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HOOPER'S NEW PHONE NUMBER: 612-590-7235  Thank you.

HERE'S WISHING ALL A SAFE AND ENJOYABLE INDEPENDENCE DAY WEEKEND  

BOAT SALES THIS SPRING HAVE BEEN OUTSTANDING, SO CHECK OUT WHAT WE HAVE FOR SALE A

AND WE WOULD LOVE TO LIST YOUR BOAT FOR SALE.

HERE'S THE SCOOP!!!

AS OF 11/22 MY BOAT YARD AND ALL THE ASSETS WITHIN WAS SOLD TO BRIAN SHELTON (612-867-2984) OF RIVER MARINAS & MIDWEST YACHT SALES. CONTACT BRIAN IF YOUR BOAT IS STILL STORED AT THAT LOCATION. BOATS THAT ARE FOR SALE AT THAT LOCATION WILL STILL BE REPRESENTED AND SHOWN BY HOOPER'S.

HOOPER'S YACHTS WILL CONTINUE TO WORK OUT OF THE NEW WISCONSIN OFFICE. WE CONTINUE TO SELL CUSTOMER USED SAILBOATS AND POWERBOATS AND CONTINUE TO BE A J/BOAT DEALER. 

SINCE I WILL NO LONGER BE MAINTAINING A STORE, OR HAVE A FACILITY FOR SERVICE WORK, ETC., WE CAN CONCENTRATE ON BOAT SALES EVEN MORE, SO IT IS ONLY AN ADVANTAGE TO OUR CUSTOMERS. WE WILL STILL BE ABLE TO TAKE CARE OF CUSTOMERS IN THIS YARD OR ANY YARD OR MARINA.  USE OF THEIR FACILITY IS AVAILABLE TO ME TO TAKE CARE OF MY CUSTOMERS FOR LOADING OR UNLOADING AND FOR COMMISSIONING OF NEW BOATS. AS A DEALER, I STILL HAVE RELATIONSHIPS WITH DISTRIBUTORS OF BOAT ACCESSORIES AND SO CAN HELP YOU WITH YOUR BOATING NEEDS.

JUSTIN HAS TAKEN A JOB IN NORTH CAROLINA AND SO IS OUT OF THE PICTURE. IT WAS FABULOUS WORKING WITH HIM AND HIS FAMILY. NOW IS A NEW CHANGE.

WE LOOK FORWARD TO REPRESENTING YOU IN SELLING YOUR BOAT, HELPING YOU FIND THE BOAT YOU WANT, AND CONTINUING TO WORK WITH HAPPY CUSTOMERS AS WE HAVE FOR THE LAST NEARLY 40 YEARS (AND EVEN MORE YEARS WORKING FOR OTHER DEALERSHIPS BEFORE). THE STAR/TRIB ARTICLE WAS NICE, BUT TO MANY, IMPLIED THAT IS WAS A RETIREMENT CALL, AND THAT IS NOT THE CASE. I LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH MY FORMER AND NEW CUSTOMERS AND FRIENDS AND I APPRECIATE YOUR BUSINESS. ALREADY WE ARE LISTING NEW BOATS AT THIS TIME OF YEAR AND BOAT SALES ARE STARTING TO RAMP UP - INTEREST IS INCREASING AND J/BOAT SALES HAVE BEEN ON THE UPSWING AS WELL WITH SOLD BOATS ON ORDER.

The last few years have been phenomenal for boat sales and so inventory has been down.  We are getting more good listings and boats that are in demand seem to sell quickly because of the availability shortage. Having been in the business for as long as I have, I have a vast amount of knowledge and resources that is useful for both the party selling their boat as well as the party buying it. I understand boat differences and can be useful in helping you find the boat to suit your needs and sailing area.  We can even suggest sailing areas and where to keep your boat. We might represent the boat owner, but we are honest with both sides and strive to create a happy conclusion to the sale for all. Our experience in sailboats include, coastal and offshore passage-making and the cruising lifestyle as well as racing handicap and one-design boats, right down to the smallest of day sailors.  While sailing is in our blood and gave us the start so long ago, we also are powerboaters and own powerboats and have knowledge for that too and have experience with small runabouts to large cruising boats both inland and offshore. We have boat maintenance and service experience in most areas of boating and so understand the good and bad about what goes on in the world of boats. In short, we know what we are doing and can sort through the complexities of boat sales purchasing, if needed. But, most sales go smoothly and in the end, people walk away with smiles and anticipation on their faces.

