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1997 J Boats J/32

Sackets Harbor, New York


Extremely clean and very well maintained freshwater J/32! This boat is on site at our marina and has been stored and serviced here since new.

New (2022) Raymarine electronics package to include NavPod mounted Axiom+7 MFD, AIS, and VHF.

New cabin floors.

Sail inventory includes: AirX spinnaker, Haarstick Asymmetric, 2013 Norlam main, 2013 Norlam genoa 135%. Forespar spinnaker pole and Forespar whisker pole.

Live video tours available.

Basic Boat Info

Boat Name: Surprise
Make: J Boats
Model: J/32
Year: 1997
Condition: Used
Category: Sail
Designer: R. Alan Johnstone
Construction: Fiberglass
Boat Hull ID: TSP32006H697
Has Hull ID: Yes
Keel Type: Fin Keel


Length: 32'5 ft
Length Overall: 32'5 ft
Waterline Length: 29 ft
Beam: 11 ft
Max Draft: 6 ft
Displacement: 10,000 lb
Cabin Headroom: 6'3 ft
Dry Weight: 10,000 lb
Ballast: 3,850 lb
Single Berths: 4

Engines / Speed

Engines: 1
  • Make: Yanmar 3GM30FC
  • Model: Yanmar 3GM30FC
  • Fuel: Diesel
  • Engine Power: 27hp
  • Type: Inboard


Fuel Tanks: 1
Fuel Tank Capacity: 27 gal
Water Tanks: 1
Water Tank Capacity: 50 gal


Heads Count: 1
Boat Class: Racers, Racers and Cruisers, Cruisers


Craig Parker
Navy Point Marine Inc.


Navy Point Marine Inc.
102 Navy Point Road
Sackets Harbor, New York, US, 13685
Tel:(315) 646-3364
The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.

