The J/36 is a good fit because it is still competitive, but can sleep the whole crew aboard when we are at away regattas on the different islands! The fractional rig is great; with a masthead rig, the kids would have to be handling bigger jibs and downwind sails that could overpower them.
This boat is J/36 #53 and she’s still going strong after much T.L.C.! We won nine out of nine in our local regatta (St. Croix International, St. Croix, U.S.V.I.) back in November. It was just non-spin; the kids are too small to manage a gybe with a spinnaker in less than 46 seconds. Plus, we raced with eight year old dacron. We look forward soon to the St. Thomas International and BVI Spring regattas!” Fair winds, Stan