J/97E - Family Cruising and Racing
J/97E is the first J in over two decades under 32’ to combine headroom and family cruising accommodations in a high performance, easily driven hull. And it has the modern innovations to make sailing easier: an asymmetric spinnaker flown from a retractable bowsprit and a roller-furling non-overlapping jib. The “E” is for elegance and evolution in performance cruising design. Why settle for anything less than sailing where and when you want to in comfort, style and speed? This may be your perfect 31 footer!
The key to creating a versatile sailboat is delivering a high quality sailing experience, a trait shared by all J designs. Boats that are easily driven, easily handled, and genuinely fun to sail provide greater long-term “sailing value” to their owners than designs driven by the latest rating rule or designs that are over-compromised to meet the latest styling trends. Form follows function in good sailboat design, the J/97E is no exception.
The J/97E sleeps more people in three separate cabin areas than it takes to sail the boat. When you head off on the club cruise or race week, there's no need for hotel rooms. It's the way sailing should be. The addition of a boom tent or awning can further expand your living space to include the cockpit. There's plenty of room to stretch out.
The J/97E's interior conveys a feeling of space and comfort. With large overhead hatches, cabin windows and portlights over the settees, one almost feels outdoors. The layout features two settees, a 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).
The J/97E cockpit is similar to the award-winning cockpit found on the J/111. It features full length seats with back rests, wheel or tiller steering, and an open transom. All sailing controls are within reach of the helmsperson to make the boat very easy to manage. 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 swept back leading edge and moderate draft.