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1989 J Boats J/34

  • 34 ft
  • Racer and Cruiser
  • Cape Charles, VA, US

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  • 1989 J Boats J/34
  • 1989 J Boats J/34
  • 1989 J Boats J/34
  • 1989 J Boats J/34
  • 1989 J Boats J/34
  • 1989 J Boats J/34
  • 1989 J Boats J/34
  • 1989 J Boats J/34
  • 1989 J Boats J/34
  • 1989 J Boats J/34


A fast cruiser with a J Boat attitude

The J Boats 34C is a cruising sailboat as only J Boats could do it. Built by the craftsmen at Tillotson Pearson in Rhode Island, the 34C combines the speed and ease of handling of a J with a full on cruising interior perfect for a couple or small family. Relatively shoal at under 5 feet, the wing/bulb keel of the 34C provides the performance of a J Boat with a Chesapeake and Bahamas friendly draft. The many upgrades set this boat apart from her sisterships, including:

  • Full rigging refit, standing & running rigging, sheaves, lights, chainplates inspection & reinstall 2012
  • Raymarine Wheel Auto Pilot 2012
  • New AGM House Batteries 2013
  • Garmin 2010C Chartplotter at helm on custom Kato pedestal guard
  • New dodger, sun covers, etc. 2015

Nobody knows performance sailing better than J Boats. This is everything a cruising sailboat should be: fast, fun and affordable. Lovingly looked after and updated by a knowledgable owner, this should be on your short list.


Basic Information

J Boats
Cape Charles, VA, US
Available for sale in U.S. waters:
Vessel Name:
Boat Type:
Racer and Cruiser
Hull Material:
Hull Type:
Hull Color:
Rod Johnstone
Flag of Registry:

Dimensions & Weight

34 ft - 10.36 meter
34 ft 6 in - 10.52 meter
11 ft 1 in - 3.38 meter
Dry Weight:
Draft - max:
4 ft 11 in - 1.5 meter
Draft - min:
Bridge Clearance:


Cruise Speed:
Joystick Control:
Engine Type:
Drive Type:
Direct Drive
Fuel Type:
28 (Individual), 28 (combined)
Max Speed:

Tank Capacities

Fuel Tank:
25 gallons - 1 tank(s)
Fresh Water Tank:
45 gallons - 1 tank(s)
Holding Tank:
20 gallons - 1 tank(s)


Total Cabins:
Total Berths:
Total Sleeps:
Total Heads:
Captains Cabin:
Crew Cabins:
Crew Berths:
Crew Sleeps:
Crew Heads:



Owner's Description

The J/34c is a unique, safe, fast cruising sailboat designed by Rod Johnstone and built by Tillotson Pearson. High stability is achieved due to a lightweight, strong balsa-cored hull and deck, combined with a 4500 lb. UFO keel (wing/bulb).  It’s an ideal boat for a couple or a small family. The ease of handling is unmatched. With a foretriangle and main of equal areas, sail handling is a snap. JBoats are designed to sail on the main alone especially in breezy conditions. All reefing (2 reefs) is done at the cockpit. With a very long waterline to optimize speed, combined with a generous sail plan, the J/34c is an exceptional performer in all conditions from light air to more challenging conditions.

The high level of stability enables full sail to be deployed well beyond where lesser boats have already reefed. End-boom mainsail sheeting combined with a helm mounted traveller make sail trim changes fast and easy. The dual-ended mainsheet is controlled by mainsheet winches at the helm. The boat can be tacked easily by the helmsman and the primary winches are close to the helm.

By using an asymmetrical spinnaker in lighter conditions, sailing can continue when others are motoring. Finger tip control is always available and the large rudder gives precise control especially in downwind sailing with following waves. All of these features make single-handed sailing possible. A comfortable interior with good ventilation make the J34/c a completely satisfying experience. The J/34c is one of the best, high quality small fast cruisers. Whether you are staying inshore or planning an offshore passage the J/34c is up to the task. More sailing, more speed, more fun!


Fully handcrafted teak is used throughout with a teak and holly sole over marine plywood. Teak trim covers the ceiling panel gaps and solid teak trim is used throughout. Hull ceilings are teak including the lockers in the saloon. There are berths for 6: 2 forward, 2 on port and starboard settees, and 2 in the aft quarter berth.


