Dimensions ft/lb  m/kg
LOA 35.20 10.73
LWL 30.00 9.14
Beam 11.10 3.38
Standard Draft 6.40 1.95
Standard Ballast 4,300 1,950
Displacement 11,800 5,352
Diesel Aux. Engine 28 hp 28 hp
100% SA
621 57.70
I 46.20 14.08
J 13.20 4.02
P 40.80 12.44
E 15.50 4.72
SA/Dspl 19 19
Dspl/L 195 195

J/35c Sailing World Review

The Sailor's Cruiser: The Versatile J/35c.

No, the "c" in J/35c does not stand for "chord," though designer Rodney Johnstone has shown a remarkable talent for striking the right one, at the right time, in his ever-growing, ever-evolving compendium of work. It's not his "range," or a knack for displaying fresh vision with each successive new launching that makes Johnstone the important American designer that he indisputably has become. Indeed, Rod Johnstone's great strength is that he has remained true and consistent to the One Great Tenet that has been the backbone of his best boats: First and last, they must sail very, very well.

And so, once again, we are honored to welcome yet another J/Boat, the 35/c (for "cruising"), to the list of past BOTY winners. Like the company's other BOTY honorees - the J/40 and J/34c were category winners in 1985 and 1987, respectively, while the J/44 took the overall prize in 1989 - the 35c perceives the endeavor of going to sea as a long-term, offshore exercise. There are good sea berths. There is abundant storage space. There are plenty of thoughtful touches required for a vessel whose bow will be pointed seaward.

Interestingly, of the four boats, only the J/ 44 was conceived with one-design or offshore racing as a high priority. The others can all be classified, first and foremost, as comfortable family cruisers. (There's a certain irony in that, while Johnstone is certainly best known for his successful racing designs, his most distinguished boats, from a critic's perspective, may be his cruisers.)

Each is graced with a smart, sensible cockpit layout that presents all the major sail trimming devices - dual self-tailing mainsheet winches, traveler, and self-tailing primary winches - at the driver's fingertips. It's a smart, time-tested idea that works particularly well for short-handed crews.

"Not just a reworked J/35," notes Pat Clark, "this is a whole new hull and keel which in concept owes much to the J/44. Rod has included much of the innovative thinking from that boat: accessible (deck) locker for those impossible-to-store Danforth anchors, keeping the weight off the bow; good nav station; intelligent interior layout."

"The huge cockpit locker that you can also get at from the galley is good," said Sheila McCurdy. "For a cruising boat to essentially have an attic, or a basement, is really great. If you're going to do your own maintenance you have to have a place to put all that stuff, and this boat does."

"This is a nice design, but don't forget how well it's put together," added Herb McCormick. "Johnstone draws fine boats, but he's got unsung support and assistance from TPI."

"It's a good cruising boat for ex-racers," said Gerry Douglas, in perhaps the definitive J/35c assessment. "It's for people who have come to really appreciate performance."


Exceptional Sailing Performance. Classic Yacht Interior.

J/35c slides through waves with little pitch and roll, responding effortlessly to a touch of the wheel. It's as if the boat is part of you. Such feel is the result of superb construction, hardware and design. Hull, deck and spars are built to be exceptionally strong but light. This is expensive, but it produces a longer lasting, rigid hull, light ends and a low center of gravity. J/35c stability allows a higher ratio of sail area to displacement than other cruisers her size.

Designer Rod Johnstone drafted J/35c with a long waterline for speed; efficient, high-lift keel; balanced rudder; fast response 40" wheel; compact, adjustable sail plan; and a hull shape which has evolved from 7,500 of the most severely tested sailboats in the world. A boat that sails well, does so in the extremes: Downwind in light air and upwind in a blow. J/35c lets you sail more when cruising.
This means less motoring and better safety at sea. One person can manage a J/35c sailing with mainsail alone, never leaving the wheel. Because you feel in control and less dependent upon expert crew, cruising becomes more relaxing and joyful in just about any weather.

ABS + A1 Certified-  The ABS bronze plaque seen on the main bulkhead certifies that J/35c is built to the American Bureau of Shipping's highest classification for offshore yacht service. An independent ABS marine surveyor periodically inspected each boat while under construction by then builder TPI in Warren, RI, builder for 40 years of America's best sailing yachts. This longevity and reputation is the best guarantee of quality and long term investment value you can find in boat building.

