2002 J Boats J/160


YACHT DETAILS: 2002 J Boats J/160








Deltaville, VA
$369,000 USD
53 ft
7.25 ft
14.5 ft
76.42 ft









(1) 128|gallon
(1) 157|gallon
(1) 48|gallon


J Boats makes the ultimate fast cruiser.  Heron has proven this with a 2nd place finish in Class A of the Marion to Bermuda race as well as many miles of cruising between Canada and Grenada. The blue hull and sleek lines make Heron a head-turner, both at anchor and under sail – especially when flying her starred spinnaker.  Her length-to-beam ratio, efficient keel, and tall, carbon rig, along with quality sails, electric primary winches, carbon wheel and custom rudder bearings make Heron sea-kindly and light on the helm. The owner worked with the factory on numerous improvements, to both sailing systems and interior appointments to make this boat one-of-a-kind.

The cherry interior is gorgeous. It is warm, inviting and well laid out for ease of living.  With the galley and head close to the companionway for easy access to and from the cockpit, 2 aft cabins, comfortable salon, a cozy navigation station and private owner’s suite forward, the boat is well appointed for the live-aboard lifestyle of a couple, a family out cruising or a crew on a long distance race.  

Heron has the following:

  • Yanmar 4JH3-HTE 100HP engine
  • Fisher Panda 8KW generator
  • Sea Recovery Watermaker
  • Carbon mast and boom
  • Hydraulic backstay and vang
  • Carbon wheel
  • Raymarine ST7001 Autopilot
  • Raymarine RL80CRC chartplotter/radar
  • Raymarine Instrument package (various)
  • MarineAir Aircon/Heat
  • Espar Diesel cabin heater
  • SeaFrost cold plate refrigeration
  • Feathering prop with line cutter
  • Electric primary winches
  • Bottom stripped and barrier coated (2017)
  • Large sail inventory (see descriptions)
  • Winslow 10-pax Liferaft w/ EPIRB and watermaker
  • Fixed ports in the hull, salon and aft cabins for additional light
  • Numerous custom interior adaptations
  • …. and much more – see ‘Descriptions’

Heron is a highly refined cruising machine, with the looks and performance to delight the most demanding sailor! 


Prospective owners of boats of this era will probably be aware of the gelcoat crazing common in the industry. Heron did not escape the issue, which is NOT structural. The owner has had extensive testing done to verify that the gelcoat crazing is a cosmetic issue; it has no impact on the performance or safety of the boat.




The interior cabinetry is Cherry, with Cherry veneer bulkheads,  Cherry overhead handrails, dorade vent covers, fiddles, raised panel doors and instrument panels at chart table. 

Companionway stairs lead to port and starboard aft cabins.  Each cabin has a double berth and plentiful storage, as well as a customized, fixed portlight in the hull,  for extra light. There is access to the engine from behind the door in each cabin;  the generator, water heater, prop shaft and filters can be accessed by removing the midships bulkhead at the back of each cabin.

Forward of the starboard cabin is the aft head which has a door into the cabin and another into the salon.  It has Corian counter tops, shower and Vacuflush head.

The Galley is U-Shaped and situated to port, with stove and storage down the hull, fridge/s and freezer running athwartships and the sink and further storage running fore and aft, amidships.  

The Nav station is tucked in forward of the head. It has a dedicated seat, large chart table with an interior sliding shelf, custom storage bin outboard and instruments mounted for ease of viewing and access.

The Salon has a straight settee to starboard, with water tank below, storage behind and above. Salon upholstery is cream Ultra-leather, with slip covers for both settees & nav seat. The Salon table is situated midships and includes removable fiddles, wine storage and leaves that can be raised to reach each settee. The port settee is L-shaped and has water tank below, storage behind and a pilot berth above. Both settees have a 1" extension.  There is a fixed port in each hull-side above the settees adding light to the interior and a view of the water from the salon.

The forward cabin has a pullman berth to port with  drawers under the bunk and lockers along the port hull. To starboard is additional storage as well as a custom desk with cherry top and swing stool.   The forward head is in the bow and has a separate shower/wet locker forward, with head and basin just aft. Corian countertops and Vacuflush head.   A collision bulkhead separates the forward head from a large foredeck locker which houses manual and electric pumps, dual rode lockers and provides storage  for sails, dinghy, and cruising gear.

