J88

Dimensions Foot/ Lbs Meter/ Kg
LOA 29.19 8.90
LWL 26.84 8.18
Beam 9.50 2.90
Standard Draft 6.50 1.98
Displacement 4,990 2,264
Diesel Aux. Engine 14 hp 14 hp
100% SA 439 40.80
SA/Dspl 24 24
Dspl/L 115 115

J/88- The Family Weekending Speedster

J/88 was introduced in July 2013 and its popularity has grown dramatically ever since. Today, 100+ J/88s are sailing in ten countries on four continents.  Here's a selection of sailing videos that feature J/88s sailing in venues around the world as well as some J/88 instruction videos.

J/88 Sailing Videos  * Please Click Links for Videos
J/88 Sailboat Test- boats.com- John Burnham J/88 Downwind- Narragansett Bay
J/88 Yachting World Test- Matt Sheahan J/88 Insails.com First Sail
J/88 SAIL Magazine Test J/88 Insails.com- Training & Testing Day
J/88 Tour- by The Hull Story  
   
J/88 Instructional Videos  
J/88 Sail Testing I- North Sails J/88 Downwind Gybe
J/88 Sail Testing II- North Sails  

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J/88 News & Activity

HELLY HANSEN St Pete NOOD Regatta Preview
(St Petersburg, FL)- The Helly Hansen National Offshore One Design (NOOD) Regatta Series— the largest national sailboat racing circuit in the United States— returns to St. Petersburg, FL, for the first stop of its 30th anniversary season from February 16th to 18th, 2018. The event is organized by Sailing World and hosted by St. Petersburg Yacht Club.Every year, hundreds of sailors compete for top marks in one of more than 10 classes and a chance at the Overall Winner title, which earns the winning team a berth at the Helly Hansen Caribbean NOOD Championship...
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Exciting Chiloe Santander Regatta in Chile
(Puerto Montt, Chile)- The archipelago of Chiloé in the southern region of Chile known famously as “Patagonia”, has been the site of the extraordinary event called the “Regata de Chiloe” (Chiloe Regatta) that takes place every two years.  The boats and crews all convene in Puerto Montt, then head south towards the archipelago, one of the most unique places to sail in the world- imagine spectacular snow-capped Andes Mountains mixed with the Swedish archipelago off Stockholm- truly a mind-bending spectacle of nature in its most raw, unspoiled form.It's a wonderful stage and a very complicated one to sail. For a...
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Light Airs J/Fest St Pete Regatta
J/88 WINGS Crowned Midwinter Champion(St Petersburg, FL)- The inaugural J/Fest St Pete Regatta took place this past weekend on Tampa Bay.  Host St Petersburg YC and its RC Committee, PRO and volunteers made a valiant effort to get in as many races as they could considering the cards they had been dealt- essentially no, or very little, wind for all three days.The weather prognosticators were, unfortunately, more accurate than normal for Tampa Bay.  An enormous High pressure system had parked itself north of Florida over Georgia and nothing moved it for well over four days- an unusual phenomenon, especially this...
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J/Fest St Pete Preview : 18-Jan-2018 2pm
J/Fest St Pete Preview
(St Petersburg, FL)- The inaugural J/Fest St Pete 2018 will be sailed on Tampa Bay from January 19th to 21st and is being hosted by the historic and famous St Petersburg YC in St Petersburg, Florida.  Three fleets are participating, J/70s, J/88s, and J/111s.  For the J/88s, it represents their 2018 Midwinter Championship.Without a Key West Race Week, it was readily apparent the active J/111 owners were looking for another outlet to escape the crazy winter weather in the north and enjoy a nice sunny, warm break in sunny southern Florida.  An excellent...
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J/88 - One Design Fun & Family Daysailer

The J/88 is not only comfortable and easy to handle, but her sweet balance, effortless speed and comfort will maximize your sailing fun. J/88 truly hits the sweet-spot in J Boat’s new performance sprit range – large enough to provide the creature comforts of a sit-in cockpit, inboard diesel, overnighting interior and head; and small enough to be single-point lifted, owner trailered and stored. Plus, there's no wood on deck, minimum systems, and a simple functional interior so you can maximize sailing time and minimize on-board maintenance.

