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J/80 - Sailboat Data, Parts & Rigging

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North Sails has been sailing J/80s since they were first introduced. Our commitment to the class and to its sailors sets us apart from any other company in the sailing industry. Welcome to the North Sails Program, the relationship we are about to build is of utmost importance to us. We look forward to working with you.

The measurements and the settings included in this book are one that we have found to be the fastest the J/80 designs available from North. Since crew, wind and sailing conditions vary, you may find slightly different settings are better for you.


Mast rake is very critical in getting the best all around performance from your J/80. Because of differences in the measurement from the black band to the main sail halyard sheave box, combined with slight differences in the total length of the spars, we have determined that rake must be measured at base rig shroud tension, also making sure the backstay is fully eased. Adjust the back stay turn buckles so that blocks are hanging approximately 12” below the top of the bridal.


  • Set your mast but so the aft side of the mast step is 7.75” from the bulkhead. This is only a mast step starting point and most likely will have to be adjusted later in this rig set up procedure.
  • Attach tape measure to main halyard and raise to top of mast.
  • Measure down to top of black band at boom goose neck and adjust halyard so tape measure reads 30’ at that point and cleat. Again, this measurement needs to be exactly 30’ to top of black band at the goose neck.
  • Swing the tape measure out to the stern and rap the tape around the stern next to the tiller. Measure to the center of the tiller cut on the very aft part of the boat hull. Where the tape measure first hits fiberglass at the aft center of the tiller cut out should read 37’ 2 3/4”.

Remember that every time you move your mast but location to achieve your correct 3.5”to 3.75” of prebend your rake number and shroud tension will change. It will take some going back and forth to achieve perfect prebend and rake together, but the payoff can be big gains up the beat.


Once your headstay is set for the correct mast rake it is now time to adjust your mast but position for the 3.5” to 3.75“ pre bend which best suites your J/80 main sail for a wide range of conditions. We have found that its best to aim for the 3.75” prebend number in flat water venues and the 3.5” prebend number in windier , choppier venues. We have also found that moving your mast but forward .5” from your standard spot in winds over 20 knots can be very fast , especially in big wave conditions when a eased main sheet ,bow down mode is required to go fast upwind. Moving the mast but forward in big breeze also allows you to sail with more headstay tension for a given amount of back stay and shroud tension which in tern helps transform the jib into more of a flatter draft forward heavy air shape.

  • Make sure your spar is in the standard factory position, well chocked side to side and for and aft so the spar can’t move at the deck.
  • Position the aft side of the mast step 7 3/4” from the bulkhead but remember that this is only a starting point and you will most likely have to adjust from there to acquire your desired prebend. Due to inconsistencies in bulkhead placement and mast placement at the deck, there is no way to give you the exact placement from the bulkhead for you to achieve your exact desired prebend.

To check to see if the 7 3/4” position is giving you the correct pre-bend:

  • Attach the main halyard to the goose neck as close to the back of the spar as possible and tension the halyard hard.
  • Hoist someone with a tape measure up the mast on the jib halyard and have them stand on the bottom spreader , taking there weight off the halyard. Another way to measure brebend is to put a ladder up on the front of the mast and have some one climb up to the the first spreader and measure maximum prebend from the ladder.
  • While some one is standing on the deck ,pushing the main halyard against the back of the mast just above the goose neck, have the person up the mast measure the maximum distance from the back of the spar to the closest part or forward edge of the main halyard. Again, the maximum distance or prebend should be a couple of feet above the bottom spreader. Have the person up the mast move the tape measure up and down in that area to determine max pre-bend.
  • This pre-bend measurement should be between 3.5” and 3.75”.If your pre-bend is less, then move your mast back to increase pre-bend and if your pre-bend is more, then move your butt forward to reduce pre-bend.

Pre-bend is very critical in allowing your mainsail to react correctly with back stay adjustments along with the correct slot between luff of the main and the leech of the jib.


Once your mast but is in the correct position, scribe a permanent line on the beam that the butt sits on so you will never have to go through this process again.


  • Measure back from the stem fitting 9’ 7” to each rail and mark with permanent marker.
  • Attach a tape measure to the jib halyard and raise a couple of feet.
  • Measure to each side and adjust the uppers so the measurement is the same on both sides.


  • Once the mast is centered, tighten the uppers so that they read 28 on your Loose tension gauge.
  • Tighten the intermediates so they read 12 on the Loose gauge.
  • Sight the rig by looking up the mast track and adjust the intermediates in 1/4” increments so the rig is straight. If you tighten one side a 1/4 turn,ease the other side a 1/4 turn, to insure you keep the same approximate tension on each intermediate.
  • Tighten the lowers to 5 on the Loose gauge.
  • Again, repeat step 3 until the spar is straight side to side.

NOTE:   If you find that it requires much more lower or intermediate tension on one side than the other to keep the spar in column, then the mast may need to be re chalked from side to side at the deck. If not corrected, you will be sailing with different head-stay sag from tack to tack, which will make it impossible to duplicate jib lead position and jib sheet tensions from tack to tack. image

Your rig is now tuned for base setting 6-10 knots. We recommend leaving dock at base setting and adjusting from that point up and down for different wind strengths. We also advise that you buy some measuring calipers and measure your turn buckle distance at base so you can always get back to base setting on the water.

NOTE:  Remember to adjust your backstay turnbuckles with your shroud turnbuckles. As your shrouds are tightened , your backstay will become to loose and won’t have the throw you need to tension properly if the turnbuckles aren’t adjusted with the shrouds. This also is true when easing your shroud tension.

When easing your shrouds for lighter conditions , remember to also ease your backstay turnbuckles to achieve proper headstay sag.

Learning to fine tune your intermediates and lowers by sighting your rig sailing upwind can pay big dividends on the beat. Always follow the tuning guide for upper adjustment, but learn to adjust your lowers and intermediates to always keep your mast perfectly in column while sailing to windward. We have found that the J 80 sails faster upwind , under 10 knots with a 1/2” to 3/4” of smooth leeward mast sag. The tuning matrix numbers will get you close to the correct side to side mast sag, but sighting up the rigs mast track while sails are trimmed correctly and weight placement is correct will tell you if small adjustments are needed for perfect tune.