 

Tip on how to save fuel costs:  "BUY A SAILBOAT !"

Need a slip to put your boat?  Call us, we can help.  

WELCOME TO HOOPER'S YACHTS AND OUR WEB SITE. 

NEW J/80'S ARE BACK.....BY POPULAR DEMAND

The North American J/80 Class is on a role and demand for boats (and J/80 resale value) has never been higher. Thanks to Intenratioinal shipping rates dropping to pre-pandemic levels, and the renewed support of our long-time J/80 suppliers, we're please to bring back the NEW J/80 Program, where molded kits from our licensed builders are final-assembled and equipped my International Marine in Bristol RI.

The 2024 Model J/80 includes an AG+ Spar package, the Profurl R-250-10 custom jib furler, a cockpit operated bilge pump, Antal Winches, a composite tiller and molded floorboards below. For more information and boat specifications, please contact us.  Triad has put together a J/80 trailer package. For owners not needing a trailer, a rolling steel cradle with two-hull saddles is available as an option.  Call for trailer and cradle pricing.

The re-introductory base price is $59,900, FOB Bristol RI

The next available hull is for late May pick-up in Rhode Island

J/45 WINS TWO BOAT OF THE YEAR AWARDS

Cruising World Magazine named the J/45 its 2023 Boat of the year Best Performance Cruiser.

Sailing World Magazine followed suit and declaired the J/45 their 2023 Boat of the Year Best Crossover.

What a way to follow up the recent North American debut of the new J/45!

 AS ALWAYS, WE THANK YOU FOR YOUR BUSINESS AND LOOK FORWARD TO SERVING YOU IN 2024 AND BEYOND.

I WILL BE HAPPY TO MEET YOU WHERE EVER I HAVE BOATS LISTED FOR SALE. MOST BOATS ARE SOLD WITHIN THE 5-STATE AREA, BUT WE HAVE SOLD BOATS AS FAR AWAY AS ALL OVER THE CONTINENTAL USA, CANADA, ENGLAND, AUSTRALIA, BELIZE, MEXICO AND ALASKA. BEING IN BUSINESS AS LONG AS I HAVE IS A BONUS TO YOU ON SO MANY LEVELS. WE HAVE CONNECTIONS ALL OVER FOR MANY THINGS THAT WILL HELP THE BUYERS OBTAIN THEIR GOAL AND TO GUIDE BUYERS SO THEY HAVE A POSITIVE EXPERIENCE - NOT JUST BUYING A BOAT, BUT WHERE I CAN HELP THEM FIND SLIPS FOR THEIR BOAT AND CONNECTIONS TO LOTS OF HELPFUL INFORMATON.

OUR EXPERIENCE CAN HELP YOU IN SO MANY WAYS WHEN SELLING OR BUYING A BOAT.

 

"When You Buy A Boat, You Buy A Way Of Life"

BOAT SALES have been fantastic as it's no wonder people wanted to get out on the water more than ever before. It was a great summer these last two seasons for boaters who enjoyed the outdoors. Manufacturers are having a hard time keeping up with demand. Boat show sales have been through the roof. That's a great sign!!!

We get new listings weekly, but sales have been so brisk that inventory is getting low.  If you looked at my printed list of boats for sale, you'd see lots of sold boats that are now being enjoyed by new owners. The success rate has been fantastic thanks to all of our wonderful customers.  If you are looking to sell your boat, contact me because I have buyers looking for season 2024 - seriously!!!  NOW IS THE TIME TO LIST YOUR BOAT BECAUSE there are buyers out there.  You'll miss some great buyer opportunities if you wait. Marinas are looking to fill their slips now and they will.  It looks like nit will be an early spring.

If you want to find a boat, check out our web site.  There are still some slips available in many marinas and we can help our customers find one.  I hope you enjoyed a boat on the water in 2023. If you are looking to getting into boating this coming season, give me a call (612-590-7235).  We are here for you. We have customers looking for boats if you are looking to sell. You won't be disappointed.  We sell good, boats from dinghies on up to large power and sail, cruisers or racers.

 

a man puts out a fire with an extinguisher

Fire Extinguishers NEW REGULATION/S - Fire extinguishers must be replaced 12 years after manufacture.

