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J Boats J/80

Howth, IE


2011 J Boats J/80

With an active class fleet in the UK and around the world, the J Boats J/80 is one of the most popular sportsboat models around.

‘Red Cloud’ was built in 2011 by J Composites, purchased by the current owner in 2017 she has been very well-maintained and is in overall excellent condition. She has been optimised for both IRC and class racing.

The boat benefits from a young suit of North Sails purchased in 2020 and very lightly used, as well as 2018 and 2016 sails in good condition.

Included in the inventory is a road trailer serviced last year, with full length sail storage box, 2017 outboard engine, TackTick Racemaster system (with speed, depth and compass), as well as a B&G Vulcan chartplotter (cockpit mounted). Additional B&G instruments pictured are available separately.

Ready to race and available with all the kit you need to get out on the water and join the active J/80 class! ‘Red Cloud’ is stored inside currently near Howth and is available to view by appointment with Key Yachting.


Basic Boat Info

Tax Status:
Boat Name:
#1408 'Red Cloud'
J Boats
Rod Johnstone
Keel Type:
Fin Keel

Engines / Speed

Number of Engines:


26.25 ft / 8 m
Length Overall:
26.25 ft
8.2 ft
Max Draft:
4.92 ft
3,196.7 lb

Additional Info

  • J/80 built to standard specification by J Composites in 2011
  • Hull and deck are built with a composite balsa cored GRP sandwich with uni-directional and bi-directional laminate reinforcement
  • Deep moulded hull sump with lead and antimony keel bolted and epoxy bonded to stump
  • CopperCoat applied to hull, sanded back to a smooth finish
  • Tiller steered with tiller extension
  • Transom hung rudder in GRP with stainless steel fittings
  • Transom outboard mount
  • Moulded interior modules form the bunks and buoyancy tanks
  • Double V berth and two single settee berths below
  • Teak and holly cabin sole
Spars, Rigging and Deck Gear
  • Sparcraft anodised aluminium fractional mast, keel-stepped with 2 sets swept back spreaders
  • Sparcraft boom with internal outhaul and reef line
  • Retractable carbon fibre bowsprit
  • Stainless steel standing rigging
  • Adjustable backstay
  • Main halyard, jammer and block new 2021 to comply with updated class rule
  • Harken roller furling forestay 
  • 6:1 mainsail clew outhaul led in boom
  • Mainsheet traveller, with control lines and mainsheet purchase
  • One reef line
  • 2x primary winches (new 2020)
  • 2x halyard winches on coachroof
  • Cleats for cross-sheeting
  • 2020 North Sails mainsail (excellent condition)
  • 2018 North Sails mainsail (good condition)
  • 2020 North Sails Jib (very good condition)
  • 2018 North Sails Jib (good condition)
  • 2016 North Sails Jib (excellent condition)
  • 2020 North Sails spinnaker (excellent condition)
  • 2018 North Sails spinnaker (very good condition) 
  • 2017 North Sails spinnaker (good condition)
  • Tacktick Racemaster speed, depth and compass system
  • B&G Vulcan touchscreen chartplotter on aft of coachroof
  • Additional B&G mast displays available by separate negotiation
  • Road trailer with extra long sail stowage box
  • Spinnaker launch bag
  • Cockpit rope bags
  • Foredeck rope bag
  • Padded life-line covers
  • Tiller cover
  • Outboard engine (new 2017)
  • Anchor, warp & chain
  • Windex
  • Padded rudder cover
This company, acting as brokers on behalf of the selling owner, who is a private individual. Offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.