2016 J Boats J/80

  • 26 ft
  • Racer and Cruiser



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.

J80 keywest2005 02Numbers 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!  

Photo credit- Allen Clark-Photoboat.com


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.

isafThe 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.



Basic Information

J Boats
Boat Type:
Racer and Cruiser
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Dimensions & Weight

26 ft
28 ft 6 in - 8.69 meter
10 ft 6 in - 3.2 meter
Draft - max:
4 ft 9 in - 1.45 meter
Bridge Clearance:
Dry Weight:
2900 lbs
Deadrise Aft:

Standard Engine

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Tank Capacities

Fuel Tank:
Fresh Water Tank:
Holding Tank:


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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).


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