£ 97,625
listed price: $ 125,000Vat Excluded / Not Paid

J Boats - J/88

J Boats - J/88 Sailing Boats for sale in Tokyo at Boatshop24.co.uk
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Category:Sailing Boats
Manufacturer:J Boats
Mooring Country:Japan
Year built:2014
Sales status:available
LOA:8.9 m/29 ft
Length:8.9 m/29 ft
Width:2.9 m/10 ft
Draft:1.98 m/6 ft
Category:fin keel
Engine manufacturer:yanmar 2jm15 13.2hp
No. of cabins:1
No. of berths:4

Very lightly used, dealer-maintained US-built J/88 from 2014. Tested by the Japanese sailing magazine Kazi. Great specification including North 3Di sails and gennaker. Now offered for sale as her owner has bought larger.

Hull No.26 of the extremely popular Johnstone designed J/88 club racer. US-built and shipped to Japan for her first and present owner with almost every possible option fitted. Very lightly used and always maintained by the J-Boats dealer in Japan. In addition to standard, this particular example comes fitted with the following:-
Fresh water installation with galley sink
V-berth platform with cushions
Extra battery
Handheld VHF
B&G Triton electronics package with Zeus 7” plotter and mast-mounted multi-repeaters
Fusion multimedia system with cockpit speakers
Cockpit cushions
Harken through-deck furler
North 3Di mainsail and jib
North gennaker
Custom cradle

Ideal for the club-racer, fast cruiser, family sailor or keen campaign class racer, this sparkling J/88 is very seriously for sale and priced to suit as her owners have now gone larger.


The J/88 is not only comfortable and easy to handle, but her sweet balance, effortless speed and comfort will maximize your sailing fun. J/88 truly hits the sweet-spot in J Boat’s new performance sprit range – large enough to provide the creature comforts of a sit-in cockpit, inboard diesel, overnighting interior and head; and small enough to be single-point lifted, owner trailered and stored. Plus, there's no wood on deck, minimum systems, and a simple functional interior so you can maximize sailing time and minimize on-board maintenance.

If sailing is having your cake and eating it too, then the J/88 is like ordering the whole dessert menu. Design highlights include a high-aspect, non-overlapping sail plan (no genoas) with a light weight carbon fiber mast - deck stepped configuration for easy rigging and tuning as well as for keeping the water out and the main cabin dry.

The 6.5 ft fixed keel with molded finish ensures a fair, smooth foil surface with a low vertical center of gravity. This provides a ride that’s every bit as stable and exciting as the J/88’s speedster siblings - fast upwind with amazing fingertip balance on the helm and exciting planing potential downwind in moderate to fresh breezes thanks to the easy to manage masthead asymmetrical spinnaker and retractable carbon J/Sprit.

Since J/88's successful launch and with nearly 100 boats sailing around the world in 2017, the growing J/88 Owner managed one-design class enjoys very close racing in the US and UK, friendly social gatherings for owners and each year more events are being added to the calendar. With maximum crew of six and strict sail limitations, the class rules help to keep costs under control and attracts sailors looking for a simplified one design experience that includes friends and family.

J/88 not only satisfies her owners, but has met with critical acclaim in the boating press, awarded the "Best Boat Under 30 Ft" in SAILING WORLD's Boat of the Year competition, Yachts & Yachting Magazine's Boat of the Year as well as receiving high marks from the SAIL Magazine, Sailing Magazine, Boats.com, Yachting World Magazine and several others who have taken the opportunity to review the boat. J/88 is perfect for offshore racing as well as for one-design and or local beer can races. What's most important is that when all the racing is over, you'll thoroughly enjoy and appreciate J/88 versatility while sharing her forgiving daysailing qualities with all of your family and friends.


“Falling neatly between the J/70 and J/111, the 88 might be labelled midsize if it were an automobile, but no matter what you call it, the J/Boat design and build team found the sweet spot with this 29-foot family daysailer and racer. It's a J, so it's fast and fun to sail in a variety of conditions. Its success is well documented in an auspicious debut in 2014, including second in class in the Chicago-Mackinac race. While it is small enough to be single-point lifted for easy storage and trailering, it is big enough to have an interior that's surprisingly comfortable, with enough elbowroom to extend sailing through the weekend. “.
(John Kretschmer from SAILING Magazine)


RCD Status:
Our understanding is that the vessel complies with the European Union Recreational Craft Directive and meets Category B or C requirements for CE Certification

Hull and deck Construction:
Hull & deck infusion moulded with biaxial and unidirectional E-glass fabrics and balsa core in the hull for rugged durability.
Corecell foam core in the deck for light weight.
High density core material and additional glass reinforcements are placed in way of highly loaded hardware and components.
Moulded internal bulkheads and liners finished with gelcoat, bonded and/or tabbed to the hull and/or deck.
White gelcoat hull with single boot stripe.
10 year transferable warranty against osmotic hull blistering, 5 year structural warranty.
Infused GRP moulded structural grid with longitudinal and transverse keel support beams.
Two additional opening ports in cockpit.
Open transom for easy access with lightweight ORC transom safety ladder.
High strength, inward turning and overlapping hull to deck joint bonded with structural adhesive.
White gelcoat deck with molded non-skid on horizontal deck surfaces.
Moulded ISO/ORC height foredeck toe-rails on deck.
Large self-draining cockpit with moulded secure helmsman foot braces in cockpit.
Single point lifting bar located under centerline bilge access board in main salon.

Keel & Rudder:
Low VCG fin keel with GRP-skinned stainless steel fin and lead bulb with 3% antimony.
High aspect transom mounted triaxial E-glass rudder with epoxy foam core.
Custom SS gudgeon hardware.


