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There's a sailboat in Sweden called an RJ 85 (see RJ 85 sailboat specifications and details on sailboatdata.com). Has anyone here ever seen one, sailed on one, or had a beer with someone who has?

They seem to be a home-built (using professional moulds controlled by some sort of boat-builders' association), sort of like a slightly longer, faster, narrower IF-boat. Prices in Sweden vary wildly (presumably because they were all self-built), from 9000SEK to 50000+SEK. Certainly a home-built model is a huge warning sign for careful inspection and quality control before thinking about buying one, but does anyone want to weigh in with thoughts on the design? There's a guy with a bunch of videos on youtube that gets 7+kts in pretty normal wind, which seems pretty good for a boat with a 6.7m water line.

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Re: Rj 85

From the specs:

LOA: 28.05' / 8.55m LWL: 21.98' / 6.70m
Beam: 6.73' / 2.05m Listed SA: 222 ft2 / 20.62 m2
Draft 4.13' / 1.26m
Displ: 4740 lbs./ 2150 kgs. Ballast: 2778 lbs. / 1260 kgs.
SA/D 12.62 B/D: 58.60% D/L: 199.27

A very narrow boat so probably little space below, with a B/D of nearly 60% very stiff, the the SA/D of 12.62 does not indicate much sailpower.

There was a Scandinavian line of larger boats in the '80s that were of similar proportions, a Canadian John Hughes took one around the world in the '87 BOC - "Joseph Young" a 42 footer with very narrow beam - there was also one in BC some years back (I've forgotten the brand/model).
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Re: Rj 85

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From the specs:

LOA: 28.05' / 8.55m LWL: 21.98' / 6.70m
Beam: 6.73' / 2.05m Listed SA: 222 ft2 / 20.62 m2
Draft 4.13' / 1.26m
Displ: 4740 lbs./ 2150 kgs. Ballast: 2778 lbs. / 1260 kgs.
SA/D 12.62 B/D: 58.60% D/L: 199.27

A very narrow boat so probably little space below, with a B/D of nearly 60% very stiff, the the SA/D of 12.62 does not indicate much sailpower.

There was a Scandinavian line of larger boats in the '80s that were of similar proportions, a Canadian John Hughes took one around the world in the '87 BOC - "Joseph Young" a 42 footer with very narrow beam - there was also one in BC some years back (I've forgotten the brand/model).
Maybe an Ylva? YLVA Galleri

RJ-85 are narrow low boats, but do not sail as well as their cousins like the BB-10 and other similiar narrow boats of the time.
In general these types goes to windward well, but they are wet to sail ... really wet
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Re: Rj 85

Hmm, fair enough. I was expecting that they would be wet as hellfire (is that a valid comparison? I'm not sure ...), but probably fun to sail. I went to look at this one over the weekend: https://www.blocket.se/halland/Rj_85_75419168.htm?sa=1 (it looks WAY better in the pictures than it did in person). It was mostly for interest's sake, since I don't need a project quite that big right now. There seem to be a lot of low, classic-looking boat around in Scandinavia, and fewer of the big, wide-cockpit, cocktail production boats.

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