Class symbol
J22 sailboat Cheque Mate 1985.jpg
DesignerRod Johnstone
LocationCanada United States
Builder(s)Tillotson Pearson for J Boats, Waterline Systems
Boat weight1,790 lb (812 kg)
Draft3.80 ft (1.16 m)
LOA22.50 ft (6.86 m)
LWL19.00 ft (5.79 m)
Beam8.00 ft (2.44 m)
Engine typeOutboard motor
Hull appendages
Keel/board typefin keel
Ballast700 lb (318 kg)
Rudder(s)transom-mounted rudder
Rig typeBermuda rig
I foretriangle height24.80 ft (7.56 m)
J foretriangle base8.80 ft (2.68 m)
P mainsail luff26.10 ft (7.96 m)
E mainsail foot9.00 ft (2.74 m)
SailplanFractional rigged sloop
Mainsail area117.45 sq ft (10.911 m2)
Jib/genoa area109.12 sq ft (10.138 m2)
Spinnaker area361 sq ft (33.5 m2)
Total sail area226.57 sq ft (21.049 m2)
Class is a member of World Sailing

The J/22 is an American trailerable sailboat that was designed by Rod Johnstone as a one-design racer and first built in 1983.[1][2][3][4]


The design was initially built under contract by Tillotson Pearson for J/Boats of Newport, Rhode Island, United States, starting in 1983. It was later built by Waterline Systems in Portsmouth, Rhode Island, but that company had ceased production by 2017.[1][3][5][6]



The J/22 is a recreational keelboat, built predominantly of fiberglass over a Baltex core, with teak wood trim. It has a fractional sloop rig with aluminum spars, a raked stem, a plumb transom, a transom-hung rudder controlled by a tiller and a fixed fin keel. It displaces 1,790 lb (812 kg) and carries 700 lb (318 kg) of lead ballast. The mainsail and jib are usually equipped with windows for visibility.[1][3]

The boat has a draft of 3.80 ft (1.16 m) and is normally fitted with a small outboard motor for docking and maneuvering.[1]

The cabin is small, low and equipped with a single rectangular fixed port on each side, while the cockpit is 7 ft (2.1 m) long and is self-bailing.[3][7]

For sailing the design is equipped with an adjustable backstay and upper and lower shrouds. The mainsheet traveler is located mid-cockpit and sheets near the boom end. The jib winches are located on the coach house roof. The rudder assembly is the same as used on the larger J/24 and the boat comes with a lifting eye for crane launching.[3][7]

Near the start of manufacturing in 1984 the optional equipment list included a steel sternrail and a bow pulpit, hull lifelines, bottom paint, V-berth cushions, a quarter-berth, boat trailer, and spinnaker. Unusual in a keelboat, the class rules allow hiking straps to be fitted.[7]

The boat is normally fitted with a small 3 to 6 hp (2 to 4 kW) outboard motor for docking and maneuvering.[4]

The design has a PHRF racing average handicap of 180-183 and a Portsmouth Yardstick of 82.4. It is normally raced with a crew of three sailors.[3]

Operational history

J/22 flying a spinnaker

By 1994 the boat was being raced in 61 fleets worldwide and had international status. The design has an active class association that organizes competitions, the International J/22 Class Association.[3][8]

The J/22 is used in the USA Women's Match Racing Championship regatta, for the Santa Maria Cup[9]

A 1984 review of the design in Canadian Yachting described it as "a fun, spritely yacht packed with performance". In assessing its performance the writer note, "with the wind a mild-mannered 12 to 18 knots and flat water, we had a whale of a ride. The J/22's helm is quick and responsive-distinctly dinghy-like. The boat is fitted with the same rudder assembly as the larger J/24, which results in most positive steering, but the helm is not heavy or difficult even in heavy weather. Because the helm is so light, the boat accelerates well and scorches along downwind. On the other hand, with full main and working jib, we did find the boat a little tender going to windward, with a habit of heeling quickly in the puffs. Under these circumstances, an alert crew shifting weight to the outer edge of the deck helped significantly."[7]

