J80


Dimensions Foot/ Lbs Meter/ Kg
LOA 26.30 8.00
LWL 22.00 6.71
Beam 8.30 2.51
Standard Draft 4.90 1.49
Standard Ballast 1,400 635
Displacement 2,900 1,315
Engine outboard outboard
100% SA 338 31.40
I 31.50 9.60
ISP 33.00 10.06
J 9.50 2.90
P 30.00 9.14
E 12.50 3.81
SA/Dspl 27 27
Dspl/L 122 122

 

J/80 Specifications- June 1st, 2017
Hull & Deck Construction

Composite hull and deck of GRP balsa sandwich with E-glass fabrics, additional reinforcing in way of highly loaded hardware.

Vinylester and ISO NPG gelcoat in hull for osmotic gelcoat blister protection.

Molded GRP main bulkhead to absorb the direct loads of the shrouds and mast compression.

Mast step loads are distributed to aluminum frame fastened to the main bulkhead.

Hull is reinforced in way of keel with several transverse molded stringers.

Keel & Rudder

Low VCG keel cast from lead and antimony, faired and finished with an epoxy primer and secured by way of stainless steel bolts to the integral molded hull sump.

Reinforced FRP rudder on transom with stainless steel fittings.

Laminated varnished wood tiller, with adjustable tiller extension.

Spars & Rigging

Mast and boom in anodized aluminum.

Headsail roller furling on headstay.

Two pairs of swept spreaders.

Stainless steel wire standing rigging with turnbuckle adjusters.

Backstay with adjustment tackle led to both sides of the cockpit.

Complete running rigging package.

Deck Hardware

Large modern cockpit with molded foot braces on centerline.

Non slip finish to all horizontal deck surfaces in white.

Molded Toe-rail forward.

Bolts, screws and fitting are all made of stainless steel, marine grade anodized.

Stainless steel forestay attachment plate.

Stainless steel pulpit single lifeline.

“U” bolt on the foredeck.

Stainless steel chain plates for cap shrouds, lower, shrouds and backstay.

Opening hatch (420 x 420 mm) mounted on cabin trunk forward of mast.

Two black anodized jib T tracks with cars.

Boom vang system (12:1) with swivel mounted cleats, on both sides of the coach roof.

Mainsheet traveler with coaming mounted (2:1) control line, cleats.

Mainsheet system (5:1) with swivel cam cleat and ratchet block on cockpit sole.

Cleats and blocks for backstay adjustment (4:1) led forward in cockpit to port and starboard.

Two 30:1 primary winches with cam cleats.

Internal bowsprit launching line led aft through fairleads to cabin trunk cam cleat.

Bullseye fairleads for furler control line (port with cam cleat) and tack line (starboard) to cabin side mounted clutch.

Two halyard storage bags shipped loose.

Spinnaker sheet blocks outboard of winches and aft.

Two stern pulpits.

Single continuous lifeline.

One fixed cabin window on each side of cabin side.

GRP main sliding hatch with acrylic one piece offshore drop board.

Winch handle.

Bow and stern running lights.

Outboard Motor

>Optional owner supplied, minimum 3.5hp long shaft recommended.

Low transom suitable for direct mounting of a 3 or 4 hp outboard.

Interior

Removable cabin sole.

Molded settee berths with access to storage below.

Large forward V-berth platform with two access panels above mast step.

Large removable molded step with space for an outboard and cooler to be stored aft.

Crane lifting bar integral to keel bolt system.

Interior reading light.

Electrical panel.

Battery box with straps (battery owner supplied).

Notice Specifications subject to change prior to delivery due to deletions, additions or revisions in quantities, brand or design at the sole discretion of J/Boats, Inc. Newport, RI.

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Why J/80? Just Sail One And See!

The J/80 planes in 15 knots of breeze with 2-3 crew, without anyone having to step on the foredeck to fly the spinnaker. You can be sailing in 3 minutes-- seriously!

Stability, Speed, Handling & Trailerability...

No other sailboat better combines such desirable qualities. Great stability with speed has been an elusive goal in an easily trailered monohull.

Rod Johnstone designed J/80 with the security and reliability of a fixed lead keel of moderate draft having a 48% ballast ratio! That ballast is made even more effective by J/80's low center of gravity.

 

To encourage ownership and participation in J/80 events by all sailors, J/80 International Class Rules are written to keep the FUN up and the costs down. The Rules, when racing one-design, specify a 3 sail limitation: Dacron mainsail on slides, 100% roller furling Mylar jib and .6 oz asymmetric spinnaker. The crew weight limit is 3 people of any weight, or 745 lbs. if there are 4 or more people aboard.

J/80 is officially recognized by the ISAF as an International One-Design Class with active fleets in the US, France, UK, Sweden and more. Trailering to class events is easy, it fits US and European legal towing widths, and rides high enough on a trailer so as not to obstruct rear-view visibility.

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International J/80 Class Association

There are over 1,600 J/80s sailing in 30 fleets in 12 countries, with large J/80 fleets existing in North America, Europe and China. The J/80 Class and its builders have provided J/80s for women’s and men’s regattas for over 20 years. The J/80 has been used actively in match racing as well; including the BMW Berlin Match Race in Berlin, Germany; the World Match Race Sailing Association event in Le Havre, France; and the China Cup Match Race in Xiamen, China. If you're looking for a great class to get involved in, look no further than the International J/80. Go to the International J/80 Class website for more info.

