Experience the Ultimate in Sailing Freedom – Less Draft

Historical perspective.

J/95 restores an American yachting tradition, dating back to the 1800’s, of fast centerboarders that were as much at home navigating shoal inland waters as they were crossing oceans. Remember the Baltimore Clippers? As late as the 1960’s, centerboarders dominated offshore racing under the Cruising Club of America (CCA) Rating Rule. Carlton Mitchell’s Finisterre won the Bermuda Race an unprecedented 3 times. In the 50 years since, great strides have been made in hull design, lighter/stiffer rigs, high-tech sails and advancements in cored composite construction. J/95 combines the best of tradition with modern technology and is quality-built in the USA!

Share the joy closer to home.

For the first time, many sailors will be able to keep a good-looking boat in front of their homes. J/95 has the capability of broadening a day’s sailing range by 5-10 miles. That includes venturing safely outside of inlets into open water… even staying dry and comfortable when a 20-knot sea breeze kicks in. J/95’s large cockpit, the privacy of its enclosed marine head and the convenience of returning home under power if the wind dies, make picnic day sails more appealing to family and friends. Sailing is at its best when the joy can be shared. J/95 has the versatility and the qualities to optimize your sailing experience over a longer season, closer to home.

Sailing’s First Triple-Crown Winner.

Read more what these independent, professional reviewers had to say about J/95 and why this sailboat can provide you the ultimate in sailing freedom! See the Awards and more information in Article/ Reviews.


Articles & Reviews

J/95 Sailing Test & Report

When the J/95 was first launched, the designer Rodney Johnstone took the J/95 out on her maiden voyage. Here’s his report:

“The J/95 passes the performance test with flying colors. We exited New England Boatworks in Portsmouth, RI at 6.5 knots under power (2800rpm) and goosed it up to 7.2 knots at 3,200rpm before we hoisted the sails (Main and 105% jib.) I did not floor it the first time out, but we were not maxed out on the rpm, so I suspect we could hit 7.5 knots in smooth water, and we confirmed this later.

We sailed upwind in a 10-12 knot NE wind with occasional higher puffs and lower lulls on the upper bay – starting out with the centerboard all the way up. The boat felt lively and the helm was balanced. We tacked through about 80 to 90 degrees, and did not seem to make any noticeable leeway. The boat sails better than most keel boats upwind despite the the board being up, so it passes the fun-to-sail-anywhere-in-3.5′-of-water test. When we lowered the board you could feel the whole boat hook in and want to climb into the wind more. So the boat is definitely more close-winded and makes less leeway with the board down. 6.5 knots seemed to be our average upwind speed. We used the onboard GPS, and we were out at slack tide beginning to ebb, so we are confident in the accuracy of our observed speed and sailing angles.

Steering control with twin rudders is great when the boat heels over. We were able to bear off sharply and quickly from a heeled 6.5 knot upwind course to downwind without easing the sails – an instantaneous downwind stop-the-boat move which may be a unique capability of this boat. The rudders and the Edson wheel steering system provide total control without sacrificing the light helm feel that we all cherish, and make for effortless steering.

Acceleration out of tacks and maneuverability are excellent. Stability to handle the sail horsepower seems just right. The boat does not need a genoa in 10 knots of breeze. We had only four of us on the boat – Craig Crossley, Skip Mattos, Al and myself.

We set the 82 square meter chute and were going between 7 and 8 knots at true wind angles averaging about 135 degrees. The highest speed of 7.9 was when we heated it up for the photographer (Jeff).

The 6:1 rope tackle hoisting system for the centerboard works easily and quickly, even under a full side load.”

J/95: A Mini Review

The J/95 was named CRUSING WORLD’S 2010 “Domestic Boat of the Year” and the “Best Weekender.”

Carol Vernon reviews this new centerboard cruiser for the Cruising World 2010 Sailboat Show held in Annapolis, Maryland. “Hold onto your hats, J-Boats is now entering the centerboard world with a sleek offering that is bound to be fast. Built to ISO standards for boat crossing oceans in up to Force 10 winds, this boat can also skim across bays in just 3′ of water. Twin rudders provide control at all depth and a bronze centerboard adds performance in deeper waters.

