The J/40 was the first bluewater offshore cruising boat built by J/Boats. Many J/40s are still sailing actively today with a very supportive and helpful J/40 Owner's Association.
Since the mid-1980's the J/40 has enjoyed success racing under the ORR and PHRF handicap system, particularly in offshore events. Noteworthy success has come in the Bermuda Race from Newport to Bermuda for 600nm. J/40s also won the Chicago-Mackinac 289nm race in 1984.
Deck- Deck layout for the boat is simple yet efficient with a small cabin house and a large single level racing cockpit with mainsheet traveler that separates the helmsman from the crew. Steering is by wheel attached to a balanced rudder supported by Harken roller bearings.
Interior- The layout of the interior is functional with a V-berth, walk-thru head forward, proper settee berths in the main salon aft of a centralized galley. The 28hp Volvo engine is located just under the companionway ladder with quarterberths to both port and starboard.
Rig- The J/40 has a double in-line spreader masthead aluminum rig with a high aspect mainsail and overlapping headsails. Running rigging is Navtec rod with open body Navtec turnbuckles. The spar package was built by Hall Spars of Bristol, RI.
Introduced: 1984 Built to: Hull #55 Last Model Year: 1990