Dimensions ft/lb  m/kg
LOA 29.50 8.99
LWL 25.00 7.62
Beam 11.00 3.35
Standard Draft 5.60 1.71
Standard Ballast 2,100 953
Displacement 6,000 2,722
Engine outboard outboard
 J/29 Fractional Rig ft/lb  m/kg
100% SA
453  42.12
I 35.00 10.67
ISP 35.00 10.67
J 11.50 3.51
P 38.80 11.83
E 13.00 3.96
J/29 Masthead Rig ft/lb  m/kg 
100% SA 450 41.80
I 40.00 12.19
ISP 40.00 12.19
J 12.00 3.66
P 35.00 10.67
E 12.00 3.66



Creature comforts come in many forms on the J/27. The 11' long cockpit and moderate height boom allow easy crew movement across the cockpit while tacking and jibing. For sitting and hiking comfort, mid-height padded backrests/lifelines run cockpit length, making J/70 one of the most comfortable boats to helm without having to rely on hiking straps to keep you in the boat.

The small cabin below is a bonus, and provides weather protection, a place to nap and personal privacy... essential to keeping everyone happy if spending a day on the water. And, for children safety is paramount.

The J/70 one-design class rules provide for a 2.5 hp outboard engine (gas or electric).  This means one can sail further away from homeport without worrying about paddling home or hailing for a tow.  Race Committees can start races on time and finish them later in the day without having to arrange towboats.  And, if a storm hits quickly, sails can be dropped, the engine turned on and the crew can head for home fast and safely.


  • Low maintenance, easy to rig in minutes. Wire rigging with adjustable backstay.
  • High-quality Harken blocks and winches to facilitate sail trim and adjustment, including under-deck Harken jib furler.
  • Deck stepped carbon mast with a simple hinge that makes it easier to raise the mast on the trailer or in the water.

  • Towing the 1,600 lb J/70 with an six-cylinder sedan or SUV is child's play.  The family ride can easily take her to the next regatta.

  • 30 minutes from trailering to sailing. Very easy ramp-launch with drop in rudder and vertical-lifting keel- draws 1.5 ft water at launch!

  • Main Cabin with two comfortable seats port and starboard.

  • Forepeak with platform v-berth for casual rest.


Seaworthiness, Sailing Comfort, & Speed All in a Fun 29' Sailboat

Until recently, it didn’t make sense. Why would anyone want a larger, more expensive boat than a J/24 if they couldn’t stand up in it? Times are changing. The fantasy of sailing around the world in a self-contained household is giving way to the realities of sailing closer to home.

How many people drive GMC motor homes as a family sports car? Why sacrifice speed, ease of handling, driving or sailing comfort for residential features which aren’t fully utilized? We all are becoming more selective in our expenditures ... less willing to pay for something that won’t be used. Sailing is no different than other lifestyle sports. Knowledge and experience eventually lead to ownership of the best performing products.

Speed- Speed through the water is the most obvious factor in performance. Sailing speed improves daily cruising range, generates excitement and pride in one’s vessel, and makes one less dependent upon a motor.

One way to get more speed from a sailboat is to reduce weight of furnishings and equipment. Another way is to concentrate weight in the center of the boat. Both of these objectives have been achieved in the J/29 without sacrificing basic below-decks liveability.

The standard J/29 provides a comfortable midship "living room" with ice chest and sink for dockside gatherings or overnight cruising for two ... but nothing in the forward or aft third where each pound of weight adds to the "moment of inertia" to amplify pitching in waves.

The result is a smoother ride than on boats with heavier ends, hence less resistance and more speed.

J/29 Versus U.L.D.B.- There’s a limit on how far one can go in the pursuit of speed. Small, light, narrow and low can become tender, wet, and slow. And, U.L.D.B. (Ultra Light Displacement Boat) can become just plain U Boat.

Unfortunately, there are no chair lifts on the ocean. Those breezy conditions which make U.L.D.B.’s exhilarating downhill make for equally exhausting and wet climbs back uphill. The key to sailing (as opposed to surfing) performance is speed to windward.

Here’s where the J/29 excels. She will do 6.5 knots upwind which is good for a 40 footer. To do this in 15 knots of wind with full main and #I genoa is remarkable.

Seaworthiness- A primary reason for owning a 30 footer is to expand one’s sailing horizons ... to sail offshore in open water without those anxieties normally attributed to small boats. Going fast must then become secondary to seaworthiness.

The J/29 is a BIG, TOUGH boat engineered with large safety factors for crew error or severe offshore conditions.

Compare J/29 chainplates, bulkheads, keel support beams, rigging and hardware with economy cruisers and ULDB’s. Then imagine 35 knot squalls, dropping off 10 foot waves or


colliding with a rock pile at 8 knots. It happens all the time. That’s why J/36 structural bulkheads and keel beams were combined with the hull and rig of the J/30: 450 boats worth of testing including the Fastnet storm.

There’s enough freeboard and reserve buoyancy in the bow to keep from submarining when surfing under spinnaker in steep seas. The wide, flared sides of the hull slap waves down rather than up and onto the crew.

Ease of Handling- The standard fractional rigged J/29 sails under mainsail alone better than most 30 foot cruisers under full sail. This "no problem" alternative comes in handy getting through storms or crowded harbors.

There are few boats that will plane downwind under better control with spinnaker. The faster she goes, the more stable she becomes. After the first hour at 11 knots, you actually begin to relax and settle into normal shipboard routine.

Outboard Power?- Apart from being less costly and easier to maintain, the outboard engine on a J/29 is not the problem we thought it might be. The large transom and rudder help to hide the engine. The only time it has to be stored below is before a race, when there’s usually plenty of help around ... who’d rather do this than dive into cold water to band a prop. It’s quieter below during rest and stereo time for the off-watch. And, manueverability is improved in tight situations, because the motor can be turned with the rudder.

Optional Masthead Rig- A double spreader, tapered masthead rig with "in-line" shrouds and checkstays is offered as an option for those who are more accustomed to tuning and sailing such a rig ... particularly in areas where light winds prevail or for overnight races when it’s important to sustain speed with limited visibility.

One-Design Class- When sailing together as a Class, the J/29 Class Association rules will assess credits or debits in seconds per mile to handicap variations from the standard J/29 ... whether toward the cruising spectrum with forward " V " berth cabin or inboard auxiliary ... or for variations in rig which may prove faster. Differences may not be that great. At Block Island Week, three different rigs finished within seconds of each other after 20 miles on five different occasions.

In effect, the Class will adopt a PHRF type system to give every owner a fair chance to win. Since there’s only one boat to evaluate, the data base and decisions will be well founded.

Best Buy in Sailing Performance- The J/29 emphasizes sailing performance (speed, handling, seaworthiness and comfort underway) at the expense of below decks accommodations. The economy cruiser does the reverse: offering interior accommodations at the expense of sailing performance. If most of your time on the water is spent sailing, with an occasional overnight during the season, J/29 is the way to go.

For J/29 One-Design Class Information: http://www.j29class.net/

Introduced in: 1982             Last Model Year: 1987
Built Through Hull: #298      Builder: Tillotson Pearson, Inc.

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