The new fire extinguisher regulations going into effect on April 20, 2022 may seem a little confusing, but if you know the model year of your boat, they boil down to two simple points.
If you own a boat that is model year 2018 or newer, you may need to replace your fire extinguishers.

In addition to meeting the carriage requirements for the correct number of extinguishers for the size of your boat, they must be labeled as 5-B, 10-B or 20-B, extinguishers labeled with B-I or B-II only are no longer acceptable.  Extinguishers must not be more than 12 years old according to the date of manufacture stamped on the bottle.  You only have to get new ones if they are no longer serviceable. Good serviceable conditions are as follows:  - If the extinguisher has a pressure gauge reading or indicator it must be in the operable range or position.  - The lock pin is firmly in place.  - The discharge nozzle is clean and free of obstruction
- The extinguisher does not show visible signs of significant corrosion or damage.

If you own a boat that is 2017 model year or older (between 1953-2017):  You may keep your extinguishers labeled B-I and B-II as long as they are still serviceable, but If there is a date stamped on the bottle, extinguishers must not be more than 12 years old according to that date.

NEW: Vessel Length and Fire Extinguisher Type Table

Goes into effect April 20, 2022

Vessel Length No Fixed System With approved Fixed Systems
Less than 26' 1 B-1/5-B/10-B 0
26' to less than 40' 2 B-1/5-B/10-B or 1 B-II/20-B 1 B-1/5-B/10-B
40' to 65' 3 B-1/5-B/10-B or 1 B-II/20-B and 1 B-1/5-B/10-B 2 B-1/5-B/10-B or 1 B-II/20-B

UNITED STATES COAST GUARD SAFETY PROCEDURES THAT YOU SHOULD FOLLOW:

It’s also important to mention that as a mariner, you are required to keep a constant radio watch on Channel 16 and be aware of what is happening on the surrounding waters. Your VHF scan list includes both Channel 16 and the alternate Coast Guard frequency on Channel 22.

The three acronyms you hear all summer long on Channel 16 are French words. M’aidez (help me), Panne (breakdown), and Sécurité (security/safety) are decreasingly urgent calls used on Channel 16. The first two – Mayday and Pan-Pan – are calls for help, while the third – Sécurité – is a transmission of important navigational information. It can be used to announce travel in fog in congested situations or to announce debris in the water or anything else that could be of a navigation hazzard. Pan-pan is the international urgency call indicating that someone aboard a boat is declaring an urgent situation that is not an immediate threat to either the vessel or the people on board. May Day is to be used for serious situations and NOT USED for situations that are not serious.  It implies a threat to life and will bring immediate response from the Coast Guard or other rescue agencies. False May Days are criminal offenses and can be penalized with fines and reimbursement of rescue operations. Pan Pan can be used for "normal" emergencies. A typical May Day call would be: MAYDAY, MAYDAY, MAYDAY, this is sailing vessel/fishing vessel/motor vessel (name of boat) and announce the problem (i.e.: I have a crew member collapsed on board and is not breathing). Wait 20 seconds for a response and if none, repeat.

Channel 16: Do’s & Don’ts

VHF Channel 16 is the international distress frequency; it broadcasts on a frequency of 156.8 MHz and is received worldwide by any VHF radio. It is used for distress and emergency calls as well as for informational broadcasts from the Coast Guard. Channel 16 is not a radio check channel, and it’s not a conversational channel. On summer weekends, there is a constant litany from the US Coast Guard: “Please be advised Channel 16 is not a hailing frequency, it is for emergency use only.” Don’t be “that guy” asking for a radio check or having a conversation with your buddy on 16. Switch to a working channel and hold your conversation there. If you need a radio check, Channel 9 is a good place to start.

What are the top five things you want to know from a sailor or boater who makes a distress call?

Position: latitude and longitude are ideal, but the Coast Guard is familiar with buoys, daymarkers, and other landmarks.

Number of people onboard: it helps to know if there are children, or older persons, and whether the persons onboard can swim.

Lifejackets: How many people are wearing lifejackets?

Nature of the distress: tell the Coast Guard what’s wrong. For example, is your vessel disabled, do you have a medical concern, are you lost in inclement weather?

