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  1. Blur

    J/111 2011 questions

    Tried that once, but had immediate regrets and thought about how long I needed to spend in there without food before I could get out again It might be more a matter of body type than where the boats are built
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    J/111 2011 questions

    The rules are the same for Cat 2 like Fastnet and Middle Sea Race, and our solution has been approved without further questions. The locker is "weathertight" and the area is dedicated to "abandon ship equipment" like the raft and grab-bag. In the discussions we've had with inspectors, it's always been an added benefit that the equipment also can be handled by crew below deck in preparation for abandoning ship. Alternatively, it's easy to do a soft watertight "bag" inside the locker to hold the raft. On the J/111 I really like to keep the aft locker empty to be able to check on the rudder/cables/autopilot without removing stuff.
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    J/111 2011 questions

    Sorry, SA-mailbox was full after 13 years Should work now.
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    J/111 2011 questions

    We have a 10 person Ultralite in the starboard locker/bench. It can be deployed both up into the cockpit through the hatch or through the saloon if needed. Take some space from the berth, but not much. Also, it's always dry + keep weight forward.
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    J/111 2011 questions

    Depends. My numbers indicate that you're 2-4% off VMG upwind in 20 knots w just 2 on the rail and ~10% off at TWA 100. Might not matter much on an evening race around the cans, but if you get 24 hours of this on an offshore race it's 10 nm Comparable boats will not suffer nearly as much with a lighter crew; First 40, JPK, SunFast 3600, and other wider/IRC-style boats. <8 knots you will benefit from a lighter crew, Break-even around 10.
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    J/111 2011 questions

    Fatter is faster We typically race w 9 people and rate in ORC w 750 kg. But in longer offshore races we should be fine w 6 or 7. With that said, I think it's a great doublehanded boat, and you just have to manage the power upwind or on a beam reach. Downwind you're faster in all conditions. It's a narrow boat, so heel doesn't kill you, but you will struggle against wider boats in some conditions. Downwind we started out with A2 + A5, and now do A2 (up to 20 knots TWS), max size A3 (20-26 knots) and A5 (26 and above). Many J/111 use an A4 for heavy weather VMG, but we think it's faster to be able to go bow up and work the waves. You're pretty much stuck on TWA 150 otherwise. BTW, we mounted the second manual bilge pump under the port aft berth with the exit in the steering pedestal.
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    J/111 2011 questions

    Stability shouldn't be an issue. We're at 121.5 (see below). We're also cat 2 (manual bilge pump below + minor mods), but cat 1 should be possible. Polars: 7.3 upwind in the right conditions. Downwind you're quickly/steadily at 15-18 if the wind is up, but then you have to press on to go faster No big maintenance quirks, besides the rudder mentioned by @Roleur. We had an issue with the mast track not glued properly to the mast for a few meters, but that was a manufacturing glitch by Hall Spars. We've pushed the boat really hard for >15000 nm and wouldn't hesitate to do any of the big races (except Hobart).
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    J/111 2011 questions

    Not aware of any major changes over time. I ordered #18 in the US and later changed to #69 from France. The biggest difference is between US and Euro boats.
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    J/99 anyone have info beyond the teaser?

    Size yes - concept no! My guess is that this would come down to wind range and course. IY998 has been doing extremely well in the light stuff (especially up/down) but the J/99 is a better fit for transquadra or conditions in UK/France, If you want to beat the IY998 I recommend the J/112E
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    What’s next for J?

    To summarize, a bigger J/121, built like a J/125 at a Beneteau price point J/boats understand the difference between what crew dreams about, and what owners actually buy, and by now they have lots of data points. I would be first in line for a sportier J/121, but then there are many options including a custom build. Or a Class 40. Or sensible/economic options like the Xp-44 or Swan 42/45 that you can own for 3-4 years to do the bucket list races and re-sell quite easily. This is a tough segment with picky owners. As hinted above, the natural step is probably the J/141 (J/121 but in J/145 size) were the feedback from the J/121 could be used to make a perfect Transpac ride for people to old for the J/125.
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    J/111 as a Multipurpose Boat?

    In my opinion, the J/97e is kind of "stuck in the middle"; without the cruisability (2 cabins) of the 109 or the sportiness of the 111. Still a nice boat.
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    J/111 as a Multipurpose Boat?

    No one would argue that you can't get a Porsche or a Mustang Shelby GT500... just because you're not able to perform at the track against the pros? Or a carbon race bike just to enjoy your Sunday morning bike ride just a little bit more? I am an average sailor. With a hobby that kind of got out of control The key to improving as a sailor is spending more time on the water. We had no idea on how to race a modern assy boat when we got the 109, but a bunch of friends spent 3 seasons getting up to speed. And with a fun boat, I had an easier time getting better crew. No pros. Just average sailors that wanted to improve. Same thing with the J/111. We had no idea how to tame that boat when we got it, but the step-up in sportiness/fun led to even more time on the water,. And even more ambitous sailors came along for the ride. We're still a pure corinthian program, where everyone shares the running costs. We set the ambition to suit everyone in the team, with one major event once a year. And a lot of racing just for fun. So in the "chicken or the egg" debate: a fun boat makes you a better sailor. You don't have to be a great sailor to get a fun boat. PS. It's hard to find 18 knots in the ORC VPP. I know. Here's an after-work sail. Just for fun.
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    J/111 as a Multipurpose Boat?

    With the intended use case; "80% of my time on the water will be short sails after work, sometimes with my wife and young daughter and often by myself" it shouldn't be hard to test sail all the boats mentioned above? Everyone has their own priorities, and I have a hard time imagining that someone test sailed a J/109, J/111 and a J/120 and then objectively decided that the J/120 is the perfect boat for short single-hand sails after work I think it's a great boat, and helped a friend get one, but then the primary objectives were distance racing and extended cruising. Having tested many boats in this size/segment I think the J/88 and J/111 are in a unique position, being sporty and fun (like a true race or sports boat) but still manageable by the average amateur sailor - even solo. Then there are +100 great cruiser/racers out there (J/109, J/120, J112, J122, etc) that are excellent compromises. Do the test sails and you'll understand
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    J/111 as a Multipurpose Boat?

    You might be on the same development curve as many of us; start out with the J/109 for a few years and then decide you need a J/111 And with that in mind...
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    J/111 as a Multipurpose Boat?

    The J/111 (and the 88) is designed without considering IRC or other rating rules, and has some attributes that can be costly in IRC; long sprit, big chute, big roach on the main etc. Things that make a boat fun to sail - but can make it harder to win in competitive IRC fleets, especially W/L. There both the J/109, 112, and 122 are much more in line with what rating rules "like". J/boats tried to make a J/11S to address the shorthanded market in Europe, and boats like Pogo, JPK, SunFast, and others. And the sweet spot here is to be able to do Transquadra with a rating band of 0.950 < IRC TCC < 1.050. So then you get a good all-round boat which performs well in >10 knots. So two different purposes. And that naturally shows in performance, especially in light air and downwind. The J/111 are on paper 10% faster upwind and >15% faster downwind in 20 knots. Not really sure what the J/99 needs to get on a plane, but my guess is +20 knots. So the dilemma here is; do I want to win IRXC races doublehanded? Then maybe a JPK 1030 or a SyunFast 3300 is the tool I need (that said as a die-hard J/boats fan), but if I want maximum fun and an occasional race win I still think the J/111 is hard to beat.