Dimensions ft/lb  m/kg
LOA 40.00 12.19
LWL 35.00 10.67
Beam 12.00 3.66
Standard Draft 7.00 2.13
Standard Ballast 6,000 2,722
Displacement 13,900 6,305
Diesel Aux. Engine 38 hp 38 hp
100% SA
780 72.45
I 50.50 15.39
J 14.50 4.42
P 46.50 14.17
E 17.80 5.43
SA/Dspl 22 22
Dspl/L 145 145

SAIL Magazine- Just Launched..J/120

By Tom Dove

The new J/120 is an impressive 40-footer, a performance machine with cruising accommodations. Its size will appeal to sailors who want to go fast around the buoys and those who want to go from point to point and have real comfort once they get to an anchorage or marina.

TPI molds the hull with its resin-infusion process, using vacuum bagging and resin injection, to achieve a glass-to-resin ratio of 65 to 70 percent and minimal environmental impact during construction. The Baltek end-grained balsa core is covered with skins of biaxial and unidirectional glass; the outer hull uses vinylester.

Structural bulkheads and a framework of solid-glass L beams reinforce the hull. The mast rests on an aluminum I-beam keel step. All glass work is neatly finished, and the attractive cabin ceilings are teak in the saloon and padded vinyl elsewhere. The interior overhead features a removable padded-vinyl liner.



48 North J/120 Review

By Paul Bieker

The J/120--- it's a well rounded interpretation of a truly wholesome racer/cruiser. The J/120 is the new 40 foot racer/cruiser from the Johnstone clan. My only previous experience with any of the Johnstone boats was in a J/24 about four years ago and other than that I've formed my vague opinions of the boats based on pictures in the press and views from aboard other boats. Needless to say, I was pleased to have the opportunity to learn a little more about the newest member in a line of boats which has created such a solid niche in the performance production boat market.

I've seen the new J/120 on the water on several occasions during the spring keelboat racing on the Sound and have been impressed by her solid performance: winning first in class and first overall in Possession Point and placing in the top three in class in most of the other long distance races in which she was entered. I was told by friends that the boat was a racer/cruiser....



A Smooth & Stable Ride with Award Winning Performance

Passage-making downwind under spinnaker - with only 2 people on a 40 footer - is now so easy, you'll have fun doing it every time you go sailing. Exceptional performance and construction earned J/120 the distinction of being CRUISING WORLD magazine's OVERALL BOAT OF THE YEAR and the BEST VALUE in a full-sized cruising boat.

Downwind, it's a whole new world with an asymmetric spinnaker she'll do 7.2 knots at 150 degrees true wind angle in 10 knots of wind with a VMG of 6.3. Other cruisers might keep up if they used an engine. Flying one of an asymmetrical is a one person job. Snuffer controls lead back to the cockpit. No one goes on deck when deploying, jibing, or dousing the spinnaker. To jibe, simply let off one sheet and pull in the other. It's safer. One comer of the spinnaker (the "tack") is always secure to t e bowsprit, eliminating wild oscillations. The center-of-effort is located further forward and lower. Meaning balanced, "finger-tip" control rather than "white knuckled" round-up broaches. The asymmetric's greater power drives the apparent wind 30-50 degrees forward of the true wind angle. In light air and lumpy seas, the sail's greater area acts as a stabilizer. Deep sailing angles (165 degrees True Wind Angle) can be achieved by easing the sheet to project the luff to windward - as if it were pulled aft by a spinnaker pole.

A Few Thoughts on Comfort...

Comfort... is a sense of well-being. More a mind-set than a settee. More spiritual than material. Faith in yourself, designer, builder and boat to come through no matter what the weather. A boat and rig that will hold together. It's ease of operation and the absence of overwhelming forces. It is freedom from anxieties!

Comfort... is a predictable, stable motion in seas that builds a healthy outdoor appetite. Not the pitch and roll that discourages it. What good is a beautifully appointed galley if no one wants to go below and cook, let alone eat?

