Performance Cruising Design

The J/160 is unique among all yachts over fifty feet in providing exceptional sailing performance, upwind and down, with ease of handling normally associated with yachts under 45 feet. Unique also is the J/160's combination of a comfortable sea-going cruising interior, sturdy ABS-approved construction, and the safest and most stable. Read more here....

Performance Cruising Parameters

What is a performance-cruising sailboat? Positive responses to each of the following questions define the answer. (1) Is the boat seakindly- or does it have an easy motion in a seaway? (2) Can one person or a couple handle the boat and achieve good performance without the weight of a lot of crew on the rail? Read more here...

Living a Pipedream- Transpac

It was convenient how Transpacific Yacht Club scheduled its 42nd biennial race from Los Angeles to Hawaii this summer because it fit right into Scott Piper's plans. "This is part of the third circumnavigation," he said. Piper's Pipe Dream IX from Coral Gables, Fla. is one of three J/160s and eight J Boats overall. Read more here...

The J/160 Sailing Experience

The first sensation upon leaving the dock aboard the J/160 is that the motor is very quiet barely audible from the helm station. The boat moves easily up to 8.5 knots under power. Maneuvering is no problem in forward or reverse. Docking and turning is not difficult even with cross-flow from wind or current. Read more here....

J/160s Finish 1-2 in PV

Usually the last thing on anyones mind when contemplating a 1000-mile ocean race is the notion of crew comfort underway. Reading the daily logs from the Volvo Race around the planet makes one think weve made no progress since explorer Ernest Shackleton ran his famous ad... Read more here...

A Movable Feast- Ensenada

After a shaky start, Newport Ocean Sailing Association's (NOSA) 53rd Newport to Ensenada Race turned out to be a pleasant and relatively quick trip. The 441 boat fleet didn't threaten the all time record (675 boats in 1983), nor was the old Pyewacket 1998 monohull course record in danger. Read more here...

Around The World With Dr. Piper

Jeff Johnstone recently caught up with Dr. Scott Piper "in between" his trips around the world. Dr. Piper took delivery of his new J/160 PIPE DREAM in April of 1996 and has since logged 35,000 miles. PIPE DREAM recently finished the South Africa-to-Brazil leg of the Expo 98 Round the World Rally. Read more here

CATHEXIS At First Sight

It was a hectic Monday in September of 1997 when Bob Miller, my partner, came into the office and dropped a glossy four-color folio on my desk with the comment, "This is one you should look at." He knew I had been helping a friend look for the ideal large, offshore, performance cruiser.. Read more here....

J/160 Boat Reviews:

CRUISING WORLD Review
YACHTING Review
SAILING WORLD BOAT OF THE YEAR Review
SAILING Review
CANADIAN YACHTING Review