More than a day sailer, below are 4 bunks, an enclosed head, and a Yanmar diesel, making short cruises realistic. The rig and deck layout are clean and simple but all the gear is in place for racing. Carbon mast and retractable bow sprit are optional.”

Governor of Rhode Island Attends “Boat of the Year” Awards Ceremony

Boat of the Year trophies from both Cruising World and Sailing World were presented to J/Boats.

Commented Cruising World’s Bill Springer, “The dignitaries attending the festitivities and Awards Ceremony included George Brengle, CW/SW’s director of marketing, Dave Reed, SW’s editor, Mark Pillsbury, CW’s editor, Rhode Island Governor Donald L. Carcieri, J/Boat designers Rod and Alan Johnstone, J/Boats President Jeff Johnstone, and Sally Helme, CW/SW’s publisher.

The production floor of the CCF Composites shop where the J/95 (and other J’s are currently built) was recently turned over to a long list of sailing and political dignitaries who were on hand celebrate the J/95 being named CW’s Domestic Boat of the Year and Best Weekender. In addition to the Governor, members of the Rhode Island State Legislature and other local officials were also present. J/Boats President Jeff Johnstone accepted the awards and trophies from CW editor Mark Pillsbury and SW editor Dave Reed.”

Tech Specs

Tech Specs

  •   ft/lb m/kg
  • LOA 31.20 9.51
  • LWL 28.40 8.66
  • Beam 10.00 3.05
  • Standard Draft 3.0/5.5 92/1.68
  • Standard Ballast 2,450 1,111
  • Displacement 6,000 2,722
  • Engine 14 hp 14 hp
  • 100% SA 450 41.8
  • I 36.60 11.16
  • ISP 41.62 12.69
  • J 11.00 3.35
  • P 36.00 11.16
  • E 13.00 3.96
  • SA/Dspl 22 22
  • Dspl/L 117 117

Hull & Deck Construction

Hull and deck built with resin infusion molding system using biaxial and unidirectional glass fabrics and Baltek end-grained balsa and foam cores.
Structure is engineered to ABS and ISO standards.
10 year transferable warranty against hull blistering, 5 year structural warranty.
GRP molded structural grid with longitudinal and transverse keel support beams and composite mast bearing beam with aluminum tapping plate.
White gel coat hull with single tapered boot stripe.
Two large cockpit seat storage lockers.
Swimming and boarding platform with integral safety telescoping ladder.
GRP molded main structural bulkhead, bonded to hull and deck as support for shroud chainplates with single opening to head and forepeak.

Keel & Rudder

Fixed 2,250 lb lead keel bolted and bonded to shallow molded sump in hull.
Pivoting 200 lb. cast bronze centerboard.
Fully removable centerboard shim system assembly with custom SS plates, pivot pin, and mechanically fastened UHMW shim plates.
Centerboard lifting system with Spectron Pennant from Hall Rigging, 6:1 Harken purchase leading through the deck to the cockpit for an adjustable sailing draft between 3’ and 5.5’.
Interior access port to centerboard lifting components within head area.
Balanced twin rudder system with self-aligning rudder bearings and SS rudder shafts.
Edson steering components including bulkhead steerer, radial drive, tiller arm, link bar, articulock idler sheaves and wire chain assembly.
44” leather covered wheel mounted on custom molded steering pedestal.
Ritchie binnacle mounted compass and custom fabricated SS wheel guard/handhold.
Custom fabricated emergency tiller.

Spars & Rigging

Hall Spars tapered aluminum mast, with double airfoil aluminum spreaders, main, jib & spinnaker halyard sheaves, luff track integral to section with mast finished in off-white Awlgrip.
G10 fiberglass mast step with fore/aft adjustment slots and SS padeye for through bolt securing of mast to step.
Molded mast wedge system
Aluminum boom with provision for 2 reefs, 8:1 internal mainsail outhaul in Awlgrip off-white.
Continuous rod rigging with adjustable shroud turnbuckles.
Sailtec integral -8 hydraulic backstay adjuster.
Rigid boomvang with purchase
Headsail furler with control leading aft through 2 fairleads to cam cleat mounted on port cabin side.
Bowsprit prep package – internal fiberglass sprit tube installed with flush cover. Optional asymmetric spinnaker gear package includes carbon sprit, bearings, retrieval purchase, blocks and running rigging.
Complete running rigging package

