Edited by Charles Mason
Delivering a new level of performance is a tall order, especially for a first design.
But, Al Johnstone learned the trade well from his father, Rod, and the J/32, the first J Boat with Al’s name on it, promises to be a valued addition to the J Boats family.
The boat is fast and easy for two people to sail.
Construction of both hull and deck utilizes the SCRIMP® resin infusion system; the laminate schedules include unidirectional, biaxial, and triaxial fibers. Baltek balsa core is used in both the hull and deck; a floor grid is fused directly to the hull to create additional strength.
Robinson Family Cruise- J/32 #1
by Robbie Robinson
Dark green, marbled leather, red bound, the log book sat on the shelf above the port settee. “Feel free to christen it,” said the note from Al Johnstone. We were taking the J/32, hull number 1 and Al’s first full-blown design for J/Boats, from Newport, RI to McMichael’s Yacht Yard in Mamaroneck, NY. Like everything else aboard WHISTLER, the book was shiny and new. Somehow I never brought myself to make the first mark on its blank pages. They taught me in nautical scribe school that log style writing did not produce great reading, but WHISTLER and our cruise/delivery aboard her were exceptional enough that maybe I can just tell you…
By Dana Paxton
Subscribing to the theory that “smaller is better,” Tom Linskey and his wife Harriet purchased their J/32 “Independence” to serve as the next vessel in a long line of cruising boats that have taken the Linskeys to exotic and fascinating places around the world.
Tom, describe a little of your sailing background?
TL: My wife and I grew up on a bunch of dinghies and my Dad had a couple of race boats. Independence was a Yankee 38 Sparkman & Stephens design. We started with two Coronado 25s. I guess…
Reprinted Article from Practical Sailor Magazine
Alan Johnstone’s first design for J Boats is a roomy performance cruiser that suffers only from a lack of organized stowage.
Having spent recent years building performance-oriented “sprit boats,” including a recent 45-footer designed for competition in the Admiral’s Cup, J Boats did an about face in 1996 with the introduction of a new cruising boat. Though the boat shares the pedigree of its racing cousins, the new entry is more traditionally shaped and has a good deal of space below. Go to PRACTICAL SAILOR to find and read the review.
For any sailor, it’s always fun checking out a new J/Boat. The reason is simple — they’re a joy to sail. Sure, depending on the model, the crusty cruiser may yearn for more teak and displacement, and the fickle racer might be more swayed by this week’s hot one-design. But anyone who gets a jolt out of hoisting a sail, sheeting it in and grabbing the helm will find something to like in just about any J.
I like the J/32. To begin with, its stubby proportions and styling make it cute as hell, while it offers an interesting mix of performance and comfort features. In a world where the enjoyment of cruising is often seen as a function of the boat’s size and complexity, I am attracted to this compact, well-thought-out and simple boat.
The hull has a nicely subtle spring in the sheer, which is punctuated by the short but shapely ends. It’s a snappy looking hull that is all waterline and has a D/L of 183. With an 11-foot beam, the 32 is a bit beamy; but that’s the only compromise to cruising comfort that I can see (and you do get some stability with that beam so it’s really not a one-sided compromise). The keel shows a sweep of 21 degrees to the leading edge. That’s not enough to shed kelp, but if you can keep the kelp off, it is a more effective shape for performance. There are two keels with either 5 feet 11 inches or 4 feet 9 inches of draft.
This is a supplement to the article printed in Good Old Boat magazine, July 2010.
When we began looking for a boat, we had in mind something in the 30- to 35-foot range with a fractional rig that would sail well with a modest-sized jib. This was what first attracted our attention to the then newly introduced J/32. It has a 7/8 fractional rig with a relatively small J-dimension of 11.0 feet on an overall length of 32.4 feet. This means the mast is stepped relatively far forward and the mainsail provides most of the drive. Even with a 150 percent genoa, my wife, Mary Jeanne, can sheet home the jib in any breeze where it is reasonable to carry such a sail.