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1990 J Boats J/40

  • 40 ft
  • Falmouth Foreside, ME, US

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  • 1990 J Boats J/40
  • 1990 J Boats J/40
  • 1990 J Boats J/40
  • 1990 J Boats J/40
  • 1990 J Boats J/40
  • 1990 J Boats J/40
  • 1990 J Boats J/40
  • 1990 J Boats J/40
  • 1990 J Boats J/40
  • 1990 J Boats J/40


With their undeniably strong sailing performance and pragmatic two stateroom layout, the J/40s have long been a popular and sought after performance cruiser that can prove themselves on the race course as well. This particular example with her 2003 Yanmar re-power, Espar diesel cabin heat, refrigeration and recent sail and electronics upgrades makes a compelling package. Please read the full specs for details!


Basic Information

J Boats
Falmouth Foreside, ME, US
Available for sale in U.S. waters:
Vessel Name:
Fore Pete's Sake
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Dimensions & Weight

40 ft - 12.19 meter
40 ft 4 in - 12.29 meter
12 ft 2 in - 3.71 meter
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Cruise Speed:
8 MPH - 6.95 KTS
Joystick Control:
Engine Type:
Drive Type:
Direct Drive
Fuel Type:
40 (Individual), 40 (combined)
Max Speed:
9 MPH - 7.82 KTS

Tank Capacities

Fuel Tank:
33 gallons - 1 tank(s)
Fresh Water Tank:
120 gallons - 3 tank(s)
Holding Tank:
36 gallons - 2 tank(s)


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Spacious accommodations for up to 6 in a 2 stateroom, 2 head full varnished teak interior with varnished teak and holly sole.  Superb natural light and ventilation courtesy of 9 opening ports, 2 large hatches and 4 doarades.  Lighting is equally well thought out with swivel style reading lamps at each berth and settee along with overhead lamps for working spaces and head.  Headroom is 6'-3" plus aft and over 6'-2" in the fwd stateroom. On this J/40 you can extend your sailing season thanks to the Espar diesel cabin heat!

The private Owner Stateroom and adjoining Head is furthest forward featuring a 6'-6"+ V-berth with filler with storage in drawers and lockers below.  Above the berth the hull is lined with teak "ceilings" and then under deck storage lockers.  Access to the anchor locker is in the fwd. bulkhead.  Aft and to starboard is a large bureau with drawers and a hanging locker while opposite to port is the private Master head featuring manual W.C. plumbed via a Y valve to the holding tank, vanity with molded in sink and H&C pressure water, en-suite shower drains to a sep. sump.

Next aft is the Main Salon with 6'-6" L-settee to port and straight settee to starboard.  There is tankage and some storage below the settees as well as in "cubbies" behind the seat backs and in lockers and shelves above.  Dining is from a large table which will easily accommodate 6-8 which folds up against the forward bulkhead when not in use.  

The aft facing Nav. Station is aft of the stbd. settee and features a flip top style chart table with locker below, bench seat, and joiner work housing nav. electronics and shelving for books etc.

Opposite to starboard is the L-shaped Galley featuring ample counter space, double basin stainless steel sink with H&C pressure water, large double "icebox" with Seafrost holding plate engine driven/110 Volt refrigeration and plenty of storage for food stuffs and galley ware.  Cooking is from a gimballed Force 10 3 burner propane stove with oven.

Aft and to starboard is the generous Aft Cabin with large inverted 7' V-berth with filler above which the hull is lined with varnished teak ceilings and forward of which there is storage in a locker with shelves and then a hanging locker.

The Aft Head is aft of the galley to port and features manual W.C. plumbed via a Y-valve to the holding tank, ensuite shower draining to a separate sump, vanity with molded in sink & H&C pressure water.

  • Sony AM/FM stereo and CD player
  • Espar diesel cabin heat
  • Brass clock and barometer
  • Courtesy lighting
  • 4 12 volt Hela turbo fans

Sails & Rigging

Double spreader, Awlgripped, keel stepped, aluminum mast with Navtech rod rigging.  

  •  Harken Series III Roller furling
  • Lazy Jacks for main
  • Navtech hydraulic backstay
  • Lewmar 54ST oversized 2 speed primaries
  • 2 Barient 24ST 2 speed mainsheet winches
  • Barient 22ST-39 Main halyard & reefing line winch
  • Barient 22ST-39 Jib & Spinnaker halyard winch
  • Harken Adjustable geneoa tracks/cars
  • 2017 Hallett Tri-radial 100% blade jib
  • 2014 Hallett Tri-radial Dacron Main
  • 1990 135% Dacron genoa
  • 1990 Storm Jib and Storm Trysail
  • Assymetircal spinnaker with sock
  • 3/4 oz. spinnaker
  • Forespar carbon fiber whisker pole


Equipped for coastal cruising with a new in 2019 color Garmin Plotter and HD radar.