Sail Area

IJPE : 514.17 sq ft
I : 39.17 ft
J : 11.00 ft
P : 38.50 ft
E : 15.50 ft
Working Sail Area : 514.00 sq ft
Manufacturer Provided Description
The interior of the J-32 is spacious, clean in execution, thoughtfully appointed, and beautifully finished in the classic style: varnished teak joinerwork with off-white paneling reminiscent of old Herreshoff cruisers. Much thought has gone into the cruising details and it's easy to see that this boat was designed by and for sailors. Stepping below, the initial sensation is that of being aboard a 40 footer. Perhaps it is the 6'3" headroom, large ports, and overhead hatches that create J-32's sense of roominess and comfort below. The L-shaped galley to starboard is uncompromised in detail, and very workable with a molded, deep sink integral to a Granicoat counter top. It includes hot & cold pressure water, large well insulated icebox, 2-burner stainless Force-10 LPG range, and dedicated trash storage with flip lid access. The navigation table is proper size with hinged-top lid, large drawer, tool cabinet, and complete DC electrical center. Walking forward one passes through an oval opening in a substantial, structural bulkhead supporting the shroud chainplates. The very comfortable and roomy double V-berth stateroom also has 6'3" standing headroom with 2-drawer bureau, vanity with sink and mirror, and a hanging locker large enough to store a permanent "onboard" wardrobe. All this with additional storage for as many as four duffel bags under the berth. The head - shower - wet hanging locker compartment aft to port is a proven winner, copied from the more than 100 J-40s and J-42s built. The one-piece molded unit incorporates a shower sump with dedicated pump and strainer system. Starboard aft is an immense storage locker with access both from the cockpit and by door through the galley. Exceptional ventilation is provided throughout by two dorade intakes, as many as eight opening ports, three deck hatches, and the large dodger-protected companionway hatch which, with autopilot, functions as a soft-topped pilot house when passage-making in bad weather. Sailing a J-32 is easy for one person thanks to superb steering response and control, a common sense sailplan, and a cockpit - deck designed for sailors. When a gust of wind hits the J-32, the first sensation is one of acceleration forward rather than heeling over. Slicing through waves there is little fuss and very little of the pitch and roll often accepted as a rigor of traditional cruising. J-32 balances and sails efficiently with mainsail only. Sailing upwind in this configuration, J-32 is faster than many cruisers using both main and large genoa combined. The mainsail is the easiest of any sail to operate. So, there is no need to reef when it blows 25 kts; simply roll up the small 100% jib. That's all you need for cruising. No more wrestling with large headsails or endless winch grinding. Tacking is effortless. The J-32 responds confidently with a 40" diameter Edson Destroyer wheel and large balanced rudder. She has fingertip control, confident tracking under sail, and good response in tight quarters; 360 degree turns are possible within one boat length. This predictable maneuverability makes sailing into congested harbors, tacking through narrow channels, or negotiating the occasional fuel dock a snap. Good handling also comes from undistorted hull lines, advanced construction techniques, and superior stability. The J-32 is built with TPI's patented SCRIMP process. This system pulls triple the normal vacuum bagging levels to draw air out of cored hull & deck laminates and to get resin into every void, all in a single step. In fact, the entire J-32 keel structural grid cures with the hull as a primary bonded component. The results of award winning SCRIMP technology are high strength, light weight, and void-free hull & deck laminates far superior to hand lay-up or chopper gun construction. The weight saved is then added back to the bottom of the keel in the form of a lead bulb, shaped as an inverted wedge with a tapered tail aft. This is why J-32's center of gravity (CG) is so much lower than cruisers built with outdated technology and design. Other benefits of TPI construction include a 10 year owner transferable hull blister warranty and knowledge of J-Boat resale value. So superior in speed is the J-32 under sail that in 10-plus knots of wind many "traditional cruising designs" will be lucky to keep pace with engines on. One quick glance at comparative performance rankings and the polar diagram shows the degree to which J-32 outsails other boats in her size range.
Equipment List
J - 32 Specifications - Standard Equipment Hull & Deck o Ten year transferable hull blister warranty o Hull & Deck molded with SCRIMP resin infusion and AL-600 Baltek balsa core using triaxial and quadraxial glass fabrics. o Infused keel stringers included in primary hull lamination. o 3,840 lb. lead keel strengthened with antimony and designed for low VCG at draft of 5.9' or 4.75'. o Keel is bolted to hull keel stub with stainless J shaped bolts cast into lead. o White hull with single tapered boot stripe. o Bonded hull - deck joint with PLEXUS and 3M 5200. o ORC 1.25" extruded white toe rails. o Two stainless steel handrails on cabin trunk. o Forward anchor - rode locker with padeye for dead-end of rode. o GRP molded structural main bulkhead. o Molded dodger bosses to P&S of companionway. o GRP molded seahood with integral instrument pod. o Two lazarette storage lockers (one enclosed, gasketted, drained and vented for single 10 lb propane tank) and two cockpit seat storage lockers. o Push button latches on cockpit lockers with line to secure aft port lazarette hatch. o Stainless folding swim ladder w- extruded treads. Mechanical & Steering o Yanmar 3GM30FC fresh water cooled, 3 cylinder, 27 hp diesel engine w-80 amp alternator and Racor fuel filter. o Cockpit mounted Yanmar "B" type panel w- tachometer, push button starting, alarms for oil pressure, water temp., and battery charging. o Martec two-bladed bronze folding propeller. o Bronze shaft strut with cutlass bearing. o 1" SS propeller shaft o Edson engine throttle controls. o 1" lead lined engine box insulation o Muffler w- engine exhaust hose. o Balanced rudder blade of unidirectional E-glass w- custom molded GRP shaft turning on two aligned bearings. o 40" stainless wheel on Edson pedestal with Ritche compass, wheel hub brake, and stainless guardrail. o Aluminum emergency tiller. Plumbing o 50 gallon fresh water tank in single baffled polyurethane tank under starboard settee berth. o H&C pressure water system w-6 gal. water heater. o 27 gal. fuel capacity in aluminum tank below cockpit sole. o Fuel gauge mounted in cockpit engine panel recess. o Henderson cockpit operated manual bilge pump. o Rule automatic