Keelforce is a 2001 J120 actively sailed/raced in Charleston Harbor since January 2010. Production of J120’s began in 1994 and continued through calendar year 2006. Cruising World called the J120; “The ideal Racer Cruiser! The J120, unquestionably one of the best Racer Cruisers ever made. Easy to sail short-handed or with a full crew. Comfortable and well thought out below decks. Exceptional performance and construction earned J120 the distinction of being CRUISING WORLD magazine’s OVERALL BOAT OF THE YEAR and the BEST VALUE in a full-sized cruising boat.”
YACHT WORLD regards the J120 as; “the pinnacle cruiser/racer segment of the sailing world. With two comfortable separate staterooms, an easily managed rig and performance galore they have been cruised all over the world and raced everywhere.
However, Keelforce is more than a beautiful vessel and a comfortable ride. The boat places consistently in Charleston Ocean Racing Association’s A-Fleet. It is the only Charleston area boat to win Abaco Race Week (2012), the crew was second place in the 2013 U.S. Offshore Championship sailed aboard Navy 44’s at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, second place in the 2016 Conch Republic Cup sailed from Key West, Florida to Varadero, Cuba continuing on to Havana, Cuba ending with a race returning to Key West and most recently won the Pursuit Class in Charleston Race Week (2018).
Keelforce offers the flexibility of a fast ride around the buoys or a slow cruise on Charleston Harbor.
“Laying the Keel” is normally the first step signifying the beginning of a vessel’s construction. The Keel has two main functions; convert lateral movement of the wind into forward motion and provide stability to keep the boat upright. Our mission aboard Keelforce is to convert the wind, waves and local knowledge into a first-class experience aboard a proven performance cruiser.
We’ve sailed & raced over 5,000 nautical miles on Keelforce. While we encourage you to stay on the deck for your charter, below deck features a dining and saloon area, galley, marine head and stateroom – one each fore and aft. With plenty of room to store your belongings, beverages and food, and relax.