Comfort... is getting off the mooring in 3 minutes with people who've never sailed before - and showing them how easy it is. It's sailing with mainsail alone with plenty of visibility and control in crowded harbors.

Comfort... is protection under a well-designed dodger with side curtains. Cockpit seat-backs angled outward for sailing comfort to windward as well as lounging in harbor. It is flared topsides that slap waves down instead of bouncing them up onto the deck. A dry boat that creates sunny dispositions even on gray days.

Comfort... is straight as an arrow tracing of the long, narrow hull when running before seas. A balanced, not wedged, hull shape with enough reserve buoyancy forward to lift the bow easily over waves when surfing off the wind.

Comfort... is a responsive, large diameter, leather-covered wheel for one-hand steering from either side deck or from behind the wheel. Sail controls within easy reach for trimming mainsail and genoa (or asymmetric spinnaker) on long coastal passages - without leaving the wheel or relocating a safety harness.

Comfort... is not having to turn on the engine so often. It's two people being able to fly the asymmetrical to steady the boat and sail fast enough to make port in time for a walk ashore.


A Perfect First Offshore Sailboat---  "Extraordinary" you may say. One family chose the J/120 instead of an airplane, because with this sailboat everyone could be involved in its operation. Another had just owned dinghies. Two friends in their late 20's combined to form a cruising syndicate for their new families. Maybe these first-time keelboat owners were dedicated readers of Cruising World Magazine when J/120 was made the Overall Boat of the Year and Best Value in a large cruising boat. Or is Southern California that much ahead of the world in appreciating the high-tech contribution of SCRIMP construction to performance? Does the retractable carbon fiber bowsprit and asymmetrical spinnaker offer the distinctive innovation to set them apart from staid traditionalists? Maybe sailing 14 knots with only 2 people aboard makes the blood run faster. Or, is it the fact there's no teak on deck to maintain, leaving more quality sailing time for friends and family?

On the other hand, there's life in the marinas and raft-ups at Catalina Island to consider. So the joiner work below and comfortable cruising appointments could have been decisive.

Raft-up parties also mean good-natured camaraderie and friendly competition. When all the boats are alike, or "one-design" and are easy to sail, fingers aren't pointed at friends having an unfair advantage. After all, any race to be fun, is just part of the broader festivities that bring friends together. The J/120 gives up very little speed to stripped-out race boats, but comes out way ahead in terms of its recreational return on investment. Key to this success is versatility and ease of handling by fewer people. There's greater chance of regional one-design when more people get enthused about owning one.

The VMG Difference-  VMG is the measure of sailboat design: Velocity Made Good straight into the wind or away from the wind, regardless of tacking or jibing angles. A J/120 sailing at 7.2 knots, 38 degrees off the true wind (25 degrees apparent wind angle), makes good a velocity (VMG) of 5.7 knots straight into the wind. This is 15% faster than a boat doing 7 knots at a 45 degree true wind angle.

J/120's performance is a function of low center of gravity, a narrow waterline, 7.0' draft and a powerful sail area to displacement ratio. A key contributor is high quality SCRIMP balsa-core laminate construction with 65-70% glass content. And, owners can go one step further by selecting the Hall Spars carbon-fiber mast rather than aluminum. The 120 lbs. saved up high is the equivalent of having two 200 lb. crew hiking out on the rail when sailing to windward.

Reaching at 9+ knots becomes almost a daily occurrence on a J/120. Two people can safely fly the asymmetrical spinnaker on its 7.0 foot retractable carbon-fiber J/Sprit. No one has to go on deck when the spinnaker is deployed. It's contained in a snuffer sock operated from the cockpit. jibing is as easy as letting go the old sheet and pulling in the new one.

Sailing downwind, the spinnaker projects out to windward of the mainsail, allowing one to sail as low as 150 degrees apparent. J/120 needs half the crew of other 40 footers, allowing you to sail with who you want to, not who you have to.

Join over 230+ J/120 owners who know the huge difference this "J" makes in their enjoyment of daysailing, cruising or racing.

Introduced: 1994  Built to: Hull #230   Last Model Year: 2006

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