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J Boats
1977-
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The story begins in 1975. Rod, then an ad salesman for the sailing trade magazine, Soundings, and an active one-design sailor decided to build a sailboat he had been designing since completing a Westlawn School of Yacht Design correspondence course in the 60's. With $400-worth of fiberglass and wood, some rigging and hardware left over from a Soling of Bob's, he built the 24' x 9' wide RAGTIME on weekends in his garage at his home in Stonington, Connecticut. During the summer of 1976, with an all family crew aboard, RAGTIME beat everything in sight. Rod realized he had created something special.

Enter Everett Pearson, co-founder of Pearson Yachts, and owner of TPI Composites, Inc.. He was quite taken with Rod's design and agreed to produce the boat on spec in return for the U.S. building rights. Display ads in Soundings got the word out. That winter they set up a makeshift factory in an old textile mill in nearby Fall River, MA.

Enter the marketing experience of brother Bob, a vice president of marketing at AMF/Alcort (the makers of Sunfish sailboats at the time). He saw the potential in the boat Rod had designed. From 1975 to 1977, Bob had helped to take Alcort from the red into the black, and then began trying to convince AMF to start producing a boat similar to the J/24. But, he says, in spite of overwhelming market research results showing 50% purchase intent in a boat like the J/24 , AMF really didn't care anything about gaining share of market or investing any more in sailing. In 1977, Bob left AMF and threw in his lot with J/Boats.

With Rod contributing the design and his prototype 'Ragtime' and Bob investing $20,000 to cover start-up costs, office space, and advertising, their 50-50 partnership was launched. Expecting to sell 250 J/24s that first year, they sold 750.

The next generation of Johnstones now mans the helm, while founders Rod and Bob continue to contribute in the areas of their strength, design and marketing. By 1992, Rod's sons Jeff (president) & Alan (vice-president) and nephew Jim (sales director) were managing company operations & sales from J/Boats Headquarters in Newport, RI. with five of Bob & Rod's sons (Jeff, Alan, Stu, Drake and Phil) on J/Boats, Inc. Board of Directors.

More than 9000 J-Boats have been built.

J/Boats, Inc.
557 Thames Street
Newport, RI 02840
401.846.8410
www.jboats.com

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NAME/TYPE       LOA First Built
English / Metric
J/22 22.50' / 6.86m 1983
J/70 22.74' / 6.93m 2012
J/24 24.00' / 7.32m 1977
J/80 26.25' / 8.00m 1992
J/27 27.50' / 8.38m 1983
J/28 28.50' / 8.69m 1986
J/88 29.19' / 8.90m 2013
J/29 FR 29.50' / 8.99m 1982
J/29 MH 29.50' / 8.99m 1982
J/30 29.83' / 9.09m 1979
J/92 30.00' / 9.14m 1992
J/92S 30.00' / 9.14m 2005
J/90 30.20' / 9.20m 1997
J/95 31.20' / 9.51m 2009
J/97 31.53' / 9.61m 2008
J/97E 31.53' / 9.61m 2008
J/32 32.40' / 9.88m 1996
J/100 32.80' / 10.00m 2005
J/33 33.42' / 10.19m 1988
J/34 34.00' / 10.36m 1985
J/34 C 34.50' / 10.52m 1986
J/105 34.50' / 10.52m 1995
J/108 35.00' / 10.67m 2012
J/35C 35.20' / 10.73m 1989
J/109 35.25' / 10.74m 2004
J/35 35.50' / 10.82m 1983
J/36 35.95' / 10.96m 1981
J/110 36.00' / 10.97m 1995
J/112E 36.09' / 11.00m 2015
J/111 36.42' / 11.10m 2010
J/37 37.42' / 11.41m 1987
J/37C 37.50' / 11.43m 1989
J/39 39.42' / 12.02m 1989
J/120 40.00' / 12.19m 1999
J/40 40.00' / 12.19m 1984
J/122 40.00' / 12.19m 2008
J/122E 40.00' / 12.19m 2014
J/124 40.70' / 12.41m 2002
J/41 40.90' / 12.47m 1984
J/125 41.00' / 12.50m 1997
J/42 42.00' / 12.80m 1999
J/130 42.70' / 13.01m 1994
J/133 43.00' / 13.11m 2006
J/44 44.92' / 13.69m 1989
J/46 46.00' / 14.02m 1995
J/145 48.10' / 14.66m 2002
J/160 52.70' / 16.06m 1996
J/65 64.50' / 19.66m 2008
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