The J/32 is an American sailboat, that was designed by Alan Johnstone and first built in 1996. The design is out of production.[1][2][3]

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DesignerAlan Johnstone
LocationUnited States
No. built85
Builder(s)J Boats (Tillotson Pearson)
Boat weight10,000 lb (4,536 kg)
Draft6.00 ft (1.83 m)
LOA32.40 ft (9.88 m)
LWL29.00 ft (8.84 m)
Beam11.00 ft (3.35 m)
Engine typeYanmar diesel engine 27 hp (20 kW)
Hull appendages
Keel/board typefin bulb keel
Ballast3,840 lb (1,742 kg)
Rudder(s)internally-mounted spade-type rudder
GeneralFractional rigged sloop
I foretriangle height39.20 ft (11.95 m)
J foretriangle base11.00 ft (3.35 m)
P mainsail luff38.50 ft (11.73 m)
E mainsail foot15.50 ft (4.72 m)
Mainsail area298.38 sq ft (27.720 m2)
Jib/genoa area215.60 sq ft (20.030 m2)
Total sail area513.98 sq ft (47.750 m2)

The boat was built by Tillotson Pearson for J Boats in the United States, with 85 examples completed.[1]



The J/32 is a small recreational keelboat, built predominantly of fiberglass. It has a fractional sloop rig, an internally-mounted spade-type rudder and a fixed fin keel with a weighted bulb.[1]

The design displaces 10,000 lb (4,536 kg) and carries 3,840 lb (1,742 kg) of lead ballast.[1]

The J/32 has a draft of 6.00 ft (1.83 m) with the standard keel and 4.75 ft (1.45 m) with the optional shoal draft keel.[1]

The boat is fitted with a Japanese Yanmar diesel engine of 27 hp (20 kW). The fresh water tank has a capacity of 50 U.S. gallons (190 L; 42 imp gal).[1]

Operational historyEdit

In a review for Sail Magazine Robby Robinson wrote, "I had the opportunity to spend four days sailing the boat, and what fun days they were. Although the J/32 might be considered stiff by some, I liked this characteristic, because it allows the boat to accelerate out of a tack efficiently. Part of the secret- the cockpit is efficient, and visibility from the helm is good even with the dodger up. The mainsheet tackle system is double-ended and easy to handle.".[3]

In a Sailing Breezes review, Thom Burns, was emotive about the design and wrote, "you’re getting a modern interior and a state of the art cruising rig. You’re getting a boat you can be proud of for years to come. The ideal cruising boat for many years has been the classic 40 foot sloop. For many, this may no longer be true. When a 32 footer feels like a 40 footer you’re going to sail with a smile. Bring along a great conversationalist and a well stocked library, there’s not much to do!".[4]

Practical Sailor published a review in 2000, that concluded, "we think Alan Johnstone hit the target he was aiming for. She’s a legitimate performance cruiser with spacious accommodations."[5]

In a 2002 review Herb McCormick wrote for Cruising World, "as one who has often wandered the docks muttering that nothing new has occurred in the sailboat market in the last 20 years, I walked off the J/32 ready to eat my words, my hat, or whatever else was offered. Young couples or retired ones looking for a boat that’s a blast to sail and still full of creature comfort should put this one on their shopping lists."[6]

See alsoEdit

Related development

Similar sailboats


  1. ^ a b c d e f Browning, Randy (2016). "J/32 sailboat specifications and details". Archived from the original on 13 January 2020. Retrieved 1 November 2016.
  2. ^ Browning, Randy (2016). "Alan Johnstone". Archived from the original on 9 July 2020. Retrieved 1 November 2016.
  3. ^ a b Robinson, Robby. "J/32 SAIL Magazine Review". Sail Magazine. Archived from the original on 11 September 2015. Retrieved 8 February 2020.
  4. ^ Burns, Thom. "New Boat Review: J/32". Sailing Breezes. Archived from the original on 12 September 2019. Retrieved 9 February 2020.
  5. ^ "J/32". Practical Sailor. 21 August 2000. Archived from the original on 9 February 2020. Retrieved 9 February 2020.
  6. ^ McCormick, Herb (31 July 2002). "J/32". Cruising World. Archived from the original on 13 June 2017. Retrieved 9 February 2020.

External linksEdit

  Media related to J/32 at Wikimedia Commons