J/80 Class Association Highlights include:

  • Established in 1995 and granted ISAF International Status in 2000.
  • Two-Time Winner of US Sailing’s “One-Design Class of the Year".
  • World Championships held since 2001 on three continents.
  • Actively Maintained Class Website: www.j80.org
 

National Class Association Links:

Benelux/ Netherlands    Denmark    France    Germany    Italy

Spain    Sweden    United Kingdom    USA

J/80 Tuning & Sailing Guide Links:

 

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J/80 News & Activity

Pink J/24’s Sailing in Arizona Deserts?
(Lake Pleasant, AZ)- You bet! On a gorgeous body of water northwest of downtown Phoenix, it’s actually a huge lake- called Lake Pleasant. For years, the past Commodore of the Arizona YC, Victor Felice, has been promoting sailing of all kinds on the lake- ranging from J/24s to J/80s to Hobie 16s and anything in between.Recently, we find that Victor’s “Tiller and Kites- Exceptional Sailing” program has continued to gain passionate, enthusiastic sailors to the lake.  His latest recruit is the sweet, attractive Brooke Miller from downtown Phoenix, AZ.  Here is a sailing video of...
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Fun Atlantic Telegramme Regatta
(Lorient, France)- For the 19th edition of the Atlantic Telegramme Regatta, hosted by the CN Lorient from September 21st to 23rd, a fleet of J/70s and J/80s enjoyed a friendly and sporting atmosphere of offshore sailing. The event is renowned for conviviality and the bar along the pontoons, and the Saturday evening crew dinner.Winning the ten-boat J/70 fleet was Bruno James team on LE MDCO CHERBOURG with a 2-1-1-1-4 tally for 9 pts total. His crew was comprised of Hugues Dorriere, Olivier Fantou, and Sebastien Metivier.  Taking the silver was Philippe Guigne’s VIRTUAL...
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J’s Love Sloop Tavern YC’s Wild “Jack & Jill” Regatta
(Seattle, WA)- The annual end-of-season Jack & Jill Regatta is hosted by the Sloop Tavern YC for a very enthusiastic fleet of “mixed doubles” crews.  Each team is comprised of a man/woman and you can only sail doublehanded. Consequently, there were over four dozen boats that made it to the starting line to race the 13.848nm course- a random leg affair this year that took the fleet around six marks from start to finish!Said one of the STYC Committee members, “our J&J racers had a wild ride out on the water today! There...
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China Club J/80 Match Challenge Announcement
(Xiamen, China)- The famous China Club Match Challenge event will be taking place off Xiamen, China from November 19th to 22nd.  The event starts with fleet racing for forty-four J/80 teams from across China and Asia. That event then qualifies twelve teams to sail in the final match-racing event to determine the overall winner. The level of sophistication of the sailing teams has increased dramatically over the years. The top Chinese teams are now doing a lot more boat preparations, with bottoms being worked on for hours before practice. That is a large...
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The Fast, Stable & Easy to Sail One-Design

If you would like to expand your sailing horizons with a modern sportboat in open waters outside protected harbors and lakes, there's only one choice: the International J/80 one-design class sailboat. Sailing World magazine rated J/80 as easier to handle, less intimidating, safer and better suited for sailing offshore than other modern sportboats tested.

J80 keywest2005 02Numbers highlight the reason: The 1,440 lb. lead keel with bulb on the J/80 weighs nearly the same as the leading competitor's entire boat. No question, stability is the most important standard when it comes to a forgiving design, family sailing fun and sailing in open waters.  No wonder the J/80 continues to be the fastest growing one-design sportboat class in Europe, it's a joy to sail in winds from 5 to 25+ knots!

Don't you think it's time to join over 1,600 J/80 owners sailing worldwide who are discovering how well the J/80 fits their plans for sailing with family and friends? J/80 is the only sportboat that combines simplicity of operation, confidence building stability and 15+ knot spinnaker rides in an affordable, low maintenance and trailerable package. It even has 4 berths and a 12 foot long cockpit. You can try one out or refine your skills with expert instruction at a J-World Sailing School in Annapolis, San Diego, San Francisco or Puerto Vallarta.

 

The recent J/80 World Championship held in Newport, RI saw 62 boats from 9 countries participate in one of the most epic regattas ever.   With spectacular sailing conditions all five days, the J/80s proved yet again they can be sailed competitively by a wide variety of sailors ranging in ages from 20s to 60s!  Read more about it here.

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Upcoming Sailing Events

Aug 19-26- J/111 World Championship- Breskens, The Netherlands
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Aug 24-26- J/80 East Coast Championship- Boothbay Harbor, ME
Aug 24-26- Storm Trysail Club Ted Hood Regatta- Marblehead, MA
Aug 24-25- US Women’s Match Racing Championship- San Francisco, CA
Aug 24-26- Verve Cup Inshore Regatta- Chicago, IL
Aug 25-26- Vela J/24 Festival- Buenos Aires, Argentina
Aug 30- Sep 2- SAILING Champions League Finale- St Moritz, Switzerland

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