America's most prolific racing boatbuilder, J-Boats, claims its new J/97 is a cruiser. Can this be true?
If the aim is to attract cruisers, it might have been an idea to provide Dacron sails and a furling jib, rather than laminate racing sails, and lazyjacks for the main. That aside, this is a fast-cruising yacht that will be loved by grown-up dinghy sailors. She’s well balanced, intuitive and delivers performance that will have you scraping salt off your teeth for days afterwards. Below, she’s economy rather than club class but she’ll easily provide a home-from-home for a week, even two. It looks like J-Boats has finally made the crossover into cruising.