15 mai 2010

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2002 BOR


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J/105, J 105, J105, J-105 is spelled J/105 but J105, J 105 and J-105 spellings are also found.

The J/105 Chantecler, hull #536 June 2001, is a J/Boats(J-Europe-built) J-105.  The boats are build by two licensed manufacturers: Pearson Composites LLC (formerly TPI) in the US and J/Europe in France.

JBoats J105 under asymmetric spinnaker with bow sprit extendedClass racing in the US is ruled by the

The J/105, J 105, J105, J-105 is the original sportboat (retractable bowsprit and asymmetric spinnaker) that launched the sprit boat revolution in 1992. If you are not familiar with the J/105, here are some independent reviews and guides from Practical Sailor, North Sails, Quantum, Skelley, BoatUS, Sailing Anarchy.

If you are interested in buying an older US-built J/105, here is a must see document: History of Specification Changes for US-built boats.

Chantecler's history

If you want to know why I ordered a J/Europe J 105 and see pictures, check the Arrival in Baltimore. Check the manufacturer's current web page (http://www.jeurope.eu.com/eng/range/105/j105.html) and its superior SCRIMP construction process (used only on J/105 hulls #155 and above). The specifications that were used for hull #536 are at: J105 Jcomposite Factory specs.pdf

We had fun racing the boat and Team Chantecler got several trophies in offshore and distance racing. Here is our proudest achievement: 2002 BOR

During the race we made a nice video and slide show. I could not post it here for technical reasons but I will be glad to send a DVD to my sailing friends who request it and provide me with a snail mail address. Email me at :   Contact JaffarClick

Chantecler and the US J/105 OD Class

This is the most often asked question. Latest developments on US certification are now at: Price


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J/105 J/Europe J/Boats mastMajor features

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bulletPerfectly equipped for offshore and distance racing or cruising. Sleeps five (when overnight sailing, the V-berth is difficult to use, but the two berths in the main cabin, equipped with lee cloths, and the quarterberth are good sea berths, making the distance sailing comfortable for six). The layout of the cabin is further improved from Pearson Composites' Euro interior (itself an improvement from the original layout) to give the crew more space and comfort.
bulletSparcraft mast. This OD mast is made by a different supplier than the Hall Spars mast supplied with Pearson Composites J/105s but has the same dimensions, characteristics and responds the same way to the backstay. When J/Europe started production of the J/105, and probably at the request of Llyods of London, they were able to correct one major weakness in the Hall Spars mast and made the top tapered section a bit stronger. The weakness of the top of the Hall Spars mast was the subject of the J105 Technical Bulletin 4-24-01, which says:


Mast Tuning and Mast Bend

There have been a handful boats in the last few seasons who have reported developing slight but permanent fore/aft bends in the top tapered section of their mast. Any combination of excessive headstay length, loose lower shrouds, and overcranked backstay could lead to a scenario where the mast is being overbent. On many boats without runners you have the visual clue of seeing inversion wrinkles in the mainsail to indicate that too much backstay is on. However, many of the J/105 mainsails are designed fuller (to provide power when sailing in the class configuration in light), making it possible to exceed recommended mast bend without inverting the mainsail.

Hall Spars recommends no more than 9 inches of bend in the mast, as measured by taking the main halyard shackle to the gooseneck, and measuring the distance between the halyard and the aft side of the mast at its widest point (usually between the upper and lower spreaders). We recommend that, with the rig tuned for racing, you pump down the backstay until reaching the maximum recommended bend, then marking your backstay adjuster as a reference. As an additional precaution, you can install a spacer stop above the cylinder to ensure that no one overcranks the backstay. If you want to generate more headstay tension when the mast is at full bend, then release the backstay, take up more turns on the lower shrouds and/or the headstay, and then retrim the backstay.

Owners who sail in predominately light air areas should be most attentive; because for most of their sailing, the sailmakers recommend loose lower shrouds as being fastest; just dont forget to tighten them up when its windy. If you want to set your rig up once and not fool with it, make sure the lower shrouds are tensioned to at least hand tight plus 2-4 turns.


bulletTwo headsail halyards (a must for offshore sailing, however, one could easily be disabled for OD class racing)
bulletTwo spinnaker halyards (again, a must for offshore, however, one could easily be disabled for OD class racing). Each halyard can be configured for either fractional or masthead spinnakers (the class spinnaker is fractional and PHRF penalizes heavily masthead spinnakers, however, IRC and other handicapping systems do not)
bulletDeck accessed anchor well
bulletThe bow sprit tube has been custom sealed and made completely waterproof with two new tighter-fitting industrial-strength bowsprit seals and two new tighter bowsprit bearings
bulletPrior to the Annapolis-Bermuda races, the rig and the steering system have been inspected by Marc McAteer of Atlantic Spars & Rigging in May 2002 and again in May 2004 .

Hull and bottom

bulletDeep keel (from day one)
bulletThe keel and the rudder have been faired
bulletMulti-layers epoxy barrier and new VC-Offshore bottom paint (May 10, 2005)
bulletBare hull weighted and corrected in accordance with Fleet #3 procedures. Lead added (247.5 lbs) to reach the baseline of 8,580 lbs.
bulletAll work professionally done and maintained by Muller Marine


bulletGenoa T-tracks and hardware
bulletSecondary T-tracks on rail for barberhauling when reaching
bulletRacing mainsheet system (Dawid double-ended plate and fine tune with swivel base mounted forward of traveler)
bulletAnchor points for rigging a boom preventer
bulletThurston companionway dodger with side curtains mounted in splash molding with quick-release zipper for easy storage
bulletForedeck light for headsail changes at night
bulletWindex indicator at masthead with windex light


bulletVolvo 2020 D (same weight and power than the Yanmar supplied with TPI J/105s)- 18 hp - 3 cylinder diesel: Volvo md2020; Reverse gear: MS-10L; Generator: 0.84 kw. The power is rated 13.8 kw at 3600 rpm. The dry engine weight is 112 kg.
bulletThe original propeller is a folding 15x9 Eliche Radice geared propeller. The pitch was however a bit short for the boat. A new, more streamlined, Flex-O-Fold 15x11 racing folding geared propeller has been installed early in 2004. Both propellers are provided with the boat.
bulletFuel tank, capacity 14.5 US gallons (as opposed to 12 US gallons for TPI-built boats), under the Starboard cabin bunk.
bulletTwo batteries (engine and house)
bulletDripless shaft seal

Sails, Electronics, Comfort, Safety and other equipment

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bulletThe first page of my J/105 subweb
bulletThe major features of J105 hull #536
bullet Don't miss this important technical bulletin on rudder bearings, companionway slider stop, hull to deck joint, mast tuning and mast bend, engine stop cable, bowsprit seals, and battery specs
bulletThe second launch of my J-105 in Baltimore, from shrink wrap and cradle to the water
bulletThe anchor well, the bow sprit seals, the gimbaled two-burner propane stove, the three sea berths with lee clothes, the instruments, the sails and other details of the J105
bulletThe V-berth, the mast step, the sinks, the navigation table, the stove area, and other views from the interior of the J/105
bulletThe J105 under sail, upwind with genoa and main
bulletThe J 105 wheel, instrument remote, propane bottle locker, the genoa tracks, the triple cabin top rope clutches, the foot rest for the main trimmer, and the cabin top instrument cluster
bulletThe J/105 masthead, the Sparcraft mast, which permits masthead asymmetric spinnakers and the forehatch.
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