New model from J/Boats
J Boats has announced that in June 2013 they will launch of the latest addition to their performance sprit range: the J/88.
In keeping with the design process behind the J/70, the new J/88 will be a 29ft mid-size family performance boat with stability, style and sailing comfort.
The J/88 will fit into J Boat’s performance sprit range – being large enough to provide the creature comforts of a sit-in cockpit, in board diesel, overnighting interior and head; and small enough to be single-point lifted, owner trailered and stored.
Design highlights include a high-aspect, non-overlapping sail plan (no genoas) with a carbon fibre, double-spreader mast – deck stepped for easy rigging, tuning and keeping the main cabin dry. The 6.5ft fixed, low VCG keel with moulded GRP finish is similar to the J/70’s, ensuring a fair, smooth foil for every boat. The result will be a ride that’s every bit as exciting as the J/88’s siblings – fast and balanced upwind with planing performance downwind in moderate to fresh breezes.
On deck, the daysailing features include a T-shaped cockpit similar to the J/111, with seating and backrests forward of the floor-mounted traveller and a wide-open cockpit aft due to the tiller-steered, transom mounted high-aspect rudder.
Adding to J/88s ease-of-sailing characteristics is an in-deck jib furler, retractable carbon bowsprit and cockpit-led sail controls. Below decks, the J/88 sports a weekending layout with two full length settees, Igloo cooler, galley sink, private head forward of bulkhead and optional V-berth.
Full spec here