The J Boat revolution has taken the sailing world by storm and it’s not hard to understand why; they are easily controlled, forgiving and sea-kindly but at the same time they are incredibly exciting to sail and race. The advanced composite construction ensures that for their size, these boats are faster, lighter and stronger than their contemporaries.
It all started with the launch of the J/24 in 1975 these performance cruiser-racers have developed and evolved and have increased in popularity ever since. In 1995, the J/105 was launched and this was the first of the ‘J-Sprit’ models from J Boats, which feature retractable carbon-fibre bowsprits and asymmetric spinnakers. It is perhaps the success of these asymmetric designs which has ensured that the J Boats brand is now synonymous with this kind of performance cruiser-racer.
While other manufacturers may sell more boats, J Boats have won the high-end, performance-oriented segment of the market. Theirs is the so-called racer/cruiser category: boats that perform well on the race course but which are comfortable and easy enough for the family to daysail or cruise or cross oceans or race short-handed.