Published on Monday, 14th November 2016 - 3:03PM11/14/2016
The J/112E Named Best Boats Winner
The December issue of SAIL is just hitting the newsstands and we’re pleased to share that the J/112E was named the “Best Performance Boat Over 30ft.” This follows up the November issue that featured the J/112E on the cover and an article about last summer’s Chicago-Mac Race.
Here’s what the Best Boats judges wrote: “The third in J/Boats’ “E” series, in which the “E” stands for elegance and evolution, you’d think the J/112E would know how to behave with a little more dignity. During this past summer’s stormy Chicago to Mackinac race, though, the J/112E clocked boat speeds of 16-plus knots under spinnaker on its way to a second-place finish in its class. Now is that any way for a self-respecting “family” sailboat, as J/Boats calls the J/112E, to be carrying on?
In all seriousness though, J/Boats knows that good all-around race boats are also good to their crews. And the J/112E is very good to its crews, indeed, thanks to its easily driven hull, high-aspect underwater appendages, low center of gravity, long waterline and trademark ergonomically friendly cockpit. The boat is equally slippery in light air, and thanks to its well-balanced rig, is perfectly happy sailing under main alone when, say, maneuvering through a crowded mooring field.
Belowdecks, the J/112E is well-laid-out, with settees that double as excellent sea berths, plenty of storage, a seagoing L-shaped galley and a little extra joiner work to make the saloon that much more warm and inviting. There’s even a pair of hull windows to admit some additional ambient light. Topsides, the boat features a springy sheer that, in addition to helping keep the foredeck a bit drier, makes it a real looker. Don’t be fooled though. When this “looker” is in the mood, she goes like a bat out of hell.”