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1999 J Boats J/32

Alameda, California


Katherine is one of the nicest 32's you will ever find. She has been constantly maintained to the highest level by her original owner. 

New shrouds, new dodger, new sail cover, excellent sails, beautiful varnish work, the level of ongoing maintenance of this boat shows loud and clear when you see her. 

Well known naval architect Bob Perry had this to say about the 32.

I like the J/32. To begin with, its stubby proportions and styling make it cute as hell, while it offers an interesting mix of performance and comfort features. In a world where the enjoyment of cruising is often seen as a function of the boat's size and complexity, I am attracted to this compact, well-thought-out and simple boat.

The hull has a nicely subtle spring in the sheer, which is punctuated by the short but shapely ends. It's a snappy looking hull that is all waterline and has a D/L of 183. With an 11-foot beam, the 32 is a bit beamy; but that's the only compromise to cruising comfort that I can see (and you do get some stability with that beam so it's really not a one-sided compromise). The keel shows a sweep of 21 degrees to the leading edge. That's not enough to shed kelp, but if you can keep the kelp off, it is a more effective shape for performance. 

The 32 has a well-designed deck. Despite its height, the house is nicely proportioned and trim-looking. It would have been very easy to reduce the height of the cabintrunk, just increase freeboard. But while freeboard-added volume that is outside the boundaries of the cabin sole increases the feel of space, it adds little actual useable volume. The J/32 gains headroom with a tall cabintrunk.

This is a real sailor's cockpit. It puts the mainsheet traveler where the helmsman can reach it. It also cuts off the cockpit coamings at the helm position, thus allowing the helmsman to sit on the broad, flat deck. This area is slightly raised above the actual deck level so that water running aft won't trickle into your boots.

This layout is perfect for either a family of four or a couple. The V-berth double is generous, without that annoying notch that on some designs divides it into two useless singles. Note how the mast location works well in opening up the main cabin.

We see an endless parade of unusual rigs that have been created to make sailing easier. In its general proportions, the rig of the 32 is very old. It is a basic fractional rig with a big main on a mast set well forward. This has the benefit of making the mainsail the easiest-handled sail (because it's on a boom) and the biggest sail. This also reduces the need for a multiple headsail inventory. Since it has an SA/D of 17.85, the J/32 — for many of you in breezier areas — will not even need a genoa. If you want to get fancy, you can order the optional Hall Spars carbon-fiber mast. The hydraulic backstay adjuster is standard.

If you want to combine cruising comfort with boat speed and modern performance, this little cruising package has a lot of appeal.


Basic Boat Info

Boat Name: Katherine
Make: J Boats
Model: J/32
Year: 1999
Condition: Used
Category: Sail
Construction: Fiberglass


Length: 32 ft
Length Overall: 32 ft
Waterline Length: 29 ft
Beam: 11 ft
Max Draft: 6 ft
Dry Weight: 10,000 lb

Engines / Speed

Engines: 1
  • Make: Yanmar
  • Model: 3GM30FC
  • Drive Type: Direct
  • Fuel: Diesel
  • Engine Power: 27hp
  • Type: Inboard
  • Year: 1998
  • Engine Hours: 903
Cruising Speed: 6.75 kn
Maximum Speed: 7.2 kn


Fuel Tanks: 27
Fuel Tank Capacity: 0 gal
Water Tanks: 50
Water Tank Capacity: 0 gal
Holding Tank Count: 20
Holding Tank Capacity: 0 gal


Drive Type: Direct
Boat Class: Cruisers


Master Sailcal
Sail California


San Francisco
1070 Marina Village Parkway Suite 108
Alameda, California, US, 94501

Additional Information

Personal items not included.

