Steering with the 54-inch carbon wheel, I found the sloop tracked easily upwind, with the mainsail controls conveniently at hand. The split mainsheet leads under the deck to winches just forward of the helm, and the traveler, on the cockpit sole, is easily managed. But the surprise about the J/124 is below, a space that makes it easy to imagine taking a pleasant week's cruise on board this boat. There's an aft head to starboard, a simple galley, a stand-up chart table, long straight settees, and modest forward and aft cabins. Major storage areas are aft lazarettes and a huge starboard cockpit locker that can be opened from the head as well. The boat's principal limitations are tankage, the galley size, 6 feet of headroom, and a fairly high price tag. Plus, to cruise much, one would add such options as a removable bow anchor roller, a varnished teak table for cockpit or below, DC refrigeration, and a hot-water system. In any case, as a sweet-sailing performer for daysailing or weekending, the 124 hits its marks well.