The ideal mid-40s length racer/cruiser, and winner of Sailing World Magazine’s Overall Boat of the Year, the J/133 is a yacht with the stability for short-handed cruising, race winning speed under IRC & PHRF, and durability for rough offshore passages. Add in the retractable carbon bowsprit and flying and handling the asymmetrical spinnaker becomes a breeze.
The J/133 combines cruising comfort with more powerful performance ratios. The easy to manage sailplan allows fewer and less experienced crew, and the extra rig power afforded by a low VCG keel and standard Hall carbon mast will maximize performance across a wide spectrum of conditions.
Since her introduction, the J/133 has established a winning record in some of the highest profile PHRF & IRC events around the world including class wins at Cowes Week, Key West Race Week, Spi-Ouest Week in France, Storm Trysail’s BI Race Week, and most recently Boat of the Series at the Garmin Hamble Winter Series. But let’s face it, racing is just part of the ownership equation for most of us. The J/133 also has full interior accommodation with a 3-cabin single head or dual cabin-dual head layout. There is plenty of space for getting comfortable inshore or offshore with proper offshore galley, nav station and companionway designs, lots of grab rails, large sea-berths, comfortable well ventilated cabins and a warm varnished wood finish.
With over 2,200 J Sprit boats launched in the past decade, sailing with asymmetric spinnakers is now firmly entrenched and J/Boats is leading the charge. In famous sailing venues like Annapolis, Newport, San Francisco Bay and the Solent, it’s now commonplace to see more asymmetric spinnakers than conventional; and for good reason – A-sails are easier and faster. With the J/133, the ease of going fast with less crew is combined with a classic, sea-going J cruising interior, to produce a boat as comfortable to sleep aboard as she is to sail.
If you ask an owner what they like best about their J, chances are they will say ‘how well she sails’. The J/133 is designed for blazing speed with fingertip control, whether carving through waves upwind in 12 knots or surfing with double-reefed main in a squall. Long waterline length combined with narrow waterline beam results in a hull that tracks well through the waves with only minimal input from the wheel.
“that is what makes the J/133 stand out from all other yachts …. she is a true race boat when in race mode, yet readily re-equipped for cruising when she again excels as she is easily handled and is fast. For our destination ocean races we send all our cruising paraphenalia ( sails , inflatable dinghy, outboard, anchor winch, dodger, fitted cabin linen etc ahead by road or shared shipping container, and then back load all our racing gear. We have the best of both worlds. ” J/133 owner, 2013.
If you own a boat that is fast in light wind, is stable in a breeze, and can be sailed single-handed, chances are you’ll spend a lot more time sailing. And if your happiness is directly proportional to your sailing time, then we think the J/133 will be the source of many smiles.
- LOA: 43.00 ft – 13.11 m
- LWL: 37.80 ft – 11.52 m
- BEAM: 12.78 ft – 3.90 m
- DRAFT: 7.50 ft – 2.29 m
- DISPLACEMENT: 17,923 lbs – 8,119 kg
- UPWIND SAIL AREA: 990 sq ft – 92 m²
- SPINNAKER AREA: 1,829 sq ft – 170 m²
- CE APPROVAL: Category A