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The NEW J/111 from J Boats

The NEW J/111 from J Boats

Among the announcements at the U.S. Sailboat Show this past week in Annapolis, MD was that J/Boats was working on their latest model, the J/111 – their first new 35 footer in 8 years (J/109 was introduced in 2001). Stu Johnstone of J/Boats explains why the timing of this new boat makes so much sense: “If you remember, in difficult economic times, like the early 80s, we came out with the J/29 and the J/35 – both derivatives of earlier boats – the J/30 and the J/36. In the early 90s, we came out with the J/105 during a recession. Needless to say, a good solid mid-30’s size boat does well, particularly when an economy comes out of a severe recession. The J/111 is getting back to our basics, great

The NEW Interior of the J/111

The NEW Interior of the J/111

performance for the dollar. “When you look at our product line in the mid-30s range, we’ve got a great racer/cruiser in the J/109 (350+ strong). We’ve got the best inexpensive 35 foot one-design – the J/105 (670+ strong) – whose entry level is now down to $100,000 to get a competitive used boat (or $185,000 for a new one). The J/35 (300+ strong) is in the same scenario as the J/105. And, the J/36 (50+ strong) is quite competitive under PHRF. All in all, with over 1,300+ boat owners to date, the J/111 is building upon a solid foundation of passionate J enthusiasts and we hope that it will also bring new owners into the J/family. “What’s interesting is that we’ve had a few dozen of our owners wishfully looking for a ‘next gen’ modern J/Boat in the same size category. The J/111 incorporates a proven large daysailing cockpit with a

The NEW deck of the J/111

The NEW deck of the J/111

big wheel, tall high-aspect ratio rig with non-overlapping headsails, high-aspect bulb keel, planing hull shape, and a 6-foot standing headroom/ weekending interior. In other words, it builds on a combination of qualities that have made the J/109, J/105, J/35 and J/36 successful – we expect the J/111 to be a fun, fast, easy to handle boat with extraordinary performance. So far, the response has been overwhelmingly positive.”

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Michael James
Michael James
Michael James has been with Murray Yacht Sales since 1995 and is in the the New Orleans office.

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