First double handed boat to finish the 2015 Rolex Fastnet Race!
Introduced in 1991 as the first modern day keelboat with bowsprit and asymmetric spinnaker, today the J/105 is the most successful one-design keelboat class over 30′ in the USA with over 680 boats sailing worldwide. In Europe, the J/105 has proven to be the double-handed boat of choice for offshore sailors and has won the RORC Yacht of the Year and scored notable double-handed wins in the 2007 Rolex Fastnet Race and the 2007 Rolex Middle Sea Race.
A fun and forgiving performance boat that is easy to sail, J/105 offers low maintenance with a simple layout, has great performance, a large cockpit, predictable handling characteristics and makes no pretences of being a distance cruiser or live-aboard. There is less to maintain as all the extra cabinetry and weight of things you won’t use aren’t there. So instead of varnishing toe-rails and troubleshooting systems you’ll be enjoying a sail with friends. With less demands placed on you and your crew J105 is more fun to own.
The J/105’s large cockpit combined with simple 4-5 berth weekender layout results in two significant owner benefits; firstly significant savings in little-used furniture, systems and cabinetry needed for extended cruising, and secondly a boat that’s easier to handle, more comfortable in waves and more fun to sail for its size. The J/105 has the stability, rig and sail controls to handle 15-20 knot winds without the need for reefing. It has the strength and seaworthiness for ocean going passages.
The class rules include an owner-driver rule, tight restrictions on Category 3 professionals, and annual sail purchase restrictions to keep racing affordable and as Corinthian as modern one-design can be.
Owners rave about how well the boat sails in even the most extreme of conditions– Trans-Atlantic Race Winners can attest to its seaworthiness!
The J/105 is simply the best sailing value available and as an added bonus it offers instant access to a whole new network of sailing friends and events throughout the US and Europe.
The J/105 is way ahead of the pack when compared with any of the modern ‘retro’ daysailors in terms of performance, ease of handling, construction, sailing comfort and great looks.
Sailing World Magazine’s panel of experts selected the J/105 as Boat-of-the-Year among racer-cruisers in 1992 and since then the model has gone from strength to strength. Over 660 J/105s have been launched worldwide, fulfilling a variety of needs. Enthusiasm for this great boat continues to blossom.
In 2012 J/105 Diablo J owned by Nick Martin was named RORC yacht of the year, after winning not only the Two Handed class and IRC Three, but also for placing 3rd in IRC Overall – outstanding!
- LOA: 34.50 ft – 10.50 m
- LWL: 29.50 ft – 8.96 m
- BEAM: 11.00 ft – 3.34 m
- DRAFT: 6.50 ft – 2.00 m
- DISPLACEMENT: 7,750 lbs – 3,650 kg
- LEAD KEEL: 3,400 lbs – 1,550 kg
- UPWIND SAIL AREA: 577 sq.ft – 54 m²
- SPINNAKER AREA: 1,001 sq ft – 95 m²
- CE APPROVAL: Category A