A new 35' racer-cruiser, the J/109 will feature the popular carbon fiber retractable bowsprit and asymmetric spinnaker system and a 2-cabin interior layout with standing headroom. The J/109 is designed with a very low VCG, long waterline, and generous sailplan with the horse power for competitive racing and stability for relaxed cruising when the racing crew is not aboard. The J/109 fits within the current J/Boat sprit range as a stable, easy to sail performance boat with the interior volume necessary for comfortable cruising and a great dual purpose deck layout.
The J/109 represents J Boats' first design to be tooled and launched in Europe. J Composite of Les Sables d'Olonne, France is the builder. J Composite is also the licensed European builder for the J/80, J/92, J/105 and J/120. Anticipated launching date is June 2001 with full production beginning thereafter. The first J/109 to the USA is expected late in the summer.
J/109 answers the call for a smaller sprit boat with standing headroom that can compete under the prevalent European handicap rules, mainly IRC and IMS.
The deck/cockpit layout is a cross between the J/105 and J/120, the two J/stablemates that clearly bracket the targeted market for the J/109. Sail handling systems follow the J philosophy of keeping things easy. Halyards and reef lines are cockpit led, mainsheet controls are within reach of the wheel, and inboard sheeting tracks permit the use of both overlapping and non-overlapping headsails. With the Comfort Pack (Harken furling, dodger, hot water, battery charger, cockpit shower and shore power), the J/109 is ready to cruise. There is ample on-deck stowage, thanks to the transom locker, cockpit seat locker and a bow compartment large enough for both the anchor rode and the asymmetric spinnaker.
The interior is European style with two private sleeping cabins and an option for a pull-out double in the large main cabin. The "L" shaped galley includes a double sink, two burner propane stove and a pressure water system. The nav station is a large sit-down forward-facing console with abundant space for instrument displays. The head is conveniently located aft near the companionway, providing easy access from the cockpit while underway.
The J/109 laminates and structure are engineered by TPI Composites to optimize strength and durability without excess weight. All J/109s will be built utilizing the SCRIMP molding process. The J/109 is powered by a Volvo MD 2030 28HP, sail drive engine with a two blade folding prop and an 85 liter (18.5) gallon fuel tank. The steering system features a large diameter (48") wheel with leather grip, a high-aspect spade rudder and JP3 self-aligning rudder bearings.
|LOA||35.25 ft||10.75 m|
|LWL||30.5 ft||9.30 m|
|Beam||11.5 ft||3.51 m|
|Draft||7.0 ft||2.10 m|
|Displacement||10,900 lb||4,950 kg|
|Lead Keel||4,100 lb||1,860 kg|
|Engine||28 hp||28 hp|
|100% SA||671 f2||62.3 m2|
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