J80

     
Dimensions ft/lb m/kg
LOA 26.30 8.00
LWL 22.00 6.71
Beam 8.30 2.51
Standard Draft 4.90 1.49
Standard Ballast 1,400 635
Displacement 2,900 1,315
Engine outboard outboard
100% SA 338 31.40
I 31.50 9.60
ISP 33.00 10.06
J 9.50 2.90
P 30.00 9.14
E 12.50 3.81
SA/Dspl 27 27
Dspl/L 122 122
   
     

Hull & Deck Construction

  • Composite hull and deck of GRP balsa sandwich with E-glass fabrics, additional reinforcing in way of highly loaded hardware.
  • Vinylester and ISO NPG gelcoat in hull for osmotic gelcoat blister protection.
  • Molded GRP main bulkhead to absorb the direct loads of the shrouds and mast compression.
  • Mast step loads are distributed to aluminum frame fastened to the main bulkhead.
  • Hull is reinforced in way of keel with several transverse molded stringers.

Keel & Rudder

  • Low VCG keel cast from lead and antimony, faired and finished with an epoxy primer and secured by way of stainless steel bolts to the integral molded hull sump.
  • Reinforced FRP rudder on transom with stainless steel fittings.
  • Laminated varnished wood tiller, with adjustable tiller extension.

Spars & Rigging

  • Mast and boom in anodized aluminum.
  • Headsail roller furling on headstay.
  • Two pairs of swept spreaders.
  • Stainless steel wire standing rigging with turnbuckle adjusters.
  • Backstay with adjustment tackle led to both sides of the cockpit.
  • Complete running rigging package.

Deck Hardware

  • Large modern cockpit with molded foot braces on centerline.
  • Non slip finish to all horizontal deck surfaces in white.
  • Molded Toe-rail forward.
  • Bolts, screws and fitting are all made of stainless steel, marine grade anodized.
  • Stainless steel forestay attachment plate.
  • Stainless steel pulpit single lifeline.
  • “U” bolt on the foredeck.
  • Stainless steel chain plates for cap shrouds, lower, shrouds and backstay.
  • Opening hatch (420 x 420 mm) mounted on cabin trunk forward of mast.
  • Two black anodized jib T tracks with cars.
  • Boomvang system (12:1) with swivel mounted cleats, on both sides of the coach roof.
  • Mainsheet traveler with coaming mounted (2:1) control line, cleats.
  • Mainsheet system (5:1) with swivel cam cleat and ratchet block on cockpit sole.
  • Cleats and blocks for backstay adjustment (4:1) led forward in cockpit to port and starboard.
  • Two 30:1 primary winches with cam cleats.
  • Internal bowsprit launching line led aft through fairleads to cabin trunk cam cleat.
  • Bullseye fairleads for furler control line (port with cam cleat) and tack line (starboard) to cabin side mounted clutch.
  • Two halyard storage bags shipped loose.
  • Spinnaker sheet blocks outboard of winches and aft.
  • Two stern pulpits.
  • Single continuous lifeline.
  • One fixed cabin window on each side of cabin side.
  • GRP main sliding hatch with acrylic one piece offshore drop board.
  • Winch handle.
  • Bow and stern running lights.

Outboard Motor

  • Optional owner supplied, minimum 3.5hp long shaft recommended.
  • Low transom suitable for direct mounting of a 3 or 4 hp outboard.
Interior
  • Removable cabin sole.
  • Molded settee berths with access to storage below.
  • Large forward V-berth platform with two access panels above mast step.
  • Large removable molded step with space for an outboard and cooler to be stored aft.
  • Crane lifting bar integral to keel bolt system.
  • Interior reading light.
  • Electrical panel.
  • Battery box with straps (battery owner supplied).
Notice

Specifications subject to change prior to delivery due to deletions, additions or revisions in quantities, brand or design at the sole discretion of J/Boats, Inc. Newport, RI.

J80_keywest2005_06

Why J/80? Just Sail One And See!

The J/80 planes in 15 knots of breeze with 2-3 crew, without anyone having to step on the foredeck to fly the spinnaker. You can be sailing in 3 minutes-- seriously!

Stability, Speed, Handling & Trailerability...

No other sailboat better combines such desirable qualities. Great stability with speed has been an elusive goal in an easily trailered monohull.

Rod Johnstone designed J/80 with the security and reliability of a fixed lead keel of moderate draft having a 48% ballast ratio! That ballast is made even more effective by J/80's low center of gravity.

 

To encourage ownership and participation in J/80 events by all sailors, J/80 International Class Rules are written to keep the FUN up and the costs down. The Rules, when racing one-design, specify a 3 sail limitation: Dacron mainsail on slides, 100% roller furling Mylar jib and .6 oz asymmetric spinnaker. The crew weight limit is 3 people of any weight, or 745 lbs. if there are 4 or more people aboard.

J/80 is officially recognized by the ISAF as an International One-Design Class with active fleets in the US, France, UK, Sweden and more. Trailering to class events is easy, it fits US and European legal towing widths, and rides high enough on a trailer so as not to obstruct rear-view visibility.

