100% Perfect for a day’s sail. Recapture the Joy!

There’s nothing quite like steering a sleek, fast boat with a light touch on the tiller, the stability of a keel below, being close to the water and sliding through waves with barely a whisper.

One’s standard of acceleration and that feeling of being one with wind, wave and boat probably started on a small dinghy…a Hobie Cat, Sunfish or inland scow. Then as one’s boats got larger, some of the magic faded. Sure, cruising was an adventure and the camaraderie of a winning race crew unforgettable.

But, now it seems there’s less time for such pursuits. Priorities change. Every moment counts. Time’s too precious and the alternatives too numerous to put up with any boat less than what will recapture those simple joys of sailing.

J/100 is designed to do just that.

The comforts that experienced sailors appreciate are part of the package. A two cylinder inboard saildrive hums along at 6.5 knots like a sewing machine, when you can hear it. Why limit your horizons because the wind might die? There’s a bona fide marine head and even a couple of bunks with an option for a V-berth forward for the occasional overnight. A dodger works to extend the sailing season.

If you plan to single-hand the boat or do some relaxed non-spinnaker racing, the Hoyt jib boom shown above works great! No need to overwork the crew or have anyone on the foredeck when there’s a self-tacking jib and auto-whisker pole.

If the joy of sailing is a priority- the feel of acceleration and response of a good boat- we believe you’ll find this ‘J” to be a “perfect” day’s sail!


Perfect Features For a Boat That’s a “10”!

Expand your sailing horizons.

Why limit your horizons to the local harbor because the wind might die? Nothing like a two-cylinder inboard saildrive with folding prop to get you home safely at a steady 6.5 knots—the saildrive so quiet it hums away as softly as a sewing machine. For an afternoon sail, you can set your sights 15 to 20 miles away and still be home for dinner.

And the J/100 extends your sailing season as well. Why limit sailing to summer months when some of best sailing days can be found in spring or fall? Few day-boats offer crew protection from the cold wind. Not so with the J/100, thanks to its large protective offshore dodger.

Why limit family adventures to the all-too-familiar local area? Thanks to the versatility of the J/100, coastal cruising can be part of your sailing plans. Toss in a classic boom tent to extend the “living room” to the cockpit, and the possibilities are nearly limitless– Rhode Island’s Governor believes that is the case!

A self-bailing cockpit, a closed transom for seakeeping safety, lifelines provide comfort and peace-of-mind while sailing offshore.

A bona-fide marine head, teak trimmed storage shelves for books and personal gear, and a comfortable interior berthing arrangement define the J/100 as more than just an open-cockpit daysailer.

Two comfortable settee berths and an optional V-berth forward allow four people accommodations for a weekend of harbor hopping, from one good restaurant to the next.

The cooler takes care of breakfast and lunch duties admirably, certainly enough for an evening sail. Peanut butter & jelly, chips and Oreo’s for the kids? Or wine, fruit and cheese for a picturesque evening sail?

Articles & Review


J/100-The Perfect Day Racer/Weekender

J Boats, with their slogan “Better Boats for People who Love to Sail,” has done it again. The J/100, a sleek 33-footer, has all the ingredients for a winning Boat of the Year formula: looks, simplicity, speed, and price. The J/100 is eye-catching mooring candy. I remember sitting at the New York YC in Newport, R.I., last summer looking down the hill at hull No. 1. There was something about the dark color and narrow beam of the boat that brought my eye back to it over, and over, and over again. The mooring field was full of yachts, ranging in size, and all I could do was to imagine what it would be like to sail this one. I was pleased,

because I knew it was registered for the 2005 BOTY contest, and that I’d be taking it for a spin in a couple of months. It was entertaining to hear out-of-towners trying to figure out what kind of boat it was-the ads that J Boats had run to that point had only been computer renderings and line drawings. When someone finally said: “It’s the new J/100,” all I heard was: “Wow.”

The J/100 is quite clean on the deck, everything is led aft, making it easy for shorthanded sailing. I’ve seen the J/100 both with and without the optional, self-tacking Hoyt Boom for the headsail. The boats that don’t have it appear a touch larger because of the large open deck area forwarded of the mast. I personally would prefer using the boom and sailing shorthanded, maybe on one of those weekend races to Block Island or Cuttyhunk. I also like the look of the J/100 when the dodger is up; it looks like the perfect weekender racer/cruiser or pocket rocket. With the long, narrow lines she looks like a standout performer.

