1990 J Boatsboat55 For Sale

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1990 J Boats

Price: US$169,900

Propulsion Sail
Type Racers and Cruisers
Length 55’
Hull Fiberglass
Engine/Fuel Diesel
Year 1990
Location Barrington, Rhode Island, United States
1990 J Boats

1990 J/44

Runaway is a great example of this heralded offshore cruiser/racer with a standout equipment list, many recent upgrades, and is ready to launch!

This boat is a donation to Block Island Maritime and is available for a lease to buy agreement.

Full Specs

Boat name



Make: J Boats
Model: J/44
Condition: Used
Designer: Rod Johnstone
Keel Type: Fin Keel


LOA: 55' 0''
LWL: 39' 0''
Beam: 23' 0''
Cabin Headroom: 11' 0''
Maximum Draft: 9' 0''
Dry Weight: 22000.0 lbs
Ballast: 9000.0 lbs
Displacement: 22000.0 lbs


Make: Yanmar
Model: 4 JH-4AE
Year: 2009
Type: Inboard
Fuel: Diesel
Propeller Type: 3 Blade, Feathering
Engine Power: 53hp


Water Tanks: 1
Water Tank Capacity: 117 gal
Fuel Tanks: 1
Fuel Tank Capacity: 40 gal


Number of single berths: 4
Number of double berths: 2
Number of cabins: 2
Number of heads: 2

Manufacturer Provided Description

J-44 is designed for liveaboard comfort, is easily handled by two, with offshore durability and speed to win Fastnet and Sydney-Hobart races. Sailing World's 1990 'Overall Boat-of-the Year' revived the look of classic American cruising yacht interiors. Styling is light and open, clean and functional. The security and layout of her J-shaped galley has also become the standard for offshore cruising design. Visibility and ventilation are exceptional at anchor and at sea, making it possible to live aboard for long periods. J-44 was inspired by an analysis of the 1988 Bermuda Race which determined that dual-purpose racer-cruisers between 41 and 45 feet were the most popular offshore type and size. Since introduction in 1988, J-44 has become the most successful large, offshore American design ever, with nearly 70 boats launched. These owners in 14 countries have amassed an enviable record of ocean passages, regatta wins and cruising adventures. The J-44 Class Association is an active group of dedicated and outstanding sailors who add greatly to the satisfaction of sailing the boat. Superior design and construction mean better performance in the most demanding offshore conditions. J-44s won the 1991 Fastnet Race (IMS Overall) and the 1992 Sydney-Hobart (IMS-1). J-44s slide through waves with little pitch and roll, responding effortlessly to the wheel. These superb sailing and handling qualities are different from traditional cruising and IOR-IMS "rule" boats in two very important ways: J-44s have a balanced hull design with a long waterline relative to beam providing directional stability in large waves, and J-44s have a low center of gravity and low moments of inertia achieved with a deep lead keel, hand-laid, Baltek-cored hull deck construction and a beautifully engineered Hall rig. J-44s sail well in the extremes. This means more sailing, less motoring, and safe passages.


GENERAL: Hull Decks: ? Hull is Lloyd's approved, ABS inspected and certified, aircraft grade CK57 (6 lbs/cu.ft) Baltek end grained balsa laminate construction using pre-impregnated biaxial and unidirectional glass rovings with Interplastic vinylester resin on the outer hull layer ? FLAG BLUE Awlgrip hull with white boot stripes ? Nonskid decks w/ contrasting gray and white.

ACCOMODATIONS: ? Sleeps 8: Large owner s stateroom forward has V berth w/filler, seat w/teak slats, hanging locker, full-length mirror on back of head door; single-entry head w/sink, lockers drawers, separate shower next to port; main salon next aft has port starboard settee pilot berths, storage in drawers behind lower berths; centerline drop-leaf table; outboard-facing nav station to starboard w/swing-out seat, flip-up chart locker, large storage drawers; U-shaped galley across to port; 1 private aft cabin to starboard have hanging lockers storage below; 2nd head to port, w/ large storage locker accessible aft under cockpit seat.

GALLEY: ? Double s/s sink, fresh water foot pump ? Engine-driven Seafrost refrigeration in top-loading ice box ? Force 10 3-burner propane stove w/oven broiler (less than 10 years old) ? Storage lockers drawers ? Hot cold pressure water ? S/S water heater ? Additional ice box installed outboard in forward head s shower compartment

SPARS RIGGING: ? Hall Spars triple-spreader aluminum mast and boom (painted in 2018) ? Navtec discontinuous rod rigging ? Harken roller furling ? Navtec hydraulic vang ? Carbon spinnaker pole w/ cover ? Running backstays checkstays ? Navtec hydraulic backstay adjuster w/ 2 function remote panel at base of traveler (2-speed pump upgrade) ? Spartite at mast partners.


