J/121 Project Update
Bristol, Rhode Island
It’s an exciting time at CCF Composites in Bristol as deck hardware installation is nearing completion on hull #1 and the newly molded interior structure and components are bonding into the hull. The proto-type shop is just finishing up the final interior molds including the aft head and bulkheads. With a strong backlog of orders, we’ve proceeded with the construction of all anticipated tooling beginning with hull #1, rather than the customary process of transitioning to additional composite parts over the course of the first 6-10 boats. This results in a slightly longer construction timeline for hull #1, but allows for a more efficient ramp up and build consistency. CCF is on target to complete the first seven boats during 2017.
The molds for the water ballast tanks are just completed (a portion of the port side mold shown above). The top of the tanks will be approximately 12″ below the side deck to allow for the air venting runs and to provide a usable storage shelf in both the aft head and aft cabins.The pouring of the first J/121 keel fin at the foundry is shown above. The completed fin is being jigged into the lead bulb mold prior to casting the lead. Once the lead cures, the two metals form an integral structure which will then be finished with a molded GRP cover.
Spar and Rigging Package
The spar package for hull #1 is complete and in route from Southern Spars with delivery expected in early July. Southern Spars has also been selected to supply the carbon bowsprit and the belowdeck mast compression post. The compression post is spec’d as carbon with a clearcoat finish to enhance the presentation. Corey Butlin, formerly with Hall Rigging and now heading up the racing department at R&W Ropes, is supervising the extensive running rigging package for the J/121.
Cushion Fabric Selection
The standard J/121 cushion package will be provided by Ken’s Canvas and includes the owner’s choice of color from a wide selection of Sunbrella marine grade fabrics. Please see color selection online: www.sunbrella.com/en-us/fabrics/marine/
2018 Event Schedule
Four of the first six J/121 owners have expressed interest in sailing in Florida this winter and so we’re in discussion with Storm Trysail Club about the possibility of hosting a weekend of Open Course point-topoint day racing in Key West immediately following the Lauderdale to Key West Race which starts Wednesday January 10th. We are also checking on the status of the Miami to Cuba Race (listed in the recent J/121 Schedule) given the recent news that travel to Cuba may once again be restricted.
Another option we’re investigating is an expanded sailing schedule this fall either in Rhode Island or Chesapeake Bay for owners looking to tune-up in advance of the big events next season (Bermuda Race,Chicago-Mac, etc). An initial head count shows 5-6 J/121s planning to be sailing in Rhode Island next spring so a great opportunity for owners to accelerate their learning curve.