J/Boats: Sailing to Success (Hardcover)


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Author: Anthony Dalton

In 1975 Rod Johnstone finally decided to build the boat he’d been planning since completing design correspondence school 10 years earlier. Thirty years later, the J/24, the boat based on that first garage-built vessel is the most popular recreational offshore keelboat in the world. The story of J/Boats’ success, as inspiring as it is unlikely, unfolds for the first time in this illustrated history, which tells how Rod and his brother Bob turned one homebuilt boat and a \$20,000 investment into the company that dominates the performance-oriented sailboat market today.

J/Boats: Sailing to Success follows the company from its first days to the ascension of a second generation of Johnstones. With detailed history, anecdotes, and a wealth of photographs, the book brings to life the colorful personalities, the design revolutions, and, of course, all the fabulous racer/cruiser models that have carried J/Boats to triumph.