Engine & gearbox:
Yanmar 2YM15 2-cylinder 13.2hp diesel engine
Freshwater cooling system governed by thermostat
Yanmar SD 20 Saildrive gearbox
Keyless start/stop engine panel and tachometer with alarms and engine hour counter
Engine gear/throttle control

Propulsion & Steering:
Flex-O-Fold 2-bladed folding propeller
Custom moulded E-glass composite tiller in white gelcoat finish.
Spinlock adjustable tiller extension with handle.


Voltage systems:
12vDC primary domestic system with 12vDC starting circuit and 220v AC via shorepower

Battery Banks:
2x 12vDC 90Ah AGM batteries

12vDC 80Ah engine mounted marine alternator

110vAC shorepower system


Fresh Water:
Manual fresh water supply via hand pump

Bilge Pumps:
Whale cockpit operated manual bilge pump operable from the helm position plumbed to transom fitting.
Whale 12vDC Automatic electric bilge pump with manual override

Forespar Marelon seacock fittings


56 litre fuel capacity in 1x polyethylene tank
Fuel gauge

Fresh Water:
19 litres fresh water capacity in 1x flexible tank

Holding Tank:
45 litre holding tank

B&G Zeus 2 7” colour GPS chart plotter in cockpit with Japan charts
3x B&G Triton multi displays mounted at mast with Scanstrut 3-way mast bracket
B&G Triton multi display in cockpit
B&G wind, speed and depth transducers
Steering compass in cockpit
Handheld VHF


Stainless steel sink with manual fresh handpump fresh water supply

Manual Raritan marine toilet

Twin reading lights in main cabin area plus further light in forward cabin space

Fusion Stereo system with speakers in cockpit and cabin


Summary of Accommodation:
Up to 4 berths in forward v-berth cabin area plus saloon settee berths to port and starboard
Moulded main salon liner with full length settee berths, moulded backrests, storage access bin in backrests and below cushions.
Moulded areas for sink (forward to port) and hinged utility counter (forward to starboard).
Fabric main saloon cushions.
Teak and holly laminate saloon sole.
Removable saloon table.
Aft bunk cushion
Internal hull pockets
Moulded V-berth with platform and cushions.
Curtain forward V-berth cabin area.
Low maintenance painted gelcoat finish on all interior hull & deck surfaces.
Black anodised aluminium compression post to transfer mast loads to internal hull structure.


Hall Spars carbon fiber mast with double swept spreaders, long masthead crane and mainsail luff track. Deck step design and SS tabernacle system. Mast finished in satin black with contrasting white bands.
Boom with internal 8:1 outhaul, mainsheet attachment points, outhaul and single reef sheaves as well as provision for reef cleat and block at inboard end. Finished in satin black with contrasting white bands.
Carbon bow sprit with tack ferrule fitting, painted black finish. Bow sprit seal system mounted between sprit bearings.
Rod headstay, 1 x 19 compacted strand wire side rigging with adjustable open-body turnbuckles, and Dyneema backstay.
Complete Hall Spars running rigging package.
Hall Quickvang
Cockpit operated Harken adjustable jib car and 4:1 in-hauler systems to P&S.
6:1 Mainsheet system leading to ratchet block and cam mounted on centerline swivel cam base aft of traveler.
18:1 mainsheet fine-tune adjuster mounted to swivel base cam forward of traveler.
Adjustable mainsheet traveler with 4:1 control line and cam cleats P & S.
Double ended backstay adjuster purchase system leading forward to P & S cam cleats.
Internal bowsprit launching system to exit aft face of the cabin house to cam cleat.
Harken underdeck headsail furling system with black foils and control line leading aft on port side to cabin to cam cleat.
Spinnaker tack line side mounted rope clutch mounted to starboard on cabin side.
Spinnaker sheet blocks outboard of primary winches on stanchion bases and aft at stern rail.
Halyard lead blocks mounted at mast base, halyard organizers and double Antal Vcam rope clutches one per side.
IM = 11.79m, ISP = 12.68m, J = 3.44m, P = 11.22m, E = 3.66m

2x Harken 2-speed 40:1 self-tailing primary winches in cockpit.
2x Harken 2-speed 30:1 self-tailing secondary winches on cabin top.

North Sails 3Di battened mainsail
North Sails 3Di Jib – furling
North Sails Gennaker

Stainless steel guardwire stanchions with double lifelnes
Twin stainless steel pushpits at transom corners and custom
Stainless steel bow rail with 9.5" lower lifeline height
LED navigation lights

Anchoring & Mooring:
Foredeck and transom mooring cleats
Octoplait mooring warps and fender
Aluminium anchor with shackle and leaded warp

Covers, Cushions & Canvas:
Mainsail cover
Cockpit cushions (can also be used as back cushions in the saloon)


General note on safety equipment: Any safety equipment such as liferafts, Epirbs, fire extinguishers and flares etc. are usually personal to the current owner(s) and if being left on-board as part of the sale of a used vessel may require routine servicing, replacement, or changing to meet a new owners specific needs.

Lying: Tokyo, Japan

Available to view strictly by appointment

Office Hours Mon- Fri 0900 – 17.00
Saturday by prior appointment

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Lead Broker: Alex Grabau
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ModelJ/88Waterline length8.18 meters
Tank capacity56Designerj/boat design / r johnstone
Hull typee-glass sandwich
Grabau International Yacht Brokerage & Conveyancing
Grabau International Yacht Brokerage & Conveyancing
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