The simplicity theme continues down below. Sleeping four, it has an optional V-berth forward, and two side berths in the middle of the boat. A standard marine head and sink is forward and there’s a door that separates the main part of the cabin from the V-berth. There’s no built-in fridge, just a large cooler-obviously not the set-up to venture across the Atlantic, but over to Martha’s Vineyard, no problem. The easy access to the engine makes switching out a filter quick and simple, although I have to say the soundproofing in the engine box didn’t work well on the boat we test-sailed. The lighting is basic with a few reading lamps and overheads, another tip-off that this isn’t a 33-footer to sail to Bermuda. Access to the keel bolts and bilge is great. The only other negative I saw down below was the lack of ventilation, I could see it getting a bit musty.

The J/100 feels like a large, stable dinghy with speed. When stepping aboard you feel that slight heel which you tend to feel in most light keelboats, probably because it only displaces 6000 pounds. As you can imagine, the boat is quite sensitive to weight placement while sailing. If the mainsail trimmer goes to leeward to release the traveler, it’s noticeable. When all four or five crew are sitting to weather-legs in, there are gentleman rules for this class-it gets in the sweetest of grooves, locking into spectacular upwind numbers. The acceleration is excellent, and you build boat speed quicker than any boat I’ve sailed in
a long time.

The J/100 also turns on a dime. While performing the standard 360-degree turn test, we noticed that the boat spins well inside one
boat length, with speed, and will climb back to its previous numbers in no time. The tacking angles are quite high, and the boat never drops much in speed while changing tacks. Another noticeable quality is that it holds its speed well through the lulls, where you see other boats dropping off quickly and having to change gears to accommodate. I think just a bit of backstay ease and some traveler up is all you’ve got to do to change gears on this boat.

A tiller makes all the difference in the world when it comes to sailing. Sometimes, when you steer boats that are in the lower to mid 30-foot range, they can wipe out or have rudder stall. Not the J/100; I tried my best to wipe it out, but had no success. The rudder is plenty deep enough for this kid.

Downwind is fun. The A-Sail makes life easy, and the boat reacts with a lot of pep. When a puff comes on you can feel it accelerate with the ability to “ride down” to almost any angle you want to go to; a great feeling. Jibing is simple, you just have to watch out that you don’t turn too quickly. Because the boat is so light, the clew may not make it through in time to load up on the new jibe. I also think they could have extended the grab rails farther aft toward the cockpit; it gets a bit tricky getting from the foredeck to the cockpit with no life lines and the rail ending so quickly. I know, the theory of this boat is you’ll never have to go forward, but the occasional kite debacle happens, and the need to “run up there” will occur.

At $135,000, ready to race, the J/100 is the ideal purchase for a wide range of sailors: retiring and wanting a daysailer that performs; current J owners looking for their next J Boat; the family looking to race at the club level together, and many others. The Hall Rig, Harken and Spinlock gear are all products that will last a long, long time.

The J/100 was the clear choice to be our Overall Winner in The 2005 Sailing World-Boat of the Year Competition. With its aesthetically pleasing features, simplistic design, and superb sailing characteristics all bundled up at a remarkably low price, I’d have to say J Boats-to use a Red Sox analogy-has hit it off the top of the Green Monster. Anyone who appreciates performance day racing/cruising needs to schedule a sail on the J/100.

November 15, 2004
by Chuck Allen/ SAILING WORLD


For A Day’s Sail!

There was a lot of hoopla surrounding the J/100 when it first came out, so we were pleased to be able to finally jump on one in Puget Sound.

The J/100 makes no bones about what it was designed for: to be a 33-foot daysailer that can be sailed easily shorthanded, with hot performance for club racing or just to recapture the joy of sailing in the dinghy days. As the brochure says, it’s the “Sunfish or Hobie of the 1960’s or their J/24 of the 1980’s …reincarnated.”

We headed out into Elliott Bay after a squall which left light winds and a lot of slop. The narrow boat cut through nicely, feeling very solid. Like a meter boat, it rolls over a little bit, finds a groove and goes.

