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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.

J/30 http://www.J30.org 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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The J30 is a 29.83ft fractional sloop designed by Johnstone and built in fiberglass by J Boats between 1979 and 1986.

554 units have been built..

The J30 is a moderate weight sailboat which is a good performer. It is stable / stiff and has a low righting capability if capsized. It is best suited as a day-boat.

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Model J30
Length 29.83 ft
Beam 11.18 ft
Draft 5.25 ft
Country United states (North America)
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Sail area / displ. 19.47
Ballast / displ. 30 %
Displ. / length 200
Comfort ratio 16.42
Capsize 2.34
Hull type Monohull fin keel with transom hung rudder
Construction Fiberglass
Waterline length 25 ft
Maximum draft 5.25 ft
Displacement 7000 lbs
Ballast 2100 lbs
Hull speed 6.70 knots

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Rigging Fractional Sloop
Sail area (100%) 444 sq.ft
Air draft 0 ft ??
Sail area fore 196.59 sq.ft
Sail area main 247 sq.ft
I 34.19 ft
J 11.50 ft
P 38 ft
E 13 ft
Nb engines 1
Total power 15 HP
Fuel capacity 0 gals

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Water capacity 0 gals
Headroom 0 ft
Nb of cabins 0
Nb of berths 0
Nb heads 0

Builder data

Builder J Boats
Designer Johnstone
First built 1979
Last built 1986
Number built 554

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Annual fleet president’s message, 41st j/30 north american championship, hot chocolate wins at bikini cup, shamrock’s big wins at the 2023 helly hansen sailing world regatta series.

Greetings!

As the new year unfolds, I find myself filled with excitement and anticipation for the adventures that lie ahead. It is with great pleasure that I write this letter to each and every one of you. Together, we form a community bound by our shared love for sailing, camaraderie, and a thirst for pushing the limits of our capabilities.

First, I want to extend my warmest wishes for a prosperous and joyful new year. May the wind always fill your sails, guiding you towards new horizons as you navigate the boundless span of marine waters. As we embark on this journey together, let us embrace the challenges that lie ahead with unwavering determination and a spirit of unity.

Looking back at the previous year and the objectives I had as your Class President, I hope that you had many chances to sail and enjoy the benefits of this lifestyle. My goal of meeting a few skippers in person across the country was amazingly fulfilled while attending the 2023 North American Championship hosted by the Bristol Yacht Club in Rhode Island last August, and when a J/30 skipper from Alaska visited Annapolis, Maryland this past fall prompting a spontaneous meetup with a few Chesapeake skippers at Eastport Yacht Club. It is through these types of experiences that I feel we have forged unbreakable bonds, creating a community that is not merely a fleet, but a family.

My ambition is to continue my original goals as your Class President by encouraging you to get out on the water and inspire newcomers to our class to learn from our fleet so that they may keep the sport of sailing alive and well. I also would like to promote more in-person meet-ups to continue building our camaraderie nationwide.

With that in mind, please save the dates for the 2024 North American Championship to be held in Annapolis, Maryland on September 11-15, 2024. Eastport Yacht Club will host this event. I think we might set a new class record by having the most female skippers participate in a J/30 North American Championship. I hope you will join us in celebrating this remarkable achievement! Registration is now open, and I am incredibly pleased to announce that we already have seven J/30s registered! I am hoping to have at least fifteen boats signed up, including the top three finishers from last year!

Even if you do not wish to, or cannot compete, please consider joining us and participating in the onshore events. Annapolis is a gem of American history and maritime culture. A wonderful city to captivate and inspire you whether you are visiting the historic landmarks, savoring the delicious seafood, or just soaking in the charming ambiance along with our fleet’s special camaraderie! For the Notice of Race and other info please check out .

Make sure to keep your dues current. To pay your 2024 Class Association membership dues, please click on the link at top of this message highlighted in yellow or visit the J/30 class website:

I also encourage everyone to share their experiences sailing and owning a J/30 on the and utilizing the class association’s and .

In closing, I want to thank you for being part of this amazing fleet. The J/30 Class is the reason for our bond, and our shared passion and firm determination will keep us moving ahead.

