BLUE JACKET - PERFORMANCE CRUISING SAILBOATS
CRUISING WORLD'S BOAT OF THE YEAR WINNER 2014
Domestic Boat of the Year and Best Mid-size Cruiser
The Blue Jacket project is designed by Tim Jackett (ex-President and Chief Designer at Tartan and C&C) in collaboration with Bob Johnson.
With more than 30 industry awards between them, including 15 Boat of the Year awards, the Blue Jacket series of yachts embody the creativity and broad-based experience these two noted designers have displayed over the past 30 plus years, melding the performance prowess of Jackett with the cruising focus and manufacturing acumen of Johnson and Island Packet.
Modern interpretation of a performance cruiser features either a three-cabin arrangement (or an optional two-cabin layout) with the amenities and build quality expected of a luxury sailing yacht.
The powerful and versatile Solent-type sailplan features a working jib with self-tending Hoyt Boom® along with a large reacher for offwind work. Twin wheels and a large cockpit enhance both sailing and socializing, and all frequently used sail controls are convenient to the cockpit. Construction
features 100% VE resin infusion technology with Divinycell® coring for both hull and deck. Fit, finish and materials and equipment selections typify the high standards of Island Packet.
The Cruising World judges had the following to say about the Blue Jacket:
"Like Lennon and McCartney, Gilbert and Sullivan, and Rodgers and Hammerstein, in figurative terms the Jackett and Johnson pairing also produced some beautiful music. The pair’s first project definitely resonated with our judges, and notched not one but two winning hits of its own: Their Blue Jacket 40 is both this year’s Best Midsize Cruiser, 39-41 Feet, as well as 2014’s Domestic Boat of the Year.
“Tim Jackett drew the original lines for the boat but Bob Johnson also had a hand in the design,” explained Tim Murphy. “Then the boat was built by Island Packet and it’s terrific. It’s a core laminate and they’re doing it very carefully and making sure they get the process right. Structurally, IP has built great boats forever, and while this is their first infused hull, it’s really wonderful.”
According to its design brief, the Blue Jacket 40 is a moderate-displacement performance cruiser, and the judging team believed it strongly addressed those parameters.
“The self-tacking inner jib, on the Hoyt boom, had a nice shape all the way out into a deep reach,” said Murphy, describing the test sail on Chesapeake Bay. “When you come on the wind and tack back and forth, it’s a breeze to sail. Later, when we were reaching with the screacher, it was a real pleasure. On many boats that’s a tiresome point of sail, but it was a whole lot of fun on the Blue Jacket.
“The displacement is modest and it felt nice,” Murphy added. “There was a bit of chop but the boat tracked beautifully, with no up-and-down pitching. The bow is relatively plumb so you don’t have much overhang there, so there’s buoyancy forward. I loved this boat.”
Mark Schrader agreed: “The workmanship is top-notch. The cockpit works well. The rounded house top is great for moving around on deck under way.”
The Blue Jacket sports an upwind sail area- displacement ratio (SA/D) of 20. With the working jib furled and the 150% reacher set, this increases to 21.8. Not long ago this kind of horsepower was reserved only for a well-crewed race boat, but the simple and efficient sail handling of the Blue Jacket’s refinement of the Solent rig are changing that, offering maximum performance with ease of use.
The hull form and appendages of the Blue Jacket are designed to work in harmony with the sailplan to provide performance that extends daily sailing range and the potential to generate more race trophies. The hull’s fine entry is good for upwind sailing and the “ V ” shaped forward sections provide comfortable motion in a seaway. Her aft sections are broad and flat with a good amount of overhang to provide excellent downwind speed and upwind sail carrying power. Wetted surface is also reduced, increasing light air performance. This hull shape is carefully “sculpted” for the cruising sailor to avoid the more extreme race boat “wedge” shape’s tendency to become unwieldy when heeled, necessitating large crews to keep the boat in balance. The Blue Jacket hull design balances the wide aft sections with fuller topside sections forward, allowing the boat to heel evenly maintaining excellent control, tracking and seakeeping.
State of the art keel and rudder designs combine advanced low drag, high lift laminar flow foil sections. The two keel choices have integral bulbs at their base to concentrate weight as low as possible for maximum stability and sail carrying power. Finger tip steering delivers sport boat-like response from the high aspect rudder blade set on a composite carbon fiber post. The Blue Jacket’s nimble handling and speed is also a result of a low displacement to length ratio (D/L) of 172, a direct result of advanced technology hull and deck laminates.
The design challenge presented was to create a yacht with a performance pedigree, one that could compete effectively in around-the-buoy and offshore races yet provide a level of comfort, build quality and ease of use that would gratify the entire family. I believe this objective has been successfully achieved in a particularly attractive yacht that’s evolved from a rich history of successful designs.
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