Quick rig tune check is to make sure your lowers and intermediates are snug on the leeward side when sailing over ten knots. As the breeze increases to over 15 knots, your lowers and intermediates should be tighter than snug.

This quick check can’t be used with the uppers on a J80 because the shroud bases are very close together. The uppers on the leeward side should always be much tighter than snug to assure your spar is in column at the hounds.

The information put forth in this updated tuning guide is a combination of rig settings developed by multiple North American and World Champion Max Skelley, combined with information learned and tested in extensive two boat sail testing.

0-5 knots 6-10 knots 11-15 knots 16-20 knots 20+ knots
UPPERS 27 28 30 32 34
LOWERS Slack 5 15 22 26
INTERMEDIATES 5 12 15 22 24

NOTE: The thread size of your turnbuckles will determine the amount of turns it will take to get from one setting to another. We recommend making a chart with the amount of turns so that you can change settings easily on the water between races.

Always store your sails away from the sun and make sure they are clean and completely dry.

Be sure that you always “roll “your upwind sails. This will help then last longer and remain wrinkle free.





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Technical specifications

Standard Draft4.901.49
Standard Ballast1,400635
100% SA33831.40

Hull & Deck Construction

  • Composite hull and deck of GRP balsa sandwich with E-glass fabrics, additional reinforcing in way of highly loaded hardware.
  • Vinylester and ISO NPG gelcoat in hull for osmotic gelcoat blister protection.
  • Molded GRP main bulkhead to absorb the direct loads of the shrouds and mast compression.
  • Mast step loads are distributed to aluminum frame fastened to the main bulkhead.
  • Hull is reinforced in way of keel with several transverse molded stringers.

Deck Hardware

  • Large modern cockpit with molded foot braces on centerline.
  • Non slip finish to all horizontal deck surfaces in white.
  • Molded Toe-rail forward.
  • Bolts, screws and fitting are all made of stainless steel, marine grade anodized.
  • Stainless steel forestay attachment plate.
  • Stainless steel pulpit single lifeline.
  • “U” bolt on the foredeck.
  • Stainless steel chain plates for cap shrouds, lower, shrouds and backstay.
  • Opening hatch (420 x 420 mm) mounted on cabin trunk forward of mast.
  • Two black anodized jib T tracks with cars.
  • Boom vang system (12:1) with swivel mounted cleats, on both sides of the coach roof.
  • Mainsheet traveler with coaming mounted (2:1) control line, cleats.
  • Mainsheet system (5:1) with swivel cam cleat and ratchet block on cockpit sole.
  • Cleats and blocks for backstay adjustment (4:1) led forward in cockpit to port and starboard.
  • Two 30:1 primary winches with cam cleats.
  • Internal bowsprit launching line led aft through fairleads to cabin trunk cam cleat.
  • Bullseye fairleads for furler control line (port with cam cleat) and tack line (starboard) to cabin side mounted clutch.
  • Two halyard storage bags shipped loose.
  • Spinnaker sheet blocks outboard of winches and aft.
  • Two stern pulpits.
  • Single continuous lifeline.
  • One fixed cabin window on each side of cabin side.
  • GRP main sliding hatch with acrylic one piece offshore drop board.
  • Winch handle.
  • Bow and stern running lights.

Keel & Rudder

  • Low VCG keel cast from lead and antimony, faired and finished with an epoxy primer and secured by way of stainless steel bolts to the integral molded hull sump.
  • Reinforced FRP rudder on transom with stainless steel fittings.
  • Laminated varnished wood tiller, with adjustable tiller extension.

Spars & Rigging

  • Mast and boom in anodized aluminum.
  • Headsail roller furling on headstay.
  • Two pairs of swept spreaders.
  • Stainless steel wire standing rigging with turnbuckle adjusters.
  • Backstay with adjustment tackle led to both sides of the cockpit.
  • Complete running rigging package.

Outboard Motor

  • Optional owner supplied, minimum 3.5hp long shaft recommended.
  • Low transom suitable for direct mounting of a 3 or 4 hp outboard.
  • Removable cabin sole.
  • Molded settee berths with access to storage below.
  • Large forward V-berth platform with two access panels above mast step.
  • Large removable molded step with space for an outboard and cooler to be stored aft.
  • Crane lifting bar integral to keel bolt system.
  • Interior reading light.
  • Electrical panel.
  • Battery box with straps (battery owner supplied).

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J/80 Main - MX23

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The all-new MX23 design delivers power, performance, and durability and excels across a wide wind range. The MX23 features an updated panel layout to promote overall twist, additional draft, and a more vertically balanced profile.   Constructed from premium Dimension Polyant cloth for incredible shape retention, the class mainsail is an all-purpose workhorse that responds to sheeting inputs, performs on every leg, and exceeds the demands of J/80 sailors. INCLUDES: Luff rope, spreader windows, sail numbers, RBS fiberglass tapered battens, draft stripes, loose foot, Velcro clew strap, tack slug, roll bag, and ISAF measurement sticker with class royalties.


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J/80 Fusion M Jib - JM23

J/80 Fusion M Jib - JM23

The JM23 jib has a completely new fiber layout that increases camber to deliver performance across all conditions. The new design incorporates an updated leech profile with maximum class roach at the top batten that enables the sail to be sheeted hard in light-to-moderate winds while still maintaining the ability to twist as the breeze increases. The result is power and better flow for increased boat speed and handling. Designed to be furled and built to be durable, the jib maintains a smooth entry for power and trims easily in lump and chop. The JM23 is constructed of lightweight Fusion M® laminate that is strong and holds its shape across the wind ranges. This jib and our race-winning MX23 mainsail are the perfect upwind set. INCLUDES:  Tube bag, RBS fiberglass battens, draft stripes, telltales, and ISAF measurement sticker with class royalties.

