|The story of J/Boats is a
classic entrepreneurial tale: With a $20,000 investment, and a
speedy 24-foot sailboat that Rod Johnstone built in his garage,
Rod & his brother Bob Johnstone went into business. That was
20 years ago. Now, that boat, the J/24, has become the most
popular recreational offshore keelboat in the world.
In addition to the 5,300
J/24s cruising the waves, there are nearly 4,000 more J/Boats,
ranging from the International J/22 to the just launched J/160,
that sailing enthusiasts have bought at prices ranging from
$10,000 to $650,000.
In the boatbuilding
business, the Johnstones have won the high-end, performance -
oriented segment of the market. Theirs is the racer/cruiser
category -- boats that perform well enough to race but which are
comfortable and easy enough for the family to daysail and cruise.
J/Boats sells 15 models in
four series from 7.5-16 meters: