From the fleet of new models tested in October, our independent judges cull six of the best new raceboats for 2014 Sailing World Boat of the Year.
by Dave Reed
The sweet spot for J/Boats has always been the 30-foot range, and in years past they’ve had great runs with models like the J/29, the J/30, and the J/105. To meet the demands of owners today to be able to haul and store themselves, the team at J/Boats has come up with a design that’s more versatile than any like models before it. It’s not revolutionary, the judges say, but when it comes to practicality, it’s perfect. At roughly 5,000 pounds, the J/88 has a deck-stepped rig and a single-point lift so it can be hauled with a hoist and parked in the driveway—or put on the interstate for the occasional class championship.
Read the Sailing World’s full report at http://www.sailingworld.com/sailboats/boat-of-the-year/sailing-world-2014-boat-of-the-year?src=SOC&dom=fb
“We’re delighted to pass along that earlier today Sailing World named the J/88 as their best new One-Design as part of their 2014 Boat-of-the-Year Awards. There was high praise from the judges for the J/88’s design, sailing qualities and construction.
Congratulations to the build team at CCF Composites for a great job and to the whole J network for supporting the launch of the J/88. Demand continues to build globally, and tooling is just shipping to France so that J Composites can begin producing J/88s for the European market this spring.”
Click to the links below to learn more about the new J/88 from J/Boats