We selected the J/80 as our principal training boat for a multitude of reasons.
The J/80 was rated the easiest to handle, least intimidating, safest and best suited for offshore sailing compared to other boats in her class by Sailing World Magazine during Boat of the Year testing.
With a 48% ballast/displacement ratio, the J/80 is incredibly stable. In layman’s terms, this means that, of the boat’s 2900 pounds of total weight, approximately 1400 pounds is made up of lead ballast at the bottom of a 5 foot deep keel. This also makes the boat quite forgiving even in big breeze. In fact, it means the boat is impossible to capsize and quick to recover from a broach or other inadvertant manuever. We feel confident taking beginning students out on our boats in even the breeziest conditions.
This doesn’t mean that the J/80 is a one trick pony. With its high sail area to displacement ratio (lots of horsepower) the J/80 is quick and lively, even in light air. In the Chesapeake Bay, the prevailing winds in the summer are relatively light (a seabreeze of 8-12 knots occurs like clockwork all summer long), and the J/80 is well suited to them. With its tall rig, generous sail plan, and asymmetric spinnaker, our teaching platform allows us to effectively run courses in as little as 3 knots of wind.
The J/80 is also comfortable, featuring a 12 foot long cockpit and high boom. This gives us plenty of elbow room, even with a full capacity of four students and one instructor. Although space below is sparse, there is plenty of room to store sailing gear bags and a cooler for lunches and cold drinks.
One of the most important reasons for choosing the J/80 is the fun factor! The boat is incredibly responsive and handles like a dream. We compare the J/80 to the BMW of the sailing world. Through high end parts and construction, we get a performance machine that keeps our students coming back for more.
Don’t just take our word for it, come and experience the J/80 for yourself!
We use the J/37 as the primary training boat for our cruising courses.
Designed purely for cruising, the J/37 is an excellent all around performer providing students with excellent feedback and response, dramatically enhancing the learning process. While most cruising boats sail poorly both to windward and in light winds, the 37 is a stand-out in both disciplines.
She also handles exceptionally well in tight quarters under power instilling confidence in your first docking experiences.
The rig and deck layout are set up for easy sail handling and fine tune adjustment of sail trim, including roller furling on the headsail, self-tailing winches and a hydraulic backstay adjuster.
She features two private double cabins (fore and aft) plus two salon berths, comfortably accommodating up to four students plus our instructor.
The J/37 features all of the systems typically found on a cruiser of this size including: diesel engine, 12-volt electrical system, pressure water, head and holding tank, propane oven and stove, navigation instrumentation and safety equipment.