Wishing you fair winds, smooth seas, and an unforgettable year ahead.

Heidi Frist
J/30 Class President
Suzie Q #203

Congratulations to Debby Grimm and team Hot Chocolate for winning the 43rd Annual Bikini Cup Regatta in Pensacola, FL.

This weekend’s regatta is part of the 23rd Annual Women’s trilogy race series. July 22 is Race for the Roses. Aug 5-6 is the Fast Women regatta.

Bikini Cup July 15, 2023 @ Navy Yacht Club Pensacola https://www.regattanetwork.com/event/25610#_docs

Race for the Roses July 22, 2023 @ Pensacola Beach Yacht Club https://www.regattanetwork.com/clubmgmt/regatta_uploads/26718/Roses2023NOR.pdf

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Annual Fleet President’s Message

January 5, 2023

Dear J/30 Fleet, Happy New Year!

My name is Heidi Frist and I am the owner/skipper of Suzie Q, hull #203 located in the Chesapeake Bay. I am so honored to be elected to serve as the 16th Class President and the first female in the history of our association. I have had a lot of fun serving as the Chesapeake Fleet Captain and look forward to expanding this fun to a national level!

I want to thank our outgoing President, Bruce Irvin, for his leadership and guidance. Bruce is a dedicated member of our class and an excellent skipper and competitor who continuously displays the spirit of honesty and integrity. He is always there to offer a supportive hand in giving tips on racing strategy and boat handling to encourage members of the class to participate in various regattas and events. I remember he twisted my arm to enter Suzie Q in Eastport Yacht Club’s Lights Parade in 2019. He said it was the most Christmassy thing you can do. And sure enough, he was right! So, thank you Bruce for your devotion to our class!

I also want to thank Dave Erwin for his support and friendship and Dan Mather for keeping us straight with our finances.

Hailing originally from the hills of West Virginia, I did not grow up sailing. When I moved to Maryland in 2002 and experienced other life changing events, I discovered the Chesapeake Bay and what it is like to be powered by the wind to move through the water. I purchased my J/30 on Mother’s Day in 2012 and my life hasn’t been the same since! As I’ve grown to love racing in the Chesapeake Bay, I’ve also grown to love cruising with friends, visiting some amazing places by water. My favorite so far is sailing Grenada and the Grenadines. I’ve done a couple Golden Rock Regattas (a race from St. Martin to St. Eustasia including all the islands in between that was sadly discontinued) and in 2016, I participated in the Key West to Cuba race. I have even done a couple amazing boat deliveries along the east coast with my partner who is a licensed captain. If you want a little more info about me, check out in their February 2022 issue.

I am enthusiastic about the upcoming sailing season! My goal as your Class President is to encourage racers and cruisers of the J/30 fleet to get out on the water and enjoy what this lifestyle has to offer. I am hoping to get some of us together in-person for social meetups and build up our camaraderie nationwide. I want to welcome newcomers to our class and encourage young sailors to learn from our fleet so they may keep the sport of sailing alive and well. I am also hoping to learn from you! I am optimistic that you all share the same enthusiasm and will help me achieve these goals.

To get things started, please mark your calendar for the 2023 North American to be held in Bristol, RI on August 24-27, 2023. Anyone who is planning to go to Bristol, RI should start thinking about their accommodations and making those reservations as soon as possible. Even if you don’t want to, or are unable to compete, please consider joining us and participating in the on-shore events. Bristol is a New England tourist haven with amazing seafood, beautiful views and historic attractions. It is also arguably where our boats were born! A great place to have a little vacation and fleet camaraderie at the same time! For the Notice of Race and other info please check out for this event.

Make sure to keep your dues current. To pay your 2023 Class Association membership dues, please visit the J/30 class website:

I also encourage everyone to share their experiences sailing and owning a J/30 on the and utilizing the class association’s and .

I look forward to meeting you all in person in Bristol, RI. Have a great year on and off the water!

