Dimensions ft/lb  m/kg
LOA 28.50 8.69
LWL 24.00 7.31
Beam 10.00 3.05
Standard Draft 5.00 1.52
Standard Ballast 3,000 1,361
Displacement 7,900 3,583
Diesel Aux. Engine 18 hp 18 hp
100% SA
413 38.32
I 34.00 10.36
J 10.50 3.20
P 36.00 10.97
E 13.00 3.96
SA/Dspl 17 17
Dspl/L 255 255

A stable, fast pocket cruiser that’s easy-to-handle & comfortable for two.

Top Ten Reasons to Own The J/28 Cruiser

1. Best Built ... Because we build more high performance sailboats, that are pushed to the limit in tough conditions than anyone else in the world, J/28 construction exceeds ABS Standards and those of typical cruising boat builders. For example, the J/28 has a full-width laminated structural bulkhead which is taped on both sides to the hull and deck. The boat is structurally tied together and this bulkhead also anchors shroud chainplates. An external lead keel is bolted and epoxy-bonded to a fiberglass sump which is further reinforced by solid fiberglass transverse floor beams. The hull to deck joint is bonded then bolted on 4-inch centers. Both hull and deck are a Lloyd's approved Baltek Contourkore, end grain balsa FRP hand lamination. High strength and stiffness contribute to improved performance when pounding through waves and longer hull life because there's no oilcanning. J/28 has CoRezyn VE-8110 vinylester resin in the hull. It costs twice as much as what competitors use, but gives J/28 four times the blister resistance.

2. Best Insulated ...A big bonus for cruisers is the insulating property of Contourkore construction. The inside of the hull doesn't sweat when the cabin is warm and outside water or air temperature is cold! It also has better sound deadening capability ... for a good night's sleep.

3. Best Berths ...The two most comfortable berths for sleeping are amidships. Less noise from slapping waves. Less motion. More space to stretch. Easier to dress from. Padded backrests to roll onto. Perfect for the off-watch when sailing. J/28 has 61/4-foot long, 26-inch wide main berths with 5-inch foam cushions. The port settee berth converts to a 43" wide double, using backrest cushions as fillers. The forward V-berth cabin is "romper room" size. Almost 6 feet wide at the head with plenty of space and ventilation, changing headroom, hanging locker, and duffel storage area.

4. Best Ventilation & Light ...Six opening ports and three overhead opening hatches provide the J/28 with good cross-ventilation. Combined with the insulating properties of the cored deck, the coolest place on a hot summer day may be down below on a J/28 with all the ports open.

5. Best Sail & Deck Plan...It's important to have a large mainsail and small jibs when cruising. It's easier to shorten sail in an emergency (just drop or roll up the jib) and to maneuver in crowded harbors. Smaller jibs make sail handling and storage easier . J/28 is easier to sail than other 28-footers. Halyard controls are led back to the cockpit so two people can assist one another when hoisting or reefing sails. Controls for the mainsail and jib winches are within reach of the helmsman. If the crew errs when tacking the jib, the skipper can ease the main to compensate while also helping with the jib. It just doesn't work that smoothly when the main sheet is forward in the cockpit or on the cabin top out of reach. The bend of the tapered, keel-stepped mast is also adjustable to wind conditions: More bend to flatten the mainsail for strong wind, less bend to add power to the sail for light winds.

6. Best Cockpit ...Inspired by the J/40 complete with 40-inch destroyer wheel, T-shaped cockpit with foot supports, padded horseshoe ring seat, instrument pods, comfort and capacity. 3 people can sit outboard and around behind the wheel with another 4 on cockpit seats forward ... a total of 7 in a 28-footer! The angles and proportions of this cockpit are designed for optimum comfort either when sailing or at anchor.



It's important for the helmsman to sit at deck level out to the lifelines, rather than to be restricted to a low inboard cockpit seat. Being able to see the jib and waves, unobstructed by crew or cabin trunk, lets you sail better The kids, too. They can reach the wheel and see where they're going on a J/28.

7. Best Dodger ...Option If you can't install a good dodger that protects the front end of the cockpit, then it isn't a cruising boat. Others have mainsheet travelers running across the bridge deck just behind the companionway. The J/28's is aft. A key element in the J/28's cruising design is a narrow, seat-height, step-over bridge deck. That makes going below under a dodger easy.

8. Best Stability ...The J/28 is designed to perform with two people sitting in the cockpit, sailing to windward in 20 knots of wind. In fact, J/28 may be the fastest 28-footer in the world in those conditions. How? Well, if you don't have 6 gorillas on the rail (which you don't when cruising), you'd better have a HEAVY KEEL. J/28's 3,000-lb keel is lead, not iron.

9. Best Storage ...The J/28 has storage for duffels, bedroll and pillows behind the main settee berths. Where do you put those items (or 6 gear bags for that daysailing crew) on other 28-footers? It's amazing how much gear can be accumulated for cruising: inflatable dinghy with oars and outboard; cockpit awning and poles; life jackets; 2-3 extra sails plus storm trysail; charcoal and hibachi, etc., etc. This gear stores conveniently in the J/28s two huge cockpit lazarette lockers.

10. Best Investment ...J-Boats has the highest level of owner satisfaction in the business. No one else comes close. That's earned! By commitment to quality and performance. By exceptional factory warranties, by a professional dealer network, by development of owner class associations and newsletters, by J-World instructional opportunities, and by long term production runs that sustain resale value.

Introduced: 1986   Built To: Hull#75   Last Model Year: 1988

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."

J/121 Offshore Speedster for 5 or fewer Crew

J/121 offshore speedster sailing off Newport The 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- 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/99 - Offshore Shorthanded Speedster

J70upwind 1117 665 400 80J/99 is the newest offshore speedster. It combines headroom and comfortable interior accommodation with the tiller-driven response of a sport boat. The sail and deck plan are optimized for easy handling with fewer crew, and incorporate the latest developments from the award-winning J/121 and the new Offshore Sailing World champion J/112E. Learn more about J/99 here.

J/70 - The Sportboat Changing Sailing

J70upwind 1117 665 400 80The 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 1,400+ boats delivered worldwide, the choice is clear. Learn more about J/70 here.

J/Sailing Calendar 2020

JGear marquee 2018The Perfect Gift For People Who Love Sailing!
For 2020 we've created another beautiful calendar for J sailors who love the joys of sailing a J in some of the most spectacular harbors and waters of the world.  Whether you are a cruising, racing or armchair sailor, these stunning sailboat photographs will transport you to wonderful sailing experiences in far away places. 

The 2020 sailing calendar features photos of J/24s, J/70s, J/80s, J/99, J/111s, J/121, and J/122 sailing in some of the worlds most popular waters; such as Newport, Palma Mallorca, St Barths, Chicago, Chile, Switzerland, Torquay, Valle de Bravo, and Lago di Garda. A great gift for loved ones, family, friends and crew (see gallery here). Order your 2020 J/Calendar today!

Upcoming Sailing Events

Oct 11-12- J/80 Copa de Espana- Coruna, Spain
Oct 17-20- J/88 North American Championship- Rye, New York
Oct 18-20- J/105 Masters Regatta- San Diego, CA
Oct 19-26- J/24 World Championship- Coconut Grove, FL
Oct 19- Rolex Middle Sea Race- Gzira, Malta
Oct 25-27- J/24 East Coast Championship- Annapolis, MD
Oct 25-27- J/Fest Southwest- Lakewood, TX
Oct 25-27- J/105 Lipton Cup Regatta- San Diego, CA
Nov 1-4- French J/80 Championship- La Rochelle, France

Better Sailboats for People Who Love Sailing