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J Boats J/100
$85,000 USD
33ft 0in

Brilliant is the ideal daysailer. An easily driven hull with moderate sailplan and simple sail handling systems allow the J/100 to be effortlessly singlehanded. Mainsheet and genoa sheets are easily controlled by the skipper from the aft end of the cockpit while guests at the forward end may relax out of the way of the action. Her spacious cockpit provides comfortable seating for six or more for an afternoon sail – or plenty of room to stretch out and take a nap or enjoy a picnic at anchor. Two large cockpit lazarettes and a stern locker provide more than ample storage space for fenders, sails and other cruising gear. A transom swimstep with folding stainless swim ladder allows easy boarding from a dinghy or after a swim. Below deck, her interior provides enough accommodations for a short weekend cruise while maintaining the theme of simplicity and functionality. Molded gelcoat surfaces with white bulkheads and teak trim are easy to maintain. A separate forward cabin with head and sink will sleep two in the v-berth – although she could accommodate four if desired.

Winner of Sailing World’s 2005 “Overall Boat of the Year” award, the J/100 is excels at her design intent of providing a platform for the pure enjoyment of sailing. A light touch on the tiller, the feel of power and ease of handling convinced us that she would be a fantastic choice for daysailing, club racing or the occasional summer weekend cruise. With a non overlapping jib on a furler and an asymmetric spinnaker designed to be tacked to a stainless ring at the bow, performance is attainable for even the casual sailor. Simplicity is the theme and fun is the result.

Name of vessel Brilliant
Model J Boats J/100
Year 2005
Builder J Boats
Designer Rod Johnstone
Price $85,000 USD
Location Olympia, WA
Length (feet) 33
Beam (feet) 9' 3"
Draft (feet) 5' 9"
Displacement (pounds) 6500 lbs
Ballast (pounds) 2450 lbs
Engine model Volvo
Engine horsepower 10
Engine hours
Fuel tank capacity (gallons) 10
Water tank capacity (gallons) 5
Holding tank capacity (gallons) 12

Interior Accommodations

The J/100’s simple accommodations are ideal for a day sail or short weekend cruise. Her interior is finished in molded fiberglass and gelcoat surfaces, white bulkheads and teak trim. The cabin sole is synthetic teak and holly. Ample storage is available below the settees and v-berth. She will sleep for with her v-berth and two salon settees.

There are only two short steps from the cockpit below. Long settees with canvas covered cushions are located to port and starboard. Shelves run along the hull side above. Aft of the port settee is a cooler. There are reading lamps at the head of the settees to port and starboard. There are two fixed ports in the cabin side.

Forward is the V-berth cabin with head. There is a large v-berth forward with canvas covered cushions. The head faces forward at the aft, port corner of the cabin. Outboard is a molded counter and sink with hand pump faucet. Above is a mirrored sliding door locker. There is an additional locker below the sink. Opposite to starboard is an open hanging area for foul weather gear or sail storage. An opening hatch provides ventilation.

Deluxe interior trim package: varnish finish on below decks teak, varnished teak and raised panel bulkhead door

V-berth package

Raritan PH-2 marine head with 14 gallon holding tank and Y-valve

Molded sink with overboard drain

Lee cloths on settee berths

Bulkhead mounted storage bags and cupholders



Electronics & Navigation

B&G Triton with two mast displays (2018)

Icom VHF radio with masthead antenna and spare at transom

Furuno GP-32 GPS

Simrad TP-10 autopilot

Danforth compass

LED navigation and steaming lights


Electrical Systems

12vDC electrical system with breaker panel

West Marine AGM house battery and engine start battery


Mechanical Systems

10hp Volvo diesel engine

Saildrive transmission (refurbished 2018)

Single throttle/shift lever

Gori 2-blade geared folding propeller

Engine control panel with tachometer and alarms

Manual bilge pump

Automatic electric bilge pump


Deck & Hull


Brilliant is an aft cockpit “daysailer” sailboat designed by Rod Johnstone. Her hull is long and narrow, with low freeboard and displaces only 6,500 pounds. Below the waterline she is configured with a fin keel and spade rudder. Her hull and deck are constructed of resin infused fiberglass with end grain Baltek balsa core. Her hull is white gelcoat with a black boot stripe. Her deck is white gelcoat with contrasting gray nonskid.  A teak toe rail with six stainless steel mooring chocks surrounds the decks. Her foredeck and side decks are uncluttered and easily navigated. All halyards and control lines are led aft to stoppers and winches on the cabin top. The long cockpit will easily accommodate six or more for an afternoon sail. Tall seat backs provide a comfortable and protected cockpit space. The traveler and mainsheet with fine tune adjustment is located toward the aft end of the cockpit within easy reach of the skipper. Three large deck lockers provide excellent storage space for fenders, dock lines and other cruising gear. There is a small swimstep with folding swim ladder at the transom.


Brilliant is powered by a Volvo diesel engine with Saildrive located below the forward end of the cockpit. The companionway steps and a molded fiberglass enclosure are easily removed to allow excellent access to the engine and drive.

Laminated wood tiller with Spinlock tiller extension

Balanced high aspect spade rudder built in E-glass with large diameter shaft

(4) stainless mooring cleats

Custom removable aluminum footbar in cockpit

Companionway dodger

Lifeline cushions

Cockpit sheet bags

ORC package with double lifelines and boarding gates


Sails & Rigging

Hall Spars double spreader carbon fiber mast, painted white

Navtec rod rigging

Mainsail, jib and spin halyards plus sheave for topping lift

Spinnaker pole mast track

Carbon fiber spinnaker pole

Hall Spars aluminum boom

Sailtec backstay adjuster

Hall Spars Quick Vang rigid boom vang

Harken headsail furler

Genoa/jib track with adjustable fairleads (2019)

Ballard Sails S2 spinnaker (2019)

Ballard Sails S1.5 spinnaker (2016)

Ballard Sails furling A2 spinnaker (2019)

Harken Reflex spinnaker furling system (2019)

Ballard Sails Carbon main (2018)

Ballard Sails Carbon 150% genoa (2017)

Ballard Sails Carbon 105% jib (2018)

Mainsail cover (2019)

New Harken roller furler and foil (2018)

(3) winch handles

(2) Harken 32.2A two speed winches on cabin top

(2) Harken radial primary winches (2018)

Harken mainsheet traveler with windward sheeting car

Harken 6:1/24 rough/fine tune mainsheet
Covers for mainsail, forward hatch, tiller and winches

Boom tent


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