J/80 North American Class




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One-Design Class Type: Keelboat

Was this boat built to be sailed by youth or adults? Adult

Approximately how many class members do you have? 200

About J/80 North American Class

The international J/80 class has over 1600 boats which are safe and offshore capable. Fun, fast, and able to get up on plane downwind with a huge asymmetrical spinnaker on a retractable sprit the class has large local fleets in New England, the Chesapeake, Toronto, and in Austin Texas. The OD rules specify a max crew weight of 770 lbs however the boat can be singlehanded for day sailing. Trailerable, the boat is set up with a single point lift that make it easy to hoist.


Boats Produced: 1632 as of early 2020

Class boat builder(s):

TPI, Jcomposites (France), china

Approximately how many boats are in the USA/North America? 250+

Where is your One-Design class typically sailed in the USA? List regions of the country:

Chesapeake, lake Winnipesaukee, Seattle, Buzzards Bay, Austin, Tx, Toronto

Does this class have a spinnaker or gennaker? Yes

Ideal combined weight of range of crew:  770

Boat Designed in 1991

Beam: 8’

Weight of rigged boat without sails: 2,900 lbs

Draft: 4’9”

Mast Height: 37’