The J/80 is the perfect sportsboat for all.
This boat is unquestionably fun to sail. Its sail area-to-displacement ratio of 27, coupled with a displacement/length ratio of 122, means that it can really go. Although the J/80′s displacement is just under 3000 pounds, about half of that is carried in the keel. The large asymetrical spinnaker flown from the retractable pole gets the boat downhill fast but also makes boathandling easy. What’s more, the J/80′s inherent stiffness and class rules mean that your friends and family won’t spend every beat painfully hanging over the lifelines like laundry set out to dry.
The cockpit of the J/80 is best described as gigantic, and its cabin, while not ready for world cruising, is very accessible and could even be used for weekend excursions with the addition of the optional cushions. A quick, unscientific poll of female sailors revealed that 100% would prefer changing clothes in a cabin instead of in a cockpit as is the norm in many other sportsboats.
To top it all off, the J/80 Class is extremely well-established and active. There are strong competitors sailing in well-attended regattas all across the country.
So if you want a fast, fun sportsboat with great regattas, you can’t go wrong with the J/80.
|LOA||26.3 ft||8.00 m|
|LWL||22.0 ft||6.71 m|
|Beam||8.3 ft||2.51 m|
|Draft||4.9 ft||1.49 m|
|Displacement||2,900 lb||1,315 kg|
|Ballast||1,400 lb||635 kg|
|100% SA||338 sqft||31.40 m^2|
|I||31.5 ft||9.60 m|
|ISP||33.0 ft||10.06 m|
|J||9.5 ft||2.90 m|
|P||30.0 ft||9.14 m|
|E||12.5 ft||3.81 m|
|J/Sprit||6.25 ft||1.91 m|
The J/80 is sold by your local J/Boats dealer.
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