To broaden her appeal to both racers and cruisers, the J/97 has had a mini remodel and evolved to become the new J/97E, the perfect family sailboat for daysailing, performance cruising and racing.
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 her launch the J/97 has won her 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 J/97 Evolution
The J/97E is specifically designed to meet the needs of today’s sailing family. The most significant alteration is in the deck layout where the traveller has been moved half a metre aft and is now on the cockpit sole. This move provides 50% more working cockpit space and with the primary winches also moving aft the crew have an increased operating space. A factory fit wheel is now available with a Jefa ‘drag link’ steering system combined with JP3 self aligning bearings to give a beautifully light feel to the helm. The rudder has the same tiller pivot point so the tiller steered option has an under deck mechanism ensuring the helmsman is still behind the traveller.
Notable enhancements to the interior include increased headroom in the aft cabin as the cockpit sole has been raised making her even more comfortable for cruising and the new J/111 window style profile and optional hull windows add to the feeling of light and space in the cabin with her six foot standing headroom.
Like its larger siblings, the J/109 and J/122, 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: 31.53 ft – 9.61 m
- LWL: 26.60 ft – 8.11 m
- BEAM: 11.00 ft – 3.35 m
- DRAFT: 6.30 ft – 1.92 m
- BALLAST: 2,900 lbs – 1,316 kg
- DISPLACEMENT: 8,619 lbs – 3900 kg
- SAIL AREA: 498 sq.ft – 46.29 m²
- SPINNAKER AREA: 970 sq ft – 90 m
- ENGINE: 20 hp Volvo
- CE Category: A