NEW J/45



Hull 2 Out Of Shed

J 45 In The Shed

McMichael is excited to announce the launch of J/45 hull #2, custom built for a longtime client who was seeking the ultimate no-compromise racer/cruiser. Sea trials will take place at the J/Composites factory (Les Sables d’Olonne, France) in April prior to the boat shipping to her homeport on Long Island Sound. The latest flagship from J/Boats has already made a splash in Europe with the first nine hulls sold. The next boat available for the US market will complete at the factory in March of 2023.

J/45 Principal Dimensions 
Dimensions ft./lbs. m/kg
LOA 45.46 13.85
LWL 41.20 12.56
Beam 13.95 4.25
Standard Draft 7.60 2.32
Displacement 22,900 10,400
100% SA-Upwind 1,303 121
Asymmetric Spinnaker Area 1,938 180
CE Category A A


For complete specifications, pricing and more information on the new J/45, click HERE.


Key features and options

Hull and Deck in infused E-glass with foam core Tapered, fractional carbon fiber mast with discontinuous rod rigging
High density foam core inserts and reinforcement Aluminum boom with option for furling boom
ISO NPG gelcoat with vinylester outer skin on hull Fixed carbon bowsprit w/ integral anchor roller (option for longer racing sprit)
Structural engineering and contruction to exceed Category A Offshore Forward owner’s cabin with island berth and ensuite head with separate shower
Low VCG 7.5′ keel with faired/templated cast iron fin and lead bulb Single or twin aft cabins with standard aft head
Adjustable helmsman platforms at each wheel Optional flip-down swim platform


Effortless, Enjoyable Sailing

The J/45 is a true sailing yacht, designed and built for the sea by dedicated, life-long sailors. The J/Boats and J/Composites teams have collaborated to create a special design for discerning sailors seeking an exceptional sailing experience. The J/45’s feather-light touch on the helm and easy reach of the sail controls delivers pure enjoyment as you sail in perfect balance through the waves while everyone else aboard relaxes. The J/45 can be sailed solo, cruised by 2-3 couples or large family, and pleasure sailed or raced with room for the whole crew. This is an investment grade yacht that won’t require a professional crew to sail, handle or maintain.

Comfort at Sea and at Anchor

The J/45’s sea-kindly motion and comfort is built-in. The combination of advanced composite construction, an easily-driven hull shape, and low center-of-gravity, results in the stability and smooth sailing motion normally reserved for larger yachts. Quality matters and the J/45 makes no compromise when it comes to critical components like the composite materials, keel, spars, winches, and deck hardware, that all contribute to a comfortable motion while sailing.

Comfort at sea is also a function of how much “effort” is exerted by the crew. With the J/45, the same main and jib combination that performs in 6 knots of wind can be “depowered” to perform in 20 knots – no sail change needed. This cuts crew work in half compared to constant sail-changing needed on heavier cruisers. The J/45’s exceptional light air sailing capability also means less engine time and a longer range between stops.

The same secure and protected cockpit at sea then transforms into the social center while at anchor – comfortable seats with back rests, large cockpit table, and easy swimming access off the transom. A large companionway dodger connected to an aft bimini provides protection from the elements.



Refined Interior Design and Living Space
The J/45 breaks new ground for J/Boats for interior design and comfort thanks to interior designer Isabelle Racoupeau. Working in close collaboration with the J/Composites Shipyard, Racoupeau has brought her vast experience in cruising yacht design, to create a beautifully finished and elegant interior befitting the newest cruising J.
Owners may choose from a two cabin/two head or a three cabin/two head interior arrangement. One can further personalize the interior finish with three choices of wood (white oak, teak, or walnut) and extensive upholstery options. A wide range of onboard systems are available (air conditioning, heat, sound system, etc) to enhance cruising comfort.


J45 Interior Plans


Design Pedigree
Great boats don’t happen overnight. They evolve from the joint experiences of designer, builder and owners to become state-of-the-art. The J/45 is such a yacht . . . . building upon the experience of 15,000+ J’s built since 1977 that have taken their owners to the far reaches of the planet on numerous trans-oceanic and around-the-world passages. J owners are passionate about their boats, and J cruising designs are among the most sought-after for their unique combination of sailing comfort and performance. The J/45 is the culmination of three years of collaborative work between the design, engineering and build teams at J/Boats and J/Composites to create a unique and compelling yacht for today’s sailor.
Built Offshore Tough
The J/45 is built strong by J/Composites (in the Vendee region of France) with the latest advanced composite resin infusion technology – twice as strong as hand-laid fiberglass boats. J/Composites was the first European-based shipyard to adopt the patented SCRIMP resin infusion system in the mid 90’s and is now one of the most experienced sailboat builders in the world for sandwich/infusion construction.
Anchoring the internal structure of the J/45 hull is an extensive composite grid and series of structural composite bulkheads that are bonded to the hull and deck. The J/45’s custom-engineered structure provides exceptional stiffness and optimal strength-to-weight, without sacrificing the comfort of the living spaces below.
Expand your Bucket List
Is there an epic cruise you’ve dreamed of, or a signature racing event you’d give anything to enter? The J/45 can be sailed on her own bottom to almost anywhere in the world. Imagine setting sail from the Canary Islands in November on the ARC Cruising Rally to the Caribbean. Then cruise the islands with the family over the holidays. Invite your sailing mates to join you in February for the Rolex Caribbean 600. Then set off on another leisurely cruise. Unplug for weeks at a time or stay fully connected in “remote working” mode. Discover a healthier, happier life/work balance all while exploring the world and checking off your growing bucket list. The J/45 is launching Spring 2021!

For complete specifications, pricing, and more information on the new J/45, click HERE.