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42' J-Boats J42
For Sale

  • Year: 1996
  • Price: $138,900
  • Hull: Fiberglass
  • Fuel: Diesel


 Hull #1 Originally built for Bob Johnstone  (J Boats owner) as his demo boat

Pre-sale hull survey available for qualified buyers

While classic in profile and layout, J/42 steps into the future when considering structural strength performance, ease-of-handling, stability and sailing comfort. This progress is now available to the cruising sailor in a boat that handles like a 35 footer with the solid feel and motion of a 50 footer. When a gust of wind hits the J/42 it's as though someone pushed forward the throttles on a Concorde jet. Slicing though waves, there's little fuss. A slight lift of the bow over a wave is rapidly dampened. There is none of the three-dimensional pitch and roll often accepted as a rigor of cruising.


The patented SCRIMP process pulls triple the normal vacuum-bagging levels to draw all the air out of cored hull & deck laminates and to draw a slow-curing resin into every void in a single step. It's a better and healthier way to build boats because toxic styrene emissions are eliminated. It offers higher strength (65% vs. typical 40% glass content) and a void-free laminate far superior to hand lay-up or chopper gun construction. The savings in weight is added 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/42's center of gravity (CG) is so much lower than other cruisers.

Sailing J/42 is easy for one person, thanks to superb wheel response and a common-sense sailplan. J/42-balances well and sails upwind faster under mainsail only (over 6 kts) than some cruisers using both main and large genoa. Since a mainsail is the easiest of any sail to operate: there's less need for expert crews no need to reef when it blows 25 kts; and, visibility is greatly improved. A 100% jib is all one needs for cruising upwind at 7.2 knots. You get an added bonus of better visibility and there's little need for grinding of winches. When you sail a J/42 you soon learn that progress in yacht design and construction makes a big difference in your sailing enjoyment.

The Ideal Cruising Interior
The J/42 interior is designed to fulfill two goals: Privacy for each of two couples when cruising or ample space and convenience for one couple living aboard for an extended period of time.

From bow to stern: A self-draining deck anchor storage locker, behind the standard Lewmar electric windlass, is big enough for an anchor rode and cruising spinnaker, ready-to-fly in a ''snuffer" sock. A forepeak bulkhead separates this locker from a spacious owners stateroom with twin berths (convertible to an over-size double) and ample drawer, bin, cabinet & hanging locker space to store a permanent onboard wardrobe. The forward head /shower combination is private to the forward stateroom. The aft head serves multiple needs: it's ideally located for use at sea; as a wet hanging locker; as a private head for guests; and as a "separate shower" when there are no guests. Interior styling features bulkheads with exceptional joiner work in varnished cherry with cold-molded fiddles and door trim - a detail that's rarely seen, because of the tooling expense, in "one-off' custom construction. Hull lining slats, cabinets and drawers are also in varnished cherry.

Two 6' 6'' main settees double as sea-berths and are pitched outboard 5 degrees for secure sleeping at anchor. Stainless overhead grab rails are excellent handholds, drying racks and lee-cloth anchors. The cherry drop-leaf table is ruggedly built for security in a seaway. It's arranged away from the bulkhead, so guests aren't "trapped" during dinner. An optional bulkhead fold-down table is also available. The "J" galley is well ventilated next to the companionway and features a recessed, deep, double sink. Unique is the combination cutting board, serving tray and drop-in galley seat for easier meal preparation at sea. A Force 10 stainless LPG range has both broiler & oven. There is flip-panel access to a tall trash bin.

Sails and Rigging

New in 2010:

North Sails  Nordac Radian Full Batten Main

North Sail Nordac Radian #1 100% Jib

North Sails G-AP2 Norlon 75 Gennaker 

Sails that came with the boat:

Shore Storm Jib

Doyle Storm Try Sail

Shore Storm Try sail

Storm Jib



 Roller furler head stay Furlex


Primary 2 Lewmar 50

Secondary 2 Lewmar 40

Service 2 Lewmar 44

 Hall rigid boom vang

Sailtec hydraulic back stay adjuster


5 Gallon water heater 120volt and engine preheat


1. 3 BURNER FORCE 10 gimballed stove 

2.  Ice box with 2009 Seafrost engine driven refrigeration 


GPS Raymarine E80

Garman GPS Map 182C

VHS Radio Icom IC-M504

Radar 2 kw Raydome

B&G h1000 with B&G linear drive

B&G Wind

3 B&G h1000Displys 

Command mic for VHF

 B&G Fathometer

 B&G Knotmeter


1. 3 Group 31 house batteries ; 360 amp-hrs (2008) 
2. 1 Group 31 starter battery on separate circuit (2008) 

Deck Mechanical


45 lb Delta primary anchor w/25 ft 3/8 chain,250 ft 5/8 3 strand rode 
3.Cone drogue 
Lemar electric windlass 
Winslow ultralight 4 person offshore life raft in hard case (fits in stern locker) (2009) 

Engine and prop
  • 47 HP Yanmar
  • 3 blade MAX prop
  • Racor primary  filters


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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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East Coast Yacht Sales
194 Water Street, Stonington
Stonington, CT 06378
Telephone: 860-415-8282
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Details of this vessel are offered in good faith by the Company. The Information cannot be guaranteed; therefore it is up to the Buyer, his Agents, or his Surveyor to verify.