The Ultimate 43′ Yacht for Performance Cruising, Offshore Racing & Short Handed Sailing

The ideal mid-40s length racer/cruiser…and a winner of The Sailing World Magazine Overall Boat of the Year, J/133 is a yacht with the stability for short-handed cruising, race winning speed under IRC & PHRF, durability for rough offshore passages. Add in the retractable carbon bowsprit and flying and handling the asymmetrical spinnaker becomes a breeze.

J/133 combines the ultimate in cruising comfort with more powerful sailing performance ratios. The easy to manage sailplan allows fewer and less experienced crew, and the extra rig power afforded by a low VCG keel and standard Hall carbon mast will maximize performance across a wide spectrum of conditions.

Since her introduction, J/133 has established a winning record in some of the highest profile PHRF & IRC events around the world including class wins at Key West Race Week, Spi-Ouest Week in France, Storm Trysail’s BI Race Week, Storm Trysails Block Island Race and Stamford-Vineyard Race, Transpac Race, RORC’s Fastnet Race and Hamble Winter Series.

But let’s face it, racing is just part of the ownership equation for most of us. J/133 also has full, luxurious interior with a 3-cabin single head or dual cabin-dual head layout with options for traditional Sunbrella fabric with piping, UltraLeather or UltraSuede for the ultimate in luxury sailing. There is plenty of space for getting comfortable inshore or offshore with proper offshore galley, nav station and companionway designs, lots of grab rails, large sea-berths, comfortable well ventilated cabins and a warm varnished wood finish.

With over 3,000 J/Sprit boats launched since the first J/105 in 1991, sailing with asymmetric spinnakers is now firmly entrenched and J/Boats is leading the charge. In famous sailing venues like Annapolis, Newport, San Francisco Bay and the Solent, it’s now commonplace to see more asymmetric spinnakers than conventional; and for good reason. A-sails are easier! With J/133, the ease of going fast with less crew is combined with a classic, sea-going J cruising interior, to produce a boat as comfortable to sleep aboard as she is to sail.

If you ask an owner what they like best about their J, chances are they will say, “how well she sails.” Like her stablemates, J/133 is designed for blazing speed with fingertip control, whether carving through waves upwind in 12 knots or surfing with double-reefed main in a squall. Long waterline length combined with narrow waterline beam results in a hull that tracks well through the waves with only minimal input from the wheel.

If you own a boat that is fast in light wind, is stable in a breeze, and can be sailed single-handed, chances are you’ll spend a lot more time sailing. And if one’s happiness is directly proportional to one’s sailing time, then we think J/133 will be the source of many smiles. J/133- the ultimate combination for day sailing, racing and cruising anywhere in the world.


Comfortable, Fast & Easy-to-Handle Sail Plan

Interior Arrangement

J/133 main salon includes a complete J shaped galley and navigation station with full length settees in the main saloon and plenty of storage compartments. Interior finish is varnished cherry wood throughout with cherry battens on the hull in the main saloon and vinyl lining on the hull in sleeping cabins.

The standard layout offers three sleeping cabins and a dual entry head forward, a second head can be substituted for the aft port cabin. This option allows for a large storage area aft of the head, accessible through both the head (belowdecks) and from the port side cockpit storage locker. Space for a generator and additional systems is located in the chaseway area aft of the engine.

Efficient Sail Plan

The shortfall of many cruising sailboats is their over-reliance on large genoas to generate boat speed in lighter airs (under 12 knots), and their lack of stability to carry the same large genoa in winds over 15 knots. The result is a sailplan that, at best, allows one to comfortably sail near target speeds in only the narrowest of wind ranges, without having to go through the hassles of changing sail. With a moderate Sail Area to Displacement ratio and a low Vertical Center of Gravity, J/133 is designed to efficiently cruise with mainsail and 105% jib from 5-20 knots without need of reefing the sails. The bottom line is more sailing and less work on both the crew and the engine.

The mast is a double spreader custom-designed auto-claved carbon section from Hall Spars with aluminum boom and swept spreaders (no runners or checkstays). Rod rigging, integral hydraulic backstay adjuster, roller furling and a complete running rigging package are provided standard. The mast height above the water makes the Intracoastal Waterway a viable option for East Coast USA cruising or low-key regatta deliveries to Key West. The rig and deck plan can also accommodate an inner forestay system for offshore sailing.