The boat we were on had the Hoyt Jib Boom, where the loose footed jib was trimmed with a continues sheet. Sailing short handed, you could literally set it and forget it tacking upwind. The jib on the boom doesn’t have the adjustability of a standard jib, but performs well. And, it acts as a pole off the wind for wing and wing. The jib boom, however, is removable for racing.

The main is loose-footed on a Hall Carbon Mast (optional) and aluminum boom. The luff goes up a track mounted on the mast, with two Harken cars at the head and one at the batten. Picture a vertical traveler for the idea. It hoisted very easily, with the winch only needed for final adjustment. The Harken traveler is about mid cockpit.

Speaking of that, you could hold a class reunion in the cockpit. At 9.5-feet, it really gives that open, dinghy feel to the boat, especially with tiller steering. For just daysailing you can take a lot of friends along for a ride.

The owner had selected Quantum sails for the boat; jib and main of Fusion Membrane, and Code Zero (large, light asymmetrical spinnaker flown from the bow) of Dimension CZ15.

For racing the boat uses a standard spinnaker pole setup. The Code Zero was set up for roller furling so we rolled it out and rolled along. We moved nicely in very light wind, wishing for a few gusts just to spring her loose. We were doing 2 knots in no wind and slop, which is pretty good, and she accelerated well when the occasional puff came through. Others who have sailed the boat said that in about 5-6 knots of wind they were doing 6-7 knots with the Code Zero.

Normally, in this part of the review, we talk about accommodations down below. This will not take long as, basically, there’s places for four people to sleep and that’s about it. If you’re tall, you can’t sit up straight, or at least lean back without hitting your head. For keeping food and drink cold, there is a cooler. That’s about it. Pretty basic, but light. On the other hand, accessibility to most everything is right there; engine, sail-drive, electronics.

With the reputation of being able to ‘spin on a dime’, we had to try it, and it did. The deep rudder gives a good bite and very good control. There was a Volvo 10 HP on this boat which pushed us a about 6.5 knots. Later versions are coming with a Yanmar 18.

The J/100 is a lot of fun and it’s easy to see why Sailing World picked it as their 2005 Boat of the Year. It’s an attractive looking, easy handling day sailer that can be set up for sailing from restaurant to restaurant or competitively buoy to buoy — or both.

Thanks to Lance McDonough of Sail Northwest for the ride, and Tony Zecca for pulling lines.

By Richard Hazelton/ 48 NORTH

Tech Specs

Tech Specs

  •   ft/lb m/kg
  • LOA 32.80 10.00
  • LWL 29.00 8.84
  • Beam 9.25 2.82
  • Standard Draft 5.75 1.75
  • Standard Ballast 2,450 1,111
  • Displacement 6,500 2,948
  • Engine 14 hp 14 hp
  • 100% SA 478 44.40
  • I 38.50 11.73
  • ISP 43.00 31.11
  • J 11.50 3.51
  • P 38.00 11.58
  • E 13.50 4.11
  • SA/Dspl 22 22
  • Dspl/L 4.11 4.11

Hull & Deck Construction

Composite hull and deck built with resin infusion molding system using biaxial and unidirectional glass fabrics with Baltek end-grained balsa core.
10 year transferable warranty against hull blistering.
White gel coat hull with single (1.75″ to 3.25″) tapered bootstripe.
Large sit-in cockpit with 9.5’ seats having comfortable 13.75” backrests, suitable for cockpit cushions.
Two cockpit seat storage lockers.
One lazarette storage locker.
One foredeck anchor locker with overboard drain.
Swimming and boarding platform sculpted into aft face of full height transom with integral safety ladder.
Molded companionway seahood and dodger spray shield bosses.
White foredeck toe-rails.
GRP molded main structural bulkhead, bonded to hull and deck as support for shroud chainplates with single opening to head and forepeak.
Longitudinal and transverse keel support beams and integral mast step.

Keel & Rudder

Lead & antimony fixed 5.75′ draft, fin keel with bulb bolted to a deep molded sump. (4.5’ shoal draft option)
Balanced hi-aspect spade rudder constructed using “E” glass with stainless rudder post and self-aligning Jefa rudder bearings.
Curved laminated wood tiller with adjustable tiller extension.

