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    J4x maintenance costs

    The second paragraph above is the one that is the real driver to the cost of owning a larger boat. As someone who not long ago stepped up from a J/30 to a J/40, I can relate to the OP's question. it's not merely that fittings get bigger with increasing size/load, It's that the number and complexity of systems goes through the roof. Taking the fresh water system as an example, on the J/30 there's a single 24 gallon water tank, with a manual foot-operated cold-water pump in the galley, and a hand-pump in the head. That's it. If you wanted warm water you used a solar shower, or boiled water on the stove. On the J/40, there are 3 tanks totaling over 120 gallons, an electric pressure pump, a water heater, an accumulator, 4 hot/cold faucets (1 in each head, 1 for the galley, and a cockpit shower), along with a city water inlet and a tank selector valve manifold, plus all the tubing to hook up all the necessary connections. And with winter approaching, what was a 15 minute job to winterize on the J/30 now is multiple times longer on the J/40. JoeR
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    Looking for 25-27 ft phrf rocket...

    I'll add one other thought. I know you're primarily looking for PHRF boat, but I suggest looking for a boat that raced one-design on the Bay. That will help when/if you decide to sell it, but also there's a huge body of knowledge that can be applied to making the boat fast. Additionally, if it's raced one-design, the PHRF rating is usually "reasonable" since there are enough of them to truly establish and refine a rating over the long-term. Using your 25-27 foot criterion, I'd suggest the J/80 as a reasonably fast boat that can be raced in both PHRF and one-design. There were also enough of them built, that you should be able to find one on the market at any point in time. Joe