The standard keel is designed to provide a low VCG for its weight with an optimized foil shape in section and profile. The standard dual-purpose 7.5’ draft keel is cast antimony-reinforced lead, bolted to a molded sump. A shallower draft keel is also available. The rudder blade is high aspect and shape optimized to provide the control necessary while sailing with an asymmetrical spinnaker. The rudder and rudder shaft are built of carbon fiber and machined to tolerance by ACC Marine.

Articles & Review

The J/133 is one of the best mid-40s racer-cruisers on the market. Fast, diverse, easily handled by full race crew or short-handed by a couple. Below are different perspectives from professional boat reviewers on what makes the J/133 an excellent sailboat and an excellent investment for you and your family as a cruising sailboat, racing sailboat, or extraordinary weekend day-sailer!


“The J/133: A Breeze to Sail”

By Chuck Allen

The new 43-footer from J/Boats is quite simply a breeze to sail. We tested the J/133 in 15 knots of wind with six people on board and were able to handle it with ease. From sailing upwind, fully hiked, to pulling off a bunch of jibes in a row, we never missed a beat.

The first thing that pops out when stepping aboard the J/133 is the deck layout. You expect a 43-footer to have lines running all over, but the 133 has has the simplest of plans; the two halyard winches are forward, just aft of the mast, and their placement makes a ton of sense. No lines for the crew to trip on when crossing the cabin house from side to side, a nice feature. There’s plenty of room to walk around the shrouds while heading to the bow for takedowns, jibes or anchoring.


“Review of the J/133”

By Louay Habib

Quite frankly this yacht has got success written all over it and with a carbon mast and rudder as standard it is very competitively priced.

This performance cruiser has been extremely well thought out and not surprisingly fifteen have already been sold in Europe, nine of which will be racing in UK waters this coming season.

After its early success in the States winning class at the 2004 Key West Race week, the J133 has already been in the chocolates in the UK and Ireland with Class wins at Cork week (WOW!) and the Tyco Hamble Winter series (JUMP).


“J/133 Offshore Review”

By Simon Day

The J/133 achieves the magic combination of terrific sailing qualities with accommodations a cruising family will love.

Jim Johnstone cut off in mid-anecdote about his years crewing on the classic J Class Shamrock IV. “Simon, ease the main! Ease! Ease! Ease!” he said with an urgency that only comes when racing or something bad is going to happen.

The stern of the new J/133 lifted on the crest of an eight-foot wave, and we took off. I put the handle in the self-tailing mainsheet winch and cranked the sheet in as fast as I could.

“Simon, look at the speed.” It went past 10.5, then to 12 knots, and kept going until it hit 14.5 and stayed there for 30 seconds before the wave we were surfing finally passed us. We were close reaching under a single-reefed main in 25 to 30 knots of breeze as we entered The Race at the eastern end of Long Island Sound.


“J/133: J Is for Juice”

By Ralph Naranjo- CW’s Technical Editor

In setting the pace for the current crop of racer/cruisers, the J/133 assigns a high priority to speed.

By the time the spray had settled in the wake of the 2004 Boat of the Year contest, it was clear to me that among the growing fleet of sailboats being offered for the dual purposes of racing and cruising, the J/133 was definitely the showstopper. Even though I spend much more time cruising than racing, I like boats that are meant to sail efficiently, and I found in the J/133, a big sister to the popular J/105, technology and simplicity elegantly blended in pursuit of harnessing a breeze.

The J/133 is light and responsive. It has a fine entry, a flat canoe body, and modest beam that trims down to an even leaner waterplane. The well-matched bulb keel and spade rudder deliver forgiving steering characteristics as well as surprising tracking ability for appendages with such high-aspect ratios. Even as we noticed some binding in the rudderstock bearing on the prototype boat, the J/Boat team was already in the process of fixing the problem.

Tech Specs

Tech Specs

  •   ft/lb m/kg
  • LOA 43.00 13.11
  • LWL 37.80 11.52
  • Beam 12.78 3.90
  • Standard Draft 7.50 2.29
  • Standard Ballast 7,300 3,311
  • Displacement 17,900 8,119
  • Diesel Aux. Engine 56 hp 56 hp
  • 100% SA 964 89.60
  • I 57.00 17.37
  • ISP 60.40 18.41
  • J 17.25 5.26
  • P 54.00 16.46
  • E 18.60 5.67
  • SA/Dspl 23 23
  • Dspl/L 145 145

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