SAILING WORLD Magazine's
1998 Boat of the Year
(Atlantic City, NJ)- February 6, 1998. In a gala ceremony held at the Sail Expo Boatshow, the J/90 was crowned the Sportboat of the Year during the prestigious Boat of the Year (BOTY) Awards. Some quotes from the judges:
"This boat is well balanced, drives like a dream and has speed to burn."
"The real fun starts when you turn the corner. Acceleration is the norm rather than the exception."
"The best thing about the J/90 is that it's high tech and high performance, but can easily be sailed just for fun....whatever your preference, it won't be dull!"
J/90 combines handling ease & grand-prix performance
with the stability of a 40 footer in a super-charged 30.
At least that’s the opinion of the three families who designed and built the first boat. The J/90 is more stable and easier to sail fast by fewer crew. She weighs in at 3,100 lbs. on a 27.0 foot waterline. The result is one of the lightest sailboats of her size with a displacement/length ratio of 70.
The forgiving hull is shaped for easy control by sailors of all levels with very little wetted surface to slow you down. Generous reserve buoyancy, narrow beam, low center of gravity, and balanced hull form make the J/90 an easy boat to steer even at large angles of heel. This means more fun going fast while in total control.
Add in, J/90’s high power to weight ratios, both upwind and down, and you'll get a turbo-charged ride for a few ultra-wide grins! Construction by TPI Composites in Warren, Rhode Island features an optimum combination of high technology materials to reduce weight and increase strength without compromise.
J/90 is built to meet ABS specifications for offshore yacht construction. Hull and deck use carbon fiber biaxial and unidirectional inner skins, pre-molded Corecell A-500 foam core material, and a Kevlar/E-glass hybrid outer skin. The entire sandwich laminate is molded SCRIMP technology using epoxy resin. The hull & deck are then post cured to 140deg F in TPI's closed oven. Longitudinal hull stringers and transverse keel floors are also infused with the primary hull structure (not tabbed in later as a secondary bond) to again assure optimum high strength. Total hull, interior structure, and deck weight is less than 900 lbs. The result is a strong, lightweight sailing machine never before offered in a production sailboat of this size. Much of the weight saved in structure allows for greater stability in the form of a deep draft fin/bulb keel. Built with a cast NAB bronze fin (not iron) set into a lead bulb, this low CG keel yields a ballast/displacement ratio beyond 50%.
Some other unique J90 features include: A carbon reinforced rudder blade - with carbon post, tiller, and Harken bearings - designed for all-around steering efficiency at any speed; deck hardware and running and standing rigging optimized to provide maximum strength, minimum weight, easy handling, and long term durability; Harken's new "Black Magic" hardware is used throughout including winches and adjustable leads for the jib and genoa sheets; Bow and stern rails as well as stanchions and double lifelines are standard for offshore sailing; Chainplates are built of lightweight titanium; The 15' cockpit is comfortable, functional, and unobstructed for easy crew movement.
A two-spreader, carbon fiber rig engineered and built by Hall Spars, includes carbon fiber boom, Navtec rod rigging, the most up-to-date Samson low stretch halyards, Hall's new AirVang, and Technora backstay.
The J/90 carries 600 square feet of upwind sail area in mainsail and 150% genoa for a sail area-to-displacement ratio of 45. The 1,080sf masthead asymmetrical spinnaker is tacked to a retractable 7.5 foot carbon fiber bowsprit, increasing the sail area to 1400 sq. ft. for downwind speed thrills.
The 7/8 fractional rig is designed for a sail inventory of mainsail, 150% genoa, 100% jib, large running and small reaching asymmetric spinnaker - both flown from the masthead. Rigging and control systems are simple and sophisticated.
The interior, while simple, is functional, with sleeping space for two people on mid-ship pipe berths. Also provided is outboard motor storage and space for galley facilities and a portable head if an owner should desire to add.Introduced: 1997 Built to: Hull #5 Last Model Year: 1998
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
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
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.
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.
J/99 - Offshore Shorthanded Speedster
J/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
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 1,400+ boats delivered worldwide, the choice is clear. Learn more about J/70 here.
J/Sailing Gear For 2019
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 visit the J/Gear store here.
Upcoming Sailing Events
Aug 14-16- Surfin’ Safari Regatta- Corpus Christi, TX
Aug 15-18- SAILING Champions League- St. Moritz, Switzerland
Aug 17-24- AUDI Hamilton Race Week- Hamilton Island, Australia
Aug 17- Ida Lewis Distance Race- Newport, RI
Aug 20-24- J/109 North American Championship- South Dartmouth, MA
Aug 20-23- J/111 World Championship- Chicago, IL
Aug 21-25- J/24 USA Nationals- Rochester, NY
Aug 23-25- Irish J/24 Nationals- Lough Erne, Ireland
Aug 23-25- Ted Hood Regatta- Marblehead, MA
Aug 23-25- Verve Inshore Cup- Chicago, IL
Aug 24-26- J/80 U.K. Nationals- Lymington, England
Aug 30- Sep 6- J/70 World Championship- Torquay, Devon, England
Aug 30- The Vineyard Race- Stamford, CT
Sep 4-8- J/105 North American Championship- Marblehead, MA
Sep 12-15- Rolex Big Boat Series- San Francisco, CA