In a 1994 review Richard Sherwood wrote, "ready to race when delivered, but the J/22 can still be tuned to fit conditions ... There is a cabin into which four or five people might fit, but the J/22 is meant to be raced, not cruised. (However, in light air, it is suggested that one or more of the crew go below to reduce windage and to keep weight forward and low.)"[3]

In a 2010 review Steve Henkel wrote, "best features: Like the other J/boats, the J/22 is well built and well fitted out (Baltek-cored laminates, Harken deck fittings, Hall spars, etc.) Responsive, fast, and early-planing, built for safety with buoyancy tanks and offshore hatches, she is a very popular round-the-buoys racing class ... Worst features: Comfort is limited with no cockpit coamings; crew position is generally forward of the cockpit, hanging along the weather rail in anything but very light winds, A hoist (one ton or more) is almost a necessity to launch and retrieve the J/22 from the water. This boat is mainly a day-racer, but can be overnighted successfully. There are berths for four, but if privacy is an issue, we'd recommend one very friendly couple at most."[4]

International Women's Keelboat Championship


Year Location Entries Winning Boat Country Skipper
2011 Rochester, New York, United States[11]  USA Cory Sertl
2010  FRA Claire Leroy
2009 Rochester, New York, United States  FRA Claire Leroy
2008  USA Sally Barkow
2007 La Porte, Texas, United States  USA Sally Barkow
2006  NZL Katie Spithill
2005  SWE Marie Bjorling
2004  USA Sally Barkow
2003  USA Elizabeth Baylis
2002  SWE Marie Bjorling
2001  USA Cory Sertl
2000  USA Betsy Alison
1999  USA Dawn Riley
1998  BMU Paula Lewin
1997  USA Betsy Alison
1996  USA Melissa Purdy
1995  USA Jody Swanson
1994  CAN Karen Johnson
1993  USA Julia Trotman
1992  USA Dawn Riley
1991  USA J. J. Isler

See also

J/22 deck layout
J/22 on trailer, showing keel arrangement
J/22 interior, showing the spartan accommodations

Related development

Similar sailboats


  1. ^ a b c d McArthur, Bruce (2020). "J/22 sailboat". sailboatdata.com. Archived from the original on 13 January 2020. Retrieved 19 July 2020.
  2. ^ McArthur, Bruce (2020). "Rod Johnstone". sailboatdata.com. Archived from the original on 19 July 2020. Retrieved 19 July 2020.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h Sherwood, Richard M.: A Field Guide to Sailboats of North America, Second Edition, pages 118-119. Houghton Mifflin Company, 1994. ISBN 0-395-65239-1
  4. ^ a b c Henkel, Steve: The Sailor's Book of Small Cruising Sailboats, page 179. International Marine/McGraw-Hill, 2010. ISBN 978-0-07-163652-0
  5. ^ McArthur, Bruce (2020). "J Boats". sailboatdata.com. Archived from the original on 19 July 2020. Retrieved 19 July 2020.
  6. ^ McArthur, Bruce (2020). "Waterline Systems, LLC 1988 - 2017". sailboatdata.com. Archived from the original on 19 July 2020. Retrieved 19 July 2020.
  7. ^ a b c d "J 22". Canadian Yachting. 1984. Archived from the original on 19 July 2020. Retrieved 15 July 2020.
  8. ^ McArthur, Bruce (2020). "J/22 Class". sailboatdata.com. Archived from the original on 19 July 2020. Retrieved 19 July 2020.
  9. ^ "Santa Maria Cup". Archived from the original on 17 July 2012. Retrieved 29 January 2013.
  10. ^ "Santa Maria Cup Past Winners". Archived from the original on 28 July 2012. Retrieved 24 May 2013.
  11. ^ "US SAILING's 2011 Rolex International Women's Keelboat Championship".

External links

  • Official website