Deck Hardware

Off-white ORC foredeck toe rails (Option for varnished full length teak rails).
Low maintenance custom stainless handrails on cabin house (P&S).
Self-tailing winches mounted on cockpit coamings (P&S).
Self-tailing winches mounted beside companionway (P&S).
Triple deck organizers (P&S).
Two winch handles.
Two winch handle holders shipped loose
Custom stainless fabricated mast collar with halyard attachment bar.
6 mast collar turning blocks
Two pin stop cars on jib T-tracks with cheek blocks mounted on cockpit coaming forward of winches.
Floor mounted mainsheet traveler track with 4:1 traveler control system leading to cockpit vertical wall to cam cleats (P&S).
5:1 Mainsheet purchase system leading to swivel cam base on a custom SS riser mounted on centerline aft of the traveler.
10:1 fine tune adjustment system.
Four 8” SS mooring cleats.
Interior ventilation from two opening ports in sides of cabin trunk and offshore style forward skylight deck hatch above V-berth. (option for 2 add’l cockpit opening ports).
Companionway opening with SS covered PVC slider tracks, large gutter drains, molded seahood with sliding cover.
Acrylic offshore removable drop-board with inside/outside lockable hasp.
Cockpit operated manual bilge pump operable from the helm position with SS transom exhaust fitting.
Two polypropylene mesh line bags for halyard and sheet line tail storage.
Custom designed and fabricated SS chainplates, stemhead and backstay fittings.
Four folding padeyes for attachment points of spinnaker blocks.
Custom SS bow and stern rails with integral navigation lights.
SS removable stanchions with double lifelines P&S and at transom.

Auxiliary Power

14 HP engine with saildrive and 15” geared folding propeller.
Engine instrument panel with tachometer, engine hour gauge and water, oil pressure alarms and separate fuel gauge in cockpit with acrylic splash cover.
Engine throttle control with neutral safety switch.
Waterlock muffler with exhaust run aft to SS transom exhaust fitting.
15 gal fuel tank with baffles & inspection port.


Manual & Electric bilge pumps
One AGM Group 27 battery (option for 2nd battery)
12V DC On/Off battery switch.
12V DC electrical distribution panel w/ 8 circuit breakers.
Navigation & steaming lights.
UL approved stranded, tinned copper ABYC color-coded wiring.
Bonding system to meet ABYC regulations.
Two swiveling reading lights in main cabin.
Two red/white dome lights
Automatic electric bilge pump and panel switch for manual operation.


Off White main bulkhead with varnished teak trim, teak oval door opening with white door.
Teak and holly synthetic high-wear cabin sole in main cabin and head.
Teak trimmed storage bins outboard of each settee berth seat back.
Igloo Cooler
Raritan PH-II marine head with 14 gal holding tank and “Y” valve.
Molded sink with overboard drain in head.
Choice of fabrics for settee cushions.
Vinyl liner finish on main cabin & head overhead and main cabin hull sides. Air dry gelcoat finish on hull sides in head and V-berth area and aft storage lockers.


Two Tone Deck w/ contrasting non-skid color
Full length teak toe rail in lieu of standard, with custom mid-ship chocks, scupper drains and finished with gloss-varnish.
(2) Add’l cockpit opening portlights P & S.
Lifeline Gates P & S.
Removable Transom Locker.
Thurston Dodger with side curtains.
V-Berth Package: V-berth cushions and swiveling reading lamp.
Pressure water system with 20 gallon bladder tank, water pressure pump, faucet in head and cold water cockpit shower.
Heat exchanger water heater to run off engine only: (Requires Pressure water option).
110V Shore Power: 30amp shore power cord, deck receptacle, belowdecks breaker, Xantrex battery charger, AC panel, one 110v outlet in nav panel, equipment leakage circuit interrupter (ELCI), galvanic isolator.
Forte Carbon Mast in lieu of standard with Harken Type A mast track.
Asymmetric Spinnaker Package: retractable carbon fiber bow sprit, sprit bearings, one spinnaker halyard, two spinnaker sheets, tack line, retrieval purchase, and five Harken blocks.
Additional Battery


Specifications are 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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