According to Jeff Johnstone, President of JBoats, the J/105 has overwhelmed the entire 30-37 foot keelboat market. And he is not only speaking about his competitors, but boats in his own line as well. Even though the J/105 was the first sprit boat when it was designed by Rod Johnstone in 1990, it still dominates sixteen years into its production cycle and it is among the top four boats receiving inquiries (among 15 current models) from potential buyers. According to Jeff, their other 30-37 foot boats serve other needs.
Introduced in 1991 as the first modern day keelboat with bow-sprit and asymmetric spinnaker, J/105 today is the most successful one-design keelboat class over 30' in the USA with over 680 boats sailing worldwide. The class association is an owner managed organization with strict one-design rules, a world class web site, and offers the best and most active one-design racing in the USA today.