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There appears to be a yahoo sj24 sight/email list. Along with B Kirby the designer has a small amount of info on his site, and wikepedia has some info. Both sites have links to the yahoo site. And there used to be a forum a sj24.net or some such addy from a search a moment or two ago.
For its time and heyday, it is a good boat for its size. You will probably find that a Cat 25/250 to be more comfortible for a family rig, when looking at boats that size, but an SJ is a solid well built boat. It will do the imfamous IOR barrel roll with a spin up. And talking with one local coming home for a SH race a few weeks back, they mentioned even down wind with a 160 genoa it would upon occasion want to wobble a bit. so they put it a bit off from stratight down wind and did pretty good.
There is a CalT4, or a Cal 1/4 ton boat like the SJ, she is set up pretty good, is hard to beat in our local beer can races. Not sure which has a better interior of the three I have mentioned, but the SJ or the Cal will be the faster of the 3. With the SJ maybe having the better race record, so would assume either better sailors, or a faster boat overall.
If it were me, and you could afford one, some of the boats in the 26-28' range might be better overall for your use.
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