The New J/88- Fast Family Daysailer & Racer


From the J design/build team that launched the J/70 and J/111, comes the NEW J/88, a 29’ mid-size family speedster with stability, style and sailing comfort. J/88 hits the sweet-spot in J Boat’s performance sprit range – large enough to provide the creature comforts of a sit-in cockpit, inboard diesel, overnighting interior and head; and small enough to be single-point lifted, owner trailered and stored.

If sailing is having your cake and eating it too, then the J/88 is like ordering the whole dessert menu. Design highlights include a high-aspect, non-overlapping sail plan (no genoas) with a carbon fiber, double-spreader mast – deck stepped for easy rigging, tuning and keeping the main cabin dry.

The 6.5 ft fixed, low VCG keel with molded GRP finish is similar to the J/70’s, ensuring a fair, smooth foil for every boat.  The result is a ride that’s every bit as exciting as the J/88’s speedster siblings – fast and balanced upwind with planing performance downwind in moderate to fresh breezes.

Since J/88’s successful launch in July 2013, it’s clear she hits the “sweet spot” in the 28-32 ft sailing category.  J/88 has met with critical acclaim in the boating press, awarded the “Best Boat Under 30 Ft” in the 2014 SAILING WORLD Boat of the Year competition as well as receiving high marks from the SAIL Magazine Review team.  With 75+ boats ordered to date, J/88 is well on its way to making its mark in both offshore racing as well as local one-design racing fleets.


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Dimensions    ft/lb
LOA    29.19
LWL    26.84
Beam    9.50
Standard Draft    6.50
Displacement    4,990
Engine    Diesel Aux 14 HP
100% SA    439
SA/Dspl    24
Dspl/L    115


J/88 hull & deck infusion molded with biaxial and unidirectional E-glass fabrics and balsa core in the hull for rugged durability and Corecell foam core in the deck for light weight. High density core material and additional glass reinforcements are placed in way of highly loaded hardware and components.
Molded internal bulkheads and liners finished with gelcoat, bonded and/or tabbed to the hull and/or deck.
White gelcoat hull with single boot stripe.
10 year transferable warranty against osmotic hull blistering, 5 year structural warranty.
Infused GRP molded structural grid with longitudinal and transverse keel support beams.
One large cockpit seat storage locker.
Open transom for easy access with lightweight ORC transom safety ladder.
High strength, inward turning and overlapping hull to deck joint bonded with structural adhesive.
White gelcoat deck with molded non-skid on horizontal deck surfaces.
Molded ISO/ORC height foredeck toe-rails on deck.
Large self-draining cockpit with molded secure helmsman foot braces in cockpit.
6.5’ draft low VCG keel with lead ballast featuring molded GRP finish.
Single point lifting bar located under centerline bilge access board in main salon.

Spars & Rigging
Hall Spars carbon fiber mast with double swept spreaders, long masthead crane and mainsail luff track. Deck step design and SS tabernacle system. Mast finished in satin black with contrasting white bands.
Boom with internal 8:1 outhaul, mainsheet attachment points, outhaul and single reef sheaves as well as provision for reef cleat and block at inboard end. Finished in satin black with contrasting white bands.
Carbon bow sprit with tack ferrule fitting, painted black finish. Bow sprit seal system mounted between sprit bearings.
1 x 19 compacted strand wire headstay & side rigging with adjustable open-body turnbuckles, and DSK78 Ultra Wire backstay.
Complete Hall Spars running rigging package.

Deck Hardware
Low maintenance stainless grab rails on cabin house (P&S).
Companionway opening with PVC slider tracks, large gutter drains, molded seahood and sliding cover.
Acrylic offshore removable drop board with inside/outside lockable hasp.
SS custom fabricated chain plates for shrouds and headstay terminations.
Foredeck skylight hatch mounted on cabin house forward of mast.
Two fixed cabin side portlights.
Two aluminum 2-speed 40:1 self-tailing primary winches in cockpit.
Two aluminum 2-speed 30:1 self-tailing secondary winches on cabin top.
J88 Specifications 9-01-13
Two 10″ Lewmar OneTouch lock-in winch handles.
Cockpit operated Harken adjustable jib car and 4:1 in-hauler systems to P&S.
6:1 Mainsheet system leading to ratchet block and cam mounted on centerline swivel cam base aft of traveler.
18:1 mainsheet fine-tune adjuster mounted to swivel base cam forward of traveler.
Adjustable mainsheet traveler with 4:1 control line and cam cleats P & S.
24:1 Double ended backstay adjuster purchase system leading forward to P & S cam cleats.
Internal bowsprit launching system to exit aft face of the cabin house to cam cleat.
Harken underdeck headsail furling system with black anodized foil and control line on cabinside mounted cam cleat.
Spinnaker tack line side mounted rope clutch mounted to starboard on cabin side.
Spinnaker sheet blocks outboard of primary winches on stanchion bases and aft at stern rail.
Halyard lead blocks mounted at mast base, halyard organizers and double Antal Vcam rope clutches one per side.
SS stanchions, two SS stern rails at transom corners and custom SS bow rail with 9.5″ lower lifeline height.
SS double lifelines.
Foredeck and transom mooring cleats.

Molded main salon liner with full length settee berths, molded backrests, storage access bin in backrests and below cushions. Molded areas for sink (forward to port) and hinged utility counter (forward to starboard).
Choice of fabrics for 3″ standard main salon cushions.
Teak and holly synthetic high-wear cabin sole in main cabin with centerline access to bilge.
Igloo Cooler.
Fabricated companionway ladder with teak treads.
Molded V-berth and hull support liner. (Option for V-berth platform & cushions)
Head compartment with Raritan PH-II WC, mirror, TP holder, gravity style holding tank and deck pump out fitting.
Bin storage opposite head.
Molded cockpit support liner surrounding engine and mechanicals with foam insulated engine area.
Three engine access hatches
Low maintenance painted gelcoat finish on all interior hull & deck surfaces.
Black anodized aluminum compression post to transfer mast loads to internal hull structure.

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