Mention the phrase “performance cruiser” to a racing sailor and you’re likely to elicit a grimace or at best a wry smile. The truth is that many boats marketed as performance cruisers actually offer the worst, not the best, of both worlds.
There are of course notable exceptions like the J/112e which, in addition to being an excellent all-round cruising boat, has also notched up remarkable racing results in recent years including wins at both the IRC European Championships and the IRC/ORC Worlds. Now there’s a brand new next-generation performance cruiser from J-Boats that’s nine feet longer, even faster and optimized for blue water cruising. Enter the J/45.