J/108: Cruising World Sailboat Show 2012
The J/108 offers a full cruising interior that also delivers pulse-pounding performance. "Boat Review" from our January 2012 issue.
The Cruising World 2010 Boat of the Year, the J/95, gave new wings to the old idea that shoal-draft centerboard yachts can be fast, fun, and versatile. Building on that success, J Boats has rolled out its new twin-rudder centerboarder, the J/108.
By upsizing to 35 feet, the 108 offers a full cruising interior complete with standing headroom, a serviceable galley, a spacious V-berth cabin forward, a private double aft, a real navigation station, and ample stowage for extended exploration.
The 4-foot draft with the board up opens up a plethora of new cruising grounds. The oversized main, small headsail, and simplified running rigging make this a genuine singlehanded boat.
But a J isn’t a J unless it delivers pulse-pounding performance. The aft helm seat/locker box is easily removed for club racing. This opens up the full-length cockpit for a complete competitive crew. The 108 sports a large and responsive wheel, a full-width mainsail track, narrow sheeting angles, and competitive sails. The twin rudders provide additional lateral resistance and assured control, even on a heavy heel. Whether rounding the buoys or rambling the bayous, this versatile beauty won’t disappoint.
LOA 35’ 0”
LWL 30’ 5”
Beam 11’ 6”
Draft 4’ 0”/6’ 8”
Sail Area 603 sq. ft.
Displacement 11,400 lb.
Water 33 gal.
Fuel 19 gal.
Engine 30-hp. Volvo
Designer R. Alan Johnstone
J Boats Inc.