J Boats J/88 | 2014

66,500 Tax Paid | Lymington Yacht Haven United Kingdom


  • Make J Boats
  • Model J/88
  • Year 2014
  • LOA 29ft/9m
  • Class Cruiser Racer
  • Hull Glass Reinforced Plastic
  • Keel Fin Keel
  • Rig Sloop
  • Engine Single Diesel
  • Drive Sail Drive
  • Layout Aft Cockpit
  • Berths 5
  • Ancasta Ref 41052
  • Name Jester


Fast and fun to sail the J/88 was built as the ideal family day sailer / racer. With a comprehensive specification and many additional extras 'Jester' comes with an extensive sail inventory by North including a new A5 Asymmetric and heavy weather Jib, B&G electronics including a new B&G autopilot fitted in 2021, carbon fibre mast and bowsprit, Harken deck gear, Cunningham purchase system, shorepower, heating and much more. This is a great example of the popular one design, fast, lightweight and easy to handle for the solo sailor, family or crew. Viewing highly recommended.


Built in 2014 to a 2015 model
Designed by Rod Johnstone and built by J Boats in France

White GRP Hull, deck and superstructure
Composite tiller in white gelcoat finish with Spinlock EA 1200 adjustable tiller extension with handle
Fin keel with bulb
Open transom
Transom mounted rudder

Hull polish, antifoul and anodes (June 2023)

LOA 29'2" / 8.9 m
LWL 26'10" / 8.18m
BEAM 9'6" / 2.9m
DRAFT 6'6" / 1.98m
DISPL 4,991 lb / 2264kg

(All figures are approximate)


Carbon fibre mast deck step with double swept spreaders, long masthead crane and mainsail luff track
Boom with internal 8:1 outhaul, mainsheet attachment points, outhaul and single reef sheaves
Rod vang with Harken block and tackle adjustment
Cunningham purchase system
Carbon bowsprit with internal launching system to exit aft face of cabin house to cam cleat
Standing rigging wire (original)
Running rigging ( upgraded racing lines 2021 – mainsheet, fine tune, tackline, jib sheets and asymmetric sheets)
Cockpit operated Harken adjustable jib car and 4:1 in-hauler systems to port and starboard
Mainsheet system 6:1 leading to ratchet block and cam mounted on center-line swivel cam base aft of traveller
Mainsheet fine-tune adjuster 18:1 mounted to swivel base cam forward of traveller
Mainsheet traveller adjustable with 4:1 control line and cam cleats port and starboard
Double ended backstay 24:1 adjuster purchase system leading forward to port and starboard cam cleats
Harken underdeck headsail furling system with black anodized foil and control line on cabin side mounted cam cleat
Spinnaker tack line side mounted rope clutch mounted to starboard on cabin side
Spinnaker sheet blocks outboard of primary winches on stanchion bases and aft at stern rail
Spinnaker sheet storage cam cleat
Halyard lead blocks mounted at mast base, halyard organisers and double Antal Vcam rope clutches one per side

North mainsail 3Di 760M battened with Selden sliders
North cruising mainsail Norlam (2016)
North Jib 3Di 760M API-1 furling or tuff luff
North furling Jib Nordac Radian NDR No.3 (2015)
North Superkote 75 A2
North A5/3 Asymmetric SuperLike/Kote SK 130 CTDR ( (2021)
North heavy weather Jib OSR Max 3Di RAW 360 16,800 Dpi (2021)

Harken 35ST - 2 speed manual (two)
Harken 40ST - 2 speed manual (two)



Forward V berth with canvas zip door, cushions, opening deck hatch and Jabsco manual marine toilet

Galley forward port saloon with sink and manual freshwater handpump
Utility counter hinged forward starboard saloon
Settee berths in saloon to port and starboard with cushions and GRP backrests with access to storage bins
Saloon table removable
Saloon internal hull pockets to port and starboard
Saloon hull windows port and starboard
Saloon aft facing opening port lights to cockpit port and starboard
Saloon cabin sole high-wear
Gelcoat finish painted on all interior hull and deck surfaces
Aluminium compression post in saloon for mast loads

Aft berth to port with cushion
Open storage area to starboard


Engine service (August 2023)
Engine hours approx 190hrs (dial not working)
Sail drive (saildrive membrane replaced August 2023)
Injection elbow (replaced August 2023)
2-bladed folding propeller
Engine panel with keyless start/stop
Throttle control

12vDC domestic and starting with alternator
220v AC shorepower
220v AC sockets in saloon (two)
Batteries (two)
Battery charger

Freshwater 70 litres (flexible tank)
Fuel 30 litres

(All figures are approximate)


B&G Zeus 7" chart plotter (cockpit)
B&G H3000 10/10 H/V multi display (cockpit)
B&G Triton multi displays at mast (three)
B&G V50 VHF with DSC and AIS receiver
B&G wind, speed and depth
Raymarine ST2000+ tiller pilot system
B&G Autopilot with Octopus drive plus two Triton controllers (2021)
GoFree WiFi
Silva compass

Anchor, warp & chain

Webasto diesel-fired hot air cabin heating
Fusion MS-IP600 (saloon)
Fusion cockpit speakers (two)
Mooring cleats
Stainless steel guardwires and stanchions
Manual and automatic bilge pumps
Mainsail cover
Cockpit cushions
Fenders and warps

Broker Comments

Jester is ideal for the club-racer, fast cruiser, family sailor or keen campaign class racer. Neat, tidy and ready to go 'Jester' is light weight, easily sailed by two with superb performance especially in light airs and an exceptional planing performance in stronger winds.

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Purchase Information

Ancasta are acting as brokers for the vendor who is not selling in the course of business unless otherwise stated. These details are prepared from information provided by the vendor and are intended only as a guide to give a fair description of the vessel but their accuracy cannot be guaranteed and they do not constitute part of any contract.

A prospective buyer is strongly advised to check the particulars and to have the vessel fully surveyed by a qualified marine surveyor. Details are supplied on the understanding that all negotiations shall be through Ancasta brokerages. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change or withdrawal without notice. Please Note: where the vessel’s status shows as “Preliminary”, details of the vessel have not yet been confirmed by the Vendor.

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