J/88 - One Design Family Speedster
Sailing Comfort with Speed to Burn
J/88 truly hits the sweet-spot in J Boats' new generation of performance sprit boats. This mid-sized 29' (8.8m) family speedster is fast, fun and stable with the security and comfort of a sit-in cockpit, inboard diesel, overnighting interior and onboard head.
J/88 is all about the joy of sailing - the exhilarating feel of a boat that responds instantly to slight changes in trim and course. The joy of sailing a well-balanced boat upwind in a breeze and then hoisting the masthead A-sail and flying over the waves downwind, with only a few fingers lightly holding the tiller. When the wind dies to a whisper, the J/88 with its high aspect, non-overlapping sailplan (no genoas), has the sail power and low hull resistance to ghost along while other have to motor.
Handling the J/88 is a Breeze
The mainsail and furling jib can be deployed in minutes. All halyards and sheets lead to the cockpit, and the primary winches are within reach of the driver - so solo tacking is an option without need of a self-tacking system. When you're ready for turbo-mode, the asymmetric spinnaker, flown from a rectractable carbon bowsprit, can be hoisted, jibed and taken down by just a two person crew (or one if with a snuffer).
Performance and sailing comfort result from stability, and the J/88 is optimized where it counts to provide a smooth ride: a two-spreader, carbon fiber, deck-stepped mast and a 6.5' (1.98m) fixed L-shaped keel with low VCG (vertical center of gravity) lead bulb. This combined with a balanced, efficient hull form explains why the J/88 has such exceptional directional stability and control, even in challenging conditions.
Built to Last & Easy to Own
J/88 is the toughest J ever built under 30 feet. The structure and composite laminates are engineered to ISO 12215 structural standards. The all-composite hull, deck and structural grid are infusion molded in a temperature controlled environment. Biaxial and unidirectional fiberglass fabrics are laid dry into precision-crafted molds and then resin-infused under high vacuum to maximize the laminate's material properties while minimizing emissions. The result is an extremely strong structure that will take a pounding for years.
The Inside Story
J/88 features a simple but functional overnighting interior layout with two full length settee berths, and a private head and sail storage forward of the main bulkhead. There's comfortable seating for four in the main cabin with a mini-galley and navigation area, and a large cooler near the companionway.
J/88 Class Association
Since J/88's successful launch and with 100+ boats sailing around the world, the growing owner-run J/88 Class Association enjoys an active sailing schedule in the USA and UK, with friendly social gatherings for the owners. With maximum crew of six and strict sail limitations, the class rules help to keep costs under control and attracts sailors looking for a rewarding one design experience in a boat that also passes the all important family sailing test.
There's nothing quite like sailing a boat that accelerates in the slightest of puffs, and yet stands strong when the breezes pipes up. A boat that's forgiving to trim and steer and responsive to fine tuning. J/88 is all about bringing performance sailing to all ages and abilities, and delivering an incredible sailing experience - whether afterwork sailing with family and friends, soloing on a passage, or competing for silver in a J/88 fleet.