Why the interest for the model maker?

Both in and out of the water the “J”Class epitomises both grace and elegance and the sleek lines are popularly used for static display models. In model racing yacht terms, the design is not as fast as more modern designs which are lighter and offer less resistance in the water but there are some distinct advantages to those who are looking for some fun out of a general duty sailing boat.

 First, the sleek lines make the boat attractive both in and out of the water and a well made model will elicit positive comment from colleagues and the general public alike. There is nothing more satisfying for the model owner than having his model complimented by others. The model is not technically difficult to make and the average model maker, with a reasonable eye for detail, can produce a result. 


                                                       These are pictures of my own boat, a two tone Nottingham version           


Secondly, the hull shape is proving to be more practical on the water than more modern designs.  As the Farming Industry uses more fertilizer to increase it`s yields, inevitably these nutrients find their way into our ponds and lakes to fuel the growth of weed whose sole purpose is to attach itself to our models! The smooth lines of the “J”Class  hull is better able to make progress through light weed compared with the vertical keel arrangement of more modern designs.

        (These are pictures of Terry Thorpe's red Canterbury version. If you look in particular at the first picture closely you can see a carpet of weed on the surface  of the water and all three pictures were taken on the same day.)  

Thirdly, the “J”Class has a shallower draught which allows it to be sailed in a wider variety of venues.

Fourthly, it is a racing class of yacht and it only needs two boats on the same water for the red mist to descend and the competitive spirit to emerge…