When it was introduced, the 43' J/130 became the flagship of J/ Boats' new "decimeter series" which then consisted of the 33' J/105 and the 30' J/92. These two designs were high-performance sport boats with unabashedly spartan interiors. 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.
Now this fantastic J130 is for sale.