If it had been there before, the new J / 99 primin would have fit the big comparison test of the performance cruiser by ten meters of hull length. The YACHT carried out the exciting group test in two parts for the current issue 16/2018 and for the upcoming issue 17/2018. As a representative of J / Boats, the J / 97 from the Elegance range took part in the comparison.
The J / 99 now fills the gap between the J / 88 (test in YACHT 25/2013) and the J / 111 (YACHT 18/2011) within the sport boat line. Their concept is designed to be even more versatile and can be configured to a greater extent for the respective application. As a regatta yacht with a crew, the J / 99 should be recommended for up and down courses as well as for short coastal races. For this purpose, the J / 99 is equipped with only one rudder blade and optimized depending on the measurement (ORCi or IRC). There are keel variants with an L-keel or a fin keel, and instead of a gennaker, the boat could also be equipped with a spinnaker.
Equipped with double rudder blades, however, the J / 99 is also aimed at customers who like to sail longer strokes offshore, preferably in regatta mode, keyword Transquadra. In addition, the layout in the cockpit is arranged in such a way that single- and two-handed sailors should also be able to cope with it. Additional water ballast tanks like the J / 121 (test in YACHT 8/2018) are available as an option. However, their volumes have not yet been specified in more detail.
J / 99
The sail areas are also still unclear. However, Frédéric Bouvier, product developer at the manufacturer J / Composites in France, says that no major surprises are to be expected with regard to the sailing plans. In plain language, this means for J's ships: Briefly overlapping genu and a slim mainsail without any significant lapping or exhibition in the top area. What is new, however, is that the bowsprit on the J / 99 is permanently attached and, as is usual with J / Boats, can be extended. Bouvier justifies this with the avoidance of water ingress, especially in high seas, with significantly less weight and cost savings. However: The Spriet on the J / 99 is only hooked into the bow and is fixed via the water day. The trunk can be removed with a single movement, for example for maneuvering in the harbor.
The interior of the J / 99 should be designed to be simple and yet homely. Two double berths are located aft. Because of the hull shape typical of Alan Johnstone's constructions with the rather slim stern, the extension with two cabins at the rear is rather unusual, and the plans suggest that the beds are rather narrow. On the other hand, there is no foredeck cabin. The toilet room is built in in front of the main bulkhead, and there is also a load for the additional sails.
J / 99
A first price announcement from J Composites names a basic price of 122,540 euros (including 19 percent VAT) in the standard version with aluminum mast and the 20 HP built-in machine from Volvo Pentmit Saildrive. In addition, you will have to calculate at least around 10,000 euros for a set of decent sails. Nevertheless: Compared to the competition, the J / 99 will be launched on the market at a real competitive price. The boats in the group test mentioned above are more expensive, sometimes even considerably, including the J / 97 E from the same company.
For the time being, the J / 99 will only be built by J Composites in France and exported for the US market. The first boat will probably come into the water in October 2018 and then also be tested by the YACHT. In any case, the shipyard wants to present the new ship at the boot 2019 trade fair in January.
|CE design category||A.|
|Lü (fuselage length)||9.97 m|
|Draft (standard L-keel)||1.99 m|
|Weight (expected)||3.8 t|