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1996 J Boats J/42

  • 42 ft
  • Racer and Cruiser
  • Stonington, CT, US

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  • 1996 J Boats J/42
  • 1996 J Boats J/42
  • 1996 J Boats J/42
  • 1996 J Boats J/42
  • 1996 J Boats J/42
  • 1996 J Boats J/42
  • 1996 J Boats J/42
  • 1996 J Boats J/42
  • 1996 J Boats J/42
  • 1996 J Boats J/42


THIS IS NOT YOUR AVERAGE J/42.  KITTYWAKE is owned by the owner of one of the best and most capable boatyards on the East Coast.  He has taken KITTYWAKE beyond new using the full capacity of his incredibly skilled team.  And the devil is in the details - this was not just a cosmetic refit - it was a comprehensive project to create a no-compromise and incredibly high-end perfromance sailing vessel using the platform of the highly reknowned J/42. 

Yes, of course she was painted.  Yes, she has a Carbon mast, completely refinshed and properly kitted out to accept a brand new Leisure Furl boom.  All new electric winches, and all new deck layout to allow full sail control from the helm.  All new electronics, and custom SS fabrication to house a plotter at the binnacle.  Every single deck crazing crack - every single one - chased out with a router, filled with fiberglass (not a filler material - actual fibreglass reinforcement) and then the entire deck refinished with new non-skid and awlgrip (contrasting color on the nonskid).  This was after every single piece of deck hardware was removed and verified to be in perfect working order prior to re-installation.  Even the stantion bases were re-chromed. New life lines.  All new electronics.  Perfect, deep, multi-coat varnish inside and out.  new upholstery.  New sails.  New modern, computerized common rail diesel engine pushing the boat effortlessly, quickly, quietly and without odor or smoke.

Read on for even more details.  KITTYWAKE is not to be missed if you appreciate perfection, and are looking for custom-boat quality and finish in a design that has earned the respect and admiration of knowledgeable sailors everywhere, and is arguably one of the best performance cruisers ever built.


Basic Information

J Boats
Stonington, CT, US
Available for sale in U.S. waters:
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Racer and Cruiser
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Dimensions & Weight

42 ft - 12.8 meter
42 ft - 12.8 meter
12 ft 2 in - 3.71 meter
Draft - max:
6 ft 6 in - 1.98 meter
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4JH574 4 Cylinder
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Tank Capacities

Fuel Tank:
50 gallons - 2 tank(s)
Fresh Water Tank:
50 gallons - 2 tank(s)
Holding Tank:
37 gallons - 2 tank(s)


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Brochure Description

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.

A low VCG means greater stability, which means better sail carrying ability. The greater sail area dampens the motion of hull/deck/rig in waves. Pitch & roll create resistance to water flow around the hull and air flow past the sails. By reducing resistance, the J/42 sails faster and more comfortably. Seakindliness, how a boat handles the sea, also relates to how it handles the crew at sea and how the crew may subsequently enjoy interior amenities when arriving in port.

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.

The navigation station features an over-sized table with chart storage, pencil/divider/reading glass rack, overhead panel for flush instrument mounting and a book/binocular/hat/cellular phone storage bin outboard. The aft double stateroom has four opening ports and hatches, a changing seat, hanging locker bureau with cabinet, three storage drawers and a bedding storage shelf. Five deck hatches over interior living spaces are mounted on the cabin trunk to permit use when sailing. Exceptional ventilation throughout is provided by 4 Dorade intakes, 10 opening ports and the dodger-protected companionway.

Hull and Deck
  • Fiberglass hull & deck
  • Fin keel
  • Spade rudder
  • Flag Blue Awlgrip hull (2016)
  • White Awlgrip deck and coach roof with Buff Tan awlgrip nonskid (2017)
  • Awlgrip White boot stripe (2016)
  • Awlgrip Cove Stripe (2016)
  • Highly varnished teak toe rails
  • Stainless steel hand rails
  • Light & ventilation provided by four overhead hatches, opening ports, and 2 stainless steel cowl vents on molded dorade boxes
  • Portlights rebed (2016)  New lens and gaskets (2016)
  • Main hatch glass replaced (2016)
  • Forward hatch glass replaced (2016)
  • Bow and stern rails
  • S.S. Double lifelines (new 2016)
  • Port, starboard, and stern boarding gates
  • Propane locker - 2 10lb. tanks, regulator, gauge, solonoid, and flexible propane hose replaced (2016)

Sleeps 6 in standard J/42 layout; 2 heads w/showers. Varnished teak and holly sole new (2016).

The companionway entrance from the cockpit (removable s/s stairway w/teak treads) leads into the galley area to port & nav station area to starboard w/forward-facing, oversized nav-desk w/storage.

Main cabin has s/s overhead grab rails port & starboard, 6 opening ports, overhead opening hatch; 2 large settees w/storage behind seat backs, water tanks below; centerline varnished drop-leaf table; teak drawers, sheathing, fiddles & oval door trim. New main cabin cushions (2016). Interior re-varnished with 3 coats of high gloss (2016).

Forward stateroom has large "V" berth with new cushions and fitted sheets, 2 large drawers below, opening ports overhead, opening hatch, vanity w/2-drawer bureau/locker below, large hanging locker; Private forward head w/shower. All new hoses and fixtures (2016). New 25 gallon holding tank (2016).