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J/80 Asymmetrical SR23 - Airx 600

J/80 Asymmetrical SR23 - Airx 600

The SR23 is our new class all-purpose runner designed with additional camber to increase stability and aid when sailing deep angles, making it much easier to trim than our previous class spinnakers. Designed with maximum class-legal projected area, our J/80 Asymmetrical Spinnaker is fast and easy to control downwind. Constructed of premium cloth for durability and performance, the spinnaker is available in AIRX600 or Superkote60 to suit your needs on the racecourse. Whether in soaking low mode or bow up conditions, top teams choose the Quantum J/80 SR23 spinnaker for speed and control. INCLUDES: Spectra luff line, leech and foot line, stainless tack ring, web clew, drawstring bag. and ISAF royalties. Custom colors available.

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J/80 Asymmetrical SR23 - Superkote 60

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Fernando Sallent

Fernando Sallent

When Fernando Sallent was 10 years old, a friend of his father bought him an Optimist dinghy. From then on Fernando was hooked. As an adult, his first business venture was Technik Boats, a small Optimist shipyard, but it was the physics of sailing that really intrigued him. "I always had a passion for finding a way to make boats go faster," he said.

That passion led him to La Industrial Velera Marsal, a local sailmaker who made all of his sails by hand. Fernando worked there learning the basics of sailmaking while also running Technick Boats. After taking a year off to serve in the military, he decided to leave Technick and joined Toni Tio Sail Loft. Toni Tio was only designing cruising sails at the time, so Fernando came on board to lead the One Design section of the company.

In 1996, Toni and Fernando visited the Quantum Annapolis loft, and in 2000 they joined the Quantum Sails team. Fernando continues to design One Design sails as he works to help his clients improve on the water. "I love seeing how sailors do better when the product is improved," he said. "I love the fine tuning of boats and sails on the water."

An accomplished sailor, Fernando also works as a coach for many teams. He coached the 470 women's world, Olympic, and European champions in 1992 and the 470 women's world champions in 1995. Since 2000, he has advised the Norwegian, Swedish, Swiss, and Spanish Olympic teams.

  • Nationality: Spain
  • Position: Sail Designer
  • Current Town: Barcelona

Career highlights

  • 1992 Olympics – 470 men’s gold medal, 470 women’s gold medal, Europe Dinghy silver medal
  • 1996 Olympics – 470 women’s gold medal, 470 men’s bronze medal
  • 2000 Olympics – Europe Dinghy bronze medal
  • 2004 Olympics – Europe Dinghy gold medal, 470 women’s silver medal, 470 men’s bronze medal
  • 2008 Olympics – Tornado gold medal, 470 men’s bronze medal
  • 2012 Olympics – 470 women’s gold medal
  • 470 Class – 1992-95 men’s world champion,
  • 1992/1995-96/2005/2011 women’s world champion
  • Optimist – 1993-96/2004 world champion
  • Europe Dinghy – 2003-04/2010 women’s world champion
  • 2004-06/2010-12 men’s world champion

Kerry Klingler

Kerry Klingler

When Kerry Klingler was eight years old, his father decided sailing would be a good sport for the family to enjoy together. Kerry and his dad learned to sail at the same time, and Kerry fell in love. He started to race competitively at the local yacht club, and by the time he was a senior in high school he knew he wanted to make the sailing industry his career. He dreamed of life as a sailmaker and decided to pursue that dream.

Kerry jumped into the industry and found himself not only making sails, but running a loft as well. While he appreciated the opportunity to stay in the industry, he felt his talents growing stale. "I was designing sails, but no one was pushing me to the next level as a maker or designer," he said. "I started looking for a position where I could design with a company that was technologically advanced so I could become a better, smarter, more advanced sail designer."

He found that opportunity at Quantum Sails. As the J-Boat Team Leader, Kerry not only designs sails for some of the largest One Design fleets, he also gets out of the loft to help his clients get the most out of every sail. Though people recognize him as a dedicated sailmaker, he’s also working hard all the time to provide the best service and products for their boats.

"I teach them first," he said. "I show them how to tune the boat, how the sail should sit on the boat, how to trim it, and more. It's a pretty comprehensive session where I try to infuse as much knowledge as possible."

  • Nationality: USA
  • Position: J-Boat Team Leader
  • Current Town:
  • J/80 – 4-time North American champion, former world champion and top competitor since 2000
  • J/109 – 5-time North American champion
  • Numerous big boat races, including success on J/133 and J/146. Most recently winning the Newport to Bermuda race on Apollo, a new J/121.

Carlos Rodriguez

Carlos Rodriguez

When Carlos Rodriguez was four years old, his mother worked for a One Design boat company. She started taking him to races on the weekends, and it didn’t take long before Carlos started racing. When he was just 17 years old, the Catalonian Sailing Federation offered him a job, and he’s been sailing ever since.

Carlos started working at a Quantum Sails loft in 1996. After learning how to make sails on the floor, service sails, and design sails, he became a salesman. Carlos not only spends almost every weekend racing in local and national events with Quantum customers, serving as a skipper, tactician, and jib-spinnaker-mainsail trimmer, he also trims masts, finds crew members, provides certificate optimization in ORC, and even services sails during races. Carlos now serves as the Spain Regional Manager and works hard to make Quantum Sails Spain a full-service, one-stop loft for all sailing needs.

professional racing crew member since 1995, Carlos has an extensive resume, including experience on Mega Yachts, ORC boats, IRC boats, One Design, etc. He has also won several races like Copa del Rey in Palma, Maxi Yacht Cup, Swan Cup, and many important races in the Spanish ORC circuit.

  • Position: Spain Regional Manager
  • Spain Tir (X-362)
  • Camper and Trasmediterranea (First 40, 7)
  • Freixenet (JV46)
  • Zurich (GP42 and BC41)
  • Fermax (GP42)
  • Santa Anna (JV57)
  • Siemmens Mobile (Farr 42)
  • Icaro (D44)
  • Garmin (DK46)
  • Iberdrola (Soto 40)
  • Copa del Rey Champion, 2007, 2008, 2009
  • ORC Non-Corinthians World Championship – 3rd place, 2007
  • Two-time ORC Spanish Champion

Scott Nixon

Scott Nixon

Scott Nixon has been involved with racing his whole life. An All-American sailor at St. Mary’s College of Maryland, Scott later coached many students to the All-American ranks at the College of Charleston in South Carolina. He has a wide range of racing experiences, including dinghies, One Design keelboats, inshore big boats, and offshore distance racing. Scott joined Quantum Sails in 2000, and his experiences bring a unique skill-set to Quantum’s programs. Focusing primarily on One Design classes, he is directly involved in testing, design, and development of Quantum’s One Design sail programs, working directly with the design team to make sure Quantum® sails are at the front of the fleet. Scott has sailed with Quantum customers to win championships at the world, Gold Cup, European, North American, and national levels. His hands-on approach includes active campaigns and racing in the following classes for Quantum: J/22, J/24, J/70, J/80, J/109, J/111, C&C 30, Farr 30, Farr 40, NYYC 42, Swan 45, Melges 20, Melges 24, and Melges 32.

