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03-11-2013 12:48 PM
PCP
Re: Blue Jacket 40 (new racer/cruiser)

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Originally Posted by bjung View Post
I understand only the Arcona 430 and 460 are built in Sweden, all smaller models are now built in Estonia. Any input on build quality differrences?
Didn't notice any difference and I have not heard nobody complying. Estonia is not china, it is a Baltic country closed connected in tradition, history and even genetically with the other Scandinavian countries. They were occupied by the Russians and are recovering economically from that.

Lots of Nordic boats being built there to take advantage of the cheaper labor and skilled workmanship.

Regards

Paulo
03-11-2013 12:13 PM
bjung
Re: Blue Jacket 40 (new racer/cruiser)

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Originally Posted by PCP View Post
That is just what I was afraid of. The competition, even with Swedish top quality costs almost $100K less

http://www.arconayachts.fi/410/Test_...0_Nov_2011.pdf

Regards

Paulo
I understand only the Arcona 430 and 460 are built in Sweden, all smaller models are now built in Estonia. Any input on build quality differrences?
03-09-2013 11:38 AM
PCP
Re: Blue Jacket 40 (new racer/cruiser)

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Originally Posted by SecondWindNC View Post
I don't see anything on Arcona's website about a U.S. dealer.
USA - Arcona Yachts

http://www.yachtworld.com/gys/

http://www.arconayachts.se/modell/41...ll=410&Info=10

That difference in price regards the boat out of the shipyard. Probably that difference will be smaller if the boat is imported to the US.

Regards

Paulo
03-09-2013 11:26 AM
SecondWindNC
Re: Blue Jacket 40 (new racer/cruiser)

I don't see anything on Arcona's website about a U.S. dealer.
03-08-2013 09:00 PM
PCP
Re: Blue Jacket 40 (new racer/cruiser)

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Originally Posted by kwaltersmi View Post
FYI - Larsen Marine in Illinois now has a BJ40 for sale with an asking price of $430k. Anyone got a deposit down yet?
That is just what I was afraid of. The competition, even with Swedish top quality costs almost $100K less

http://www.arconayachts.fi/410/Test_...0_Nov_2011.pdf

Regards

Paulo
03-08-2013 05:28 PM
manhattan08
Re: Blue Jacket 40 (new racer/cruiser)

Wow - that's a little chunk of change. Glad we are out of the recession.
03-08-2013 03:46 PM
kwaltersmi
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?
02-14-2013 05:41 PM
PCP
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).
02-14-2013 04:03 PM
sweetsailing
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.
02-14-2013 02:55 PM
PCP
Re: Blue Jacket 40 (new racer/cruiser)

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Originally Posted by kwaltersmi View Post
Here's a few BJ40 details I shot at the Chicago debut:

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Mast plate/hardware

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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.

Cheers

Paulo
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