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.
Age 12 to 80, no matter what their style: racing, daysailing or cruising. Her flared topsides make her dry on deck. Her "weekender" cabin makes it possible to get warm on cold days and she can be sailed easily by one person with only the mainsail. While some of the world's best sailors have the latest version J/24, a well-prepared 1977 model, built to the same shape and weight with rigid end-grained balsa core construction can still win the class world championship even after 30,000+ miles of trailering. That's "One Design". The International J/24 is built in the U.S., Japan, Austrailia and Italy and has more than 50,000 people sailing 5,300 boats in 150 fleets in 40 countries.