This is latest model in J Boat’s new Evolution series, joining the smaller J/97E and the larger J/122E. The design offers a spacious two cabin and aft head layout with 1.9m (6ft 3in) headroom and a varnished walnut finish to the interior joinery.
With a comfortable and ergonomic cockpit, based on that of the J/111, the J/112E is intended to be equally suited to family cruising as to inshore racing and longer distance short-handed sailing.
The single large diameter wheel allows the helmsman to sit outboard to easily see the headsail luff and waves, while main and jib sheets are within easy reach for easy sail trimming.
While many cruising yachts are designed to maximise the accommodation offered within a given length, which then compromises speed when sailing to windward, this is not true of this boat. It is an exceptional upwind performer, with V-shaped bow sections to aid directional stability and reduce slamming in waves.
Similarly, generous freeboard in the forward sections, together with flared topsides help to keep the deck dry, while a long waterline combined with a low vertical centre of gravity gives the potential for high speeds.
Even if your cruising plans don’t encompass a large amount of windward work, it’s always good to know that your boat will take it in its stride, and is sufficiently efficient to minimise the time spent in this mode.
The efficient high aspect, non-overlapping sail plan provides ample power in light winds with easy options to reduce power when the wind rises. For downwind fun, with minimal effort, an asymmetric spinnaker can be deployed from a retractable carbon bowsprit.
The first boat is currently in build at J Composites, the European builder for J Boats, with completion scheduled for spring 2015.
Standard draught 2.10m
Standard ballast 1,903kg
Engine 30hp diesel inboard
Sail area (100% foretriangle) 65sq m