The J/112E is the newest addition to J/Boats’ “E” Series of versatile performance sailing yachts.
36 feet is a magic size in the J/Boats line-up. With a spacious two-cabin accommodation plan
and a comfortable, ergonomic cockpit, the J/112E is as well suited for the annual family cruise as she is racing in the local club regatta or short-handing through rough weather. Versatility in sailboat
design means not only a sailboat that can do many things, but one that can do them across a
wide range of conditions, both fair and adverse.
Let There be Light
Her big sister the J/122E, launched at the end of 2013, set the style trend for the “E” series, taking an
already proven accommodation plan and adding significantly more natural light by way of large
port lights and optional hull ports. The J/112E redefines this concept in 36 feet with a spacious
two cabin/aft head layout with 6’3” headroom that promises to be as comfortable in port as she
is at sea. The varnished walnut finish adds just the right proportion of classic, wood
accents without taking away from the incredible sense of space.
Upwind is a Breeze – Downwind is a Blast
As a famous yacht designer once said, “a barn door with a bed sheet can sail downwind, but
only true sailboats go to windward.” The J/112E joins her sisterships, the J/97E and J/122E, as an
exceptional upwind performer. V-shaped bow sections provide superior directional stability and
reduced slamming in waves. Freeboard forward and topside flare help to keep the deck dry. A
long waterline combined with a low vertical center of gravity results in a smooth, sea-kindly
motion – more like that of a 40 footer.
J/112E is a moderate displacement design with a high aspect, non-overlapping sailplan. This
efficient set-up provides ample sail power in light winds (while most others are motoring), and
easy to down-shift options when the wind builds. J’s are known for being able to sail well under
mainsail alone, jib alone, and nearly any combination of mainsail and small jib. The J/112E is
no exception. All one needs is a mainsail and 105% jib to enjoy easy, high performance sailing
in winds from 5 to 25 knots. For downwind fun with minimal effort and crew, one can deploy
the asymmetric spinnaker from the retractable carbon sprit.
Designed to Sail
Owners have been sailing their J’s offshore for years and their enthusiastic feedback has fueled
J/Boats’ continuous pursuit of designing the world’s most comfortable sailing boats. Comfort at
sea means more than nice backrests (which by the way the J/112E has). “Sailing comfort” means
sailing without stress – like having clear visibility from the helm station; easy access to vital sail
controls to allow short-handed sailing; a smooth sea-kindly motion that’s easier on the stomach;
numerous handholds and foot braces both above and below decks for secure movement; and a
highly maneuverable boat that is easy to dock or moor in tight places. Sailboats that inspire
confidence (and reduce stress) inspire their owners to sail more. Maybe that’s why J/ sailors
spend so much time sailing.
Efficient & Comfortable Cockpit
Sailors spend more time in the cockpit than anywhere else on board. The J/112E cockpit is
second to none. The driver can sit completely forward, straddled or aft of the wheel from the
high or low side while fully braced and enjoy sailing for hours without tiring. The single large
diameter wheel allows the helmsman to sit outboard to see the jib telltales and waves.
With the J/112E main and jib controls within easy reach, the driver can adjust the sails upwind
without leaving the wheel or troubling the crew – who might otherwise be relaxing in the
comfortable cockpit seats.
For added on-deck safety, there’s a double lifeline system, stainless grab rails, full length
integral toe-rails, a safety harness padeye near the companionway, and aggressive nonskid deck
surfaces for confident traction at all angles of heel. A quickly deployable light weight safety
ladder mounts to the open, easy-access transom. Liferaft storage is nearby through a quick
access cockpit locker. For extended cruising comfort the J/112E options include a large
companionway dodger, fold-out helmsman bimini, lifeline pads, and cockpit and helm station
seat cushions. On the rare occasion when auxiliary power is needed, the Volvo 30HP diesel
engine with 2 bladed folding prop and saildrive will power the J/112E over 7.0 knots.
J/112E Grand Prix
This multiple award winning, two-cabin performance cruiser, is now available as a Grand Prix version. The J/112E GP features full race upgrades, including an IRC friendly keel without bulb, Axxon high modulus carbon mast with carbon spreaders, carbon boom and carbon steering wheel. She is also equipped with 3DI race sails and B&G H5000 with a Zeuss 3 plotter. In the first half of 2017 the J/112E GP won her class in four French regattas and Round the Island Race.
- LOA: 36.00ft – 10.99m
- LWL: 31.76ft – 9.68m
- BEAM: 11.81ft – 3.60m
- DRAFT: 6.90ft – 2.10m
- DISPLACEMENT: 11,300lb – 5,125kg
- BALLAST: 4,200lb – 1,903kg
- 100% SAIL AREA: 699ft2 – 65m2
- AUX DIESEL: 30hp