J/30, Johnstone, PHRF, low-budget, racing

February 8, 2002
Joe Comeau

Designed by Rod Johnstone in 1978, the J/30 was in production from 1979 through 1986, with 545 hulls built. The average selling price is $28,000. It takes a crew of seven to race the boat.

The J/30 is noted for heavy-air performance. It holds its own in moderate and light air as well, but really excels when it’s windier. The boat has several cruising amenities (standing headroom, enclosed head, large icebox, and hot water) for those who want to dual-purpose.

Many J/30s suffer from core rot due to water penetration around the chainplates, which could cost as much as $3,000 to professionally repair. New laminated racing sails should be approximately $9,000, but one-design class rules stipulate a Dacron main, reducing the cost.


Typical monthly costs: $852
Annual budget range: $2,000 to $12,000
PHRF 135 to 144
LOA 29’11”
LWL 25′
Beam 11’2″
Draft 5’3″
Disp. 6,700 lbs.
SA 460 sq. ft.

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