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The J/80 - The Family Fun Rocketship

The J/80 Family Rocketship

Sailing can be the world's best family sport and the Club makes it incredibly easy and convenient. The key is a boat that holds the attention and interest of many types of sailors - without the hassles of slip fees, maintenance, insurance and trailers.  The Club's fleet of J/80 sailboats offer it all, with thrilling 15 knot rides under spinnaker or relaxed sunset cruises with mainsail only. SAILING WORLD rated J/80 as easier to handle, less intimidating, and safe - an ideal boat for day sailing on the Chesapeake Bay. 

Thanks to its 1400lb. fixed lead keel, the Club's J/80's have a big-boat feel and require less crew - although there's plenty of room for the whole family or crew of friends. The boom is high for safety and good visibility. No one has to clamber over a cabin top because everyone sits in the 12 ft. long cockpit. Even toddlers are contained by playpen-high cockpit sides.

J/80 Specifications

  • LOA: 26.25
  • LWL: 22.0
  • Beam: 8.25
  • Deep Draft: 4.29
  • Lead Ballast: 1400
  • Displacement: 2900
  • Fuel Capacity: Outboard
  • 100% Sail Area: 378
  • ISP: 33.0
  • J: 9.5
  • P: 30.0
  • E: 12.5
  • SPL or Sprit: 6.25
  • Engine: Outboard

The Club makes it so easy to get out for a day sail.  Reserve your J/80 using the Club's website, jump aboard, and you can be sailing in minutes. Take off the boom cover and hoist the mainsail, attached to the mast with slides. You're now sailing faster than other boats with full canvas. Ready for more speed? Uncleat the furler line and pull in the jib sheet. Presto! Now you're really flying! Time for the afterburners? Pull the sprit launch control line, hoist the asymmetric spinnaker and trim. To jibe, simply let off the old sheet and pull in the new. No one on the foredeck!  And to think, prior to the  J/80, this kind of performance was rarely achieved, even with a full crew of 4-5 athletic experts.

Join the Club and discover how well our fleet of J/80's fulfills the dream of sailing on the Chesapeake Bay.  The Club is far better and more economical than chartering or renting a sailboat.  Come experience how the J/80's combine simplicity of operation, confidence building stability and sparkling performance.  Best of all - there's no maintenance, slip fees or insurance bills. Truly, a unique sailboat for the entire family to enjoy day sailing on the Chesapeake Bay - the easy way with the Cheapeake Boating Club.

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Club Member Testimonials

  • Your infinite willingness to find ways to make the club so much more than an offer of inexpensive sailing is deeply appreciated. Thank you, thank you, thank you.