Spars & Rigging

Tapered carbon fiber mast with double airfoil aluminum spreaders, main, jib, spin halyard and topping lift sheaves, spin/whisker pole track with sliding eye on front of mast, Harken System “A” mainsail luff track; mast finished in Awlgrip off-white.
G10 fiberglass mast step with fore/aft adjustment slots and SS padeye for through bolt securing of mast to step.
Mast wedge kit.
Aluminum boom with provision for 2 reefs, 6:1 internal mainsail outhaul, finished in Awlgrip off-white.
Continuous rod rigging with turnbuckles.
Remote panel hydraulic backstay adjuster.
Rigid boomvang with integral cleating.
Headsail furler with control leading aft to cockpit.
Complete running rigging package.

Deck Hardware

Two 40:1 self-tailing primary winches mounted on cockpit coaming.
Two 35:1 self tailing secondary winches mounted on cabin trunk.
Triple sheave deck organizers (P&S).
Two lock-in winch handles.
Two PVC winch handle holders.
Custom stainless mast collar.
Mast mounted turning blocks
Halyard & reef line rope clutches on the cabin top.
One single rope clutch for tack line or jib boom outhaul.
Cam cleats on cabin top and mounted near primary winches (for lazy spin sheets).
Two fixed jib tracks each with plunger style jib cars.
Mainsheet traveler track recessed in cockpit seat with 4:1 traveler control system.
6:1/24:1 rough tune/fine tune mainsheet system leading to aluminum bracket on centerline fore and aft of traveler.
Four SS mooring cleats (2 fwd, 2 aft).
Foredeck ventilation hatch.
Two fixed ports in sides of cabin trunk.
Molded companionway sliding hatch and acrylic offshore dropboard with inside/outside opening hasp
Cockpit operated bilge pump.
Two 12″x 20″ polypropylene mesh line bags.
Custom SS chainplates, stemhead and backstay tang.
Double lifelines with stainless bow pulpit & stern rail.
Five (5) folding padeyes: one for spinnaker tack attachment on bow, and four attachment points for spinnaker blocks.
Stainless steel handrails on cabin house.

Auxiliary Power

2 cylinder Yanmar 15HP diesel saildrive engine with geared folding prop.
Engine instrument panel with tachometer, engine hour gauge and water, oil pressure alarms in cockpit with acrylic cover.
Engine throttle control with neutral safety switch.
10-gallon fuel tank with baffles and inspection/clean out port.


One 95 amp battery.
12V DC battery switch.
12V DC electrical distribution panel w/ 8 circuit breakers.
Navigation & steaming lights.
Bonding system.
Two swiveling halogen reading lights.
One dome light in main cabin.
One fluorescent light in head.
Automatic electric bilge pump and panel switch for manual operation.


Off-white laminated paneling with varnished teak trim oval door opening and white door.
Teak and holly synthetic high-wear cabin sole.
Two-tone (beige) molded nonskid floor in head area.
Teak trimmed backrest outboard of each settee berth.
Marine head with 14 gal holding tank and “Y” valve.
Molded sink with overboard drain in head.
Holding tank overboard discharge manual pump.
Teak trimmed storage bin to starboard of head.
Choice of acrylic fabrics for settee cushions.
Vinyl liner on main cabin & head overhead and hull.


Contrasting Non-Skid Color on deck.
Varnished teak toe-rail with amidships chocks and scupper drains in lieu of std.
“Wide-Opening” Lifeline Gate (P&S) from stern rail to first stanchion.
Adjustable full length genoa tracks in lieu of std.
Seahood with molded instrument pod in lieu of std.
V-Berth Package: V-berth platform with two cushions and one swiveling Halogen reading lamp.
Carbon Bow Sprit Package: retractable carbon fiber bow sprit, sprit bearings, launching tube and retrieval purchase.
Carbon Whisker/Spin Pole with double bridles, Awlgripped “clear” with a 2:1 downhaul and a topping lift, each led aft to cabin trunk.
4.5’ Shoal Draft Keel.
Freshwater System with 5 gallon water tank, spigot and foot pump in head.
Thurston companionway dodger with side curtains mounted on splash molding.


Specifications are effective on hull #167 and subject to change prior to delivery due to deletions, additions or revisions in quantities, brand or design at the sole discretion of J/Boats, Inc. Newport, RI

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