  • Position: Global Offshore One Design Director
  • Current Town: Annapolis

Maxim Logutenko

Maxim Logutenko

Maxim started working in the Quantum Russia office in 2010 after a lifetime of sailing experiences. He started sailing on Optimist boats when he was six years old and became a champion sailor. He is a two-time All-Japan Mini Hopper and Sea Hopper Junior Champion, two-time Quarter Ton class All-Russia Champion, and the 2008 Dragon European Champion. Maxim is also experienced on Cadet, 470, 49er and RC44 boats. When he's not sailing, Maxim also coaches, including the Russian Yngling class for the 2008 Olympics. When Maxim decided to transition into selling sails, he chose Quantum because of its state-of-the-art design and development, as well as Quantum's reputation for quality. He is excited to work with new and repeat clients to help everyone find the fastest, most competitive sails.

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  • Position: Sail Consultant
  • 2021 Rolex Middle Sea Race, ORC 4, 2nd
  • 2003 Rolex Sydney Hobart, Sydney 38, 3rd
  • Rolex Fastnet Race Skipper
  • Several coastal regattas in Italy/France and Spain as a skipper
  • 2007-2008 – Russian Olympic Sailing Team Coach, Yngling class, 4th place

Kris Werner

Kris Werner

Kris Werner grew up in Queens, NY, and spent his childhood on the water, sailing and fishing. He is a graduate of New York Maritime College at Fort Schuyler, where he earned an unlimited tonnage/oceans USCG license and a Bachelor of Science degree in Marine Transportation and Business. After four years of collegiate varsity and offshore sailing, Kris served as a collegiate sailing coach and waterfront director. His career took him all over the world as a ship's officer on ocean-going tankers. In 2004, Kris came to Rochester to earn his way to Chief Officer on the Rochester Fast Ferry. He then worked as a Broker with RCR Yachts and began collaborating with Steve Haarstick on sail designs for various boats, including J/70s, J/24s, and other offshore vessels. For three years, he worked at Haarstick Sailmakers before transitioning to becoming the owner of the loft which is now Quantum Sails Rochester. Kris has extensive experience in offshore and one-design racing campaigns, both as a helmsman and a crew member. In addition to being a familiar face on the racing circuit, Kris enjoys spending time cruising with his wife and three boys.

  • Position: Great Lakes Regional Manager
  • Current Town: Rochester
  • 2023 - J/22 North American Championship, 2nd Place
  • 2022 - J/22 World Championship, 2nd Place
  • 2022 - J/70 North Americans, 3rd Place
  • 2022 - J/70 Midwinters, 4th Place
  • 2018 - Verve Cup/J-88 North American Championship- 1st Place
  • 2018 - CanAm Challenge- J-88 Great Lakes Championship 1st Place
  • 2018 - Charleston Race Week- J-88 1st Place
  • 2018 - J/24 Midwinters 3rd Place
  • 2017 - Charleston Race Week – J/88 1st Place
  • 2017 - J/88 North American Championship 1st Place
  • 2017 - J/22 Midwinters - 2nd Place
  • 2017 - Quantum Key West- J/88-1st Place - Tactics/Mainsail
  • 2016 - J/24 Great Lakes Championship- 1st - Helm
  • 2016 - CanAm Regatta- J-88 Class- 1st Place - Tactician/Mainsail
  • 2016 - J/22 World Championship- 4th place - Tactics/Bow
  • 2014 & 2015- J-70 Winter Series- 5th Overall- 45boats-helm
  • 2013 - Charleston Race Week One Design Overall Champion- J/24-helm
  • 2012 - Newport-Bermuda - 2nd Place - Swan 42-helmsman
  • 2012 - Argo Gold Cup Match Race World Tour event- Bow
  • 2011 - IRC North American Champion-helm
  • 2009 - Lake Ontario / LYRA Boat of the Year- Beneteau 40.7-helm/tactics
  • 2009 - Lake Ontario 300 - 1st Place-skipper
  • 2006-8 - Meter North American Champion-tactics/mainsail
  • 2005 - J/24 Great Lakes Champion-helm
  • 1998 - 2001 Coached NY Maritime College Sailing team to National Ranking
  • 1998 - Empire State Games- Gold Medal- Laser

Carter White

Carter White

Carter White began sailing before he could walk, going on trips in the family's Lightning and then their J/24. He has experienced the beauty of the Gulf of Maine in a variety of cruising and racing boats. Having sailed and raced on multiple continents and at hundreds of locations, Carter considers the Maine coast of one the best places in the world to sail. An accomplished junior sailor, Carter competed on the national level in multiple National Championships including the U.S. Sailing Bemis and Sears competitions. He then took a chance on an upstart college program at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, where he majored in Economics and joined an aggressive, young, and new sailing team. He helped build the program into a national contender almost immediately; by his senior year, the program was ranked number one in the country. Carter was named All American for outstanding performance in inter-collegiate sailing competition. After college, Carter worked for a local sailmaker in Maine where he learned to design, build, and repair sails; install marine rigging; and manage a small business. He enjoyed helping the company grow into the leading local source for sails, canvas, and rigging. During this time, Carter sailed with many customers, helping them win major championships such as the PHRF New England Championships and Key West Race Week. Carter ultimately started his own business, managing sailing regattas and providing custom apparel and marketing products to marine businesses and events. Originally started in 2007 as Regatta Promotions, Carter set out to help yacht clubs and sailing organizations run better regattas. The business is still going strong today. Having successfully accomplished his mission, Carter and his wife, Molly, are now offering their years of product knowledge and expertise through You Regatta. You Regatta is located in the same facility as Quantum Sails Downeast in Falmouth, Maine. One-design sailing is where Carter has showcased his sailing talents, winning three U.S. National Championships in three different one-designs. He won the prestigious U.S. Sailing Mallory Cup in 2017, skippering a J/70 at the St. Petersburg Yacht Club as a representative of the Portland Yacht Club and SailMaine. He has skippered his J/24 You Regatta to many top finishes including fifth at the 2017 J/24 Worlds and second at the 2019 J/24 Midwinter Championships. Carter has won events sailing a variety of boats, including Swan 42, J/24, Lightning, Hinckley 51 SW, Custom 27’, Frers 36 & 41, Farr 30, Beneteau 36.7, J/80, J/70, 420, J/105, Etchells, Laser, Vanguard 15, and S2 9.1 While Carter has been working with Quantum, he has enjoyed the opportunities and rewards to reconnect with past clients in new ways that continue his true passion of helping sailors get more out of their boats, whether on the race course, gunkholing down the coast, or making a long ocean passage.

