With less than a month before Easter and a return to sailing in the UK. What better way to look forward than a build update on the latest J Boats design – the J/9 – 28ft daysailer.
Hull #1 is out of the mold. Sitting on a shop cradle, the hull is stunning, seemingly already gliding effortlessly through the water. Shown here in the proto-type shop at CCF Composites, hull #1 is being utilized for constructing and verifying patterns for key interior components such as the main cabin berths and shelves, forward v-berth, and additional bulkheads. The main bulkhead, mast step and keel floors are fitted, and once patterns are finished it will move into the assembly area.
Meanwhile, the J/9 deck mold completed last week and the first deck is underway. The deck is shown with just the skin coat applied. To this will be added structural fiberglass skins on either side of Corecell foam to produce an extremely strong but lightweight structure. The J/9 structural and laminate engineering is being designed by Steve Koopman of SDK Structures, a leading engineering firm with extensive background in high-performance sailing.
The new J/9 deck mold shown just before the final application of release wax.