• United States
  • PO Box 90, Rhode Island, 02840 J/Boats, Inc

J/Boats — a true embodiment of the "American dream". From garage build up to 14,000 cases in 40 countries in 40 years — that is the way of J/Boats is probably the most successful such enterprises in the world.

company History

the Family business the family of Johnstone, J/Boats leads from the beginning 1970s when Rod Johnstone is sold in Soundings Magazine in Connecticut. Designer by education and a fanatical yachtsman, Rod always drew the boat projects, albeit he had to work even a history teacher. Job at the sailing edition has helped Johnston to meet with players of the market, which provided support for the successful future of the first model J24. It was in 1976.

Forming a company with his brother Bob, Rod started the construction of the J24 in 1977, and in the first year it sold 250 cases. In 1981, the magazine SAIL Magazine J24 called "the Best keel yacht" for 30 years, and it has sold more than 5,000 buildings.

J/Boats played a major role in the development of yacht building. In the beginning 1990s model J/105 for the first time carries an asymmetric Spinnaker on a removable bowsprit. More than 20 other projects were recognized as "yacht of the year" and five received the status of "international class" from Sailing World. In 1991, the magazine Fortune recognized J/Boats one of the best American products of the century.

In 2016, the Rod Johnstone (1937) was included in the "marine Hall of fame" of the United States. Honorary member of the new Yorkyacht club commander Wadawanuck Yacht Club, a Genus known for its maxims, for example:

"Half the pleasure of his boat get, just admiring it."


the development of the brand J/Boats exploring in the Harvard andUniversity of Virginia. The company almost didn't bust and are now producing boats at the plant in Rhode island. License some models of J/Boats are built in France, Italy, China South Africa, Argentina.

J/Boats remains a family business. Since 1988, J/Boats operated by the second generation of the Johnston. Now six sons rod and Bob are top management and the Board of Directors of the company.


For more than 40-year the story of J/Boats are brought to the market some 40 models from 20 to 60 feet. The range includes >keel yacht for club racing and >sports cruiser of the yacht. The most famous of the now-offer — club J/70, — "yacht of the year" in the United States and Europe (2013), with sales of around 1300 cases.

it is Interesting that so far almost every model J/Boats is the contribution of its founders, rod and Bob Johnstone. J/Boats has never attracted external designers to design boats.


Despite the good internal finish cruising models, J/Boats, these boats still more athletic than cruise. Of course, this is also true for model for club racing. Accordingly, to cope with J/Boats alone would be difficult. But that's the philosophy of J/Boats: safe, exciting and fast race in light and breeze, be it the Bay or open sea.

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