Aft stateroom has large double berth, changing seat, shelf, bureau/locker, hanging locker, opening ports, overhead vent hatch. All new cushions and fitted sheets (2016).

Aft head w/shower, wet locker. All new plumbing and fixtures (2016). New 11 gallon holding tank (2016).

  • U-shaped galley to port forward of companionway
  • Deep double s/s sink recessed below Corian countertop bordered w/varnished teak fiddles, fresh water foot pump
  • Sea Frost refrigeration w/top-loading ice box w/sliding tray & storage shelf, Sea Frost Shore Assist 110 VAC, engine driven holding plate (Sea Frost new 2016)
  • Force 10 gimballed 3-burner propane stove w/oven & broiler (New 2011), hinged top grill for toasting & cleaning
  • 6 gallon water heater (Recondtioned stainless steel, rewired- new fittings 2016)
  • Hot & Cold pressure water (New 2016)
  • Sliding storage outboard
  • New propane system tanks, regulator, solenoid, and supply line (2016)
  • Domestic water pressure pump & accumulator tank (2016)
  • NEW Yanmar 4JH574 4 Cylinder Common Rail - Naturally Aspirated 57 Horsepower E.P.A. Emission Compliant Diesel Engine  This engine has a 2014 model year label but was installed NEW in 2016. THis is quiet, clean, efficient propulsion - a vast improvement over older diesel technology.
  • Cruising speed 7.5 to 8 knots, at 2800 RPM - quiet, vibration free.
  • All new engine gauges (2016)
  • New fuel tank gauges (2016)
  • Dual Racor fuel filters with vaccum gauge & selector valve (2016)
  • Freshwater cooled
  • Feathering  bronze max prop ( reconditioned 2016)
  • 1 1/4" stainless steel shaft
  • PSS dripless shaft seal (2016)
  • Engine drive shaft saver (2016)
  • Engine fuel supply & return line (2016)
  • Cutless bearing (2016)
  • Balmar 614 external alternator regulator/controller (2016)
  • 3 Hella cabin fans (2016)
  • 12 Volt DC and 110 Volt AC systems
  • Bass electrical panel
  • 4 12 Volt A.G.M. batteries (2016)
  • Xantrex Battery charger, 40 amp True Charge (2017)
  • AC outlets
  • Engine battery switch (2016)
  • Emergency parallel switch (2016)
  • USB outlets installed throughout boat (2016)
Electronics and Navigation
  • Simrad sailing instruments (IS 15) - 7 units, 5 above companionway, 3 at coaming loacation at helm.
  • Garmin Autopilot (2016) at coaming location at helm.
  • Garmin Radar (2016)
  • Garmin Chartplotters 5212 panel at nav station on articulating arm
  • Garmin Chartplotter 7610 on custom stainless binnacle pod (2017)
  • Furuno GPS
  • S.E.A. SSB
  • Apelco VHF
Spars and Rigging
  • Carbon Fiber Mast: stripped, fully primed and Awlgrip painted (2016)
  • New Leisure Furl Boom system (2016)
  • S.S. Andersen electric #46 self tailing main halyard winch
  • Rod rigging: removed, inspected by NavTec authorized rigging shop (2016)
  • New running rigging (2016)
  • NavTec stainless steel turnbuckle covers (2016)
  • Harken traveler in cockpit
  • (2) Lewmar electric self-tailing genoa winches #50 aft cockpit for genoa sheeting (2016)
  • (2) Lewmar electric self-tailing mainsheet winches #46 aft cockpit for mainsail sheeting (2016)
  • (1) Anderson electric self-tailing mainsail haylyard winch (2016)
  • 6 Spinlock line stoppers (2016)
  • Harken Roller Furling
  • New genoa tracks (2017)
  • Navtc hydraulic backstay adjuster
  • Forespar solid boom vang (2016)
Sails and Canvas
  • Mack Sails furling LeisureFurl mainsail Hydra-Net radial cut (2016)
  • 150% Jib (2011)
  • Quantum battened kevlar 100% Jib (2015 first use)
  • Maine Sailing Partners Asymetrical spinnaker
  • North Asymetrical spinnaker in sock
  • North Assorted Symmetrical spinnaker
  • Dodger on stainless steel frame (all new 2016)
  • Bimini (all new 2016)

Ground Tackle
  • Lewmar electric windlass: rebuilt, reengineered, remodeled (2016)
  • Custom SS Chaff Plate to protect deck around windlass (2017)
  • 35 lb. CQR anchor (refinished)  with all new chain rode (2016)
  • Fortress anchor with rode
  • (2) Electric bilge pumps with two float switches (2016)
  • Manual bigle pump (2016)
  • Emergency tiller
  • All bilges cleaned, sanded and Bilge Kote paint applied (2016)
  • MOM (2011)
  • Lifesling
  • Engine room fire extinguisher (2016)
Additional Equipment
  • Assorted dock lines
  • Assorted fenders
  • Cockpit cushions (New 2016)
  •  All new holding tanks and all new head hoses (2016)
  • Marine Air reverse cycle air conditioning and heat  - Main and forward cabins - (New 2016)
  • Marine Air reverse cycle air conditioning and heat - aft cabin only - (New 2017)
  • Custom fabricated SS radar mast on aft deck - (new 2016)
  • Removable cockpit table
  • Custom mesh storage systems for lazarettes




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