J/44 was inspired by an analysis of the 1988 Newport to Bermuda Race which determined that dual-purpose racer/cruisers between 41 and 45 feet were the most popular offshore type and size. Since introduction, J/44 has become the most successful large, offshore American yacht design ever, with a total of 67 boats launched. Owners in 14 countries have amassed an enviable record of ocean passages, regatta wins and logged numerous cruising adventures. They get together for owner-steered, one design events on both coasts in the and on the Great Lakes.
The J/44 Class Association is an active group of dedicated and outstanding sailors who add greatly to the satisfaction of sailing the perfect boat. One example of this innovation is shown in the image above. Each J/44 races with sails that are owned by the class association. These are rotated from boat to boat throughout each designated class event insuring fair one-design racing. This allows owners added value through volume bidding from sailmakers, while at the same time keeping the lid on replacement costs and/or 'sky-is-the-limit' budgets. Most owners have a set of PHRF sails that are used for non-class regattas.
Among her many honors and accolades, the J/44 is the first class to be given a separate start at the Newport-Bermuda Race for the past several races. J/44 class racing today is competitive Corinthian yacht racing at its best with first class social gatherings. For more on future class events and news please visit the J44 Class Site.
Performance & Handling- Superior design and construction mean better performance in the most demanding offshore conditions. J/44s won the 1991 Fastnet Race (IMS Overall) and the 1992 Sydney-Hobart (IMS-1). Five J/44s beat all Swan 48' -61' upwind in a rough race to Bermuda in 1990.
J/44s slide through waves with little pitch and roll, responding effortlessly to your touch on the wheel. These superb sailing and handling qualities are different from traditional cruising and IOR / IMS "rule" boats in two very important ways:
J/44s have a balanced hull design with a long waterline relative to beam (L/B) providing directional stability in large waves - not compromised by need for a better rating or the added wetted surface of long keels and skegs, and J/44s have a low center of gravity and low moments of inertia - achieved with a deep lead keel, hand-laid Baltek-cored hull & deck construction and a beautifully engineered Hall rig. J/44s sail well in the extremes: downwind in light air and upwind in a blow. This means more sailing, less motoring and safe passages.
An ABS bronze plaque certifies each J/44 to be built under independent survey to +A1 classification, the highest possible for offshore yacht service.
Classic Interior- Sailing World's 1990 'Overall Boat of the Year' revived the look of classic American cruising yacht interiors. Styling is light and open, clean and functional. The security and layout of her J/Galley has also become the standard for offshore cruising design. Visibility and ventilation are exceptional at anchor and at sea, making it possible to live-aboard for long periods without the sense of confinement usually experienced on cruising designs under 50 feet in length.
J/44 Galley- The interior layout includes an owner cabin forward with private head entrance, main cabin with two standard pilot berths and settee berths with large drawer storage outboard amidships, a large nav station opposite the galley, an aft starboard quarter-cabin and an aft 'walk-through' port head.
Introduced: 1989 Built to: Hull #67 Last Model Year: 1993