The sleek profile and generous sailplan give one an immediate sense of the speed potential of the J/109. The hull profile reveals a long waterline, low wetted surface and a low VCG fin keel (7’), designed for excellent stability when sailing short-handed.
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. There is ample on-deck stowage, thanks to the removable 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 to optimize strength and durability without excess weight. J/109s are built utilizing infusion molding techniques. This process yields hull and deck laminates that are nearly 50% stronger than those built with conventional hand lay-up methods.
J/109s are powered by a Volvo sail drive engine with two blade folding prop and an 85 liter (18.5 gallon) fuel tank. The steering system features a large diameter wheel with leather grip, a high-aspect spade rudder and self-aligning rudder bearings.
Today, J/109s are actively raced in offshore long-distance races around the world, including Australia, Hong Kong, Caribbean, America, Europe and the Mediterranean and have won either their class or overall trophies in just about every major offshore event.
In addition to extraordinary success sailing the offshore classics, the J/109s enjoy tremendous one-design competition, especially in France (SPI Ouest), England (on the Solent at class events and Cowes Week) and America (Chicago/Great Lakes, Annapolis/Chesapeake Bay, New England/ Long Island Sound).
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The result is a high quality method of production which produces results repeatedly and consistently. It allows dimensional control and regularity of weight and unlike a pre-impregnation process, infusion does not require special materials storage conditions, nor an oven.
An economic and reproducible process, direct positioning of dry fibers is easier and more precise than in traditional hand lay-up processes. It also allows controlled placement of fiber direction, as it is not impeded by gel times etc… The perfect control of the quantity of resin infused and the dry placement cloth make it possible to obtain extremely homogeneous finished parts.
The weight variation of the piece is very small (1 to 2% only), a performance which is impossible to achieve with hand lamination.
Healthy working conditions: Working with dry materials does away with most exposure to resin & styrene, and does not require special protection, masks, gloves etc… During infusion and curing the styrene remains contained in the bag, thus reducing the emission of VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds) to less than 10 ppm.
Awards & Result
J/109: SAIL Magazine TOP TEN SAILBOATS for 2003… (SAIL Expo, Atlantic City, NJ) Jan 9, 2003. At the sailing industry awards reception, winners were chosen from a field of 37 new boats introduced to the American market in 2002 by five expert judges in combination with over 4000 Sail magazine readers votes. The judges use an objective 24 page test booklet and the feedback from reader ballots to determine the winners. This included an extensive test sail, critique and technical analysis of the boats. SAIL’s February edition article begins “The J/109 is more than a high-performance boat with cruiser friendly add-ons; it’s a well conceived, well executed dual-purpose boat that come close to being all things to all sailors”.
J/109 Awarded Boat of the year in the Netherlands… The Dutch magazine “Zeilen” tested 21 new boats. For the first time journalists came together to discuss the tested boats in order to elect the most impressive boat of the year for the Netherlands. The J/109 is the winner and boat of the year in the Netherlands… The Dutch agent won the Round Britain & Ireland Race with its J/109 in 2002.
|US (ft)||Metric (m)|
|Shoal Keel Option||5.75||1.75|
|Engine||28 hp||28 hp|