There is a nav station/desk on starboard with seating on the end of the settee. The desktop can be used to view chart books or folded US standard charts. Generous desk storage is below. A open shelf is above. A centerline solid teak table folds out to seat 4, framed by straight settees, port and starboard. The main bulkhead is GRP with teak veneer facing. A 12V fan is on the starboard bulkhead facing aft. Massive SS chain plates are bolted to the main fiberglass bulkhead. The TV is mounted on starboard with a swing out mount. The novel feature of JBoats is there is no mast in the salon due to the large mainsail. This is a unique feature maximizing space and functionality. Dual access to the forward head compartment is provided from the salon and the forward cabin.


The galley is located port side aft at the base of the companionway. A large refrigerator compartment is complemented by a dual burner Force 10 propane stove with a pot storage area under the stove. Propane flow is controlled from a solenoid activated from the DC panel. Two cabinets above with sliding doors provide easy access to common cooking needs. A 12V fan in the galley keeps the cook cool.

The top step of the companionway lifts to reveal generous dish and utensil storage. The underside of the compartment is exposed to engine heat to provide drying when wet dishes are stored. A single deep sink with hot/cold water faucet handles clean up. Seagull filtered water is dispensed through a separate faucet. An opening port provides additional ventilation to the galley area

Forward Stateroom

The owner's stateroom features a large v-berth 80” across with generous foot room forward. There is a 2 drawer bureau with a cabinet above. Additional storage is provided by a drawer and fold down door below on port and starboard. A v-berth insert allows access to the storage below the berth. A centerline storage cabinet is accessed via a fold up door. At the forward end of the berth double doors give access to storage and the holding tank below. An open storage shelf is provided on each side of the cabin. Four inch berth cushions are topped with a 3 inch memory foam addition. There is standing room in the cabin for dressing and an ensuite access door to the head

Aft Quarterberth

The aft quarter berth provides a double berth. A 12V fan provides cooling along with an opening port. A fold down door at the aft end of the berth provides access to more storage. A open shelf above the berth gives additional storage for small items. A removable panel provides access to the engine compartment for servicing the engine water intake thru hull and the primary engine strainer.

  • Custom 54” Angled Pedestal Guard by Kato Marine, Annapolis
  • Garmin 2010C  chart plotter mounted on the pedestal guard in a NavPod housing at helm
  • Furuno FM 2510 VHF at Nav Station
  • West Marine hand-held VHF radio
  • B&G 20/20 FFD Wind Speed/Wind Angle (programmable display)
  • B&G MHS 213 Masthead Unit (new anemometer cups 2015)
  • B&G Network Depth display Spare B&G 20/20 FFD
  • (2012) Raymarine Wheel Pilot Autopilot with P70 Display, Computer, heading sensor, connected via a NEMA 2000 network
  • (2015) New Majestic UFO X TV antenna (top mast mounted)
  • (2015) Davis Windex 15 replaced
  • Richie 5’ compass at helm
  • (2012) New VHF radio antenna
  • Entertainment Electronics: TV, Sony AM/AM Radio saloon speakers

