Dual Purpose Fun & IRC Winner in 31'


The J/97E is one of the J/Boats’ “E” Series of versatile performance sailing yachts. The “E” is for elegance and evolution in performance cruising design. Why settle for anything less than sailing where and when you want to in comfort, style and speed?  This may be your perfect 31 footer!

Introduced in 2009, the J/97E’s sisterships attained spectacular performances in major European regattas, winning class in Spi Ouest, Cowes Week, Hamble Winter Series, Sailing World NOOD Chicago and Warsash Springs Series, to name a few. And, the original J/97 was named 2011 IRC Boat of the Year in France.


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J/97E is the first J in over two decades under 32’ to combine headroom and family cruising accommodations in a high performance, easily driven hull. With the handling ease of an asymmetric spinnaker and non-overlapping headsails, the J/97E promises to be J Boats’ most versatile design yet under 35’ to fit the needs of today’s sailing families, both young and old alike– the ultimate combination of sailing performance and creature comforts for all!

The key to creating a versatile sailboat is staying focused on the quality of the sailing experience, a trait shared by all J designs. Boats that are easily

driven, easily handled, and genuinely fun to sail provide greater long-term “sailing value” to their owners than designs driven by the latest rating rule or designs that are over-compromised to meet the latest styling trends. Form follows function in good sailboat design, the J/97E is no exception.

The NEW J/97E cockpit is similar to the award-winning cockpit found on the J/111.  It features full length seats with back rests, wheel or tiller steering, and an open transom. All sailing controls are within reach of the helmsperson to make the boat very easy to manage. A retractable bow sprit with masthead asymmetric spinnaker allows great all-around performance without the need for numerous skilled crew. The low VCG keel provides exceptional upwind stability while being cruising friendly with swept back leading edge and moderate draft.

The J/97E’s new interior layout conveys a feeling of extraordinary of a wide, spacious living room with windows looking out to the sea.  With large overhead hatches, enormous cabin windows and large portligths over the settees, it feels like you’re outdoors!  It’s ideal for one couple cruising with room for more.  The enormous main cabin has two settees, galley, forward-facing navigation station; plus an enclosed aft head, V-berth, and aft owner’s cabin. Cruising stowage includes a large “garage” aft of the head (accessed through the cockpit seat locker).

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Dimensions    ft/lb
LOA    31.53
LWL    26.60
Beam    11
Standard Draft    6.30
Standard Ballast    2,900
Displacement    8,600
Engine    20 HP
100% SA    498
I    41.25
ISP    45
J    11.71
P    39.50
E    13.00
E    16.64
SA/Dspl    19
Dspl/L    204


Hull & Deck Construction

Baltek Contourkore end grained balsa composite construction using biaxal and unidirectional glass with vinylester resin on the outer hull layer for 10 year warranty against hull blisters.
Patented “SCRIMP” resin infusion system molding process for optimum laminate strength with 65-70% glass content in structural skins.
Off-white deck with a high traction non-skid.
White hull (other colors optional) with grey single boot stripe.
Foredeck molded toe rail.
Large cockpit storage locker on starboard.
Gas bottle storage locker.
Structural bulkhead bonded to hull & deck with large access to the V-berth area.
All intermediate bulkheads glassed to hull and deck for stiffness.
Integral floor stringer grid.

Auxiliary Power
Volvo D1-20 18 HP diesel motor ith saildrive, 115 AH alternator, with double diode and fresh water-cooling with heat exchanger.
Engine panel recessed in the cockpit with acrylic protection including rev. counter, hour meter and alarms for oil pressure, low voltage and water temperature.
13 gal. fuel tank under aft cabin berth.
Sound insulated engine compartment, air ventilation hoses to the transom.
2 blade Volvo folding propeller.

Keel & Rudder
Low VCG keel with SS 316 SS structural fin & cast lead bulb
Keel is bolted & bonded to hull.
High aspect ratio composite rudder constructed using biaxial and unidirectional glass and stainless steel stock mounted in self-aligning bearings.
Laminated wood tiller with adjustable tiller extension.

Spars & Rigging
Tapered clear anodized aluminum racing mast with double airfoil spreaders
Pre-molded mast wedge.
Dyform shroud rigging with rod headstay.
Backstay with split bottom portion, adjustment tackle led to either side of cockpit.
Boom with internal outhaul purchase system, mainsail reef line sheaves, main sheet and boom vang tangs.
Carbon bowsprit controlled from cockpit, retracting into a watertight box.
Solid boom vang with cascade purchase system.
Headsail furling system.
Complete running rigging package.

Deck Hardware
Two 46:1 self-tailing primary winches.
Two 35:1 self-tailing halyard winches.
Two aluminum lock-in winch handles.
PVC handle holders.
Mainsheet and fine tune purchase.
Adjustable mainsheet traveler with 4:1 purchase.
Jib tracks with 5:1 car controls led to cleats on coach roof.
Aluminum bullseye fairleads for jib sheets.
Spinnaker sheet blocks on U-bolts.
Tackline block on padeye at bowsprit endMast base halyard/reef turning blocks.
Halyard organizers and rope clutches on each side of companionway.
Tack line led aft to stopper on top of the coach roof.
Bowsprit control line leading to a cam cleat on top of the coach roof.
4 SS mooring cleats (bow and stern).
Custom SS Stemplate with tack fitting, SS chainplates for shrouds and backstay.
Foredeck opening hatch (450 x 450).
2 opening ports on salon coach roof sides.
2 opening ports for aft cabin and head compartment.
1 opening port in cockpit (aft cabin).
4 rope bags.
2 SS handrails on coach roof.
SS bow and stern pulpits with double rails; double SS lifelines, 4 stainless stanchions with reinforcing leg and 2 single stanchions.
Acrylic companionway washboard with lock and ventilation grid.
Transom swim ladder.
Flag holder.

Interior built using laminated and/or solid wood. All wooden parts are varnished or laminated with white laminate finish. Floors are in plywood laminated with wood effect. Vinyl lined hull sides and overhead throughout.
Forward Stateroom includes a large hanging locker on starboard side with side pocket/shelf, large double V-berth with storage underneath and direct access to main salon.
Main salon incudes settee/berths to port and starboard, drop leaf table with centerline bottle storage, large storage areas behind backrests with shelves above & stainless steel hand rails to port and starboard.
Galley is equipped with gimballed gas stove with 2 burners, oven and storage under, stainless steel sink, pressurized cold water system, large 60 liter molded icebox/fridge, full length triple lockers outboard of galley countertop, storage under sink with a shelf and space for a trash bin.
Sit down forward facing navigation station includes a large chart table, chart storage under hinged table lid, double lockers, large hinged instrument panel outboard with electrical panel and a navigator’s seat with storage below.
Aft cabin is built with privacy door to salon, large hanging locker, changing seat, double berth, access panel to engine.
Private aft head includes privacy door to salon, integral shower tray, sink, access cabinet door to seacocks, toilet support shelf, pressurized cold water, marine toilet with holding tank, mirror, toilet roll holder, vanity unit, shower grating and wet storage locker.
Companionway steps with angled treads between bulkheads.
Stainless steel grab rails fitted on bulkheads.
Main engine access through lifting panel with gas spring.

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