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1997 J Boats J/160

  • 53 ft
  • Vineyard Haven, MA, US

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  • 1997 J Boats J/160
  • 1997 J Boats J/160
  • 1997 J Boats J/160
  • 1997 J Boats J/160
  • 1997 J Boats J/160
  • 1997 J Boats J/160
  • 1997 J Boats J/160
  • 1997 J Boats J/160
  • 1997 J Boats J/160
  • 1997 J Boats J/160


Very few yachts are as extensively upgraded and re-fit as this exceptional J/160. While you must read the full specifications to fully understand the extent of work done since 2014 just some of the highlights include new upgraded 115 hp Yanmar 2014, new cabin sole 2104, new generator 2019, complete Awlgrip job 2019 including hull, deck and mast but the full list of upgrades is too impressive for the lead in to the listing. The are enumerated in detail and then a a full summary list within the full specs. Too many people hear J Boats and think racing...think again! The J/160 was designed as a couple friendly performance cruiser. Several have done multiple circum-navigations and virtually all of them have cruised to the Caribbean and much more of the North Atlantic Basin.


Basic Information

J Boats
Vineyard Haven, MA, US
Available for sale in U.S. waters:
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Dimensions & Weight

53 ft - 16.15 meter
52 ft 10 in - 16.1 meter
14 ft 6 in - 4.42 meter
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Dry Weight:
29000 lbs


Cruise Speed:
9 MPH - 7.82 KTS
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Direct Drive
Fuel Type:
115 (Individual), 115 (combined)
Max Speed:
10 MPH - 8.69 KTS

Tank Capacities

Fuel Tank:
95 gallons - 2 tank(s)
Fresh Water Tank:
157 gallons - 2 tank(s)
Holding Tank:
48 gallons - 2 tank(s)


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Vessel Walk Thru

As richly appointed as any custom yacht, the J/160 interior features a fully varnished teak interior with varnished teak and holly soles.  The cabin sole is new in 2020 and the balance of the interior was refinished in 2014. There is an abundance of natural light and ventilation with sixteen opening ports, five hatches, and two large polished stainless steel dorades.  She is also equipped with three units of reverse cycle air conditioning (heating & cooling) as well as diesel cabin heater when one wishes to to avoid the use of the generator.  Superb 12 Volt interior lighting (all lighting replaced with Hella LED lighting 2016 on red/white switches) throughout with numerous overhead dome style lamps and swivel reading lamps at all berths and settees.  6'-4" headroom throughout.

Starting forward, the Owner's Stateroom features a pullman style berth to port with several drawers under while opposite to starboard is additional storage in a large hanging lockers and drawers associated with a desk.  Froward of the stateroom is the private owner's head with separate stall shower, upgraded W.C. and vanity with sink and storage.

Next aft of the Owner's Suite is the Main Salon with a large U-shaped settee to port and straight settee to starboard. Outboard of both settees are lockers and book cases which include custom features including wine locker 2016 with recessed lighting . Dining is from a large pedestal table with storage compartment within that could easily seat eight also custom built in 2016.

The J-Shaped Galley adjoins the Salon and is aft and to port and features extensive counter space with a deep double basin polished stainless steel sink with H&C pressure water as well as manual fresh  faucet. Storage in several lockers and drawers.  Chilled food stuffs are stowed in a large top loading as well as side loading refrigeration box and separate top load freezer compartment.  Both are fitted with SeaFrost 12 volt refrigeration.  Cooking is easily handled on a 4 burner gimballed Force 10 propane stove with oven (stove new in 2017)

Continuing aft to starboard is a Guest Stateroom, a large double berth with bureau, hanging locker and private head/shower access. 

The Guest Head is located just forward with access opposite the galley and the starboard Guest Stateroom.  cherry counter with polished stainless steel sink.

Opposite to port is a second Guest Stateroom  with single berth with ample storage outboard and in bureau, 

  • Fusion stereo 2019
  • All new berth matteresses 2018
  • Courtesy lights

Sails and Rigging

This J/160 has the optional Hall Spars keel stepped, triple spreader carbon fiber rig in lieu of the standard aluminum mast and was Awlgripped white in 2019.

