After her delivery to Bristol, Rhode Island exactly one week ago, the brand new J/112E was un-wrapped from her packaging at Stanley’s Boat Yard and in less than 48 hours, she was mounted on her sleek keel and launched for the first time in American waters at the headwaters of Narragansett Bay.
Since then, the sweet-looking 35 foot sports cruiser has enjoyed some of the most benign fall colors weather conditions imaginable. Sailing in New England with 50-65 F temps, sunny, and 8-15 kts from various points of the compass, it has been hard to shake the feeling that an “El Nino winter” has the feeling of an “island summer” for at least the near future!
The J112E is an impressive boat with beautiful lines from the J/Design team. It has the feeling of a 40 footer in terms of the cockpit and interior spaciousness- the sense of light inside is breathtaking. Yet, its nimbleness under sail is surprising to many. A recent test with just 100% jib in 15 kts TWS yielded an easy 7.5 kts boatspeed with hardly any heel— cocktail cruising at its best! Yet, throw in the power of the 55 ft tall rig with full mainsail deployed and the J/112E kicked up her heels and simply took off at 8.75 kts. She accelerates with alacrity and feels velvety smooth on the helm; the high aspect ratio rudder design and ultra-low friction rudder bearings provide the trademark finger-tip steering on any point of sail.
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