Numbers highlight the reason: The 1,440 lb. lead keel with bulb on the J/80
weighs nearly the same as the leading competitor's entire boat. No question,
stability is the most important standard when it comes to a forgiving design,
family sailing fun and sailing in open waters. No wonder the J/80 continues
to be the fastest growing one-design sportboat class in Europe and America,
it's a joy to sail in winds from 5 to 25+ knots!
There are currently 1,500
J/80s sailing in 30 fleets in 12 countries, with large J/80 fleets existing
in North America, Europe and China. The J/80
Class and its builders have provided J/80s for women’s and men’s
regattas for over 15 years. The J/80 has been used actively in match racing
including the BMW Berlin Match Race in Berlin, Germany; the World Match
Race Sailing Association event in Le Havre, France; and the China Cup Match
in Xiamen, China. If you're looking for a great class to get involved
in, look no further than the International J/80.
With two Carbo fiddles and a pendant (yellow) to reduce the mainsheet's length,
the 5:1 system is a combination of low weight and high power. The adjustable
75 mm Carbo Ratchamatic's® ratchet instantly engages to carry higher
loads, but disengages quickly during mark rounding, jibes and light-air
situations. A swivel base allows cleating from any direction
The mainsheet traveler system uses Harken's award-winning CB traveler car.
Captive ball bearings are extremely low-friction and enable effortless
car cleaning and installation. The double-ended control line has a 2:1
purchase, making the system simple and very fast.
A double-ended 4:1 purchase makes this split backstay adjustable. As the
ring is pulled down, two high-strength wire blocks tighten the backstay
by pinching the legs of the bridle together. The system is quick and
powerful, and the fixed wires keep the mast tensioned even if the 4:1
J80 Sailboat Parts and Equipment
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