While the prototype was good enough to be enjoyed to its full potential for our demo sail, the “real” boats are underway at CCF, and the plan, according to Johnstone, is to have the first finished boats sailing by mid-April. The New York YC’s Invitational Cup Qualifier regatta in September will be using J/70s (and Sonars). That’s an unprecedented fleet spark, but I’m told the boats will then scatter to dealers and eager owners around the country. Two demo boats will be available in Rhode Island throughout the summer, and Johnstone said initial plans for the class are to hit the major winter regatta venues in 2013 (i.e., Key West, Miami, and Charleston) before encouraging owners to take their regattas to more offbeat venues, particularly locations served primarily by launch ramps. Which makes perfect sense. With its first-ever ramp launch-able boat, competitively priced at around $40K (base price; fleet pricing at $45K), J/Boats finally has something to extend its reach to places where it’s never been before.