (1979) I have now, I own it and have poured too much of myself into restoring the boat.
I was impressed with the lines and aesthetics of the J/97. Roomy cockpit, and an open layout in the interior. Boat is definitely built for performance but seems comfortable as well.
My concern is construction. It's been a while since I have looked at a new boat so I am unfamiliar with present day construction techniques. For example, glueing the deck to the hull. Anyone have any experience with this? How does it last? There is an older Beneteau in the yard that used this technique. Hull is full of moisture, pegs the meter, most of the toe rail has been ripped off and its in the middle of a repair.
Also, I liked the shape of the keel of the J/97. Yet the top 1/3 is hollow. Makes the boat lighter and increases performance for sure, but how does that hold up after years of stress?
Asking price is $180k. I felt this was a reasonable price for a new modern 32 foot J boat. Just seems to me putting $180k into an older better constructed boat would make more sense.
I may just end up buying a smaller used J boat to race with. Put the money in the rigging and sails.