  • Position: Portland Loft manager/Sail Consultant
  • Home town: Cumberland, Maine
  • Current Town: Portland, Maine
  • 4-time Maine High School State Champion (1990-1994)
  • All American for Hobart & William Smith Colleges (1998)
  • Key West Race Week (2001), 1st place, Tactician and Starting Helmsman
  • Swan 42 U.S. Nationals (2011), 1st place, Mainsail Trimmer
  • Block Island Race Week (2011), 1st place, Swan 42 Division, Mainsail Trimmer
  • Swan 42 U.S. Nationals (2012), 1st place, Mainsail Trimmer
  • Charleston Race Week (2014), 3rd place, 80 boat J/70 class, Tactician
  • J/24 U.S. National Championship (2016), 2nd place, Skipper
  • U.S. Sailing Adult Championships Mallory Cup (2017), 1st place, J/70, Helmsman
  • J/24 World Championships (2017), 4th place tie, Helmsman
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Looking for a fast sprit boat? The J/80 cant keep up with a Melges 24, but we think for racing and family fun, its a more well rounded boat. And its less expensive.

We imagine Rod and Bob Johnstone of J/ Boats faced a dilemma back in 1991 when they prepared to introduce a new line of boats. Among the several boats they were building at that time was the J/35, one of the most popular and successful boats on the racing scene.

The J/105 would be the first production keel boat rigged with a retractable bowsprit, conceived to in- crease performance by offering cruisers a user-friendly method of flying asymmetrical spinnakers. It, too, would measure almost 35 feet. So to give it a separate identity, they chose a metric name, vogue in the 1990s (10.5 meters equals 34.49).

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Five years after introduction of the J/105, the company has sold more than 400 sprit boats in sizes ranging from 26-50 feet, and several look-alikes have been introduced by competitors. New cruising boats are being offered with optional bowsprit arrangements; one line even has an articulating bowsprit. Theres no doubt: The concept has spawned a generation of so-called sport boats like the Ultimate 20 (October 15, 1995) and the Melges 24 (May 1, 1995), both sprightly, trailerable pocket rockets.

The history of J/Boats dates to 1976, when Rod John- stone designed the groundbreaking J/24, a fast, easy- to-sail racer that attracted sailors frustrated with the vagaries of MORC and PHRF handicapping systems. Rod formed the company with brother Bob, who came aboard to handle marketing. They hired Everett Pearson of Tillotson-Pearson, now TPI Composites, to construct the boats. In the ensuing 20 years, more than 5,200 J/24s were produced, and the fleet became the second largest one-design keel boat class in the world, behind the Star class. By the early 1990s, the company was a fixture in the boatbuilding business.

Following the successful launch of the J/105, the company unveiled the J/80, which is carving a niche in the marketplace with a broad customer base. Measuring 26 3, it is a versatile performer designed to have market appeal among those entering the performance arena for the first time, dinghy sailors stepping up to a keel boat, big boat racers seeking a simpler method of going around the buoys, and daysailors.

At a glance, the boats low profile and soft chine are aesthetically appealing. A spacious 12 cockpit offers plenty of room for a four-person race crew, and its decks are uncluttered by ankle-knocking hardware. More than 170 boats have been built since hull #1 was launched in April, 1993.


During his four decades of boatbuilding, Everett Pear- son has constructed more than 16,000 fiberglass hulls. The J/Boats are constructed at TPIs plant using the Seeman Composites Resin Infusion Molding Process (SCRIMP), a vacuum-assisted closed system designed to increase the integrity of hulls while reducing the amount of volatile organic compounds that enter the environment and workplace. The system has also been employed in the construction of 65 blades for wind machines, and in fabricating therapy pools (SwimEx) used by professional football teams.

The SCRIMP method was developed by Bill See- man, a Gulf Coast fiberglass expert, who worked with Baltek, a manufacturer of end-grain balsa used as core material in hulls and decks. During the 1980s, at the same time Seeman was exploring new methods of laminating composite panels, Baltek was experi- menting with various methods of developing a core product engineered for vacuum-bagging.

When Seeman was commissioned by the U.S. Navy in 1990 to fabricate balsa-cored panels for a special project, he selected Balteks AL600 as the core because it contained a newly developed precoated copolymer that acted as a tie coat, strengthening the interlaminary bonds while reducing the amount of resin required. Baltek engineers continued to tinker with chemical formulations, eventually introducing the current generation of pre-coated balsa, AL600/10, which reduced cost of the balsa by a third. It is a key component in the SCRIMP process.

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Coincidentally, Pearson was on a parallel track, pursuing attempts to develop a similar system when he discovered Seemans. During a visit to Seemans plant in Mississippi he was so was so taken with the process that he immediately purchased manufacturing rights and began building SCRIMPed boats, including the line of J/Boats. That was 1993.

Alan Johnstone of J/Boats sees several additional advantages to the new system.

It produces laminates with glass/resin ratios that are within one percent of specifications, he says. It also reduces labor cost because of increased efficiency in the lay-up process, and we think it produces a better product because workers are not working in a hazardous, smelly environment.