Description of the vessel: In addition to length, hull color, sail or power, the Coast Guard wants to know information such as: is the bilge pump keeping up, has the hull been breached, does the boat have a tower, is part of the boat submerged, are there items floating in the water that would help make you easier to spot, such as a cooler or fenders? Have you set off a flare?

We hope you never have to make a MAYDAY call, but if you do, with the pointers above, you should be well prepared to call for help. If you cannot get any response in a dire situation, then that is when you should activate your EPIRB.

DCS & MMSI – Electronic Maydays

If you have a radio built in the last 10 years, it’s likely to support Digital Selective Calling (DSC). DSC is a radio messaging protocol that, when correctly set up, sends out your Maritime Mobile Service Identity (MMSI) and GPS location as a coded message on multiple radio frequencies. The means of encoding provides a more powerful signal than is present in a verbal radio transmission. You can typically initiate a DSC distress call by turning your radio to Channel 16 and pressing a large red DSC or DISTRESS button after removing its protective cover.

There is a caveat to this “magic button,” and it is a large technical caveat. First, you must register your MMSI or radio identity with the FCC. This can easily be done online with either Sea Tow or BoatUS and is free if you are a member. The next step is to enter that MMSI number into your radio correctly. Finally, you must link a pair of radio wires either directly to your GPS or to a NMEA 2000 bridge.

Only after all three of these steps are done will that big red button correctly summon help.

INTRODUCING TWO NEW J/BOATS THAT WERE INTRODUCED IN 2021

THE NEW J/9 AND J/45

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Is This The Most Comfortable J/Boat Cockpit Ever? YES! In response to the growing need among performance sailors for a more comfortable, simpler and easy-to-own daysailer, J/ Boats announces an exciting NEW 28 footer (the “J/9”) for 2021 with perhaps the most comfortable cockpit and easiest to handle sailplan in this size range. J/9’s deep, secure cockpit has four great corner seats to nestle into and enjoy the day. With friends and family aboard, everyone can find the perfect place to relax. And access aboard has never been easier. A swim platform behind the cockpit allows walk-through boarding, and on those downwind sails home, you can cool off by dragging your feet in the water.

The boat width is 8'6" for trailering without a permit and will be available with either a diesel sail drive or Torqueedo electric inboard or fitted for an outboard. A deep and shoal keel is also offered.

 We have financing opportunities that make buying easy with terms out to 240 months to keep monthly payments down at historically low interest rates. Contact Hooper's for more details.

The J/9 is the first in a new series of modern J daysailers dedicated to making sailing easier, more comfortable, and more inclusive, at a time when escaping to the water and enjoying shared family adventure has never been more important. For more information, pricing, or to get your name on a hull, please contact Hooper's Yachts.  CCF is putting out one boat every 3 weeks and capacity is scheduled to increase. Hull #38 just arrived at her new owner. The next J/9 is for 2025 completion. We have hull#56 sold and on order. Base price is $122,950.

Expand your Bucket List with the NEW J/45 Offshore Sailing Yacht

 

Images by Onne VanderWal

The stunning J45 (Hull #2, pictured right) is out the door at J/Composites and was the first of this design headed to the USA and now she has arrived in Newport RI.  ACADIA arrived unscratched from the UK. This was following a 500-mile offshore delivery through gale-force conditions that rounded out a successful sea-trial for the next J/45 to launch since the new design debuted at the Cannes Yachting Festival last September. She then underwent 5 days of recommissioning, sail testing, photo-shoots and sailing with magazine editors. Then the new owners and several members of the J Family including Rod & Lucia Johnstone took her for the first state-side sail.  Dave Reed, editor of Sailing World, posted a short action video taken during Sailing World's test sail.  Watch it at:  https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=1655734521494719&ref=sharing

The video shows how smoothly the carbon Furlerboom operates. The entire mainsail hoisting and furlingoperation is managed with a single electric halyard winch, which greatly reduces the clutter on the mast vs. other systems. The main sail bolt rope improves the air flow over theleading edge of the main and there's no extra weight aloft or rattling sounds. The next available J/45 is expected to be available in April of 2024.

ACADIA is extensively equipped for cruising for a family of 6 with an interior plan of 3 cabins & 2 heads & comfort features such as A/C, genset, inverter & built-in sound system.

Set up for 2 people to sail, ACADIA is equipped with an electric windlass, electric main halyard winch, retractable bow thruster & in-boom mainsail furling.

