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