  • Discontinuous rod rigging new in 2008 
  • Rigging inspection in 2019 including by x-ray, 7 pieces of rod replaced
  •  Furler Boom in boom furling system installed 2008
  • Boom serviced and Awlgripped 2019
  • All Running rigging replaced 2019 and 2020
  • Custom Harken Jib roller furling
  • Hall D-40 Quik-Vang
  • Sailtech 22 integral hydraulic backstay
  • (2) Lewmar 66 AST 3-speed ST primaries mounted in recesses on coamings
  • (2) electric Lewmar 54ST 2 speed secondaries on house top 2019
  • (2) Lewmar 50AST 2 speed mainsheet winches
  • 1 Lewmar 48AST 2 speed self tailing halyard winch near mast stbd side
  • SP Dyneema membrane mainsail with full battens 2017
  • SP Sails 110% Dyneema hybrid radial jib% 2017 (SP sails is a European sailmaker with sim skills to North or Quantum)
  • SP Sails code zero with furler 2014
  • Quantum gennaker with ATN sleeve
  • Inventory of older headsails and assymetric spinnakers 


Fully equipped for regional cruising (a simple addition of satellite or SSB communications would have her ready to go offshore).  All electronics except the VHFs  and B&G instruments were new in 2019.

At Nav. Station:

  • Raymarine Axiom Pro 12" color radar/plotter
  • 1 i70 multi displays
  • Icom M-411 VHF

In Cockpit:

  • Raymarine Axiom 9" display at helm
  • Raymarine Quantum Radome (mounted at lower spreaders)
  • Raymarine Evolution autopilot
  • 4 B&G 2020 FFDs at spray hood
  • 2 Hydra FFDs at cockpit coaming breaks at port side
  • 1 B&G Hydra and 2 Raymarine i70s at coaming break starboard side
  • B&G depth and wind point and speed at forward end of cockpit at bridge deck
  • Ritchie 6" magnetic compass


Wired for both 12 volt DC service and 110 Volt AC service.  As part of an extended stay in Europe this J/160 had been converted to that service but was converted back to 110 on return to the US in 2020 (she was built to US 110 Volt standards).  A Mase 6.5kw generator installed in 2019 showing 100 hours handles heavier loads while off the dock while a Mastervolt Inverter/Charger also 2019 handles lighter loads. The yacht had been converted to European electrical standard but was re-wired to her original US 110 Volt 60 cycle electrical standard winter of 2020/2021

The electrical conversion back to 110 volt was done by Paul Roell who was the electrician who did the J/65s at TPI.

12 Volt DC:

  • Distribution panel with breakers 2021
  • Digital Amp & Volt meters
  • Balmar 170 amp alternator 2021
  • (5) 100 amp hour Fiamm AGM batteries for house/inverter
  • (2) 75 amp hour starting batteries 1 each for generator and engine
  • (2) 75 amp hour bow thruster/windlass batteries
  • Heart Link 200 battery monitor

110 Volt AC:

  • Distribution panel with breakers 2021
  • Digital amp and volt meters
  • 30 amp shore power connection aft
  • 50' 30 amp shore power cord
  • 11 outlets
  • Mastervolt Inverter/Charger 2019
  • 11 gallon stainless steel hot water heater (also engine supplied) 2021


115 HP fresh water cooled 4JH4HTE Yanmar diesel new in 2014 along with the Kanzai KMH40A-G gear  turns a 3 blade Gori prop on a 1.5" diameter shaft 

  • Dual racor fuel filters
  • Engine compartment lighting
  • Aquadrive thrust bearing
  • PYI dripless shaft seal
  • Spur cutter on shaft
  • Edson engine controls
  • New fresh water pump 2021
  • HRO 150 gpd water maker 2016
  • 3 Rule 2000 gph electric bilge pump
  • High water alarm
  • (2) Henderson MK-V manual emergency bilge pumps
  • (2) macerator pumps
  • 3 units Dometic reverse cycle air conditioning 2021
  • VDO Gauges for 2 fuel and 2 water tanks
  • Max Power retractable bow thruster 2015 overhauled in 2021