Heidi Frist
J/30 Class President
Suzie Q #203

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I'm looking for info re this boat. I've done the sailboatdata.com, and google and the class association. I'm looking for tips for survey, performance info from anyone who has owned one or raced one - either on board or against one. Basically, I considering this for a Wed. Pm and club level PHRF racing for limited crew. Our regular Wed Pm breeze is 15- 18 knots. I would keep the jib on a furler and am considering using just the 105% as a working sail. Most of the sailing would be the admiral and I. No apes on the rail. We also would like to do overnights at a local anchorage. Nothing long distance. I know J 24's, 22's, 27's and 29's but I don't know much about the 30. What does anyone think?  

Jackdaw

It's hard not to look at the 30 and see a big J24. Indeed it was designed right after the 24. Its a very decent boat; quick for sure. Will absolutely CRUSH any of its contemporaries in the 29-31 foot range that were coming out at the same time. (C&C, Bristol, Cal, etc) you name it. Only the Olson 30 is close. The boat is a bit tender but OK with a jib. Two can handle it easily that way. Fractional rig helps the 2-up part as well. Just play the main and all is golden. Hopefully your PHRF board will give you some credit for the jib and the furler. Racing? Limited (spin) crew means 5. Cruising fine. I think it has a 1-cyl diesel and is LOUD downstairs. No anchor locker on deck IIRC. Headroom is low, and tankage is small for a cruiser. But thats fixable. The whole thing is cored so look hard for wetness. Look for signs of strain from the rigging. Most have been sailed HARD.  

Ted

The J30 is a very nice boat. It was on my short list when I was looking to purchase a boat in the 30 foot size range. I crewed on one years ago and am pretty familiar with it. Ultimately I decided against buying one because it had to be sailed very flat to be competitive and I knew that I wouldn't have the crew weight to do that. My sailing area typically has wind speeds in the 15 knot range. The boat also developed a lot of weather helm as she heeled, primarily because of the wide beam. They are very fast down wind in a blow but struggle in light air and chop. Specific areas to check on the J30 are the structural supports for the engine mounts and the fiberglass floor around the mast step. The hull and deck are balsa cored so a moisture check should be done. I'd be surprised if they come up dry as almost all boats with this type of construction have some issues. It's just a matter of how widespread it is. There were two cockpit disigns over the years. The earlier models had cockpits which were similar to the J24 with almost no coaming. The later models had coamings which helped keep water out of the cockpit.  

Jackdaw, They came with a Yanmar 2GM 2 cylinder diesel. The anchor locker is on the starboard side near the chain plate. A Danforth type anchor can be stored vertically. It's easy to miss because the locker lid is narrow and doesn't look like a typical anchor locker especially because of its location.  

Ted said: The anchor locker is on the starboard side near the chain plate. A Danforth type anchor can be stored vertically. It's easy to miss because the locker lid is narrow and doesn't look like a typical anchor locker especially because of its location. Click to expand

I appreciate the responses. I'll probably take a look at it. I'm a little concerned about the draft which is a bit over what's considered max around here. I'll see if the condition is good enough to worry about that.  

The J30 has been popular in my club for the past 20 or more years. There are 2 deck versions, the older version does not have backrests in the cockpit the newer version does. They do like to be sailed flat. The transom hung rudder can develop some weather helm and in heavier conditions it is not well balanced so it takes more effort to steer. As others have noted, the entire boat is balsa cored, so watch out for wet core or the price should reflect the wet coring. Head room is just under 6'. The interior is comfortable for short term cruising, a week or two, not a boat that I would want to live aboard. The One Design J30 has a longer spin pole than PHRF allows, so you pay a rating penalty. Some boats have had problems with wet transoms. Here's a link to the J30 Class Association: http://j30.us/blog/  

DL, Maybe you can confirm for me that the 163 is the class jib? I was looking on the Class Association site and that seems to be the case. I didn't find the class rules or a link to such.  

Here's link to the class rules. Paragraph 5.12.5.1 describes the allowable limits of the #1 Genoa's LP. ' Its been a few years since I raced on J30, but I think the class mostly uses 155% genoas. We always referred to them by number, 1, 2, or 3. Edit: forgot to paste the link! http://j30.us/j30.org/public_html/html/technical/J30-2013-Class-Rules-only.pdf  

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