  • Force 10 3-Burner propane stove w/ oven
  • Westinghouse microwave (2017)
  • Seafrost Freezer (top loading) – cold plate
  • Seafrost Fridge (top loading in galley – door in cabinet in salon)
  • Double S/S sink
  • Grohe faucet (pull out /spray)
  • Fresh water foot pump
  • Corian counter tops
  • Storage above and below counter level
  • Cherry cabinetry and fiddles
  • Propane switch/solenoid
  • Fischer Panda 8 KW Generator in sound case (+/- 1025 hours)
  • 2 x 16K BTU Marine Air reverse cycle/Aircon units
  • Sea Recovery Watermaker – 25GPH
  • Splendide Washer/Dryer (currently in storage)
  • Balmar 150A high output alternator (rebuilt 2015)
  • Solar panel 60W  w/ Morningstar Sunsaver regulator & controller 
  • Shore power cables and adaptors
  • Wells Marine Batt Max Automatic Battery combiner
  • 4 x 12V AGM Lifeline 4D House batteries – 800 AH ( 2 new 2017, 2 new 2020)
  • 1 x  12V AGM Spiral Start battery (2017)
  • 1 x 12 V AGM Emergency battery (elevated – wired to inverter)
  • Heart Freedom 25 Inverter/Charger
  • Link 2000 battery monitor
  • Xantrex PROwatt 300 Inverter for Samsung monitor &  PC (PC not included)
  • 50A/30A/ 120V electrical system 
  • Aquasignal LED tricolor/anchor light (2017)
  • LED interior lights  (2016)
  • Red/White LED lights in galley, heads, foredeck locker (2017)
  • Lopolight LED bow lights (2015)
  • Lewmar Electric windlass
  • SeaFrost Refrigeration – engine or shorepower 
  • Westinghouse Microwave oven
  • 2 x Electric bilge pumps 
  • High water alarms
  • Macerator pump in aft holding tank
  • 5 x Hella 12V fans
  • 2 x Raymarine RL80CRC Chartplotter/Radar (helm & nav station)
  • Raymarine Pathfinder HSB2 Radar  – 48nm (w/ leveling arm on post (stern)
  • Raymarine ST 7001+ Autopilot  w/ T400 controller
  • Raymarine ST100 wireless autopilot controller
  • Raymarine/Raytheon ST60/70/80 instruments (13) in cockpit and at nav station 4- Master 2- 360 Analog wind 3- Multi trim 2 – Analog close-hauled wind 2 – Maxi w/ controller
  • Airmar Speed/Temp Transducer
  • Raymarine NMEA/PC/SeaTalk interface box w/adaptor for PC nav software
  • Samsung LCD monitor at nav station
  • ICOM 802 HF radio/SSB transceiver
  • AT-140 auto Antenna Tuner & backstay antenna
  • ICOM M502 VHF w/ RAM mic in cockpit
  • Vesper Marine 850 Watchmate AIS transceiver
  • Globalstar Satellite Phone w/ antenna on radar mast
  • Hart Tank Tender (2 fuel, 2 water, 2 waste)
  • JVC KD-X37MBS stereo/bluetooth with SXV300 SiriusXM (new 2019)
  • 2 x Bose speakers in custom cherry grills
  • Vetus digital barograph
  • Yanmar 4JH3- HTE 100 HP Turbo engine with 2207 Hours
  • New engine mounts, water hoses, belts & impeller (2017)
  • New exhaust hoses & mixing elbow (2018)
  • Maxprop 3-blade feathering prop
  • Spurs line cutter
  • PSS dripless shaft seal (rebuilt 2017)
  • Aquadrive flexible coupling (removed & inspected 2017)
  • Dual Racor filters
  • Extra 30 Gal fuel tank (bladder type)
  • Burr Bros Electric oil change pump
  • Burr Bros Custom engine room air ducting 
  • Burr Bros coolant bypass lines (engine & water heater)
  • Fisher Panda 8KW generator (see electrical)
  • Sea Recovery WaterMaker  (see electrical)
  • MarineAir Aircon/Heat (see electrical)
  • ESPAR Diesel cabin heater
  • Hall carbon fiber mast and boom (painted)
  • Mast height without antenna  is 73’4", with antenna 76’5"
  • Antal 50 Luff system (track & cars)
  • Harken Headsail Furler
  • Rod Rigging
  • Navtech Hydraulic Vang (rebuilt 2015)