Nav. Station:

  • B&G Hydra multi display
  • Standard Horizon Quest GX1500 VHF 

At Helm/Cockpit:  

  • Garmin GPSMAP 8610 color chart plotter 2019
  • B&G Hydra  Autopilot
  • B&G Wind Pt. & Speed
  • B&G  Depth
  • B&G Speed/Log
  • Remote VHF mic.
  • Ritchie 6" binnacle mount magnetic compass


Wired for both 12 Volt DC and 110 Volt AC Service.

12 Volt Service

  • Switch panel with breakers
  • Volt & Amp Meters
  • 2 Group 27 AGM House Batteries 
  • 1 Group 27 AGM engine start battery
  • 75 amp alternator

110 Volt Service

  • Switch panel with breakers
  • Volt & amp meters
  • 30 amp shore power inlet in cockpit
  • Outlets
  • 6 gallon hot water heater (also engine supplied)
  • 40 amp battery charger 
  • 50' 30 amp shore power cord


Fresh water cooled 40 HP Yanmar 3JH3E turns a 3 blade Flexifold 17"X14" prop on a 1 1/4" stainless steel shaft through a Kanzai 2.6:1 reduction gear.  

  • Racor fuel filter
  • Edson engine controls
  • Electric bilge pump
  • Manual bilge pump
  • Seafrost mechanical and 120 volt refrigeration system
  • Manual waste tank discharge aft
  • Macerator pump on forward waste tank

Hull & Deck

Fiberglass hull with end grain balsa coring with vinyl-ester resin in the outer laminate for superior osmotic blister resistance.  The J Boats led the way with 10 year anti blister warranties when the J/40 came out, she is also one of the first recreational yachts built to ABS specifications.  The Hull finish is Flag Blue Awlgrip with white boot and white cove stripe in app 2007.  The bottom is finished with ablative anti fouling (Micron 66 Green) and is very fair with no build up. 

Fiberglass end grain balsa cored decks with painted on non-skid. 

Large cockpit with Edson pedestal steering, generous sail locker to port and lazarette and propane storage aft.  Wide side decks with stainless steel stanchions and double lifelines and double stainless steel bow and stern rails.

  • Lofrans low profile electric windlass
  • 35 lb CQR anchor 40’ chain and app 150' rode
  • 22 lb Danforth and rode 
  • 4 docklines and 4 fenders
  • 8 PFDs
  • Horseshoe lifering
  • Horn
  • Flare kit
  • 2 ABC dry chem fire extinguishers
  • Transom boarding/swim ladder
  • cockpit table 
  • Dodger 
  • Cockpit awning, zipper attachment to dodger
  • Magma grill


The J/40 is a nicely proportioned performance cruising yacht easily handled by a couple yet very capable on the race course.  

 Background: The original owner of this J/40 moved up to the J/46 and this vessel was taken in trade and purchased by one of the listing company's brokers who has sailed her for the last 12 years.  Virtually all of the sailing has been done in the northeast with the vessel hauled 7-8 months of the year and under cover.


Commentary from previous J/40 owners who sailed their J/40 8,000 miles with 2 young daughters 7 & 10. "One of the greatest benefits was out ability to sail conservatively (yet get great performance).  With a crew of my wife and two daughters, 10 & 7, I didn't want to take any chances.  so, we used a sail combination that could handle 10 to 50 knots without a change.  With an 85% high clew, short hoist 9.5 oz jib, 1st reef in and 2nd and 3rd reefs led, we could sail past anyone in the Caribbean, never having to furl the jib - even though she sails well with main alone.  Despite her heavily loaded condition with over 275 books, an equal number of cans plus 4 months of living gear (2000 lbs.) we never stuffed her bow into a wave.  Bow and stern rose to every challenge.  The steering was usually finger tip, hardly ever requiring more than one hand and a quarter turn for total control.  At one point we went 2.5 days without leaving the cockpit changing from the 1st reef to the 2nd reef in 30 seconds.  I've never had to leave the wheel for sail trim in any conditions.  The J/40 can be sailed not just single-handed, but one handed.  Under power, she's head and shoulders above other cruisers.  We've only been passed twice by sailboats, one had dual exhausts, the other was 50'+ and we were towing two dinghies.  In reverse, she handles as with twin screws".  (Tom Babbitt, J/40 BRAVO)

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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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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.