Bolstered by the success of the elegant and sporty J/100 daysailer, the folks at J Boats have extrapolated the idea out to 40 feet LOA with their new J/124 weekender. The goal is comfort, simplicity, and superior sailing performance, not long-term offshore cruising. The cockpit has 14-inch backrests, seats that are long enough for sleeping under the stars, and a dodger for all-weather protection. Accommodations comprise three sleeping bunks, a small galley and head, and a comfortable saloon. But the boat’s good looks and sailing performance are sure to be its biggest draw. Decks are uncluttered, and the sleek high-tech composite hull and bulb keel keep the center of gravity low. The combination of over 750 square feet of working sail area (100 percent foretriangle), a stiff, lightweight Hall Spars carbon rig, and displacement totaling 11,500 pounds is a recipe for rewarding sailing performance. Sheets led to winches near the helm station and an optional Hoyt self-tacking jib boom make shorthanded sailing a snap. The J/124 comes with a 40-horsepower diesel, but you may be reluctant to turn it on. J/Boats, 401-846-8410.
Charter: Glorious Grenada
In the wake of the hurricanes that devastated the Virgin Islands last year many charterers ended up going farther south to Grenada and the Grenadines where they found the sailing excellent and the vibe just fine“God must have been a sailor when he created the Caribbean,” a friend ...read more