  • Navtech Hydraulic Backstay (insulated for SSB antenna)
  • Kevlar detachable inner forestay 
  • Dual check stays (Spectra)
  • Storm Tri-sail track
  • Genoa tracks w/ adjustable cars
  • Lewmar mainsail track forward of wheel
  • Carbon fiber whisker pole (painted)
  • Spinnaker pole track & controls
  • Lazy Jacks (2019)
  • Mast climbing steps (2 pairs)
  • Navtech shroud rollers
  • Extra Lewmar rope clutches on coachroof/cockpit coaming
  • Offshore Preventer System
  • 2-Line Mainsail Slab Reefing system
  • Paraloc Shark, Paraloc Piranha & other high tech lines/sheets
  • 2 x Lewmar 66ST Electric Primary Winches (motors rebuilt 2013)
  • 2 x Cross over switches for primary winches
  • 2 x Lewmar 50ST Secondary Winches
  • 2 x Lewmar 54ST Winches near companionway
  • 1 x Lewmar 48ST Winch on starboard midships coachroof
  • Dodger w/ side and aft grab rails (2010)
  • Bimini  (2010)
  • Wheel cover
  • Sperry Mainsail cover (2016)
  • Hatch covers
  • Cockpit cushions
  • Resin infused ‘SCRIMP’ Sandwich construction w/ end core balsa
  • Carbon Bowsprit retracts into molding incorporated into starboard stem
  • Solid glass in high stress areas 
  • Self-aligning bronze rudder bearings
  • ‘Bottom Job’ 2017 – sanded to gelcoat, faired, barrier coated, bottom painted
  • Bottom wet sanded annually & painted with 2 coats of Petit Hydrocoat antifouling.
  • Bowroller
  • 55lb Delta Anchor w/ 25′  HT Chain and 250′ 12 plait nylon Rode
  • 28lb Fortress Aluminum Danforth
  • Additional chain and rode
  • Lewmar Concept 2 Electric Windlass w/ controls bow & cockpit
  • Anchor locker with dividing wall
  • Teak toe rails w/ S/S chafe plates (refinished Fall 2018)
  • S/S mounting chocks for whisker pole, port side deck
  • Stainless steel hand rails on coach roof
  • Bowmar aluminum hatches & portlights
  • Wichard Padeyes on deck (20)
  • 4 x Hood Dorades on coach roof w/ S/S guards on forward pair
  • Custom ‘Cave’ lockers in coaming
  • Custom pedestal w/ binnacle guard
  • Edson 60" Carbon Fiber wheel
  • Traveller forward of wheel
  • Cockpit storage lockers 
  • Propane locker (new tanks 2017)
  • 2 extra cockpit drains
  • Custom Liferaft bin in starboard Lazarette
  • Fresh water inlet pressure regulator at pedestal
  • Sea/Fresh water washdown in cockpit & bow storage locker
  • Custom radar pole w/ stabilizers, port quarter
  • Hot & Cold cockpit shower (2018)
  • Swim Platform
  • Swim ladder
  • Winslow 10-pax Liferaft in valise (inspected 2015) 
  • w/ EPIRB, watermaker etc
  • MOM8A MOB module (inspected 2015)
  • Lifesling 2
  • MOB strobe light
  • Paratech Sea Anchor
  • Sea-fireFM 200 automatic fire extinguisher in engine compartment
  • 3 manual bilge pumps
  • Lightning protection dissipator brush and spike at masthead
  • Emergency tiller & steering paddle
  • Abandon ship bag
  • Life Jackets
  • Fenders
  • Lines
  • 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 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.

    Jon and Anne Hutchings
    YaZu Yachting
    Deltaville, VA 23043

    Contact the listing brokers, Jon or Anne Hutchings at YaZu Yachting in the heart of Deltaville, boating capital of Virginia. 
    We are cruising yacht specialists who have “been there and done that”. We are able to guide buyers and sellers through the purchase and sale experience as a result of having sold hundreds of boats in the past fifteen years and our personal backgrounds in boating. 
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