Key Yachting have been the exclusive agent for J Boats in the UK and Ireland for twenty years. We have imported hundreds of new boats, hosted 20 J-Cup regattas, and sailed with countless owners and their crew!
We understood the superiority of the J boat brand, and we are extremely proud to have cultivated a large following in the UK. J Boats can be found at almost every big sailing regatta.
It’s not hard to understand why the J Boats revolution has taken the sailing world by storm. They are easily controlled, forgiving and sea-kindly but at the same time incredibly exciting to sail and race. The advanced composite construction ensures that for their size, these boats are faster, lighter and stronger than their contemporaries. Since the launch of the J/24 in 1978, these performance cruiser-racers have developed and evolved and have increased in popularity ever since. The J/105, launched in 1991, was the first of the ‘J-Sprit’ models from J Boats, which feature retractable carbon-fibre bowsprits and asymmetric spinnakers. It is perhaps the success of these asymmetric designs which has ensured that the J Boats brand is now synonymous with this kind of performance cruiser-racer.
While other manufacturers may sell more boats, J Boats have won the high-end, performance-oriented segment of the market. Theirs is the so-called racer/cruiser category: boats that perform well on the race course but which are comfortable and easy enough for the family to daysail or cruise or cross oceans or race short-handed.