If sailing is having your cake and eating it too, then the J/88 is like ordering the whole dessert menu. Design highlights include a high-aspect, non-overlapping sail plan (no genoas) with a light weight carbon fiber mast - deck stepped configuration for easy rigging and tuning as well as for keeping the water out and the main cabin dry.

The 6.5 ft fixed keel with molded finish ensures a fair, smooth foil surface with a low vertical center of gravity.  This provides a ride that’s every bit as stable and exciting as the J/88’s speedster siblings - fast upwind with amazing fingertip balance on the helm and exciting planing potential downwind in moderate to fresh breezes thanks to the easy to manage masthead asymmetrical spinnaker and retractable carbon J/Sprit.

 

Since J/88's successful launch and with nearly 100 boats sailing around the world in 2017, the growing J/88 Owner managed one-design class enjoys very close racing in the US and UK, friendly social gatherings for owners and each year more events are being added to the calendar.  With maximum crew of six and strict sail limitations, the class rules help to keep costs under control and attracts sailors looking for a simplified one design experience that includes friends and family.

J/88 not only satisfies her owners, but has met with critical acclaim in the boating press, awarded the "Best Boat Under 30 Ft" in SAILING WORLD's Boat of the Year competition, Yachts & Yachting Magazine's Boat of the Year as well as receiving high marks from the SAIL Magazine, Sailing Magazine, Boats.com, Yachting World Magazine and several others who have taken the opportunity to review the boat. J/88 is perfect for offshore racing as well as for one-design and or local beer can races.  What's most important is that when all the racing is over, you'll thoroughly enjoy and appreciate J/88 versatility while sharing her forgiving daysailing qualities with all of your family and friends.

Be sure to visit the J/88 one design web site, inquire above to find your local dealer and schedule a test sail and/or join the J/88 Facebook group and explore why your next boat should be the J/88.

Experience the J/88 through this library of news stories...

Chilean Family Loves Sailing Their J/88 Offshore.
Sailing a J/88 to Havana, Cuba- Awesome!
WINGS Flies at J/88 North Americans!
J/88 RAMBLER Report- Having Fun on Chicago Bi-State Race!
The Sustainable Electric J/88- Saving the World!
Chicago-Mackinac- "Vene Vidi Vici"- J/88 BLUE FLASH Report
Spinnaker Cup Race Sees "Blue Flash" Fly-by!
J/88 Sail-Training Experience on Lake Norman, NC!
The JEDI J/88 Taking Sydney, Australia by Storm!
Vogel's DEVIATION Tops 1st J/88 Great Lakes!
J/88 Crushes Chicago-Mackinac Race Class!
Sailing J/88 Doublehanded Offshore- Lessons Learned- Rod J.
Newport to Ensenda- Anyone Seen the J/88 BLUE FLASH?!
Cartagena, Columbia- Family Lovin' Sailing Their J/88
Three-Tree Point Race- Seattle, WA- A J/88 Perspective
Key West 2015- DEVIATION's Winning Techniques
J/88 BLUE FLASH- Love @ First Sight! By Scott Grealish
Santa Barbara to King Harbor Race- J/88 CRAZY EIGHTS Wins!
J/88 HOKEY SMOKE Takes 2nd class- Chicago-Mac Race!
J/88s Sweep Chicago to Waukegan Race PHRF Class!
SAILING WORLD Boat of the Year- J/88!

 

J/88 Loving Hobart, Tasmania Offshore Series
Razzing the Fleet in Taz- J/88 Doublehanded Going Fast!
Sailing the J/88 Faster- by World Champion- Vince Brun
J/88 YONDER- Practice Makes Perfect- How to go Faster!
Chris Cartwright's J/88 Singlehanded TransPac Experience
Triumphant J/88 @ Goose Island Colors Regatta!
Sailing to Havana, Cuba- The video
J/88 Cruises The Islands Race off Southern California
WINGS Tops J/88 New Englands
Chicago J/88s Dominating Offshore Events!
Sailing the J/88 Fast Offshore- by Quantum Sails's Klingler
48 North Magazine- J/88 Review
A Perspective Sailing the J/88- by Don Finkle
SAILING Magazine J/88 Review- Bob Grieser
J/88- The Perfect Sailboat? A Perspective by Rich Stearns
The J/88 Smokes Chicago Bi-State Race
J/88 JONGLEUR Celebrates UK Win!
First J/88 2014 Great Lakes Champions- SEAWEED!