Sails and Rigging
  • Hall aluminum mast and boom with internal outhaul and reefing lines
  • Hall mechanical vang
  • Spartite sealing system at mast partners
  • Spar stepped on keel
  • Harken roller furling
  • (2015) - New VPC roller furling line
  • Navtec hydraulic backstay adjuster (rebuilt 2012)
  • “Head knocker” (becket with cam) block for mainsail outhaul adjustment
  • (2012) Spectra main outhaul adjuster line
  • (2012) Titanium mainsail clew attachment shackle
  • Harken “Big boat” traveler/long genoa tracks
  • Harken integrated dual block for mainsheet  (“Mouse ears”)
  • Harken 75mm mainsheet block
  • Schaffer turning blocks at mast base
  • Harken ball bearing genoa sheet lead blocks
  • (2) Barient #22 mainsheet winches
  • (2) Barient #27 genoa winches Port and starboard
  • 3 line stoppers Port and starboard
  • Barient #22 winches for main halyard, jib halyard, and 4 independent reef lines
  • Rod rigging (Nitronic 50 wire)
  • Navtec turnbuckles
  • (2012) complete standing rigging and running rigging replacement by Tidewater Marine (Gaston Sada, premier lower Chesapeake Bay rigger and purveyor to the Caribbean 1500)
  • (2012) 4 drop dyneema lazy jacks
  • (2012) Chain plates removed and polished (no damage found)
  • (2012) Chain plate deck penetrations coated with epoxy (seal balsa core)
  • (2012) Chain plate cavities re-caulked
  • (2012) Mast sanded and repainted with white epoxy
  • (2012) Spreaders primed and sprayed with 4 coats of Awlgrip
  • (2012) New Hall Delrin sheaves at the masthead
  • (2012) Masthead LED anchor light
  • (2012) New steaming/deck light
  • (4) Leatherworks chafe guards, (2) port and (2) starboard at turnbuckles
  • (2013) New MLX genoa sheets with luggage tag ends from APS Annapolis
  • 2013) New 120% eVolution Sails genoa with polyester “Flex”, excellent condition
  • Doyle Loose-footed mainsail with 2 full battens and 2 partial battens - good condition, serviced every year
  • Doyle Asymmetric spinnaker with with ATN tacker and ATN Snuffer, excellent condition, low usage, spinnaker sheet, port and starboard snatch blocks
  • (2012) New port (red) and starboard (green) spinnaker halyards from APS Annapolis, excellent, like new condition
  • (2011) New main halyard from APS Annapolis with Tylaska shackle, like new
  • (2005) new 8mm Vectran jib halyard with Ronstan shackle from West Marine, excellent condition
  • Mast mounted winch for spinnaker halyard
  • (2004) Harken rachet block for furling line
  • Spinnaker pole track on mast
  • Adjustable Forespar spinnaker ring mast car


  • Large cockpit lazerette portside with access to batteries, transmission and steering gear with storage for fenders, secondary anchor, bumpers, sails and other gear
  • Folding stern ladder with teak steps
  • Starboard stern locker with dual 10# propane bottles and dual control for switching tanks
  • ABYC compliant isolated LPG compartment and overboard drain
  • Life Sling and flag holder mount on stern pushpit
  • Throwable horseshoe lifesaving float integrated as part of the helm seat
  • Hand operated bilge pump in cockpit at the helm
  • Volvo Deluxe instrument panel on port at the helm
  • 30A AC shore power connection on starboard at the helm
  • (2012) New SS uncoated lifelines with pelican hooks port and starboard aft
  • Midships gate on starboard
  • Chrome flag pole holder, teak flag pole with attached US flag
  • Emergency steering access under the helm cushion
  • 25lb CQR primary anchor, 15’ HT 5/16” chain, 150’ 5/8” braided plait line (new in 2014)
  • Backup Fortress anchor with spare anchor line 1/2” braided plait line
  • 2 - 2” cockpit scuppers

Construction & Canvas
  • Hand laid fiberglass hull and deck with BALTEK™ aircraft quality balsa core construction
  • Hull and deck bonded and bolted on 4” centers
  • Custom slotted toe-rail for easy snatch block attachment and hull/deck reinforcement
  • Vinylester resin behind gelcoat for blister prevention (no blisters ever)
  • (2006) Hull stripped to gelcoat, 5 coats of Interlux barrier coat, 1 coat Interlux Fiberglass Bottomcote, antifouling layers renewed 2015
  • External, cast lead-antimony bulb keel attached with double row of keel bolts.
  • Fiberglass J rudder post
  • All ports (9) and hatches (4) open for great ventilation
  • Custom hatch covers in Sunbrella Toast
  • Custom winch covers for mainsheet and genoa winches
  • (2015) - Custom hand rail covers in Sunbrella Toast
  • (2015) - New Sunbrella canvas mainsail cover, new dodger with eisenglass and suncovers, and new wheel cover by Little Bay Canvas.
  • Gore tex type thread for no maintenance
  • Custom SS dodger frame and hand rails on dodger sides by Meade Bresse, Rock Hall, MD
  • White hull with sand colored nonskid on deck; red gelcoat hull stripe
  • Forespar Marelon thru hulls throughout