Deck Equipment
  • Stainless stemhead with Delrin anchor roller
  • Cockpit Shower
  • Cockpit Cushions
Sails and Rigging
  • Rigging replaced in 2011
  • Carbon whisker pole 


  • The sail inventory is in very good condition
  • Doyle Stratis Main delivered in 2012, lightly used
  • Doyle Stratis Jib delivered in 2012, lightly used
  • Asymmetrical Spinnaker with launching sleeve
  • Yanmar 3GM30FC fresh water-cooled, 3 cylinder, 27 hp diesel engine and Racor fuel filter. 
  • The engine has been serviced it's entire life by Eric Mashbir, lasty service August of 2016, V belts and oil change.
  • 27-gallon centerline aluminum fuel tank aft of engine
  • Cockpit mounted Yanmar “B” type panel w/tachometer, push button starting, alarms for oil pressure, water temp, and engine battery charging
  • Fuel gauge 
  • Engine hour gauge in the Nav station
Hull and Deck
  • Hull & Deck molded with SCRIMP resin infusion and AL-600 Baltek balsa core using triaxial and quadraxial glass fabrics.
  • ORC 1.25” extruded white toe rails.
  • Stainless steel handrails on cabin top.
  • Two lazarette storage lockers (one enclosed, gasketed, drained and vented for single 10lb. propane tank)
  • Acrylic sliding companionway hatch with two part acrylic drop board, varnished trim
  • Padded covers over lifelines
  • New Dodger and mainsail cover by Laurie Elliot (Sept. 2016)
  • Cabin Sole redone in 2016

The interior is finished in the Classic tradition with varnished teak trim & off-white bulkheads and a varnished teak & holly cabin sole.

She offers 6'3" headroom and a great deal of useable space. Forward is a roomy forepeak with v-berth and lots of locker space and shelves along cabin sides. There is a sink in the  V berth as well.

Main cabin features a pull out double to starboard on settee with single settee berth to port.

Dinette stores on starboard bulkhead to make the main salon open and airy. Aft to port is Navigation station with enclosed head just aft. Starboard is sink and refrigeration, good counter space, and two burner stove and oven.

Forward sink

Main Salon
  • 6’4” Port & Starboard settee berths.
  • Starboard settee slides open to form a double
  • 4” cushions w/single seats and split backrests.
  • Storage outboard of backrests and shelves above.
  • Varnished teak fold-down bulkhead table
  • Opening side ports with screens
Navigation Station
  • Hinged lid chart storage
  • Large drawer and two louvered cabinet doors under
  • Fixed VHF
  • Upgraded voltage meter
  • Pro Mariner Battery Charger
  • Sony CD/Stereo
  • Stereo is wired to marine grade speakers on the forward bulkhead and cockpit.
  • Mounted in the seahood are two B&G Network displays along with a 360 degree analog display in the middle
  • Two burner Force 10 propane stove w/oven, broiler &  thermostat control.
  • 6.0 cu.ft. icebox w/3-1/2” foam insulation
  • Seafrost BD3 Refereation unit
  • Wheat matrix Granicoat counter top finish w/large molded single sink
  • Chrome galley water faucet 
  • Fresh water foot pump in galley
  • Extra Fresh water tank with 100 gallons total capacity
Head Wet Locker
  • Raritan PH-2 head w/lever action to holding tank, valve for direct overboard discharge and -out deck fitting.
  • Grohe chrome extendible water/shower faucet
  • Outboard wet locker bin with hooks
  • Mirrored Plexiglas inboard bulkhead
  • Electric sump pump system with remote switch
  • Varnished teak door
  • 50 gallons of fresh water capacity in a baffled polyurethane tank under the starboard settee
  • H&C pressure water system w/6 gallon water heater
  • Cockpit operated manual bilge pump
  • Automatic electric bilge pump system w/float switch
  • Marelon double clamped seacocks and through hull fittings below waterline
  • 1 Engine start Battery under nav station
  • 2 House Batteries under nav station
  • 30 amp Marinco power cord
  • LOA 32'
  • LWL: 29
  • Beam: 11
  • Max Draft: 6
  • Displacement: 10000

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.

Additional Contact Information

Norman Davant 510-685-7453


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