Introduced: 1990    Built to: Hull #36    Last Model Year: 1994

Sailing for Life in Better Sailboats

Sailing is the ultimate freedom, the experience of being at one with nature and the sea, powered only by the wind and one's imagination. It's one of the few "life sports" that offers both a relaxing escape as well as an invigorating challenge. You pick your level of comfort and excitement. Sailing is never the same twice - each time on the water with your sailboat is a unique adventure that can enrich friendships, strengthen family ties, and refresh one's own sense of well-being. How many other outdoor activities can be shared with three or more family generations?  It's been said there are two types of sailors in the world - the young and the young-at-heart.

What a Difference a J Makes

Fulfilling those sailing dreams starts with finding a sailboat that fits you - whether you aspire to sail close to home, cruise to distant shores, or take up the challenge of competitive sailing. Performance differences between sailboats are greater than differences between golf clubs, tennis rackets, skis or cars. A well-designed sailboat, like a good sports car, is an extension of its owner. It could take years of sailing other boats to learn the difference that good design and quality make to one's sailing enjoyment. Or, you can save time and take advantage of what we've designed into every "J."

J/121 Offshore Speedster for 5 or fewer Crew

J/121 offshore speedster sailing off Newport The J/121 is a 40’ offshore speedster that can be day raced or distance sailed by just 5 or fewer crew…. the best short-handed J ever…. capable of winning on any race track while also excelling in daysailing and weekend mode. J/121 redefines offshore sailboat racing as a recreation and shared adventure with friends - fulfilling the growing need to simplify life and reconnect with those you really want to sail with on a boat that’s pure magic to sail. Learn more about J/121 here.

Elegance, Comfort & Style- J/112E

J112E 01 19986J/112E is the newest “E” Series of sport-cruising yachts.  An Evolution of Elegant performance cruising design. This dual- purpose 36 footer has a spacious two-cabin layout and a roomy, comfortable,  cockpit.  Perfect for the annual club cruise, offshore racing or short-handed blue-water sailing.  Learn about J/112E here.

A Family-friendly One-Design & Daysailer - J/88

J88 SolarSailer cockpit 001 18209The J/88 combines big boat feel with sportsboat- like acceleration.  Add a weekend interior, inboard head, engine and huge cockpit and you have a versatile 29 footer.  Blistering upwind speed of 6.5 kts and trailblazing speed offshore means smiles all around as you collect both the silverware and priceless sailing memories. Learn more about J/88 here.

J/99 - Offshore Shorthanded Speedster

J70upwind 1117 665 400 80J/99 is the newest offshore speedster. It combines headroom and comfortable interior accommodation with the tiller-driven response of a sport boat. The sail and deck plan are optimized for easy handling with fewer crew, and incorporate the latest developments from the award-winning J/121 and the new Offshore Sailing World champion J/112E. Learn more about J/99 here.

J/70 - The Sportboat Changing Sailing

J70upwind 1117 665 400 80The J/70 speedster is a fun, fast, stable, 22 footer that can be towed behind a small SUV and ramped launched and rigged by two people.  J/70 sails upwind like her larger sibling (the J/80) and off the wind she simply flies - planing fast in moderate winds. With 1,400+ boats delivered worldwide, the choice is clear. Learn more about J/70 here.

J/Sailing Calendar 2020

JGear marquee 2018The Perfect Gift For People Who Love Sailing!
For 2020 we've created another beautiful calendar for J sailors who love the joys of sailing a J in some of the most spectacular harbors and waters of the world.  Whether you are a cruising, racing or armchair sailor, these stunning sailboat photographs will transport you to wonderful sailing experiences in far away places. 

The 2020 sailing calendar features photos of J/24s, J/70s, J/80s, J/99, J/111s, J/121, and J/122 sailing in some of the worlds most popular waters; such as Newport, Palma Mallorca, St Barths, Chicago, Chile, Switzerland, Torquay, Valle de Bravo, and Lago di Garda. A great gift for loved ones, family, friends and crew (see gallery here). Order your 2020 J/Calendar today!

Upcoming Sailing Events

Oct 11-12- J/80 Copa de Espana- Coruna, Spain
Oct 17-20- J/88 North American Championship- Rye, New York
Oct 18-20- J/105 Masters Regatta- San Diego, CA
Oct 19-26- J/24 World Championship- Coconut Grove, FL
Oct 19- Rolex Middle Sea Race- Gzira, Malta
Oct 25-27- J/24 East Coast Championship- Annapolis, MD
Oct 25-27- J/Fest Southwest- Lakewood, TX
Oct 25-27- J/105 Lipton Cup Regatta- San Diego, CA
Nov 1-4- French J/80 Championship- La Rochelle, France

Better Sailboats for People Who Love Sailing