Propulsion Details

Engine:Volvo Model 2003, 3cyl 28 HP, Fresh water cooled, approximately 1500 hrs

  • (2014) - New Racor 200 series primary filter
  • (2009) - New seawater pump
  • (2010) - New fuel pump
  • (2015) - New Volvo hose connecting fuel pump to Racor
  • (2008) - New 16” Varifold 2 blade prop on 1” shaft
  • (2015) - New Cutlass Bearing
  • (2007) - New motor mounts/engine mounted plate supporting forward mounts
  • (2013) - Valves adjusted
  • (2005) - PYI Dripless shaft seal
  • (2010) - Speedseal quick removal raw water pump cover with Life kit upgrade (2013)
  • (2009) - Fuel injectors serviced/calibrated/new injector tips 

Electrical & Mechanical Details
  • Separate Bass AC and DC Panels above the Nav table
  • (2013) New WestMarine (2) Group 31 AGM House Batteries
  • (1) West Marine G31 no maintenance start battery
  • Galvanic Isolator
  • West Marine independent House/Start switches with parallel feature
  • Start battery charged through Balmar Duo charge.
  • Alternator output rerouted to house battery.
  • LED updates to reading lamps.
  • Reading lamps in salon replaced with West Marine guaranteed finish lamp
  • Balmar 60 Series 80 AMP alternator(with inbuilt backup standard regulator)
  • 50’ 30A AC shore power cable
  • Balmar multi-step regulator
  • (2014) Xantrex 60 AMP, microprocessor controlled battery charger with remote panel display



  • (5) Fire extinguishers
  • Approved flares, horn, whistle, signal flag


  • Raritan PH manual head
  • (2011) New Scandvik Standard Basin Mixer for head sink with vinyl coated shower extension
  • Storage cabinet below sink in head
  • (2012) New Odor Safe sanitary hose


  • Edson steering pedestal with manual brake and 40” wheel
  • Emergency steering tiller

Other equipment and features

  • (5) Fire extinguishers Coast Guard compliant flares, horn, whistle, signal flag
  • (2) 12V receptacles at Nav station
  • Four mooring cleats & two midships spring-line cleats.
  • Aluminum Fuel tank under starboard settee
  • Water tank (fiberglass) is starboard aft in the hull
  • Jabsco variable speed water pump (needs no accumulator)
  • Force 10 water heater (6 gal); 110V at the dock or engine when running
  • Storage behind/below settee cushions
  • Foot pump for water at the sink General Ecology “Seagull” water filter
  • Storage cabinet below sink
  • Leatherworks leather steering wheel cover over foam, hand stitched
  • Leatherworks leather hand stitched jib chafe protectors
  • (1) - Electric bilge pump with automatic sensor and Nav station mounted switch
  • (1) - Sump pump for shower with float switch, plus separate manual activation from electrical panel
  • (1) - Cockpit mounted manual bilge pump
  • (3) - 12V cabin fans (Galley, aft cabin, starboard bulkhead)
  • (5) - Dock lines
  • (3) - Fenders
  • Walker engine airfilter (improved breathing over factory)
  • Weems and Plath Endurance clock (radio controlled) and barometer
  • Bimini in Sunbrella Toast / Bimini cover when folded
  • Connector (bridge) from bimini to dodger in Sunbrella Toast
  • Black Textilene “downwind sun screen” (reduces temperature by over 20 degree at helm)
  • Spare filters, alternator belt, impeller, head rebuild kit, duckbill for head
  • (2015) - New cutlass bearing
  • (2015) - complete bottom paint: Extensively sanded
  • Keel bottom stripped, 2 coats of Interlux HS (high solids epoxy primer) +3 coats West Marine PCA Gold
  • (2) coats of West Marine PCA Gold on hull, rudder, keel, with extra coats on leading edges
  • (2) Poly cup holders at helm
  • Edson cockpit table (not mounted)
  • (2014) Additional Soundown engine noise reduction installed on companionway steps

NPYS Disclaimer
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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Disclaimer: 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/her agents, or his/her surveyors, to instigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.(5477388)