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.


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.


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.


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:



J/80 News & Activity

Warsash Spring Series Preview
(Warsash, United Kingdom)- The Warsash Sailing Club is about to undertake its annual rite of spring- two events that run from mid-March to the end of April.  The first is the Helly Hansen Spring Series that starts March 18th and runs every Sunday until April 29th.  During the mid-series break, the Warsash SC hosts the Crewsaver Spring Championship that runs over two weekends from April 21-22 to April 28-29.  It is a hugely popular event for J/sailors to get themselves tuned-up for the major summertime events on the Solent and for the RORC...
Gorgeous Blakely Rock Benefit Race
(Seattle, WA)- This past weekend marked the completion of the first of the Center Sound Series; a total of three events that start spring-time sailing on Puget Sound in the Pacific Northwest, with the start and finishing lines in Shilshole Bay: Blakely Rock Race- March 3Scatchet Head Race- March 10Three Tree Point Race- March 24According to Jan Anderson, the famous Pacific Northwest sailing photographer from Seattle, WA, “at long last, it was a GORGEOUS day for sailing the Blakely Rock Benefit Race.  And, the action on the water reflected that.But, great...
Indian J/80s Love Afton Cup : 08-Mar-2018 3pm
Indian J/80s Love Afton Cup
(Chennai, India)- The Royal Madras Yacht Club (established 1911) is located inside the Chennai harbour and has been producing international and national Medallists for years.  It is a great source of pride for Royal Madras YC to produce many of India’s best sailors. The Club is the first one in South India to be recognized as an Accredited Training Centre for India’s sailing governing body- Yachting Association of India. The Club has many classes of sailing boats and regularly hosts sailing regattas. The RMYC is the only Club in India having a fleet...
Banderas Bay J/80 Clinic and J/80 Regatta
(Puerto Vallarta, Mexico)- The annual J/World Banderas Bay Clinic and Regatta is filling up fast, and is not one to be missed! Every year, J/World hosts a three-day racing clinic aboard their J/80s in Puerto Vallarta, followed by (coached) participation in the Banderas Bay Regatta!  This year it will take place from March 19th to 24th.If you want a way to combine advancing your sailing and racing skills with a fun vacation, look no farther.  Bring your crew, your family, or just yourself and get ready for a fantastic event!The Banderas Bay Regatta is...
France Hosting World University Sailing Championship
(Cherbourg, France)- The northwestern French city of Cherbourg will host the world’s finest university sailors for the 2018 FISU World University Sailing Championship from September 1st to 5th, 2018. A maximum of 40 teams will compete in the fleet of twenty matched J/80 one-design sailboats.Following two very successful events in Ledro, Italy and Perth, Australia, this will be the first ever WUC Sailing event to be held with the fleet racing format. Competitors will race up to six windward-leeward courses a day in the world’s largest artificial harbour.This racing area will located...
Défi Voile Etudiant Won by YC Monaco
Défi Voile Etudiant– Pornichet, France- report from YC Monaco.A steady 10-15 knots all weekend blessed the 25th Défi Voile Etudiant (sailing regatta for students) in Pornichet, Brittany. A total of eighteen teams on J/80s made the trip, including one from the engineering college at the University of Nantes, led by Nicolas Bouchet from the Yacht Club de Monaco.Throughout the races, he maintained his leading position before finally conceding victory to the Western Brittany University team in the sixth and final race of the event.It was a promising result for the YC Monaco helmsman.  Bouchet...

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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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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. How great is that?

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. There aren't many wooden or metal tennis rackets, skis or golf clubs in use anymore. That's because newer boat designs that perform better and are easier to use are MORE FUN!  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 learned and designed into every "J." We invite you to explore our site to learn more.

J/Sailing Gear For 2018

JGear 250pxLook 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 be sure to visit our store here.

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Jan 19-21- J/Fest St Pete- St Petersburg, FL
Feb 9-11- Quantum J/70 Winter Series- Tampa, FL
Feb 15-18- St Pete NOOD Regatta- St Petersburg, FL
Feb 17-18- SCYA Midwinter Regatta- Long Beach, CA
Feb 19- RORC Caribbean 600 Race- English Harbour, Antigua
Feb 23-25- J/70 Midwinters- Coconut Grove, FL
Mar 1-4- Heineken St Maarten Regatta- Simpson Bay, St Maarten
Mar 7-10- Bacardi Cup J/70 Invitational- Coconut Grove, FL
Mar 16-18- San Diego NOOD Regatta- San Diego, CA

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J/121 offshore speedster sailing off Newport The new 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 - NEW 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.

J/70 - The Sportboat Changing Sailing

J70 spin08 redThe 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 1,300+ boats delivered worldwide, the choice is clear. Learn more about J/70 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.

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