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

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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 aJ-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.


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Dimensions    ft/lb
LOA    26.30
LWL    22.00
Beam    8.30
Standard Draft    4.90
Standard Ballast    1,400
Displacement    2,900
Engine    outboard
100% SA    338
I    31.50
ISP    33.00
J    9.50
P    30.00
E    12.50
SA/Dspl    27
Dspl/L    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.

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

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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

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).

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.

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