Basic Boat Info
Engines / Speed
- Type: Outboard
The J/70 hull plug is finished at the Hudson Yacht facility in Xiamen, China; and the first hull mold will begin construction in September.
The hull form was initially cut with a 5-axis robotic milling machine, and then faired and long-boarded to match hull fairing templates (see below).
Durable tooling gelcoat was then sprayed, sanded and buffed to a mirror finish for final inspection and measurement.
Visible on the hull plug photo is the keel slot insert, which is precisely located at the outset, so that all subsequent molds are matched on this critical dimension.
Creature comforts come in many forms on the J/70. The 11' long cockpit and moderate height boom allow easy crew movement across the cockpit while tacking and jibing. For sitting and hiking comfort, mid-height padded backrests/lifelines run cockpit length, making J/70 one of the most comfortable boats to helm without having to rely on hiking straps to keep you in the boat.
The small cabin below is a bonus, and provides weather protection, a place to nap and personal privacy... essential to keeping everyone happy if spending a day on the water. And, for children safety is paramount.
The J/70 has convenient, on-deck stowage for an outboard engine, providing safe, quick access to the transom. This means one can sail further away from homeport without worrying about paddling home or hailing for a tow. Race Committees can start races on time and finish them later in the day without having to arrange towboats. And, if a storm hits quickly, sails can be dropped, the engine turned on and the crew can head for home fast and safely.