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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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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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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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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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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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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 :D

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 :confused:

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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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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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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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 :D

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 :confused:

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
Yes i Like to go fast, I hate to be passed on the water.

let me rephrase that
the 88 has a potty room for a cooler both are wife friendly :) (comfort)

as Far as Trailer just able to get it out of water if i decide and leave it on site. I have no intent on towing it around town and down the road.
I have been looking into prices of storing boat on property, slip fees, dry dock
so on. Still in research mode.

As you see i am totally new to living around water.
So i am learning as i am going.
 

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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
This boat is going to be the next big thing in one design. It is really catching on. The reviews are great. By the time you are ready to sell there will be a big market for used ones. I think it's a great idea.
 

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yes I think that may be very true.
It would be kind of fun to be on the front end of One Design boat
 
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