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1987 J Boats J/35 - 35'

Year 1987
Length 35ft.
Price USD $18,900
Type: Pre-owned
Location Racine,
Hull Material Fiberglass/GRP
Engine type Other
Fuel Other
Contact Information
Designer: Rod Johnstone
Beam: 11 ft 10 in
Cabin Headroom: 6 ft 0 in
Max Draft: 6 ft 11 in
Displacement: 10500 lbs
Dry Weight: 10500 lbs
Fuel: Other
Fuel: (20 Gallons)
Water: (35 Gallons)
Hull Shape: Monohull
Keel Type: Fin

Additional Specs, Equipment and Information:

Boat Name
Designer: Rod Johnstone
Keel: Fin
Hull Shape: Monohull
LOA: 35 ft 6 in
Beam: 11 ft 10 in
LWL: 30 ft 0 in
Maximum Draft: 6 ft 11 in
Displacement: 10500 lbs
Ballast: 4400 lbs
Headroom: 6 ft 0 in
Dry Weight: 10500 lbs
Fresh Water Tanks: (35 Gallons)
Fuel Tanks: (20 Gallons)
Number of single berths: 6
Number of heads: 1


The J35 is widely said to be one of the best sailing boats ever designed. And a motivated seller wants to someone to have a great time with this one. With the design of the interior on the J35, you can have great fun and be very competitive on the race course,and then be comfortable sailing with friends and family. This J35 has what is called the "Full accommodation Plan" on the interior, with a deck and cockpit layout that make it very easy to sail, and easy to sail fast.

Many J35's only have sail storage forward, but this one came with a forward vee berth for sleeping and cruising. The center cushion can be taken out for sleeping crew as needed. All the cushions can be removed for sail storage when you want to race. There is drainage in the floor if sails are wet when taken down.

Next aft and to port is the head. A real head with holding tank. A new head was installed in 2008. The head could be closed off for privacy. Across to starboard is a large hanging locker. There is an opening overhead hatch, and 2 opening ports for light and ventilation.

The salon is next aft with full length settees on both sides of the cabin. This is a simple, yet functional space. Lot of room to move around while racing, but comfortable for the cruise back home. Shelves and storage are built in on both side behind the settees, and under the cushions. The salon has 4 large opening ports and an overhead hatch for light and comfort. The cushions were all recovered in 2010.

Moving aft to starboard, you find the nav area with the Raymarine C70 color chartplotter, and the electrical controls for the boat. There is a huge, deep and well insulated, top opening icebox built into the base for the nav center.

There are 2 generous side quarterberths on each aft quarter of the boat. 

The galley area is to port with an Origo two-burner alcohol stove and oven - gimballed, a S.S. sink with water, and storage.


Manufacturer Provided Description

There are more J-35s sailing one-design, and active in IMS or PHRF, than any other sailboat over 30 feet LOA in the world - 300 boats in 15 nations. Under these rules and CHS, no 35-footer can match her all-round speed and race-winning record. One-design events of 15 or more boats are a frequent occurrence at Block Island, Key West, Annapolis, Lake Michigan, San Francisco and Southern California. More than 30 attend the North American Championship. The J-35 Class Association is active in promoting events, publishing the Class Newsletter and developing Class Rules such as the requirement that the owner, or a family member, steer the boat in Class events. The new single-level racing cockpit is designed for better foot support when sitting out to windward or moving inboard when at the tiller. It is longer for better crew operation forward of the traveler. And, the raised 2-inch coaming deflects water aft along the deck and helps hold crew out on the weather rail. Speed producing factors such as hull shape, blade design, rig and displacement are the same as those for hull number one, which won the J-35 one-design division at Block Island in 1991. Belowdecks she has a private V-berth, head and hanging locker forward, comfortable settee berths and galley in the main cabin with quarterberths aft. Main cabin finish is teak and holly sole, composite panels with white Formica facing, and vinyl hull and deck lining.

Sail Area

IJPE : 635.58 sq ft
I : 46.58 ft
J : 14.75 ft
P : 41.58 ft
E : 14.00 ft
Working Sail Area : 636.00 sq ft


LED Bulbs have been placed in all navigation lights - 2011 for maximum battery life on extended sails.

Red/White LED lights in cabin - Seven lights - 2011
Super-bright LED for Windex


Raymarine ST 60 family of instruments - 1999 Cockpit  Wind - true/app/direction - rebuilt by Raymarine with new circuit board - 2012   Multi-function display   Compass   Depth Mast Speed   Multi-function display (two) Seven readouts - four in cockpit, three on mast Raymarine C70 GPS Chartplotter - 2008 Ritchie bulkhead compass - new 2011 Raymarine Grand Prix Tillerpilot with course computer - 2011 AM/FM/CD Player with iPod charger adapter West Marine cockpit speakers - 2011   Horizon VHF Radio

Deck and Hull
  • Three Lewmar deck hatches
  • Lewmar Ocean foredeck hatch new in 2012
  • Seven opening portlights
  • The four opening portlights in main cabin re-gasketed in 2010
  • Spinlock adustable tiller extension


Yanmar 3GM30F

Martec folding prop

Sails Handling

Most J/35's have the hydraulic adjustment mounted on the backstay.  The hydraulic panel on this boat has been moved to the front of the cockpit.  This allows any crew to adjust the rig, and keep the weight and bodies where you need them.

  • Harken adjustable genoa tracks
    Harken traveler
    Hall spar and boom
    Hall Quick-Vang
    Spinlock rope clutches
    Two-sided cunningham
    Double-sided pole downhaul
    Forespar ball-bearing adjustable spinnaker car track and car
    Barient winches 2-22s, 2-24STs, 2-28s - resurfaced in 2011
    Navtech System 50
    remote backstay adjuster - panel in front of cockpit
    Two winch handles - one Lewmar One-Touch, one Titan double-handle

Sail Inventory


    Year Type - Description       2003 Main  - North 3DL Better than the 2008 main that was thrown away 1987 Main -  North Dacron Delivery/Cruising main 2012 Genoa – North Light/Medium #1 Used  only five times in 2012 2006 Genoa – North Heavy #1   2006 Genoa – North Light #1   2009 Jib – North #3 Bulletproof carbon heavy air jib 2001 Genoa – Light #1   2007 Spin – North .05 OZ – Blue   2007 Spin -- North .75 OZ -- Blue   2002 Spin – North .05  Light air reacher   2011 Reflective Sail Number board  


Additional Information


Safety   Four orange coast guard legal life jackets with whistles West Marine throw rope Lifesling overboard system White horseshoe with built-in drogue Storage   8-post heavy dugy steel cradle Custom winter storage cover frame

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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