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2005 J Boats J/100

Sausalito, California


J Boats slogan is "Boats for People who Love to Sail," and they did just that with the the J/100. A Boat of the Year candidate when she was first introduced, the J/100 has it all: looks, simplicity, speed, and price. It's designed with a comfortable, self-bailing cockpit with full-length seats with backrests, the simple interior layout includes two berths and if the wind dies, and a Yanmar diesel auxiliary is standard.

The J/100 was designed to be a fun 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 of the 1960's...reincarnated as MORE"!

One of only a handful of J/100s on the market at present, this particular one-owner example has always been a local boat; lightly used as daysailer only and never raced, she's in nice shape inside and out, and VERY competitively priced.

Note she has the 15 hp Yanmar diesel, 10 hp was standard, also equipped with the self tacking headsail which is a nice upgrade.


Basic Boat Info

Boat Name: Egret
Make: J Boats
Model: J/100
Year: 2005
Condition: Used
Category: Sail
Construction: Fiberglass
Boat Hull ID: JBS939519447
Has Hull ID: Yes
Keel Type: Bulb Keel


Length: 33 ft
Length Overall: 32'10 ft
Waterline Length: 29 ft
Beam: 9'4 ft
Max Draft: 5'10 ft
Displacement: 6,500 lb
Dry Weight: 6,500 lb
Ballast: 2,500 lb
Single Berths: 2

Engines / Speed

Engines: 1
  • Make: Yanmar
  • Model: 2YM15
  • Drive Type: SailDrive
  • Fuel: Diesel
  • Engine Power: 15hp
  • Type: Inboard
  • Propeller Type: 2 Blade
  • Year: 2005


Fuel Tanks: 1
Fuel Tank Capacity: 10 gal


Heads Count: 1
Drive Type: Sail
Boat Class: Racers and Cruisers, Daysailers


Mark Cattell
Marotta Yachts of Sausalito


Marotta Yachts of Sausalito
100 Bay Street
Sausalito, California, US, 94965
The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.

Sails and Rig

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. Aluminum boom with provision for two reefs, 6:1 internal mainsail outhaul, finished in Awlgrip. Continuous rod rigging with turnbuckles.

Remote panel hydraulic backstay adjuster.Rigid boomvang with integral cleating.Headsail furler with control leading aft to cockpit.

Deck and Hull

Composite hull and deck built with resin infusion molding system using biaxial and unidirectional glass fabrics with Baltek end-grained balsa core, white gel coat hull with single tapered bootstripe. 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.

Lead & antimony fixed 5.75' draft, fin keel with bulb bolted to a deep molded sump. 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.

Sailing World Review of the J/100

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.


Sailing World, Nov. 15, 2004, Chuck Allen

The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.

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