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.

Numbers 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! Bashing and crashing in big waves offshore, wild planing and surfing conditions downwind. J/80 sailors saw it all and relished the challenges few other sportboats could enjoy. Read more about it here.


The Family Rocketship

Sailing can be the world’s best family sport. The key is a boat that holds the attention and interest of many types of sailors, young and old! J/80 does it all, with thrilling 15 knot rides under spinnaker or relaxed sunset cruises with mainsail only. SAILING WORLD rated J/80 as easier to handle, less intimidating, safer and better suited for sailing offshore than other modern sport boats tested.

Thanks to its 1400lb. Fixed lead keel (48% ballast ratio) J/80 has big-boat feel and requires less experienced crew. The boom is high for safety and good visibility. No one has to clamber over a cabin top because everyone sits in the 12 ft. long cockpit. Even toddlers are contained by playpen-high cockpit sides.

Be sailing in 3 minutes. Take off the boom cover and hoist the mainsail, attached to the mast with slides. Cast off. You’re now sailing faster than other boats with full canvas.

Ready for more speed? Uncleat the furler line and pull in the jib sheet. Presto! Now you’re really flying! Time for the afterburners? Pull the sprit launch control line, hoist the asymmetric spinnaker and trim. Now you’re planing! To jibe, simply let off the old sheet and pull in the new. No one on the foredeck! You can even do it single-handed. And to think, prior to the J/80, this kind of performance was rarely achieved, even with a full crew of 4-5 athletic experts.

Join hundreds of others worldwide who are discovering how well J/80 fulfills their dream: A single boat which combines simplicity of operation, confidence building stability and sparkling performance in an affordable, low maintenance and trailerable package. Truly, a unique sailboat for the entire family!

One-Design Class

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
United Kingdom

J/80 Tuning & Sailing Guide Links:

Doyle Sails
Elvstrom Sails UK
Hyde Sails UK
North Sails
Quantum Sails
Ullman Sails
Ultimate Sails UK

Tech Specs

Tech Specs

  •   US (ft) Metric (m)
  • 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

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.
Boomvang 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).


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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