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JPK says hull #1 will splash on Feb 7th. I'm excited to see how this boat turns out. I've been enamored with the JPK 10.80 and Sunfast 3600 but really looking for something a bit bigger offshore. I'm wondering how this boat will stack up against the J/121. Any other obvious competitors? JPK11.80 - Plan de voilure 171029.pdf
The waiting is over: My new JPK 38 construction has commenced. This is the first time I buy a brand new boat. Over the last months I visited many owners of other JPK38's, studied every detail of the boat and learned a lot from SA's forum thread, such as "Construction of a Pogo 12.50", for which I am vey grateful. I would now like to document the build process, and share my reasoning as I make certain decisions (JPK leaves a lot of room for customisation), so I decided to start this thread in case it may be of interest to others. The decision to buy a new JPK38 Fast Cruiser In 2013 I visited JPK Composites in Lorient, France for a test sail of the JPK1010. I was very impressed with the boat's sailing performance, the construction, but especially with the history and philosophy Jean Pierre (Kelbert, aka JPK). That is where I also saw the JPK38 (Hull #1) for the first time. Let's say this trip is where I developed my bias towards JPK boats and started following their many successes. Fast forward to 2015. I moved back to Europe with my wife and kids and started looking for a boat which would be: Fast - Easy planing, but also allow me to sail in light wind conditions (Immagine med summers, little wind in the morning and nice thermal in the afternoons); Practical/Essential - For a while I had a 41' ketch with lot's of teak, systems, cables etc. Let's say I had my fair share of going mad trying to figure out where wires go and removing panels. Comfortable - Enough to cruise for 6 months with wife and 2 young kids, (with specific requirements such as a fixed table in the salon, not a fold down). Singlehanded - small enough and set up to sail and manoeuvre alone. Safe and build to last - Watertight bulkheads, steering system, but also practical (and important) small details I will talk about later. Many boats are (in my view) overly exposed to risks due to rudder loss/damage. My sample is small, but of all the people I know who lost a boat or suffered heavy damage, the cause was always a collision with submerged objects. In summary: I was looking for a fast boat, big enough to sail with family for 6 months but small enough to singlehand for an afternoon sail. With a practical and pragmatic approach, with nothing superfluous, fast access to all systems, but not compromising on comfort requirements. Safe and built to a high standard. A fast cruiser, not a racer ok for cruising. Other boats I considered I looked at new designs and older designs. I like the modern fast planing hulls such as JPK, Pogo, RM. These are potentially not sailing as high to windward as a J boat or Italia yachts, but making comparable VMG by sailing deeper, more comfortable, angles. These where my top 3 builders. They are all smaller yards and offer a higher degree of customisation compared to other production boats. I visited them all but frankly I found the JPK38 to tick all my boxes so I did not invest as much time researching the other boats. Once you get to your top 3/4 boats, the final decision has an element of "feeling". To me the JPK38 is perfect in it's balance of performance, practicality and comfort and I prefer the interior layout compared to other boats I considered. New Vs Used I always bought (very) old boats and didn't see myself buying a new one. In fact I would probably still advise anyone to buy a used boat unless they have very specific requirements and can work with a flexible builder. But I decided to buy a new JPK38, despite the long waiting list, and this is why: Learning - Jean Pierre is passionate about his job, very experienced, and loves to share his knowledge. This may sound like a general comment but you need to meet him to understand what I mean. Working with him, and with his suppliers, on every detail of the boat has proven to be really valuable. Customization - You can (and many owners do) sign a contract for a JPK and only show up for the delivery and get an amazing boat. But if you want to make changes, I'd go as far as say the sky is the limit. JP will send you to talk to all is suppliers directly in total transparency on pricing and details. I have to admit I did not realise the level of flexibility both within the yard as well as with the suppliers. I wanted many things in a specific way and for every idea or request, Jean Pierre will listen, contribute and help make sure the boat he builds is exactly what you want. Value - JPK's tend to hold their value well. There are multiple reasons for this: There is along waiting list (over 12 months), with demand far exceeding supply. JP's philosophy is to slowly grow organically. He is resisting the temptation of scaling (despite the proposals), because he values having a personal relationship with each customer, and you genuinely feel this. Last week I asked him if he was thinking of an upgrade, in marketing terms a "JPK 38.2" type thing and his reply was very direct: "That is not my style. I discussed with Jacques (the designer) and we can't think of what to do to improve the hull. Each boat is personal and different. I would not make a v.2 for marketing, that is just not my style, it would also damage the resale value of my boats." Racing consideration I like to race, but decided not to put racing in the key decision factors for 2 reasons: JPK is well known for it's performance racers (JPK 1010 and 10.80), but once loaded for cruising this performance is reduced . Most importantly, the boat/sailplan is designed to optimise the boat's rating. With the JPK38, Jean Pierre and Jacques Valer (the designer), basically put rating aside and said "let's just make it fast, but comfortable for cruising". The result is that the JPK is a very fast boat compared to similar size racers, with 1st place in many non-adjusted races. You won't win a race on corrected time, but you will have plenty of fun and be among the front runners. Having said all this, I know that one JPK38 will enter the Transquadra in 2017, and the owner has been working on some adjustments to improve the boat's rating. I myself plan on doing some of the med offshore races, but 90% of my use will be cruising and local club races. Ok now you know why I chose the JPK38. Construction started at the end of September, delivery is scheduled for January 2017. As I go trough the process of researching and defining all aspects of the new boat I'll update this thread! Ciao Stuart
She may not like it, or she may be an exhibitionist for all I know, I'm just getting to know her, we met a few months ago and have not been out for a proper date yet. I know she loves sailing and getting comments on SA, so I just posted a picture of her bottom and sexy underparts here: http://forums.sailinganarchy.com/index.php?showtopic=178052