The J/24 sailboat is a legacy of Rod Johnstone’s J/Boats. It is an immensely popular one-design keelboat that was built in 1977. After being recognized by World Sailing (WS), more than 5,500 units of the J/24 sailed internationally. Its body is predominantly composed of fiberglass that gives it a sleek, high-end look. It has a length overall (LOA) of 2.40 ft., a waterline length (LWL) of 20.0 ft., and a maximum beam of 8.00 ft.
With a heavy-duty ballast of 950 lb., this design can effortlessly resist the lateral forces on the hull. The J/24 sailor runs on an outboard engine that is ideal for a sailboat of its size. It features a fractional rig that sports a 26.25 ft. foretriangle height, a 9.50 ft. foretriangle base, a 28.00 ft. mainsail luff, and a 9.75 ft. mainsail foot. Its impressive sail specs sport a mainsail area of 136.5 sq. ft., a jib area of 124.6 sq. ft., and a spinnaker area of 449 sq. ft. It is steered with a heavy-duty spade rudder that is controlled by a wheel or fin keel.
For a boat of its size, the J/24 is spacious enough to accommodate up to five passengers. Its interior is designed with aesthetics and comfort in mind. The cabin features two adult size settee berths that have ample storage space beneath. It also offers a V-berth, waterproof lights, electrical panels, sink basin, hot and cold water tank, and watertight ports.
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