Multi-Purpose Club Racer -
SW Boat of the Year 1994
By Sailing World 1994
Last year J/Boats' J/92 walked away with the Overall BOTY honors. The J/130, a scaled-up version, has taken the best attributes of that design and packaged them with enhanced comfort and improved performance, and come up a winner as well.
When the panelists test-sailed this boat, they lined up against two all-out IMS race boats, and the comparison was impressive. Upwind and down this simply rigged 43 footer matched strides most of the time against its racing brethren, with half the crew and half the effort expended.
J/130: Nifty performer
By Chuck Mason/ Chris Caswell/ SAIL
Have you seen a boat that looks and sails like a racing machine, yet is aimed at the cruising market? When you step aboard this 43-footer, you'll see how these two often disparate sailing worlds can be blended into one nifty boat that displaces about 15,000 pounds.
Although I ought to begin by talking about the boat's construction, my afternoon sail off Miami in 20 knots of breeze was so much fun that the technical stuff seems a bit pale by comparison. We were marching upwind at 7-plus knots carrying a 150 percent genoa and full main, a total of some 949 square feet of sail, and we never felt overpowered.
On-Board The J/130
By Sven Donaldson/ Pacific Yachting 1996
The J/130's combination of outstanding sail-carrying power and ease of handling for small crews translates into seemingly effortless speed.
This year's Southern Straits Classic attracted an unusually impressive assortment of high-end racing yachts. Conditions ranged from light to gale-force, and many competitors had hairy tales to tell afterward. But when the dust settled, the fastest boat on corrected time (and one of the quickest outright) was a stock J/130 from California called Break 'N Wind. The 43' production boat, sailing at a PHRF rating of 40, romped through the fleet in the windy conditions Friday night, impressing everyone with its apparently effortless speed.
J/130: Passes True Offshore Test
By Peter Metcalf
I had the opportunity to sail on the new J-130, not on an afternoon demo-sail on Chesapeake Bay, but a 2000 mile delivery to her new home in Puerto Del Rey, Puerto Rico. As much as my crew and I were looking forward to the trip, a winter departure from Annapolis is not the sort of thing a delivery crew would wish for. A gale ridden delivery from New York to Tortola still fresh in our minds, and the recent misfortunes of several boats and crew, served to remind us that sailing in these latitudes at this time of year is not something to be taken lightly.