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JY15 logo.png
Class symbol
JY15s Racing at Raritan Yacht Club.jpg
JY15s racing at the Raritan Yacht Club, Perth Amboy, New Jersey
DesignerRod Johnston
LocationUnited States
No. built3000
Builder(s)Hunter Marine, Nickels Boat Works, Windrider
Boat weight275 lb (125 kg)
Draft3.00 ft (0.91 m)
LOA15.00 ft (4.57 m)
Beam5.83 ft (1.78 m)
Hull appendages
Keel/board typecenterboard
Rudder(s)transom-mounted rudder
Rig typeBermuda rig
SailplanFractional rigged sloop
Mainsail area100 sq ft (9.3 m2)
Jib/genoa area35 sq ft (3.3 m2)
Total sail area135 sq ft (12.5 m2)

The JY15 is an American one-design centerboard dinghy designed by Rod Johnstone in 1989.[1]


The design was initially built by Hunter Marine in the United States, but that company ceased production. The design was acquired by Nickels Boats Works and built from 2011. Nickels merged with WindRider of Minneapolis, Minnesota in 2015 and production continued.[2][3][4][5][6]


The JY15 is a recreational, planing hull, sailing dinghy, built predominantly of Advanced Composite Process (ACP) by Hunter and later from fiberglass by Nickels and WindRider. It has a fractional sloop, a raked stem, a vertical transom, a transom-hung rudder controlled by a tiller with an extension and a folding centerboard. It displaces 275 lb (125 kg).[2]

The boat has a draft of 3.00 ft (0.91 m) with the centreboard extended and 0.50 ft (0.15 m) with it retracted, allowing beaching or ground transportation on a trailer.[2]

The stays have lever adjusters for rapid set-up and the mast disassembles for ease of ground transport. The mainsheet is a 2:1 and is led off to the centerboard trunk. The rudder swings up for launching and recovering in shallow water. The design is optimized for crew hiking out, with hiking straps and rounded deck and hull for comfort.[1]

The Hunter-production JY-15 was made out of ACP (Advanced Composite Process). ACP is a laminate consisting of a foam core, an inner fiberglass skin, and a 1/8" outer plastic skin. When the design was acquired by Nickels it was rendered in fiberglass.[2][6]

Operational history[edit]

The JY15 is sailed in over 80 fleets in the US.[6]

See also[edit]

Similar sailboats


  1. ^ a b Sherwood, Richard M.: A Field Guide to Sailboats of North America, Second Edition, pages 50-51. Houghton Mifflin Company, 1994. ISBN 0-395-65239-1
  2. ^ a b c d Browning, Randy (2018). "JY 15 sailboat specifications and details". sailboatdata.com. Retrieved 30 December 2018.
  3. ^ Browning, Randy (2018). "Hunter Marine". sailboatdata.com. Retrieved 30 December 2018.
  4. ^ Browning, Randy (2018). "Nickels Boat Works, Inc. (USA)". sailboatdata.com. Retrieved 30 December 2018.
  5. ^ Hunter Marine. "Previous Models". www.marlow-hunter.com. Retrieved 30 December 2018.
  6. ^ a b c WindRider. "JY15". www.windrider.com. Retrieved 30 December 2018.

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