World’s fastest growing one-design high performance keelboat that’s exciting to sail

The J/70, designed by U.S. naval architect Alan Johnstone as one of eight of his designs for builder J/Boats, made her debut in 2012.  With 28 fleets in the U.S. alone, it has become the world’s fastest growing one-design with 1,500+ boats sailing in 25+ countries.  J/Boats’ first ramp-launchable, keelboat is designed to meet the need for an easy-to-own, high performance one-design that’s exciting to sail, stable enough for family sailing, and easy to tow, rig, and launch.

 The J/70 garnered the Sailing World Overall Boat of the Year and European Yacht of the Year, both in 2013.  The J/70 has a 22.8’ LOA, 7.38’ beam, 4.75’ draft, and total sail area of 226.27 sq. ft.  It features a large, comfortable cockpit (11’ long) with open transom, a deck-stepped carbon mast for easy rigging & stepping, a carbon boom, three-sail inventory with masthead A-Sail, vertical lifting keel, a small cabin for storage and personal privacy, and a 2.5 hp outboard engine (gas or electric).  It’s easy to trailer (weighs 1,750 lbs.) to regattas, ramp launch, and store at home (fits inside most standard garage doors)

With standard  jib/spin sheet winches, a feather light responsive helm, and confidence building stability, sailing with friends and family can be enjoyed more often. Juniors and seniors alike feel as comfortable and in control steering or trimming. Whether day sailing or joining in for some sunset racing, the J/70 is both exciting and forgiving.  And if you want to take it to the next competitive level, there’s J/70 competition almost everywhere on the planet.  Marbleheader Jud Smith won J/70 World Championship captaining Africa in 2018.

J/70 Fleet 9
Marblehead’s Fleet 9 includes Africa, Asteria, Bad Hombres, Chinook, Clowncar, Cowabunga, Half Full, Halo, Jumper, Leadfoot, Locomotion, Rascal, Reset, Riff, Shed, Spring, Tumbling Dice, Vitamin J, and WinterWind.

What do you think of the J/70? Please comment below. To see Patrick Andreasen and Tim Guy’s Jumper, click here.