2009 FUSION MX Twaron MAINSAIL - Excellent

Cross-cut Kevlar Laminate MAINSAIL - Cruising Main - V. Good

2010 FUSION M Carbon Med/hvy #1 (145%) GENOA - Excellent

2011 FUSION M Carbon #2 GENOA (135%) GENOA - Excellent

2010 FUSION M Carbon #3 JIB - Excellent

2002 FUSION X Kevlar JIB TOP (140%) - V. Good


1998 Kevlar Tri-Radial Kevlar #4 JIB - Fair

1995 Dacron STORM TRYSAIL STORM JIB - Never used

1999 Nylon/kevlar Spinnaker Staysail - V. Good

SPINNAKERS: 2012 CZ 30/15 Code 0 (furler) - Excellent

2010 A3 Airx 700/900 .75 Reacher - V. Good

2008 A2 Airx 600 .6oz Runner - V. Good

2002 S2 Airx 500 .5oz Runner - Fair

1999 S6 1.5oz A/P Nylon - V. Good

Running rigging: ? Main, 2 jib halyards, 2 spinnaker ? Spare halyards ? Runners- replaced and upgraded with spare tails. ? Jib sheets cruising-2 ? Racing jib sheets and spinnaker sheets/guys high tech non stretch. ? Traveller control line ? 2 cruising spinnaker sheets ? 2 heavy spinnaker sheets ? ForegUY

DECK HARDWARE: ? Light ventilation provided by 7 screened hatches, 9 opening ports ? Double lifelines ? Removable carbon prod with bobstay for asymmetrical spinnakers ? Swim ladder ? 60 Edson wheel steering w/leather grip cover ? All Harken hardware ? German system mainsheet, installed in 2011 ? Harken traveler ? Harken adjustable genoa cars, tracks #3 tracks ? All rope clutches upgraded to Spinlocks, some XX, some XS ? 2, rope clutches for the running back stays. ? Fiberglass anchor chain locker built into forward locker ahead of V berth. Dedicated Lewmar hatch into anchor chain locker which contains all moisture and odors

WINCHES: ? 8 Lewmar winches include 2, #77 3-speed self-tailing primaries, 2 mainsheet (1 Electric - Lewmar Ocean Series 40-111), 2 cabin top spinnaker/runner, 2 halyard ? Locking winch handles

ENGINE: ? Yanmar 4JH-4AE 4-cylinder diesel with fresh water cooling. New in 2009. ? Fuel filter ? Sea strainer ? PSS dripless shaft seal ? PYI 2-blade feathering Maxprop. New in 2018. ? New stern bearing in 2019.

ELECTRICAL/MECHANICAL: ? 12V House system w/ 4 deep-cycle batteries. New in 2017. ? Deep cycle start battery ? High output Balmar alternator w/ smart regulator ? 12V panel w/breakers indicator lights ? Battery charger ? Espar Diesel Cabin Heater with ducts to staterooms, main salon, head, and large vent at companionway ? 110V AC Shore power ? Macerator pumps on both holding tanks. All discharge plumbing replaced.

ELECTRONICS: Navigation Station: Furuno NavNet VX2 C-Map NT Max ICOM IC-M422 VHF radio Ockham Matryx FFD display ICOM BC-166 VHF handheld radio Raytheon Ray 152 SSB Datamarine Depth JVC stereo Iridium 9500 sat phone (base only Panasonic Toughbook laptop w/ Expedition AIS Raymarine autopilot remote Xantrex Link 1000 battery charger monitor/control head

Mast: 3, Ockham displays

Cockpit, over companionway: 4, Ockham displays Furuno NavNet Radar / ChartPlotter

At Helm: 2, Ockham Matryx FFD displays Raymarine autopilot control head

In cockpit: Raymarine autopilot control head Datamarine depth

On stern: Furuno radar scanner on radar post All antennae on stern rail

SAFETY GEAR: 2, Viking 6-man liferafts 2, Ditchbags Lifesling Switlik MOM-8A

MISC: Dodger Seahood/Racing Dodger Fairclough winter cover w/ frame Cockpit awning

TRAILER: 6 x 10 box trailer for all gear


1998 Install Espar Heating System

1999 install eight new Lewmar Winches

2005 Reinforce Keel Sump with Floors

2005 acquire a 10' by 6' Gear Trailer

2008 install Furuno Radar on Post with cockpit display-and nav station display

2009 replace engine with new Yanmar, engine beds, and Fuel Tank

2010 install plastic main halyard grove with stainless Slides on three mainsails

2011 install 120v shore power system including Power Socket in Cockpit, panel in After Cabin, Battery Charger, and receptacles in after and forward cabins

2012 Replace Bunk Cushions with extra foam padding and Sunbrella covers and recover all cushions below with Matching Cloth 2014 install Dutchman Furling System on Cruising Main

2015 Replace Heads

2016 Awlgrip Topsides, Major resurfacing and undercoating before Awlgrip applied

2016 Remove Furuno Deck Display for Factory Rebuild

2017 Remove all fittings on Mast and boom, Awlgrip both

2017 Build Chain and Rhode Locker. Install Lewmar Windlass, 50 ft Chain 150ft Nylon Braid Line, Anchor Roller, and Manson Supreme anchor. 2018 Install Electric Motor for Main Sheet Winch 2018 Install 100amp Balmar alternator w/ smart regulator. Install new batteries. 2018 Replace all head and holding tank hoses. 2019 Wood and refinish all brightwork on deck. 2019 Replace 3, Ockam Matryx displays and install 3, new LCD displays on mast.


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.

This listing is courtesy of the BoatWizard MLS and may be centrally listed with another broker. It is offered as a convenience by this broker/dealer to its clients and is not intended to convey representation of a particular vessel.