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J/88

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Introduction

From the J design/build team that launched the J/70 and J/111, the J/88 is a 29’ mid-size family speedster with stability, style and sailing comfort. The J/88 hits the sweet-spot in J Boat’s performance sprit range – large enough to provide the creature comforts of a sit-in cockpit, inboard diesel, overnighting interior and head; and small enough to be single-point lifted, owner trailered and stored.

The 6.5 ft fixed, low VCG keel with molded GRP finish is similar to the J/70’s, ensuring a fair, smooth foil for every boat.  The result is a ride that’s every bit as exciting as the J/88’s siblings – fast and balanced upwind with planing performance downwind in moderate to fresh breezes. Design highlights include a high-aspect, non-overlapping sail plan (no genoas) with a carbon fibre, double-spreader mast – deck stepped for easy rigging, tuning and keeping the main cabin dry.

On deck, the daysailing comforts include a spacious T-shaped cockpit similar to the J/111, with seating and backrests forward of the floor-mounted traveller and a wide-open cockpit aft due to the tiller-steered, transom mounted high-aspect rudder. Adding to J/88’s ease-of-sailing characteristics is an in-deck jib furler, retractable carbon bowsprit and cockpit-led sail controls. Below decks, the J/88 sports a weekending layout with two full length settees, Igloo cooler, galley sink, private head forward of bulkhead and optional V-berth.

The J/88 re-defines what versatility means in an under 30’ sailboat -sleek look, super quick, great combination of sail power and stability, low maintenance, huge social cockpit, easy to single-hand, push button diesel, below-decks head, deck-stepped carbon mast, single-point lift – the list goes on.

Designer Al Johnstone said;

‘The J/88, like every new J/Boat we develop, is designed to be versatile, forgiving, easy to handle with great performance with an ultimate goal to encourage participation by a wide range of sailors and family members. The trade-offs that are made to achieve these goals differ from model to model depending on size range, purpose and priorities.

The J/111, J/70 and J/88 have specific rig configurations, proportions and features that match the goals and trade-offs for each boat. I am confident she will become an exciting offshore performance boat that family and friends will enjoy for many years to come.’

Key Yachting have sold more than ten J/88s into UK waters, with most of the fleet in Hamble. The reason our owners have chosen these boats is because as well as being great performers, they are easy to own. The J/88 is trailable,  you only need to assemble a small crew for weekend racing, and everyone should remain fairly dry!!

For more information or to arrange a trial sail from Hamble, please contact us on 02380 455669 or email info@keyyachting.com.

Click here to read a selection of reviews of the J/88

Click here to read Sailing magazine’s review of the J/88

Class rules

Dimensions

  • LOA: 8.90m
  • LWL: 8.18m
  • Beam: 2.90m
  • Draft: 1.98m
  • Displacement: 2,264T
  • Diesel Engine: 14hp
  • 100% SA: 40.8m