The J/Boats company had humble beginnings but over the past 40 years, they have built winning designs which are raced by movers and shakers in the marine industry and beyond.
Rod Johnstone built the first J/24 in his garage in 1975 and by 1977, he and his brother Bob were in business building sleek boats that developed a reputation for being crazy-fast. Today, the Rhode Island company builds boats from 22 to 65 feet for day sailing, cruising and mostly one-design racing. Any serious racer will know J/Boats and many will have owned one at some point. J/Boats are precision machines that command a premium price and will range from $10,000 to $2,000,000, and have sprouted a performance sailing school called J World with five bases around the country.
The J/108 offers everything one could want in a shoal water capable, 35' performance cruising yacht - a full cruising interior, standing headroom, simplified sail handling, large cockpit, and legendary J performance. The J/108 opens up a new world for sailors who previously thought that sea-kindly, high performing yachts were only possible in deep draft configurations. With only 3.9' (1.19m) draft with board up, the J/108 draws less than a J/24 and can take you many more places in style and comfort.J/108 builds on the success of the award winning J/95 and has evolved from the combined experience and knowledge of the J network of dealers, builders and nearly 370 J/109 owners who have short-handed, cruised, and raced their boats around the globe. The J/109 has been one of the most successful performance cruiser-racers in the world. Using the sea-kindly hull shape of her predecessor, J/108 benefits from recent developments in keel and rudder design, simplified handling systems, and the knowledge-base of the J/95.While the concept of "shoal draft performance" may seem ambitious, the delicate balance of hull design, windward performance, off-the-wind speed, and cruising comfort are achievable in a shoal-draft sailboat. The first of J's "Shoal Performance" designs, the J/95, has been widely acclaimed by knowledgeable yachting magazine experts as a "breakthrough" in shoal-draft performance. The J/95 was the sailing industry's first "Triple Crown" Winner-- garnering SAIL Magazine's "Performance" Boat Award, SAILING WORLD Magazine's "Performance" Boat Award and CRUISING WORLD Magazine's "Day Sailing" Boat Award.