of four is planning on the big escape soon, and have been looking at a J44 near us. We have some sailing experience, not much, and no racing
experience. We plan on a Pacific loop of two years, staring from the PNW. We have two dogs
, a small one and a 60 pounder.
Things we like about it:
Fast, less motoring. We really are trying to focus on less fuel
Good upwind boat.
Great layout for the four of us.
Nice and bright interior
rig, easy to sail.
Shallow companion way for the dogs
Things we don't like:
8 foot draft
. This is the single
thing that seems like a deal breaker.
Inline rig, requiring running back stays in heavy weather
. No sure if this matters, but is seems like a pain.
rig, less sail options?
Bolt on keel
, prefer the safety
of encapsulated, but maybe that is just irrational fear.
Flat bottom, possible pounding vs a finer entry. Again, is this a 1% of the time thing that we shouldn't worry about?
Not configured for cruising, so we would have to add solar
, bigger house batteries, H2O maker, bimini
plus the add one would get expensive for us.
are 100gal, and there seems to be sufficient storage
, though not great. We want to sail as much as possible, including to windward.
What are your opinions on this boat for us?
Does anyone have experience cruising a J or similar?
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