Launched in 2009, the J/97 combines 6’ headroom and family cruising accommodations in a high performance, easily driven hull under 32ft. With the handling ease of an asymmetric spinnaker and non-overlapping headsails, the J/97 is a versatile design, fitting the needs of today’s sailing families, both young and old alike.
Since launch the J/97 has won its class at The UK IRC Nationals, Cowes Week, Plymouth Week, The South West IRC Nationals, Dartmouth Week, West Highland Week, Brighton Marina Yacht Cub Regatta, Abersoch Keelboat Week and many more! Three different J/97s were declared overall winner of the Scottish Series between 2010 and 2013.
The key to creating a versatile sailboat is staying focused on the quality of the sailing experience, a trait shared by all J designs. Boats that are easily driven, easily handled, and genuinely fun to sail provide greater long-term “sailing value” to their owners than designs driven by the latest rating rule (remember….rules change) or designs that are over-compromised to meet the latest styling trends. Form usually follows function in good sailboat design, and the J/97 is no exception.
At first glance, the J/97 bears a family resemblance to the J/109 and J/122, two highly successful collaborations between the J Boats design team and J Europe of Les Sables D’Olonne, France. Like its larger siblings, the J/97 is all about delivering a fun and satisfying sailing experience, whether daysailing, single-handing, cruising or racing. The cockpit features full length seats with back rests, tiller steering, and a unique, partially open transom that incorporates life-raft storage. All the key controls are within reach of the helmsperson. A retractable bow sprit with masthead asymmetric spinnaker allows great all-around performance without the need for numerous skilled crew. The low VCG keel provides exceptional upwind stability while being cruising friendly with a swept back leading edge (to avoid snagging buoys) and moderate draft.
The interior layout is laid out for one or two couple cruising and includes a spacious main cabin with two settees, galley, forward-facing navigation station; plus an enclosed aft head, V-berth, and aft owner’s cabin. Cruising stowage includes a large “garage” aft of the head (accessed through the cockpit seat locker).
- LOA: 31.66 ft – 9.65 m
- LWL: 25.57 ft – 8.10 m
- BEAM: 10.99 ft – 3.35 m
- DRAFT: 1.90 ft – 6.24 m
- BALLAST: 2,985 lbs – 1,350 kg
- DISPLACEMENT: 8,619 lbs – 3900 kg
- SAIL AREA: 592 sq.ft – 55 m²
- SPINNAKER AREA: 970 sq ft – 90 m
- ENGINE: 20 hp
- RCDC Category: A