  The next available delivery is January 2024.

The new 45’ offshore sailing yacht that may change all of your sailing plans.

Leading-edge hull design meets refined interior design to raise the bar on cruising comfort and performance like no J before it. 

Effortless, Enjoyable Sailing: The J/45 is a true sailing yacht, designed and built for the sea by life-long bluewater sailors. The J/Boats and J/Composites teams have collaborated to create a special design for discerning sailors seeking an exceptional sailing experience. 
The J/45’s feather-light touch on the helm and easy reach of the sail controls delivers pure enjoyment as you sail in perfect balance across the ocean waves. 
The J/45 can be sailed solo, cruised by 2-3 couples or large family, and pleasure sailed or raced with room for the whole crew. This is an investment grade yacht that won’t require a professional crew to sail, handle or maintain.
She's comfortable at Sea and at Anchor.  The J/45’s sea-kindly motion and comfort is built-in. The combination of advanced composite construction, an easily-driven hull shape, and low center-of-gravity, results in the stability and smooth sailing motion normally reserved for larger yachts. Quality matters and the J/45 makes no compromise when it comes to critical components like the composite materials, keel, spars, winches and deck hardware, that all contribute to a comfortable motion while sailing.
Comfort at sea is also a function of how much “effort” is exerted by the crew. With the J/45, the same main and jib combination that performs in 6 knots of wind can be “de-powered” to perform in 20 knots - no sail change needed. This cuts crew work in half compared to constant sail-changing needed on heavier cruisers. The J/45’s exceptional light air sailing capability also means less engine time and a longer range between stops.

The same secure and protected cockpit at sea then transforms into the social center while at anchor - comfortable seats with back rests, large cockpit table, and easy swimming access off the transom. A large companionway dodger connected to an aft bimini provides protection from the elements. 

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Refined Interior Design and Living Space.  The J/45 breaks new ground for J/Boats for interior design and comfort thanks to French interior designer Isabelle Racoupeau.  Working in close collaboration with the J/Composites Shipyard, Racoupeau has brought her vast experience in cruising yacht design to create a beautifully finished and elegant interior befitting the newest cruising J. 
Owners may choose from a two cabin/two head or a three cabin/two head interior arrangement. One can further personalize the interior finish with three choices of wood (white oak, teak, or walnut) and extensive upholstery options. A wide range of onboard systems are available (air conditioning, heat, sound system, etc) to enhance cruising comfort.

Design Pedigree
Great boats don’t happen overnight. They evolve from the joint experiences of designer, builder and owners to become state-of-the-art. The J/45 is such a yacht .... building upon the experience of 15,000+ J’s built since 1977 that have taken their owners to the far reaches of the planet on numerous trans-oceanic and around-the-world passages. 

J owners are passionate about their boats! And, J cruising designs are among the most sought-after for their unique combination of sailing comfort and performance. The J/45 is the culmination of three years of collaborative work between the design, engineering and build teams at J/Boats and J/Composites to create a unique and compelling yacht for today’s sailor.
Built Offshore Tough
The J/45 is built strong by J/Composites (in the Vendee region of France) with the latest advanced composite resin infusion technology – twice as strong as hand-laid fiberglass boats. J/Composites was the first European-based shipyard to adopt the patented SCRIMP resin infusion system in the mid 90’s and is now one of the most experienced sailboat builders in the world for sandwich/infusion construction.

Anchoring the internal structure of the J/45 hull is an extensive composite grid and series of structural composite bulkheads that are bonded to the hull and deck. The J/45’s custom-engineered structure provides exceptional stiffness and optimal strength-to-weight, without sacrificing the comfort of the living spaces below. 

Expand your Bucket List
Is there an epic cruise you’ve dreamed of, or a signature racing event you’d give anything to enter? The J/45 can be sailed on her own bottom to almost anywhere in the world. Imagine setting sail from the Canary Islands in November on the ARC Cruising Rally to the Caribbean. Then, cruise the islands with the family over the holidays. Invite your sailing mates to join you in February for the Rolex Caribbean 600. Then, set off on another leisurely cruise. Unplug for weeks at a time or stay fully connected in “remote working” mode. Discover a healthier, happier life/work balance all while exploring the world and checking-off your growing bucket list. For pricing and availability, please contact us. At this writing hull # 7 is sold and arriving for the Annapolis Boat Show .   $749,950  The next available delivery is April 2024.

