Clean, well cared for J105 with excellent faired and polished race bottom, TILLER steering.
Outstanding race record. Optimized for Class Racing, or PHRF. Standard interior layout.
The J 105 is a great One Design Class racer and makes a fabulous daysailer for family sailing.
Easy to sail, can be short handed or single handed. Super large cockpit allows for sailing with eight easily.
J 105's are very well built: rugged construction. Many have crossed oceans and competed in Trans-oceanic races. Fun to sail, quick & responsive. The J 105 has the basic accommodations for cruising: head, galley, 4 comfortable berths, inboard diesel engine.
J/105, hull 304, IMO: TSP15304K900
Year Completed, USCG Documentation: 1999
Year Completed, Manufacture’s Statement of Origin: 2000
1st owner, Robert Johnstone, then President of J/Boats, Inc., for his personal use. Inexplicably used the sail number “350”, raced the boat at Key West Race Week, reportedly won and brought the boat back to the Carolina’s where it was stored on a trailer until sold on 7 December 2000 to John Demere.
2nd owner, John Demere, Savannah, GA, purchased it directly from Bob Johnstone. John continued to use the sail number “350” for the next nine years. Mr. Demere dry sailed the boat (see photos) on his personal hoist at the end of his private dock. Additionally he covered the boat when not in use, 360 degrees, with a custom built cover, which is included with the vessel. As a result the boat was in extraordinary cosmetic condition. We have no record of Mr. Demere’s racing results.
3rd owner (current owner), Paul (“Fred”) deNapoli, of Marblehead MA purchased the boat directly from Mr. Demere in September 2009. After storing the boat for the winter in GA, and having the wheel removed and tiller steering installed, Fred had the vessel delivered to Massachusetts in the spring of 2010 where it has been kept ever since. He’s also had the good fortune of recruiting an exceptional team of sailors to accompany him and has had some noteworthy results in many of their outings as a direct result. As soon as deNapoli acquired the boat he changed the sail number back to the original #304, to match the hull number.
Racing Record: 2010 – 2017 (8 seasons)
Marblehead NOODs (National Offshore One Design, 15-25 J/105s, three days of racing, 6-10 races): Two (2) 1sts, four (4) 2nds overall
PHRF/NE New England’s/ONE Regatta/Ted Hood Regatta (15-38 J/105s sailing one-design, three days of racing, 6-10 races): Two (2) 1sts, four (4) 2nds, + (one cancelled due to hurricane)
Wednesday Evening Series: #304 was 1st overall for the season three years in a row, 2014, 2015, 2016.
Fleet 2 Season’s Championship: for the first time in the 18 year Fleet history #304 won four consecutive years…2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, coming 2nd by 4 points in 2017. No other boat has won more than two consecutive years.
Manhasset Fall Series, 2016. This was a pre-regatta for the 2016 J/105 North Americans with all of the key teams using the two day, six race series as a warm up. #304 tied for 2nd. The winners, Olympic Silver Medalist and America’s Cup helmsman Terry McLaughlin and his team, commented several times that they believed #304 was the fastest boat on the bay in all six races, and they covered them accordingly. They credited their win entirely due to better starts and knowing the local conditions better, but fully acknowledged that #304 was faster.
Ted Hood Regatta, August 2017. The number two ranked J/105 in the world, “Good Trade”, co-owned by Bruce Stone and driven by his wife, three time All-American at Yale Nicole Breault, currently ranked 3td in the world in woman’s match racing, came to Marblehead as part of their East Coast Summer tour. During the tour up until that point they’d hardly lost a single race. #304 took two races away from them and went on to finish a strong 2nd overall.
The overall the performance of J/105 #304 has been extraordinary. Some hypothesize that since original owner was Bob Johnstone, at the time president of J/Boats, extra care may have been used in building #304. For example, the boat is within 2 pounds of legal minimum weight…a 0.023% overage. The Fleet 2 measurer, Ric Dexter had never, in 15 years, seen anything like it when he weighed it in 2010 (see certificate attached).
Other explanations include a perfect keel, rudder and bottom job by the renowned Chris Small Boatworks, Ipswich, the same firm that prepared Stu Neff’s North American Championship boat in 2011. The bottom has been refreshed several times, including 2016. Fred and his team, including his tactician All-American intercollegiate sailor Nick Burke, have worked closely with the Doyle design team over the years, while also sharing information with the Doyle NY loft that also campaigns a J/105 very successfully. Included in the purchase prices is a complete, virtually new, nationally competitive sail inventory derived from that development cooperative.
Regardless of the various factors that have led to #304’s accomplishments in the past, most would agree that she’s tuned, equipped and prepared to race at the highest level of competition in the country.
2015/6: all new standing rigging, all new running rigging, all new lifelines
2014: new head, new cutlass bearing
2013: new Harken roller furler, all new fittings top to bottom
2013: new Harken radial self-tailing secondary winches (class-legal upgrade in size and power since OEM winches no longer made)
2016, fall, new main, new AP jib, new heavy jib, used only in major regattas, still very fresh
2015, fall, new spinnaker (stamped but not used, to get under the annual limit in anticipation of North Americans following year), new carbon jib to replace 2014 jib which delaminated prematurely, held as back-up.
2014, spring, new carbon jib
2011, spring, new main, new jib, new spinnaker in anticipation of North Americans
2009, fall, new main, new jib, new spinnaker (boat was purchase with no sails)
All electronics were stripped and tossed out, spring 2010. In seasons 2010 and 2011 we strictly used a magnetic compass and a GPS speedo, period.
2012, spring, we installed a Tacktick Wireless Micronet Race Master system and mast bracket. No wind instruments but can be added. Includes depth now.
Shift compass by Velocitek and a GPS based starting line instrument to help with line sag, both include compass and starting countdown function, both mounted on sea-hood.
2002 Triad J/105 trailer with bow ladder, new bearings, new tires, new pads, fully road worthy and safety checked before trip to 2016 North Americans.
Offered separately, $5,500.
6 Cliff Street
Marblehead, MA 01945