electric bilge pump system w- float switch. o Marelon double clamped seacocks and through hull fittings below waterline. Deck Hardware o Thurston companionway dodger with side curtains mounted in splash molding with storage bag. o Two Lewmar 44 STC, 2 speed self-tailing primary winches o Two Lewmar 30 STC self-tailing halyard winches o Two PVC winch handle holders o One 10" & one 8" Lewmar lock-in single aluminum winch handles o Harken 271 triple sheave organizers to P&S on cabin top o Two Lewmar "Superlock" double halyard stoppers to P&S o 6:1 Mainsheet tackle system with Harken two 028 fiddle blocks 005 single and 045 single ratchet w- becket and cam fixed on centerline. o Harken traveler system with 1595 car, 5' 1511 hi-beam track, two 1516 control ends. o Two 1.8 m Harken hardcote anodized T-tracks with two 1997 Harken adjustable pin stop lead cars. o Two diamond padeyes outboard of cockpit with two standard Schaefer 0599 snatch blocks. o Hall B-12 Quik Vang. o Schaefer Series 1100 headsail furling system w- control led aft through three SS lined bullseyes to Harken cam cleat mounted to port in the cockpit. o Double vinyl coated lifelines to port and starboard. o Double rail stainless steel bow pulpit & stern pushpit. o Stainless stemhead with anchor roller o Eight stainless steel double lifeline stanchions with two standard boarding gates. o Four Suncor 8" Bluewater mooring cleats, two 8" Herreshoff style ss transom cleats o Lewmar size 60 Ocean skylight hatch in forward cabin. o Lewmar size 40 Ocean skylight hatch in main cabin. o Lewmar size 10 Ocean skylight hatch in head. o Four Lewmar opening ports including two in forward cabin, two in cockpit. Four fixed ports in main cabin. o Three polypropylene mesh line bags. o 2 Plastimo PL16926 main cabin dorade ventilators w- red or blue cowl interior finish o Acrylic sliding companionway hatch with two part acrylic drop board and stainless inside - outside opening hasp. o Plastic companionway slider rails. o 4' teak flag staff & 3' x 5' US yacht ensign commissioning flag w- socket welded to stem pulpit leg. o Companionway ladder w- stainless frame & varnished teak treads w- non-skid. Electrical o Two deep cycle no maintenance gel cell batteries o 3 Position battery switch o Bass electrical panel w- circuit breakers. o Navigation & steaming lights o Bonding system o Six Imtra "Patty" chrome finished 10 W halogen swiveling reading lamps. o Two combination red - white halogen dome lamps o One red - white fluorescent lamp for the aft head o Prewired for instruments with 6 wire, 20 gauge cable led from nav station to seahood and VHF coaxial cable led from nav station to forward cabin for mast connection. Mast & Rigging o Aluminum mast w- double swept back spreaders, lazy jacks, internal conduit, steaming and anchor lights, tapped hole at masthead for large Windex. o Below-deck ventilation holes milled into mast. o Four Schaefer mast-mounted halyard blocks o Aluminum mast collar w- boot and wedges. Aluminum boom w-8:1 internal purchase outhaul, vang lug attachment, stainless mainsheet bail, reef sheaves. o Stainless 1x19 wire rigging w- Navtec turnbuckles. o Hall Rigging Co. running rigging & halyard package. o Sailtec hydraulic backstay adjuster. Interior o Interior finished with varnished teak trim & off-white bulkheads with varnished teak & holly cabin sole and removable centerline bilge panels w- elbow catches. o Choice of nylon interior fabric colors. o Forward Owner Cabin 6' 6" forward V-berth Two 4" cushions Hanging locker to port with storage shelf above. Drawer - cabinet vanity to starboard w- bulkhead mirror. Duffel storage access opening below V-berth Varnished teak main cabin door that swings outboard to close off forward hanging locker. o Main Salon 6' 4" Port & Starboard settee berths. 4" cushions w- single seats and split backrests. Pigeon hole storage outboard of backrests and shelves above. Varnished teak fold-down bulkhead table. Varnished teak battens along the hull sides. Varnished teak trim along cabin trunk to P&S. SS overhead main cabin handrails to P&S. 16" SS companionway handrails o Nav Station Off-white counter top w- teak laminated fiddle. Hinged lid chart storage w- spring lid support. Large drawer and two louvered cabinet doors under nav. table for tool and equipment storage. Hinged instrument cabinet mounted outboard above chart table. Teak pencil - divider rack. o Storage Area to Starboard Locker door with direct access to storage from galley Off-white gelcoat finish on hull and deck Organizing bulkhead running fore and aft outboard of door. Galley o Two burner Force 10 propane stove w- oven, broiler & thermostat control. o 6 cu.ft. icebox w- 3 1-2" foam insulation o Ice box drain w- manual shut-off in bilge. o Wheat matrix Granicoat counter top finish w- large molded single sink and recess for owner provided sliding cutting board. o Chrome galley water faucet. o Two utensil drawers and cabinet below counter. o Rubbermaid trash container with flip lid access below sink. o Pot and pan storage cabinet below stove. Aft Head o Raritan PH-2 head w- lever action to holding tank and overboard discharge system. o Bulkhead mounted teak grabrail. o Grohe chrome extendible water - shower faucet. o Outboard wet locker hooks. o Mirrored Plexiglas inboard bulkhead. o Toothbrush - Cup holder. o Overboard head sump pump system with remote switch o Double acrylic cabinet door below sink counter with TP holder. o Engine access door. J - 32 Optional Equipment Group Options o Comfort Group: Includes five-piece cockpit cushion set for helmsman, two cockpit seat cushions, removable varnished teak cockpit table w- storage bag, color coordinated canvas work of lifeline pads and mainsail cover to match dodger. Four opening ports w- screens in main cabin in lieu of fixed. o Systems Group: Includes fwd cabin sink hardware, add'I water tank, and cockpit shower. o Marina Group: Includes 120 VAC - 30 A shorepower service with Pro Mariner battery charger, 50 ft cord, AC panel, and four GFCI protected outlets. o Spinnaker Hardware Package: Includes spinnaker halyard, spinnaker sheets, two Harken midrange spinnaker sheet blocks with U-bolts installed, tack line, snuffer deck hardware, two Harken 150 cams, snuffer block to mount on anchor roller. o Forepeak Teak Trim Package: Includes varnished forward bulkhead, teak ceilings in fwd owner cabin, and full length teak shelves to P&S. Single Options o Two tone deck o Cove Stripe o Windlass o 4.75' Shoal Draft Keel o Slide-out double berth to starboard. o Seafrost DC Refrigeration System w- addl. battery o Third battery o Dodger handrail & SS supports o All teak main bulkhead and door (varnished) o 44" diameter SS wheel w- leather grip
The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.
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