For more information and technical specifications about the NEW J/45 offshore sailing yacht- please click here.


J/70

There are nearly 1,800 J/70s sailing in over 25 countries - nothing short of remarkable. Call for price and availability. Right now they are being produced on an as-needed basis from J/Composites.   

$59,900 for the boat and trailer package. Details are above on this home page.

20 kts on a J/70:  (watch the video)

  J/99- the seriously fast, comfortable, offshore shorthanded speedster
Making her Annapolis debut, the J/99 is the newest addition to the J/Sport range, combining headroom and comfortable interior accommodation with the tiller-driven responsiveness of a sport boat. The sail and deck plan are optimized for easy handling with fewer crew, and incorporate the latest developments from the award-winning J/121 and the new Offshore Sailing World champion J/112E. The interior features twin aft cabins, a proper sit-down forward facing nav station, an L-shaped galley, and a private forward head with sail locker. Plus, the J/99 has been nominated for European Yacht of the Year Award. The J/99 is on fire with wins at Block Island Race Week and NYYC Annual Regatta, and production is steaming along at one boat per week. 
Base: $225,950  The next available hull will be in January 2024

           

HOOPER'S YACHTS IS ONE OF THE OLDEST STANDING SAILBOAT DEALERSHIPS IN OUR AREA. WE ARE J/BOAT DEALERS PLUS WE SELL INTERESTING PRE-OWNED POWERBOATS AND SAILBOATS ACROSS THE COUNTRY AND ABROAD.

 
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J/121 Wins Boat of the Year Award

Sailing World Magazine just posted the BOTY winners on www.sailingworld.com.  Simply put, the J/121 is a bucket-list boat, designed to tackle adventure-style races where it's more about the experience than winning. Jeff Johnstone observes that signature races were attracting record fleets. These are the short-handed, adventure style races. J/Boats goal was to cut the crew in half on a 40-foot boat built to be a point to point distance boat, but still pass the beer can and day sail set too. The concept was to build a boat with a crew of 5 with no need for rail meat. The 800 lb. water ballast, controlled from the cockpit takes care of that. In 15-20 knots the boat is really fast and stable with or without the water ballast. The rudder never loses her grip. She's rock solid in a breeze - a great boat all around. She has a 5-sail inventory, most of which are on furlers. The J/121 isn't configured for cruising, but will provide comfort for distant racing and the V-berth option increased sleeping capacity. The berths are designed for passage-making, there is synthetic flooring, molded furniture and mahogany trim making it homey while taking on the day to day race abuse. The cockpit ergonomics are excellent and the winches are well-positioned. Headsails are trimmed with hybrid floating jib leads that allow in-hauling or barber-hauling.  You can tweak all day long on a long offshore leg. There are already 4 J/121's entered in the Bermuda Race this year including one in the double-handed division. On the heels of a victory in the 2019 Transpac Race, 2 west coats boats are gearing up for the 2020 offshore circuit. The next available production slot is TBD. www.jboats.com/j121


 $419,900 Production not currently scheduled.  Call for details. 

 

 J/BOATS - The new E series from J/Boats offers the perfect blend of all-around J/Boat "Sport Cruising" performance with live-aboard cruising luxury.  The E is for Evolution and Elegance in performance yacht design. Why settle for anything less than a great sailing boat that can take you where and when you want to go in comfort, style and speed?  Responsive, stable and pure magic to steer, this is what sailing is all about.

J/112E - We know of no other 36 footer on the market with such a comfortable cruising layout that can sail upwind at 7+ kts and hit 12.5 kts downwind in 20 kts of breeze. It's enjoying its highest rate of production in 5 years. With ORC racing on the rise in North America, many seem to just be discovering this versatile family cruiser can also win bucket list races like the Chicago Mac. 

$349,950 base.  The next estimated finish date now is March 2024

Named the  "Best Performance Boat Over 30 Ft." the J112E is an impressive boat with beautiful lines from the J/Design team.  It has the feeling of a 40 footer in terms of the cockpit and interior spaciousness- the sense of light inside is breathtaking.  Yet, its nimbleness under sail is surprising to many.  A recent test with just 100% jib in 15 kts TWS yielded an easy 7.5 kts boatspeed with hardly any heel— cocktail cruising at its best!  Yet, throw in the power of the 55 ft tall rig with full mainsail deployed and the J/112E kicked up her heels and simply took off at 8.75 kts.  She accelerates with alacrity and feels velvety smooth on the helm; the high aspect ratio rudder design and ultra-low friction rudder bearings provide the trademark finger-tip steering on any point of sail.  

