Fast Fun Racer or Getaway Weekend Cruiser
Its hard to imagine that a modern 27 foot sailboat with a classic look, superb stability, and easy to manage rig is such a fast boat. 123-126 PHRF. No longer do you have to substitute speed for comfort, or own separate boats for racing and cruising. The 8’ long cockpit seats 4 to 5 comfortably. Below deck you can sleep 5. And with head and stove, the J/27 is the perfect weekend cruiser.
Fun and Fast. There are some impressive victories to back this up, but that doesn’t tell the whole story. The J/27 is fun and responsive. Nothing is more exhilarating than popping the J/27’s kite in a good breeze for a downhill sleigh ride. 15+ knots planing off the wave-tops is easy. And most importantly, this off-wind speed doesn’t sacrifice upwind performance. Going to windward in the J/27 is a dream, it has the solid, balanced "feel" of a traditional keelboat. The J/27 points higher and goes faster than many 30-35 footers!
One-Design Racing. Even more fun is sailing a one-design race around the buoys. The J/27’s close-windedness makes it very tactical, as even 5 degree wind shifts bring significant gains. Then off wind, you quickly learn to play gibe angles as the boat’s acceleration gains you valuable ground on the competition. The J/27 is remarkably agile and responsive in lighter winds, which is unusual for a boat that feels so solid.
All-Day Comfort. Sailing past larger boats is always satisfying... especially when it’s effortless and you can’t be written off as being wet and uncomfortable. Design is the difference. It’s all done from a cockpit which holds several people more than is possible on other 27-footers. Correctly angled backrests and decks at elbow level provide restful and secure seating. Harken mainsheet, vang, traveler, and backstay systems; four Barient winches; a beautiful double spreader, tapered, fractional rig spar by Hall . . . make control and adjustment easy for crew members no matter what the wind.
Get-away Weekend Cruiser. Take a break from the pace of life on land and spend time with family and friends sailing the J/27. It's a fun boat to sail, so everyone becomes involved. The visibility, when steering with a responsive tiller gives the inexperienced that sense of control not found when spinning a tiny wheel on small cruisers with large trunk cabins.
The J/27 has a comfortable, open interior in teak with off-white surfaces. A main structural fiberglass bulkhead with oval opening separates the spacious double V-berth and head area from the main cabin. The main settee berth converts to a double. Aft of the galley to starboard is a comfortable quarter berth. Enough room below for a family of four or a couple for a nice weekend romp to your favorite sailing anchorage.
Durable and Stable. The J/27’s secure big boat feel is created by concentrating 1530 pounds of lead very low in the keel while using high strength to eight ratio laminates in the hull. Unidirectional E-glass on either side of pre-sealed Baltek CK57 aircraft grade, Lloyd’s approved, end grain balsa sandwich construction means superior torsion and impact resistance. Light ends, low freeboard, and the low center of gravity of a lead keel coupled with low wetted surface and a generous sailplan of 362 sq. ft. achieves exceptional sail area and stability relative to displacement. Hence, sparkling performance in both light and heavy air...something that doesn’t happen with iron keels and box-like hulls.
Strong Class Strict Rules. The J/27 Class Association, owner driven and over 190 boats strong, sail in North American, Midwinter, and Regional championships. A superb J/27 Class Newsletter keeps you up-to-date on Class activities, latest results, maintenance tips, cruising points of interest, and "go-fasts". And the J/27 Class Rules have sail limitations to help insure equal performance and resale value. The Class supports both the active racer and cruising sailor in addition to fleets throughout the U.S.
For more J/27 Class Information- http://www.j27.org/
Introduced: 1984 Built To: Hull #189
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
Look 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
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
J/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
The 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
The 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.