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Sailing for Life in Better Sailboats

Sailing is the ultimate freedom, the experience of being at one with nature and the sea, powered only by the wind and one's imagination. It's one of the few "life sports" that offers both a relaxing escape as well as an invigorating challenge. You pick your level of comfort and excitement. Sailing is never the same twice - each time on the water with your sailboat is a unique adventure that can enrich friendships, strengthen family ties, and refresh one's own sense of well-being. How many other outdoor activities can be shared with three or more family generations?  It's been said there are two types of sailors in the world - the young and the young-at-heart. How great is that?

What a Difference a J Makes

Fulfilling those sailing dreams starts with finding a sailboat that fits you - whether you aspire to sail close to home, cruise to distant shores, or take up the challenge of competitive sailing. Performance differences between sailboats are greater than differences between golf clubs, tennis rackets, skis or cars. There aren't many wooden or metal tennis rackets, skis or golf clubs in use anymore. That's because newer boat designs that perform better and are easier to use are MORE FUN!  A well designed sailboat, like a good sports car, is an extension of its owner. It could take years of sailing other boats to learn the difference that good design and quality make to one's sailing enjoyment. Or you can save time and take advantage of what we've learned and designed into every "J." We invite you to explore our site to learn more.

J/Sailing Gear For 2018

JGear 250pxLook great this season in J sailing apparel. Check out the comfortable and fashionable sailing clothing, tech shirts, polo shirts, sailing jackets and sailing hats at the J/Sailing Gear site. Also backpacks, totes, J battleflags and other fun items like half-model sailboats are available as gifts and trophies. 

J/Gear is fully customizable to your needs.  When you order, you can specify just about anything you wish, including boat name, boat type, yacht club, hailing port, etc.  Please be sure to visit our store here.

Upcoming Sailing Events

Jan 19-21- J/Fest St Pete- St Petersburg, FL
Feb 9-11- Quantum J/70 Winter Series- Tampa, FL
Feb 15-18- St Pete NOOD Regatta- St Petersburg, FL
Feb 17-18- SCYA Midwinter Regatta- Long Beach, CA
Feb 19- RORC Caribbean 600 Race- English Harbour, Antigua
Feb 23-25- J/70 Midwinters- Coconut Grove, FL
Mar 1-4- Heineken St Maarten Regatta- Simpson Bay, St Maarten
Mar 7-10- Bacardi Cup J/70 Invitational- Coconut Grove, FL
Mar 16-18- San Diego NOOD Regatta- San Diego, CA

NEW 40' Offshore Speedster for 5 or fewer Crew

J/121 offshore speedster sailing off Newport The new J/121 is a 40’ offshore speedster that can be day raced or distance sailed by just 5 or fewer crew…. the best short-handed J ever…. capable of winning on any race track while also excelling in daysailing and weekend mode. J/121 redefines offshore sailboat racing as a recreation and shared adventure with friends - fulfilling the growing need to simplify life and reconnect with those you really want to sail with on a boat that’s pure magic to sail. Learn more about J/121 here.

Elegance, Comfort & Style - NEW J/112E

J112E 01 19986J/112E is the newest “E” Series of sport-cruising yachts.  An Evolution of Elegant performance cruising design. This dual- purpose 36 footer has a spacious two-cabin layout and a roomy, comfortable,  cockpit.  Perfect for the annual club cruise, offshore racing or short-handed blue-water sailing.  Learn about J/112E here.

J/70 - The Sportboat Changing Sailing

J70 spin08 redThe J/70 speedster is a fun, fast, stable, 22 footer that can be towed behind a small SUV and ramped launched and rigged by two people.  J/70 sails upwind like her larger sibling (the J/80) and off the wind she simply flies - planing fast in moderate winds. With 1,300+ boats delivered worldwide, the choice is clear. Learn more about J/70 here.

A Family-friendly One-Design & Daysailer - J/88

J88 SolarSailer cockpit 001 18209The J/88 combines big boat feel with sportsboat-like acceleration.  Add a weekend interior, inboard head, engine and huge cockpit and you have a versatile 29 footer.  Blistering upwind speed of 6.5 kts and trailblazing speed offshore means smiles all around as you collect both the silverware and priceless sailing memories. Learn more about J/88 here.

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