See the J/112E in this Cruising World video review: http://www.cruisingworld.com/j-112e

Here is a video link to the exciting new modern J/112E Interior: https://www.facebook.com/771428382916607/videos/962881567104620/ 

 

                                 

Here's a link to: How to fly a spinnaker with a crew of two

 


INTRODUCING FROM J/BOATS:  J/122 "E"  Call for details

 

The J/122 is one of the most successful 40 footers worldwide of the past five years, compiling a record unmatched by other 40 footers- winning major events on three different continents in both double-handed and fully-crewed events. However, what truly sets the J/122 apart from other performance boats is her dual-purpose appeal as an all-around family cruiser. That attraction increases dramatically with the recent unveiling by J Composites (at the La Rochelle Show) of the J/122 "E" - a fully restyled J/122 with new cabin port layout, hull ports and beautiful interior, designed to enhance the J/122 cruising qualities while still delivering the same race-winning performance. Both the "E" and "Classic" versions of the J/122 will be offered for 2014 in the two cabin and three cabin arrangements.

 The first J/122E for North America is already on order. The new owner is planning to cruise the Great Lakes as well as sail in the Chicago-Mac Race.  Contact Hooper's for more details and pricing.  Next availability TBD.

NW YACHTING MAGAZINE J/122E REVIEW: http://www.nwyachting.com/2015/01/j-122e-new-boat-review/       

 

The Wayzata Yacht Club has a J/70 one design fleet.  So, if you are interested in racing on one of the most fun sailboats ever, contact me for details.

J/70 NEWS www.jboats.com/j70 

 

The most exciting and fastest selling J Boat introduction since the J/24. 500 orders in just 19 months and the largest one-design fleet in her intro year at nearly every major East Coast Regatta including Key West RW, St. Pete NOOD, Charleston RW & Annapolis NOOD and 90 entries for the 2013 NA Championship in Annapolis.  All ages can sail the boat (How many boats can excite juniors and young adults yet be stable enough for infants and elders?) She can be launched at a ramp and rigged without marina help.  

CONTACT NE AND WE WILL EMAIL YOU VERY COMPLETE  INFO THAT WILL LET YOU KNOW EVERYTHING YOU EVER WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT THE J/70 AND MORE

Here's a You Tube Video on the J/70: (Click For Video)

 


 J/111 Sailing Fast! www.jboats.com/j111

 CLASS RULES FOR THE J/111 JUST RELEASED. LITTLE HAS CHANGED EXCEPT NOW THEY ARE SANCTIONED.

         $335,950 base J/Composite has a 3 boat production run planned for next winter to support the resurgent J/111 fleet in North America. 27+ boats are now sailing on the Great Lakes and there's great momentum in Seattle and SoCal. The next available hull is in February 2024

 
  

 

To see the J/111 sailing, catch these short movies on You Tube

30 kts on Hull #3 in San Diego  Speed Indeed !!!!

 

J/80 $53,900. Production not currently scheduled, but there is growing interest. If the overall logistics pan out, and the lower container rates hold, we will offer J/80's this winter.  Stay tuned. 

J/Boats is happy to put together a J/80 Worlds special that factor in a charter fee as part of the package. Contact us if interested. 

The J/80 class is growing at over 50 boats per year with hull #1500 just raced the 2013 Worlds in France (120 boat fleet). The large cockpit makes for the ideal family day sailor (5 or 6 comfortably). She's offshore capable and is currently the #1 modern training platform for most countries in Europe. 

Here's a great photo depicting the speed of a J/80:  (Watch YouTube Video)

Meet Hooper's: 

Hooper's Yachts has been in business since late 1986 and so are nearing our 39th year of taking care of our customers with their boating needs.  

     THANKS FOR ALL OF YOUR BUSINESS. STAY SAFE.  

CONTACT INFO:  612-590-7235  Bill's email: bill@hoopersyachts.com   Justin's email:  justin@hoopersyachts.com