Dimensions ft/lb  m/kg
LOA 32.60 9.94
LWL 28.80 8.76
Beam 11.00 3.35
Standard Draft 5.90 1.80
Standard Ballast 3,840 1742
Displacement 10,000 4,536
Diesel Aux. Engine 28 hp 28 hp
100% SA
514 47.75
I 39.20 11.95
J 11.00 3.35
P 38.50 11.73
E 15.50 4.72
SA/Dspl 18 18
Dspl/L 188 188

J/32 Articles & Reviews


SAIL Magazine Review

Edited by Charles Mason

Delivering a new level of performance is a tall order, especially for a first design.

But, Al Johnstone learned the trade well from his father, Rod, and the J/32, the first J Boat with Al's name on it, promises to be a valued addition to the J Boats family.

The boat is fast and easy for two people to sail.

Construction of both hull and deck utilizes the SCRIMP® resin infusion system; the laminate schedules include unidirectional, biaxial, and triaxial fibers. Baltek balsa core is used in both the hull and deck; a floor grid is fused directly to the hull to create additional strength.



Interview with Tom Linskey- J/32 #57

By Dana Paxton

Subscribing to the theory that "smaller is better," Tom Linskey and his wife Harriet purchased their J/32 "Independence" to serve as the next vessel in a long line of cruising boats that have taken the Linskeys to exotic and fascinating places around the world.

Tom, describe a little of your sailing background?
TL: My wife and I grew up on a bunch of dinghies and my Dad had a couple of race boats. Independence was a Yankee 38 Sparkman & Stephens design. We started with two Coronado 25s. I guess...


Robinson Family Cruise- J/32 #1

by Robbie Robinson

Dark green, marbled leather, red bound, the log book sat on the shelf above the port settee. "Feel free to christen it," said the note from Al Johnstone. We were taking the J/32, hull number 1 and Al’s first full-blown design for J/Boats, from Newport, RI to McMichael’s Yacht Yard in Mamaroneck, NY. Like everything else aboard WHISTLER, the book was shiny and new. Somehow I never brought myself to make the first mark on its blank pages. They taught me in nautical scribe school that log style writing did not produce great reading, but WHISTLER and our cruise/delivery aboard her were exceptional enough that maybe I can just tell you...



Practical Sailor- New Boat Review: J/32

Reprinted Article from Practical Sailor Magazine

Alan Johnstone’s first design for J Boats is a roomy performance cruiser that suffers only from a lack of organized stowage.

Having spent recent years building performance-oriented "sprit boats," including a recent 45-footer designed for competition in the Admiral’s Cup, J Boats did an about face in 1996 with the introduction of a new cruising boat. Though the boat shares the pedigree of its racing cousins, the new entry is more traditionally shaped and has a good deal of space below.  Go to PRACTICAL SAILOR to find and read the review.


Classic styling with exceptional handling, stability and performance

The ideal cruising boat for many years has been the classic 40 foot sloop. For the first time, thanks to new building technology and design, the comfort and performance benefits of that cruising ideal are now available in 32 feet.

Apart from being more affordable to own and operate, there's an added dimension of comfort in a smaller boat: Maneuverability - landing at a dock or threading through crowded harbors. Furthermore, the J/32 is designed to sail well under mainsail alone and cruise with a small jib rather than genoa. There are no big sails to winch and wrestle and the constant sail changing of heavy displacement cruisers is avoided.

J/32 is traditionally styled with a smooth sweep of the sheerline, low freeboard to reduce wind resistance and facilitate boarding, and a positive transom angle w/swim ladder to maximize deck space. The bow sections are flared to deflect waves downward, keeping the decks dry. Her short overhangs allow a long waterline and superior performance.

The interior is spacious, clean in execution, and beautifully appointed and finished. The owner's cabin is forward, full length settees in the main cabin sleep guests or seat 4-6 for dinner served from a large working galley. The aft sea-head with wet hanging locker and full size navigation table are designed close to the cockpit for comfort and convenience offshore.

Each detail and need has been addressed for equipment and storage for coastal and offshore cruising.

High priority is given to storage in the large galley, nav station and 2 large seat lockers. On deck, the cockpit is large, dodger with side curtains standard, steering comfortable from all positions, and the swim ladder superb.

J/Boats' performance heritage is an invaluable bonus when it comes to quality of construction and many years of problem-free ownership. The 8,300 boats built by the J Boats/TPI partnership have been pushed to the limit by sailors across the oceans of the world. What's more, these same boats come back year after year without losing their performance edge. J/32 represents a significant step forward in cruising with unmatched quality construction throughout.

What the J/32 brings to its size range is the sailing comfort, styling and performance more typically found in cruising yachts of considerably greater length and cost. Advanced composite construction, an easily driven hull shape and a very low center of gravity result in noticeable differences in how J/32 performs compared to any other cruising boat you may have sailed.

Introduced: 1996   Built to: Hull #85   Last Model Year: 2003