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Above: A two-handed speedster sets the mark.
Left: All set to pull out the Code 0 before dousing the jib.

helmsperson, Linda wanted a fast, high
performing boat that had headroom
below. She also has some problems
with balance creating challenges with
the tiller on the J/88, so the option of a
wheel was a must. The Standard boat
comes equipped with a tiller and the
option of a double rudder version.
We headed out to the lake, with the
wind out of the north, fairly flat seas
and gusts down to just 20 knots. To put
it mildly, I was unexpectedly surprised
and delighted with the J/99 performance and ease of handling. Billed as a

"Shorthanded Offshore Speedster - A
next generation 31-footer (actually
32.9') easily handled by friends and
family" it lived up to its billing. She cut
through the water and we all felt as if
we were on a hydroplane skimming
across the top of the water and not on
it. When the puffs hit, she heeled over
and then settled in becoming comfortable and steady without a lot of weather
helm on the single rudder, easily
responding to the wheel with only my
two finger touch and an ease of the 4:1
fine-tune, 4:1 mainsheet system. When
the puff ended, I took my hands off the
wheel and she settled back down to a
straight course for a good 15 seconds in
the 12-15 knot breeze without rounding up. When we hit some motorboat
waves, she sliced through them as if
they weren't there. The boat turned on
a dime both coming about and jibing,
leaving a trail behind her that resembled that of a power cruiser! Although
there were four of us, all mature sailors,
we were not out of our league as trimming and depowering were manageable, especially the 8:1 backstay and
traveller which were easy to adjust from
the helm or crew position.
The cockpit is very ample and comfortable, taking up to a third of the over-

all deck length, with good footholds for
both helm and crew. The benches take
up about half the cockpit and easily
seat four crew. In our case, with the
wheel, the skipper could easily sit on
the coaming or stand to have an excellent view of the sails, crew and surrounding water. As a short
helmsperson, I often must sit on the
leeward side to see the ticklers and trim
and then be caught off guard with puffs
without the crew's wind velocity input.

Floor boards lift up easily with
the suction cup and don't get your
fingers stuck.

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Canadian Yachting October 2019

At the Helm: A Fresh Approach to the Future
Yacht Club: Alexandra Yacht Club
Travel Destination: Kingston, Ontario. Heritage & Hip
Sail Review: J99
Power Review: Cruisers Yachts 38 GLS
The Port Hole: October 2019
Power Review: Pursuit DC 235
DIY/Tech: Your Compass Deserves Care
Crossing the Line: Disciples of the Multimeter
SPECIAL SUPPLEMENT: Charter Handbook
Canadian Yachting October 2019 - Intro
Canadian Yachting October 2019 - Cover1
Canadian Yachting October 2019 - Cover2
Canadian Yachting October 2019 - At the Helm: A Fresh Approach to the Future
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Canadian Yachting October 2019 - Yacht Club: Alexandra Yacht Club
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Canadian Yachting October 2019 - Travel Destination: Kingston, Ontario. Heritage & Hip
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Canadian Yachting October 2019 - Sail Review: J99
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Canadian Yachting October 2019 - Power Review: Cruisers Yachts 38 GLS
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Canadian Yachting October 2019 - The Port Hole: October 2019
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Canadian Yachting October 2019 - Power Review: Pursuit DC 235
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Canadian Yachting October 2019 - DIY/Tech: Your Compass Deserves Care
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Canadian Yachting October 2019 - Crossing the Line: Disciples of the Multimeter
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Canadian Yachting October 2019 - SPECIAL SUPPLEMENT: Charter Handbook
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