The J/80 hulls are cored with 3/8 AL600 over which are laid layers of fiberglass chop and bi-directional and unidirectional mat. Three-ounce mat is used to reinforce the keel sump, and 6 wide strips of 3/4-ounce mat are used to reinforce deck flanges. The use of vinylester resin has inspired the company to offer a 10-year blister warranty.

Bulkheads are located amidships, and in the bow and stern. Like deck flanges, they are tabbed to the hull with additional 6-wide overlays of cloth. The hull-deck joint is bonded with Plexus, a high strength adhesive Johnstone says is stronger than the laminate itself. The company says it has no reported hull-deck leaks since it began using Plexus. (We do know of one Lagoon catamaran that sprung a hull-deck leak, not because the adhesive failed, but because a worker had failed to fill the entire seam.)

The keel, which is cast from ceramic molds, is attached to a 12-deep stub using seven, 3/4 J-shaped stainless steel bolts. The 1,400-pound lead keel is coated with four coats of epoxy primer.

As on most J/Boats, the mast step is an aluminum I beam tabbed to the hull on both sides of its base. Transverse aluminum webs welded to each end are through-bolted at the aft end into the main bulkhead and forward to another bulkhead. The mast is attached with four bolts attached to a plate that allows fore and aft adjustment at the base.

The retractable bowsprit is located to starboard. When owners of early models experienced leaks into the forepeak, a rubber seal gasket was mounted on the front of the housing.

The fiberglass rudder is molded in two halves that are cored with balsa before being married and wrapped with fiberglass at leading and trailing edges.

The company delivered 49 boats within months of its introduction and, like newborns, experienced teething problems: Some of the original stanchion bases failed where spinnaker blocks were attached, so the factory welding method was improved. Some mast cranes with lightening holes failed. Stainless steel gudgeons on the rudder were initially under-engineered so have been increased in size from 1/8 to 3/16 material, as has the stainless tiller strap. Owners of early models were provided with retrofits.

We inspected hull #42, which has been raced extensively for two seasons but still appears factory fresh. Gelcoat surfaces are unblemished. There were no signs of crazing or stress cracks, and areas where the crew operates were clean. Though the owner has raced in 25- to 35-knot winds in San Francisco and Seattle, his only failure was at a stanchion base.

We have always thought that TPI does as good a job as anyone building with balsa. At the same time, it should be remembered that the current generation of lightweight performance boats, despite their stiff- ness, tend to be more fragile than older, more heavily laid-up cruisers.

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Because sprit boats fly asymmetrical spinnakers and are equipped with roller-furling headsails, the amount of clutter on deck and in the cockpit is greatly reduced. Replacing the spinnaker pole eliminates a need for deck chocks, foreguy and topping lift, afterguy, sheet stoppers and, perhaps, one winch.

Generally, four lines are led aft on the J/80: jib sheets and spinnaker sheets, which are led to Harken 32-2A winches in the cockpit. Two identical winches located on the coachroof are factory options, but may be redundant. One owner told us he uses them only when setting the spinnaker or doing a jibe set, and is considering removing them.

Main and jib halyards are cleated at the mast. The spinnaker halyard is led to a cam cleat on the coachroof, the spinnaker tack line to a cam cleat on the side of the cabin, as is the roller-furler line, and the pole launch line is inside the bulkhead with only the tail exposed. An outhaul and reef line located in the boom exit near a clam cleat on the underside of the boom, within reach of a crewperson. Cunningham and vang controls are also at the base of the mast, within reach of the cockpit or rail.

Mainsheet trim and backstay adjustment is easily accomplished by the helmsman from a position aft of the traveler. The mainsheet system includes a 2:1 Harken traveler system led to cam cleats in the coam- ing, and five-part Harken mainsheet system led to a swivel base cleat. The 4:1 split backstay tackle is led forward to a position at the helmsmans fingertips.

When sailing downwind in moderate breezes, trimmers are typically located opposite the primary winches, two body widths forward of the helmsman. To keep the boat level when going to weather in more than 15 knots of wind, the jib sheet is led to the weather winch.

As one experienced crewperson told us, This boat is so easy to sail that if you have an experienced helmsman, you can pick up three novices and go racing.

Hall Spars supplies the fractionally rigged, double spreader rig, which measures 31 above the deck. The mast is supported by a rod headstay and stainless steel 1×19 shrouds and backstay.

Space belowdecks is well organized and nicely finished, but there isn’t much of it. This is because of the boats narrow, 8 3 beam and long cockpit. Daylight enters the area through two Lexan ports, but the space will be dark at night unless one purchases the optional Halogen reading lights.

The main cabin has 4 of headroom, and is accented by a teak and holly sole. Single berths located amidships are more than 6 long, but only 19 wide. Big persons wont find them very comfortable. Tiny storage compartments are located beneath each settee.

The forepeak is more spacious, 5 6 wide at the main bulkhead, and almost 7 long. Theres storage in the forepeak for little more than the battery and some small items, because the hollow area below the berth is enclosed to provide flotation. A small anchor locker is located in the bow.

Space aft of the companionway below the cockpit is open for storage, and is accessible by removing the companionway steps, which are mounted on a stainless steel frame attached to the hull with quick release pins. The space is adequate for storage of a cooler, portable toilet, outboard, and fuel tank. Wed recommend installation of a sliding tray or bracket to simplify the process and make access easier.

A bulkhead 6 from the stern encloses the aft section of the boat, adding additional flotation. Though the area can be inspected through removable plastic plates located belowdecks and in the cockpit, repairs to the area will present a challenge.

Exposed wiring from running lights is secured by cable ties screwed to tabbing in the hull. They detract from the boats appearance and could pose a hazard if pulled loose.?Though there is room for storage of equipment necessary for weekending, the challenge will be in the organization of gear and supplies.

Auxiliary power is furnished most often by a 3-hp. outboard motor on a transom bracket. There is no special locker for the portable fuel tank, so it sits in the cockpit. To minimize weight, capacity usually is limited to about 2 gallons.


We sailed Steve Painters Climax in moderate winds and flat water on Puget Sound and found her to be responsive from the moment we left the dock. In close quarters amidst a fleet of returning boats, we unfurled the jib and, once clear of traffic, the main was hoisted. The boats response was to lower its right shoulder and shoot forward into the wind.

