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Old 01-06-2008, 14:20   #1
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Anyone sailing the J109 boat?

Looks like a nice fast boat and will do crusing too.
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Old 03-06-2008, 09:40   #2
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The boat has what it take to do the job... what I would be concerned about is setting up the boat for long distance if thats what you planned.
Speaking from experance, A boat with the primary purpose of racing, needs some thinking to set it up for cruising.. The fresh water storage isnt the best so you have to add more or add a watermaker, Battery storage is another problem, as you need a good size house bank to live on the boat full time.
If living on the east coast, your depth is a concern, and I wouldnt concider the shole keel as its an after thought..
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As noted refitting a race boat for cruising takes a lot of planning. You will be adding tons (probably more than 3 tons at a very minimum) to the boat and that will change the dynamics a lot. How you handle the weight may not yield the same great performance you started with or even be close.

There are great boats that combine cruising and racing but they don't usually race all that competitive. They are more a cruising boat with performance abilities rather than the other way around. You need to haul a lot of stuff to cruise.
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Having done a bit of racing on 109's, they would make a good weekend cruiser, but beyond that you are better off getting a more cruising friendly boat.
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I used to work for a J Boat Dealer and very much like the J109. Even though I left a few years ago I still race on one. I know some people that cuise them and they like the boat as it has a bit more performance than more traditional cruisers.
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