Originally Posted by EMartNJ
Ah, t10s are solid. I race a p26 and a p28. Not fast but still fun.
The T10 class is quite strong and competitive around here but otherwise I can't say it would be my boat of choice.
J boats get a lot of hate on the internet (probably from being on the pricey side without being pure raceboats), but I quite like most of their designs. My dad owned a j22 and raced it at the highest levels (got 2nd at the worlds once) and I've done the Mac on a J105. Their boats always seem to offer great performance without high crew requirements (a T10 just needs too many people whose only job is to sit on the side of the boat), and are still comfortable enough to take out friends/clients for a cruise.
If I were looking for a bigger boat right now, I'd probably consider the J70. Small enough to easily solo/doublehand if you don't want to find crew, but has enough sitting area that you could bring out a bunch of friends. Might not be as awesome to blast around in as a viper, but you can store all of your sails/tools/pfds in the boat, and guests will stay dry if its not blowing hard. An Ultimate 20 might offer the same features in a smaller/cheaper package, but with the 70 around, I can't see them maintaining any momentum as a class.