We estimated wind speed at 10-12 knots (the design class does not allow wind instruments), a range Painter said is trickiest when sailing in competitive situations.

She likes it when the wind is under ten, because she performs well in light air, and when its over fifteen, because then she will plane when sailing downwind. In ten to fifteen knots we find it difficult to sail to her handicap, he told us.

A veteran sailor who has owned and campaigned a Star boat, Catalina 30, and most recently a C & C 44, Painter says hes having more fun with the J/80 than with any of the others.

When equipped with a non-overlapping jib, the boat rates 127 PHRF on the Sound, but regional handicaps differ by as much as 12-15 seconds. More than 170 boats have been produced and one-design fleets are organizing across the country, though most quickly on the East Coast.

When we took the helm we found that the designers claims of a neutral helm and positive tracking were not exaggerations. A Forespar tiller extension allows the helmsman to position himself comfortably with a single lifeline for back support and a 3 footrest built into the sole for lateral support.?Tacking is as simple as stepping across the boat, because the mainsheet is well forward of the tiller. Crew movement is rather straightforward as well. The boom is high enough that the risk of head-knocking has been reduced, and the coachroof far enough forward that its not necessary to crawl across it on a tack.

Having tested other sprit boats, weve become accustomed to launching the asymmetrical spinnaker, and have an increased appreciation for them as they allow cruisers and racers to sail fast without dealing with the potential for disaster that always exists with a conventional spinnaker setup.

The spinnaker, which is always tacked to the bow-sprit, is launched by pulling the pole forward and hoisting it from a J/24-style canvas basket in the companionway. With one person sweating the halyard and a second taking the sheet, it is aloft and pulling within 30 seconds.

Like any boat with an asymmetrical spinnaker, the J/80s best point of sail downwind is broad reaching. When the wind pipes up, the crew moves aft, the bow comes out of the water and shes planing. Compared to conventionally rigged boats, which sail fast with the pole on the headstay, sailing high jibe angles downwind is inefficient.

Because theres no spinnaker pole, theres no need for a foredecker. Jibing is simply a matter of pulling the clew across the boat in front of the headstay and trimming to the new course.

Spinnaker takedowns are simpler as well, especially when the sail is doused to weather. We unfurled the jib, jibed and eased the spinnaker halyard as the sail fell to the deck with assistance from one crewman controlling the clew.

J/80 vs. Melges 24

Initial reaction to the introduction of sprit boats was a combination of skepticism and curiosity. Judging from the success of J/Boats as well as new boats introduced by competitors, market acceptance is now a given in both racing and cruising fleets.

However, there are clear distinctions among boats on the market, which requires that a buyer clarify his needs before writing a check. Comparing the J/80 with the Melges 24 may provide a frame of reference because of their similarities and differences. The Melges is clearly a faster boat, rating in the 90s, despite being nearly 2 shorter.

Both have cavernous cockpits designed and rigged to maximize performance. Though waterline length, draft, and beam measurements are close, there are major differences. The Melges has a retractable keel and performs like an overgrown dinghy; the J/80 has a fixed keel. It is less buoyant and more comfortable going to weather in a chop.

The Melges is a lightweight at just 1,700 lbs., com- pared to the J/80s 2,900 lbs. The Melges carbon fiber rig and spreaders, which weigh only 62 lbs., plus the difference in overall displacement, translates into speed, especially downwind, when it breaks free of the surface and begins planing in 10 knots of wind. The J/80 simply needs more wind to overcome its displacement and the 185-pound rig. However, in 15 knots of wind, J/80 speeds reach into the teens, and weve seen them crack the 20-knot barrier on gusty San Francisco days. At those speeds, sailing is thrilling and challenging, regardless of the boat.

An equally important consideration is the proficiency of the crew. We agree with those who contend that the Melges requires a talented crew to be sailed to the victory circle. The 40- to 50-boat fleets that successfully contend at Key West Race Week are littered with professional sailors. By comparison, the J/80 provides veteran sailors, like Painter, an opportunity to compete at a high level without recruiting so-called rock stars.

Both boats are trailerable, though we would not want to set up the J/80 every weekend. Stepping the mast requires a gin pole, at the least, and hands and muscles, or, preferably, a hoist. By comparison, the Melges can be launched from a trailer and easily rigged in 30 minutes. The fixed keel on the J/80 also means a higher profile when traveling, though Johnstone told us that J/80 sailors trailer their boats from coast to coast to attend regattas.

The J/80 is slightly less expensive. At $33,200, it is priced $2,250 less than the Melges. Sails will add $4,500 to the cost, approximately $500 less than the Melges.

In our view, the issue is not one of performance be- cause both boats are quick, and perform well in light and heavy winds. Both have excellent designs, are well constructed, and have strong factory support programs.

The Melges is faster and may have more sex appeal. When measuring overall utility-including family sailing-the J/80 gets the nod. We wouldnt be afraid to take the boat into the ocean, but wed think twice about a coastal passage in the Melges.


Hello, I am upgrading from a J30 to a J80 and very new to this set up on the J80. I was wondering if I could have the email to Darrell Nichollson just to ask some questions as I come across them? My first question is there are no docking cleats for dock lines or for fastening an anchor. I notice the present owner uses docklines with a hook tied to the end and the hook connected to the plate mounted on the fordeck and to the stern stantions. Is that correct set up when leaving the boat in the water at a dock? Also, the anchor is stored inside the cabin in the forepeak? To get the anchor for use, one must go below to the bow and grab in with the anchor line? Thanks, Jon

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    J/80 Sailboat Parts & Equipment . 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. ...

  4. J/Boats Sailboat Parts and Accessories

    Go sailing, sail a J/Boat. Shop a full range of J/boats sailboat Parts and Accessories at MAURIPRO Sailing Store. Includes technical support, low prices and free shipping on orders over $99.

  5. J/80 Sailboat Rigging

    J/80 Parts. J/80 Rigging. J/80 Rigging. Filter By Close. Clear All. Refine by No filters applied Application Furling Line (1) Jib Halyard ... Upgrade your J/80 sailboat with a new Main Halyard from the West Coast Sailing Rig Shop. This option features 8mm Marlow D2 Race, a high-strength, lightweight all-round performance line with Dyneema core ...