Hull and Construction

The J/160 is built using the patented TPI resin infused "SCRIMP" system with Aricraft grade end grain balsa coring.  Vinylester resin used in exterior laminates for superior blister resistance.  In 2019 this J/160 was Awlgripped Kensington Grey with a white boot stripe.  Likewise the end grain balsa cored decks were Awlgripped white with Griptex in appropriate non-skid areas. and new toe rails were installed!

The bottom is fair and free of any paint build up and is finished with gray antifouling.

Expansive cockpit with bench seats P&S over 6'-6" long with a shallow locker to port .  Large lazarettes P&S stow all the loose gear.  Wide side decks with double stanchions and lifelines and gates P&S with double stainless steel bow and stern rails.

Of particular note is the creative light weight flip down swim platform, (see photos).  This is easily flipped down and retrieved without mechanical assist and is supported by two Dyneema stays.  This innovation provides a more useable space when swimming and area to unload passengers and gear from the dinghy.

  • Lofrans vertical drum anchor windlass with chain and line drums
  • 55 lb. stainless steel Rocna anchor and app 200' of stainless chain
  • Large Fortress secondary anchor with rode
  • Large sail locker forward
  • Carbon Fiber steering steel and stainless binnacle guard
  • Edson steering
  • Cockpit cushions new 2018
  • Teak overlay on cockpit sole
  • Flip down swim platform 2016, great adjunct to the scoop transom, for easier boarding unloading gear from the dinghy etc. 
  • Large cockpit table 2016 seats six for dinner(see photos)
  • Standard cockpit table
  • H&C transom shower
  • Large stainless steel Magma Grill
  • Stainless swim ladder mounts to swim platform
  • 6 Type V PFDs
  • Flare Kit
  • Avon 6 man liferaft (over due for inspection)
  • 5 ABC dry chem fire extinguishers
  • MOM 8A 
  • Horseshoe life ring
  • Emergency tiller
  • 5 fenders with covers and 6 braided docklines
  • Manually deployed Passarelle


Refit/Equipment renewals

The extent of equipment replacements and refit work is impressive.  One might as was this a result of flooding or other damage.  The answer in NO; simply the consequnce of being owned by people who wanted to maintain her as if they would be her owners forever.

A year by year upgrade/extensive maintenance list follows:


  1. interior re-finished
  2. New and upgraded 115 HP Yanmar diesel vs. 88 HP standard with hydraulic gear
  3. New Force 10 Propane stove
  4. 2 new Jabsco electric fresh water heads and new hoses
  5. All interior lighting upgraded to LED red/white switch Hella lights
  6. Ebersbecher Airtronic diesel cabin heat added
  7. Teak overlay added to cockpit sole
  8. 1 new unit of Dometic reverse cycle air conditioning


  1. Max Power retractable bow thruster


  1. All new ports and hatches (with exception of aft hatch in Salon)
  2. Built large cockpit table
  3. Swim platform added
  4. New dodger and bimini
  5. HRO water maker


  • New SP Sails mainsail
  • New SP Sails 110% jib


  • New cockpit cushions
  • Rocna 55 lb stainless anchor and 200' stainless chain


  1. Hull Awlgripped Kingston Grey
  2. Decks including non-skid areas stripped and re-awlgripped white
  3. Mast and boom re-Awlgripped
  4. Replaced about 1/2 of running rigging
  5. New 4 burner Force 10 Propane stove
  6. New Harken electric secondaries for halyards

2020, 2021

  • Yacht returned to US via ship
  • Replaced balance of running rigging
  • New teak and holly cabin sole
  • Converted back to US electrical standard including adding converter to generator
  • New water heater
  • New Dometic air conditioning
  • New inverter/charger
  • New 110 Volt panel
  • New Dometic reverse cycle air conditioning
  • Bow thruster overhauled 


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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.