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).

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.

Spars & Rigging
 Tapered aluminum racing mast with double airfoil spreaders clear anodized.
 Lateral Dyform 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.
 Harken Unit 1 headsail furler
 Running rigging package of 1 Dyneema main halyard; 1 Dyneema jib halyard; 1 Spinnaker halyard with snap shackle; 2 Spinnaker sheets; 1 Tack line; 2 Jib sheets; 1 6:1 Main sheet with 4:1 fine tune for a total of 24:1; 2 Traveler control lines; 1 Bowsprit control line; 2 Reef lines.

Deck Hardware
 2 Harken 40.2 STA (self-tailing) primary winches
 2 Harken 35.2 STA (self-tailing) halyard winches
 2 Aluminum lock-in winch handles,
 2 PVC handle holders
 Mainsheet and fine tune purchase
 Harken adjustable mainsheet traveler with 4:1 purchase.
 Harken jib tracks with 4:1 car controls led aft to cleats.Aluminum bullseye fairleads for jib sheets
 Spinnaker sheet blocks on U-bolts
 Low friction ring at bowsprit end
 5 Mast base halyard/reef turning blocks
 Halyards lead aft through 2 organizers and to three 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
 3 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. Wide opening gates (P&S).
 Laminated wood tiller with tiller extension
 Acrylic companionway washboard with lock and ventilation grid.
 Door storage rack in cockpit locker
 Flag holder

 Inboard diesel Volvo model D1-20 18 HP Saildrive, 115 AH alternator, with double diode and fresh watercooling 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 folding propeller

Hull & Deck
 Baltek Contourkore end grained balsa composite construction using biaxial 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.
 Bulb keel made from lead with S/S 316L structure
 Off-white deck with a high traction non-skid
 White hull with double boot stripe in light gray. (Lower stripe is gelcoat and upper accent stripe is in vinyl)
 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
 Balanced spade rudder construction using biaxial and unidirectional glass and stainless steel stock mounted in JP3 self-aligning bearings.

 Interior built using wood, laminated or solid. 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.
 Standard cushion color is Paragon Beige
 Large hanging locker on starboard side with side pocket.
 Forward large double V-berth with storage underneath.
 Access to salon.
 Settee/berths to port and starboard.
 Drop leaf table with centerline bottle storage.
 Large storage areas behind backrests with shelves above.
 Hand rails to port and starboard.
 Two fixed hull ports for added natural lighting.
 Gimballed gas stove with 2 burners, oven and storage under.
 Stainless steel sink.
 Pressurized cold water system.Large 90 liter molded icebox with 12v fridge unit.
 Full length triple lockers outboard of galley countertop.
 Storage under sink with shelf and space for trash bin.
 Large chart table facing forward.
 Chart storage under table lid.
 Double lockers.
 Large hinged instrument panel outboard with electrical panel.
 Navigator’s seat with storage below.
 Access door to salon.
 Large hanging locker with side pocket
 Changing seat.
 Double berth.
 Access panel to engine.
 Aluminum fuel tank under berth.
 Access door to salon. Integral 2nd molding for easy maintenance with integral shower tray, sink, access to valves and toilet support shelf.
 Pressurized cold water.
 Marine toilet with holding tank.
 Mirror, toilet roll holder.
 Vanity unit.
 Shower grating.
 Wet locker.
 White laminate finish for wear resistance.
 Steps with angled treads between bulkheads.
 Stainless steel grab rails fitted on bulkheads.
 Main engine access through lifting panel with gas spring.

Plumbing & Electrical
 Manual bilge pump in cockpit
 Automatic/manual electric bilge pump with float switch.
 Pressurized water system
 1 water tank (total 26 gal.) under V-berth
 Ice box drain
 Marine toilet with Y-valve, holding tank and manual pump-out system.
 1 AGM battery 75 AH and 1 engine AGM battery 70 AH with switches and double diode/circuit breakers.
 12 V electric panel / 12 functions
 LED lights on ceilings and swiveling tulip reading lights in cabins.
 Ceiling light in head
 LED navigation lights on pushpit and pulpit, and mooring light.
 Rig grounded for protection against lightning

 Awlgrip Boot Stripe in lieu of std.
 Two Tone Deck (grey)
 Wheel Steering System
 Cruising Package – Battery Charger, 110VAC Shore Power, Hot Water System, extra 150amp battery, Bow roller with anchor.
 Cockpit Opening Ports (3)
 Cushion Color other than Standard
 Thurston Dodger with side curtains
 Retractable and Removable Swim Ladder
 Shoal draft keel (1.65m)
 Removable Transom Bridge
 Retractable Mooring Cleats (4) in lieu of STD

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