Having first seen the J/97E at the Southampton Boat Show, we definitely thought the new J-Boat was worthy of closer inspection, so we made sure it was on our list to video at the recent London Boat Show.

The original J/97 is a yacht that already has a great reputation among performance sailors and as a boat for shorthanded sailing. This new model, the J/97E (the "E" being for "Evolution") broadens the appeal of the boat to include a wider range of customers.

 

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Most of the changes in the J/97E are below decks where there is a higher standard of joinery and fit-out offering much improved comfort over the original design. The yacht's high performance and responsive nature remains, and while there is less space than you'd find below in a pure cruising boat, there's plenty of room for a basic galley and good-sized nav station.

As this J/97E video shows, the boat seems to offer the best of both worlds, but with an emphasis on a performance boat that is a delight to handle.The accommodation on the J/97E isn't luxurious by any standards, but it is very comfortable and an obvious upgrade on the racing spec of the J/97.

Read more about the J/97E here.

J/97E video

J/97E video presented by Rupert Holmes.

Written by: Rupert Holmes
Rupert Holmes has more than 70,000 miles of offshore cruising and racing experience, in waters ranging from the North Sea to the Southern Ocean and Cape Horn. He writes about all aspects of boat ownership and marine travel, including destinations, seamanship and maintenance, as well as undertaking regular new boat and gear tests. He currently sails around 5,000 miles per year and in the past couple of seasons has cruised from the UK to the Azores, as well as winning his class in the 2014 two-handed Round Britain and Ireland Race. He also owns two yachts, one based in the Mediterranean and the other in the UK.
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