  6. J/80 Sailboat Parts, Rigging and Accessories

    J/80 Sailboat Parts, Rigging & Accessories. West Coast Sailing is your source for J/80 sailboat parts, rigging and accessories. The International J/80 is a perfect choice for offshore family racing, as well as for cruising and dinghy sailors transitioning to keelboat competition. The powerful asymmetrical spinnaker is easy to set and allows ...

  7. J/80

    J/80 - Sailboat Data, Parts & Rigging. Sailboat data, rig dimensions and recommended sail areas for J/80 sailboat. Tech info about rigging, halyards, sheets, mainsail covers and more. Sailboat Data directory for over 8,000 sailboat designs and manufacturers.


    Measure to the center of the tiller cut on the very aft part of the boat hull. Where the tape measure first hits fiberglass at the aft center of the tiller cut out should read 37' 2 3/4". ... We have found that the J 80 sails faster upwind , under 10 knots with a 1/2" to 3/4" of smooth leeward mast sag. The tuning matrix numbers will ...

  9. J/80 Class

    Common Replacement Parts are listed below. Additional specifications and photographs of all components listed below, as well as details of the Spar Sections and additional parts, are available on the Spar Section, or Parts pages.. J/80 Masts use the Sparcraft IMS-80 Mast Section. though early models used the Sparcraft F-78 Mast Section (discontinued).

  10. J/80

    Spars and Spare parts by Rig-Rite. J/80 Cruising World Review Download. J/80 Practical Sailor Magazine Review Download. J80 Tuning and trimming guide - North Sails one-design Download. Technical specifications. Dimensions: Foot/ Lbs: Meter/ Kg: LOA: 26.30: 8.00: LWL: 22.00: 6.71:

  11. J/80 Sails

    J/80. Stable, fast, and capable, the J/80 is a modern sport boat. From its beginnings and proven with numerous J/80 championships, Quantum Sails continues to lead the pack with innovative designs using premium cloth that deliver performance and durability on the racecourse. Our fast sails are complemented by Quantum's J/80 class experts, who ...

  12. J/80 is the world's most popular 26 ft one-design keelboat

    International J/80 One-Design- THE world's largest 26 ft sailboat class worldwide- 1,600+ boats in 15+ nations- try one today! ... (48% ballast ratio) J/80 has big-boat feel and requires less experienced crew. 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 ...

  13. J/80 Resources

    J/80 North American Championship - Sail Newport - Newport, RI Sept 23-25, 2022. J/80 Worlds - Sail Newport - Newport, RI Oct 1-8, 2022. J/80 West Coast Championship - Corinthian YC, Seattle, WA Oct 8-9, 2022. Useful resources for J80 owners in North America.

  14. J/80 Traveler Line

    Description. J/80 sailboat traveler line, made from 6mm SSR to a finished length of ~18 feet with end whips. SSR a single braid blend of Spectra and Cordura makes this line both durable and soft in the hand. Very similar to Maffiloli switfcord and ideal for sail control applications like the traveler line. Alpha Ropes SSR. Diameter - 6mm.

  15. J/80 technical specifications

    J/80 Specifications (Sample Specification) Composite hull and deck of GRP balsa sandwich with E-glass fabrics, additional reinforcing in way of highly loaded hardware. Vinylester and ISO NPG gelcoat in hull for osmotic gelcoat blister protection. Molded GRP main bulkhead to absorb the direct loads of the shrouds and mast compression.

  16. The J/80

    The J/80 is slightly less expensive. At $33,200, it is priced $2,250 less than the Melges. Sails will add $4,500 to the cost, approximately $500 less than the Melges. In our view, the issue is not one of performance be- cause both boats are quick, and perform well in light and heavy winds.

  17. Sailing Equipment, Parts, & Supplies

    The crew at Vela is dedicated to helping sailors finding solutions to all their needs: from the day sailor to the hardcore racer we connect with you and make sure to provide the tools you need for every challenge. We are sailors! Go sailing...Sail hard! Vela Sailing Supply is your ultimate sailing store. We sell quality sailing equipment and ...

  18. J/80

    A boat with a BN of 1.6 or greater is a boat that will be reefed often in offshore cruising. Derek Harvey, "Multihulls for Cruising and Racing", International Marine, Camden, Maine, 1991, states that a BN of 1 is generally accepted as the dividing line between so-called slow and fast multihulls.

  19. Sailboat Running Rigging Lines

    Our sailboat rigging include mainsail halyards, spinnaker halyards, and Genoa halyards that are made from a double braid polyester line, double braid Dyneema line or Vectran. Our mainsheets are also made from durable double braid polyester and hybrid fibers with blend of Dyneema and Technora. This material has the best reputation in the industry.

  20. J/80

    The J/80 is an American trailerable sailboat that was designed by Rod Johnstone as a one design racer and first built in 1992. The ... The boat is supported by an active class club that organizes racing events, the International J/80 Class Association. There are 30 fleets racing in 12 countries, including in North America, Europe and China.

  21. J/80 Sailboat Hardware

    J/80 Parts. J/80 Hardware. J/80 Hardware. Filter By Close. Clear All. Refine by No filters applied Price Update Cancel Clear. ... ONE DESIGN APPLICATIONS This fitting is commonly used and/or recommended for the following one design sailboat applications: J/70... Qty in Cart: 0. Price: $206.95. Subtotal: Harken 22 mm High-Beam Heavy Duty Track Ends.

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    J80 most used parts from the most renowned brands such as Harken® or Ronstan®. If you are looking for a specific part that you can not find, please, leave your query here . Ronstan® Battlestick™ Telescopic Alloy Tiller Extension 740-1210mm RF3131

  23. J/80 Sailboat Photo Gallery

    Detailed photos of J/80 sailboats including running rigging, standing rigging, and deck layout. Shop July 4th Savings on Rigging, Parts, and Gear! Menu. Search. Close Search. ... More Close J/80 Parts. J/80 Rigging; J/80 Hardware; J/80 Reference Photos; J/105 Parts; More Close Melges 24 Parts. Melges 24 Rigging; Melges 24 Hardware; Etchells ...