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Shocker Wife likes the J boat

Hi guys, We are getting a boat for some family time day sail.


We were looking into a Catalina 320. She liked the cabin but said i think i would enjoy trying a regatta's and going fast.

In the past i always enjoyed regatta's on my Nacra and Windsurf Regatta's.

She wants a mono hull, I agree with her.
What a change of perspective from a C320 to a Fun Little Boat

After a lot of looking we are considering the J70
jboats.com/j70-one-design-sailboat

They appear to have a lot of room for the 3 of us (Wife, 12 year old and myself) considering it is 23 foot boot.

Does any one have any Input of the J boat ( J 70)
I would love to hear what you think of it


We also talked about the possibility of spending a lot of Father son time day sailing her. We think this is a boat he would enjoy sailing as he get older.

We are still pondering it and about concluded, this may be a "For NOW" boat that we keep and buy a 34+ "IT" boat in a few years
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Re: Shocker Wife likes the J boat

Why not just get a J88... and get the now and then boat? That 88 looks pretty sweet... Everything I love about the 80, just updated.
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Re: Shocker Wife likes the J boat

What's the recommended crew weight for the J/70? I think it's higher than your combined weight...

If you are looking for a performance oriented day sailer you might consider the Thistle. Also check into what one design fleets are active in your area.
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Re: Shocker Wife likes the J boat

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Why not just get a J88... and get the now and then boat? That 88 looks pretty sweet... Everything I love about the 80, just updated.
the J-88 will be a good boat when it comes out but at $150k+ it's three times the cost of a J-70 which is a fun racing keel boat that can be trailer/ day sailed. it is a little bit more to handle then some daysailer with it's backstay flicker requiring you to loosen and tighten the backstay on every tack.
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What's the recommended crew weight for the J/70? I think it's higher than your combined weight...

If you are looking for a performance oriented day sailer you might consider the Thistle. Also check into what one design fleets are active in your area.
3-4crew of 550 to 640
our total weight is about 385 for all 3 of us.
Yes we would be light for crew.
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Re: Shocker Wife likes the J boat

The j88 is very nice, i did not realize it could be trailer-ed if we desired
I think she would be happy with it. a lot more comfort and still fast.
the 3 x the price will be something to thank about .....
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Re: Shocker Wife likes the J boat

I did the test sail on the J70 a few days before Sandy came in last year and while it was a capable little boat and did fine in the big air that day

It is a really TINY boat and you would be had pressed to even take a pee down below NOW if your happy with the Nacra it is not a problem

BUT are your looking for a bit more comfort OR Total performance

Don't confuse the J88s possibility of being place on a trailer with trailering it being remotely practical or even legal with the 9.50' beam and 5000# empty boat weight
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Re: Shocker Wife likes the J boat

I've seen many J70's popping up in my area. Seems to be a growing class with some fun regatta venues.
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Re: Shocker Wife likes the J boat

The J70 looks like a hoot, but I would make sure that three of you get a test ride before putting down the 50k to get into one. A mistake their could be costly, and a test ride should be free.
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Re: Shocker Wife likes the J boat

Need to look at the Viper 640 if the J/70 is under consideration. Both are excellent boats, with growing fleets of very friendly people. Price point on the Viper may be a bit easier on the wallet.

And if budget is a major consideration, then why not look at the J/80, which is a great little boat (albeit not trailerable in the same way as the other two) and very affordable right now?

If trailerability isn't necessary, then the J/22 should also be considered, as an excellent day sailer and proven racer. I believe the World Championships are coming up this summer in Newport, if I'm not mistaken.
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