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

J/88 BLUE FLASH- Race 2 Alaska Update
(Port Townsend, WA)- On Saturday, June 16th, the infamous Race to Alaska started off Port Townsend, WA for the first qualifying leg of 40nm.  Then, on Monday, June 18th, the “real race” took off to Ketchikan, Alaska for over 735nm up fearsome straits with currents up to 15 kts, tornado-puffs pealing down hillsides like 40 kts microbursts gales, and even snow midsummer off the Canadian maritime provinces of British Columbia and the “inside passage” north to Alaska.  The weather can be fearsome.  A race not for the faint of heart, that is for...
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Sweden Midsummer Solo Challenge a Success!
(Stockholm, Sweden)- Without a doubt, Swedish offshore sailor and entrepreneur extraordinaire, Peter Gustafsson, is always thinking, always dreaming, always innovating, wondering how to do things better in business as well as indulging in his favorite pastime- sailing his J/111 BLUR.SE. Recently, Peter had yet another spasm of inspiration, commenting, “we have a crazy new side project, to start a solo archipelago race through Bohuslän. 125 nm with no rules.  We managed to fill 60 slots within 24 hours of announcing the race! 48 boats started, 15 finished (due to light winds and...
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Thrilling Chicago NOOD Regatta
J/111 KASHMIR Awarded Overall Regatta Win!(Chicago, IL)- The highly popular Helly Hansen Chicago NOOD Regatta was hosted by the Chicago YC, with sailing taking place on the fresh waters of Lake Michigan, off the spectacular Chicago city-front as their backdrop. The Chicago event is one of the biggest on the Helly Hansen Sailing World NOOD Regatta circuit.  This event included one-design classes for J/70s, J/105s, J/109s, J/111s, and J/88s. In addition, there was the North Sails Rally with ORR/PHRF divisions for a J/100, J/105, J/120, J/130, J/133, J/112E, and J/44. Of the 144...
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Cleveland Race Week Preview : 17-Jun-2018 2am
Cleveland Race Week Preview
(Cleveland, OH)- The highly-popular Cleveland Race Week starts this coming weekend on the waters of Lake Erie, hosted by the Edgewater Yacht Club for both one-design and offshore yachts.  The event has three components to satisfy the desires of all the passionate sailors in the region.  Starting June 15th to 17th is the One-Design program for twenty-four J/Teams on J/22s, J/70s, and J/105s.  Then, on June 20th- Wednesday- there will be Women’s & Doublehanded racing for one day.  After that is the Offshore Regatta from June 23rd to 24th, with seventeen J’s...
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Farallones Island Race Preview
(San Francisco, CA)- “The Big One” of the season for the offshore racing crowd on San Francisco Bay is now upon us- the fabled Farallones Island Race- fully-crewed teams.  San Francisco YC in Belvedere is hosting the event for the eighty-one entries.  At this stage, it looks like the sailors will be treated to a classic, epic race, with 15-25 kts from the WNW on Saturday.  With the start on an ebb-tide, the outgoing flows through the gate and over the “Potato Patch” will produce enormous breaking waves against the big breeze, challenging...
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Chicago NOOD Regatta Preview
(Chicago, IL)- The highly popular Helly Hansen Chicago NOOD Regatta is again being hosted by the amazing volunteers and club members at Chicago YC, with crews sailing on the fresh waters of Lake Michigan, with the spectacular Chicago city-front as their backdrop. The weather forecast is a bit sketchy for the weekend. However, it can change rapidly based on the crazy weather patterns the Midwest has been experiencing the last few weeks.  Today, it’s baseball-sized hail (75mm dia.), lightning, tornados, and tropical downpours, blowing “dogs off chains” type stuff.  Friday’s forecast is light...
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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.

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. 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 designed into every "J."

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.

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.

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.

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

Jun 9-16- J/70 European Championship- Vigo, Spain
Jun 15-17- Cleveland Race Week- Cleveland, OH
Jun 15- Newport to Bermuda Race- Newport, RI
Jun 16-24- Kiel Week/ Kieler Woche- Kiel, Germany
Jun 16-18- Women’s SAILING Champions League- Kiel, Germany
Jun 16-17- Three Buoy Fiasco- Seattle, WA
Jun 17-22- Block Island Race Week- Block Island, RI
Jun 20-23- J/22 North American Championship- Wayzata, MN
Jun 22-24- J/FEST Seattle- Seattle, WA
Jun 22- RORC Morgan Cup Race- Cowes, Isle of Wight, England
Jun 22-24- Long Beach Race Week- Long Beach, CA
Jun 23-25- J/70 EURO CUP V- Riva del Garda, Italy
Jun 28- Jul 1- Norwegian J/70 National Championship- Hanko, Norway
Jun 29- Jul 1- New York YC One-Design Regatta- Newport, RI
Jun 30- Vic-Maui International Yacht Race- Victoria, BC, Canada
Jul 7-14- J/80 World Championship- Les Sables d’Olonne, France
Jul 7- Round the Island Race- Cowes, Isle of Wight, England
Jul 7-8- Sail Newport Regatta- Newport, RI

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