J80_keywest_09

J/80 Related News & Activity

J/80 North Americans & J/70 Fall Brawl Preview
(Annapolis, MD)- This coming weekend, there is no question the Eastport YC will have their hands full hosting two of the more aggressive one-design classes in the world- the J/70s and J/80s.  For the J/80s, they are hosting their 2017 North American Championship, while the J/70s are sailing their annual Fall Brawl. J/80 North American ChampionshipThe J/80 class on the Chesapeake Bay, New Hampshire, Toronto, and Buzzards Bay continue to have excellent one-design class racing.  For this year’s North Americans, a talented fleet of twenty-one crews have come from nearly all four corners...
Read more...
J/Fest Southwest Preview : 21-Oct-2017 11am
J/Fest Southwest Preview
Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of J/Boats!(Seabrook, TX)- This coming weekend, the waters of Clear Lake and Galveston Bay will come alive again with dozens of J/sailors competing for honors in the 8th annual J/Fest Southwest Regatta, hosted by the always gracious Lakewood YC members.  The event features one-design racing for J/22s, J/24s, J/70s, J/105s (who are also using it as a tune-up/ training regatta for the upcoming J/105 North Americans), J/109s, and two classes of J/PHRF boats ranging from J/27s up to a J/122!As part of celebrating J/Boats’ 40th Anniversary, the kick-off event...
Read more...
MANGO Mashes 30th J-Jamboree
(Gilford, NH)- The annual J-Jamboree celebrated its 30th Anniversary this fall, the event also served as the J/80 East Coast Championship.  The Lake Winnipesaukee Sailing Association, the Winnipesaukee Yacht Club, J/80 Fleet 1, and Fay's Boat Yard held the on Lake Winnipesaukee, with sailing taking place out of Sanders Bay.A highly talented fleet of fourteen teams participated in this year’s regatta.  In the end, it was the Annapolis crew on MANGO, led by their fearless leader Ken Mangano, that won the regatta and earned the title of J/80 East Coast Champion!Taking second was...
Read more...
Windy Hamble Winter Series Regatta
(Hamble, England)- The first day of the Hamble One Design Championships began with wind in the low 20s, and gusts of up to 30 knots. The Hamble River Sailing Club race committee team headed out to Jonathan Jansen, and after a short AP the wind began to ease to around 16 knots, and the race team delivered a full schedule of four windward-leeward races in short order. The conditions provided spectacular autumn racing for the sportsboat classes, with fast and thrilling downwind surfing conditions. By contrast, the second day produced light winds of...
Read more...
New York YC Wins J/80 Team Race in England
(Queen Mary Reservoir,  Heathrow,  England)- Sailing J/80s on the Queen Mary Reservoir in London, England can be quite an exciting experience.  This large “lagoon” is located directly beneath the southerly approach to the famously busy Heathrow Airport.  Even on light air days, the tip vortices off the biggest jets like the Airbus A380 or Boeing 747 can be felt on the water!  Makes for some interesting shifts or wind shear sometimes! Nevertheless, the fleet of J/80s supplied by Royal Thames YC and the Royal Yacht Squadron were team raced this past weekend by...
Read more...

Search More J/80 News here!

J80_keywest_09

International J/80 Class Association

There are over 1,600 J/80s sailing in 30 fleets in 12 countries, with large J/80 fleets existing in North America, Europe and China. The J/80 Class and its builders have provided J/80s for women’s and men’s regattas for over 20 years. The J/80 has been used actively in match racing as well; including the BMW Berlin Match Race in Berlin, Germany; the World Match Race Sailing Association event in Le Havre, France; and the China Cup Match Race in Xiamen, China. If you're looking for a great class to get involved in, look no further than the International J/80. Go to the International J/80 Class website for more info.

J/80 Class Association Highlights include:

  • Established in 1995 and granted ISAF International Status in 2000.
  • Two-Time Winner of US Sailing’s “One-Design Class of the Year".
  • World Championships held since 2001 on three continents.
  • Actively Maintained Class Website: www.j80.org
 

National Class Association Links:

Benelux/ Netherlands    Denmark    France    Germany    Italy

Spain    Sweden    United Kingdom    USA

J/80 Tuning & Sailing Guide Links:

 

The Fast, Stable & Easy to Sail One-Design

If you would like to expand your sailing horizons with a modern sportboat in open waters outside protected harbors and lakes, there's only one choice: the International J/80 one-design class sailboat. Sailing World magazine rated J/80 as easier to handle, less intimidating, safer and better suited for sailing offshore than other modern sportboats tested.

J80 keywest2005 02Numbers highlight the reason: The 1,440 lb. lead keel with bulb on the J/80 weighs nearly the same as the leading competitor's entire boat. No question, stability is the most important standard when it comes to a forgiving design, family sailing fun and sailing in open waters.  No wonder the J/80 continues to be the fastest growing one-design sportboat class in Europe, it's a joy to sail in winds from 5 to 25+ knots!

Don't you think it's time to join over 1,600 J/80 owners sailing worldwide who are discovering how well the J/80 fits their plans for sailing with family and friends? J/80 is the only sportboat that combines simplicity of operation, confidence building stability and 15+ knot spinnaker rides in an affordable, low maintenance and trailerable package. It even has 4 berths and a 12 foot long cockpit. You can try one out or refine your skills with expert instruction at a J-World Sailing School in Annapolis, San Diego, San Francisco or Puerto Vallarta.

 

The recent J/80 World Championship held in Newport, RI saw 62 boats from 9 countries participate in one of the most epic regattas ever.   With spectacular sailing conditions all five days, the J/80s proved yet again they can be sailed competitively by a wide variety of sailors ranging in ages from 20s to 60s!  Bashing and crashing in big waves offshore, wild planing and surfing conditions downwind.  J/80 sailors saw it all and relished the challenges few other sportboats could enjoy. Read more about it here.

J/80 Related News Headlines