Every once in a while a boat like Lark comes along and this J/40 is one of the more turnkey 40’ world capable performance cruiser/racers on the market today. Lark is fully set up for racing, as well as cruising, and fits in the very popular Chesapeake PHRF A2 performance band - 81 rating. She also makes for a very good ocean racer with a good blend of performance and comfort. The J/40 is surprisingly easy to sail and with the long-chord deep keel she goes upwind nicely and tracks like a train. The owner has spent over $52,000 (not including sails) in the past 6 years upgrading key components including the engine and all components, the entire cabin sole, the complete propane system and stove/oven, the forward holding tank and all hoses, many of the thru-hull fittings, 95% of the electronics, and many of the subsystems, halyards and sailing gear. The original J/boat performance packages have been further upgraded if racing, extended cruising or sail longevity are of interest.
J Boats bills her design as “comfort & speed for couples that cruise across oceans,” and they may have nailed her pedigree with that statement. The J/40 is just the right size to maneuver easily in the mooring field or marina, is fast enough under sail to enjoy any bit of breeze on the water, is manageable by one or two sailors and has the structure to take you anywhere your dreams lead you. Don’t miss out on this unusual opportunity to own a well-maintained, well-mannered fast cruiser.
Please feel free to call me on the cell phone 410-310-3476, text, or e-mail me at any time if you have any questions or there is anything else I can do for you.
David M. Cox, CPYB
Certified Professional Yacht Broker
The first impression when setting sail on a J/40 is that everything works so easily. The mainsail pulls up easily with the strong track. There is a smoothness and acceleration when the J/40 first responds to the wind, even under the mainsail alone. The helmsman trims with wrist action only. Unroll the genoa in open water and she slides into a whole new performance spectrum. Sailing behavior is smooth, and she doesn’t tend to load up like many other boats.
Going below is another surprise, especially for a boat with this kind of performance. The interior is remarkably open and airy. You can see out above deck level. Visibility into the cockpit or up at the sails is excellent. The sensation is that of being on a much larger boat. Unusually good light and ventilation.
The combination of easy handling, speed and uncramped living space is what sets the J/40 apart from other boats. The J/40 is easier to handle than many smaller cruisers, yet has the interior layout and speed of larger ones. It is no wonder why the J/40 was voted Sailing World magazines Boat of the Year just four months after its launch.
In the past 6 years, the seller has put in over $52,000 in improvements not including sails
Hull and deck Lloyds approved Baltek Contourkore end grained balsa laminate construction using biaxial and unidirectional glass roving with interplastic vinylester resin on the outer hull layer for optimum blistering resistance. Contrasting two-toned nonskid deck. Hull to deck joint bonded with 3M 5200 and bolted on 4" centers then covered with clear anodized aluminum toe rail with mooring and docking fairleads. Keel consists of lead antimony fixed 6500 lbs. 6.5' fin bolted and bonded to molded stub, with a generous bilge
Two private cabins:
The forward cabin has a large V berth with filler, hanging locker, bureaus, shelves, opening port and overhead hatch. The aft cabin has a queen size berth, hanging locker, bureau, shelves, opening port and overhead hatch. The mattress may be downsized to a double creating substantial storage amidships for extended cruising. If you have spent much time on the water, an aft-head is essential for hanging wet foul weather gear upon coming down the companionway, in order to keep the rest of the interior dry.
• Forward & aft heads, each with shower
• Aft head has wet locker to port
• Grohe faucet/showers in heads
• Groco fore and aft heads. Each has a separate holding tank. One doesn’t truly appreciate 2 heads until one breaks…
• Double leaf Teak dining table bulkhead-mounted seats 6+
• Dining seats double as sea berths (port and starboard) with lee cloths and outboard storage
• Overhead storage, above port and starboard settees
• Large U-Shaped galley to port
• Side-facing navigation station, with hinged table lid for chart storage, integral sliding pencil /storage tray, easy-access plumbing and house battery compartment below.
• Synthetic no-maintenance sole and teak interior
• Teak trimmed deluxe vinyl overhead finish throughout
• Red/White diode or LCD dome lights (cabins same)
• SwivelBrass reading lights above settees and berths
• Courtesy night lights
• Deluxe 5 inch foam cushions in2000 light blue micro-suede - excellent
• Force 10 3burner gimbaled propane stove with oven (2011)
• Stainless steel double deep sink with new faucet 2015
• Hot and cold pressurized water faucet and fresh water foot pump
• Storage above and below stove and under counter
• Flatware drawer and spice cabinet
• Large trash storage with flip lid access under companionway.
• Zantrex LinkPro battery monitor, main system rewired 2010 two-banks.
• 2 house Deep Cycle Gel marine batteries and one Deep Cycle Gel marine starting battery connected with electronic battery combiner
• Upgraded Yanmar 120 Amp hour alternator (2013)
• ProMar battery charger
• 12 volt connections for accessories at chart table and in forward cabin
• 110 V shore power with 50 foot cord
• Propane electric solenoid switch at panel
• Solenoid at tank – new 2016.
Electronics and Navigation (nearly all replaced in 2011-12)
• Raymarine X10 Corepack, with Ray ST6002 Piston Driven Autohelm
• Raymarine Autohelm Display Control Port Helmsman Station
• Raymarine Networked GPS Plotter/Radar Display (2011)
• Raymarine Radar unit on Port/Stern mount
• Raymarine Non-networked GPS Plotter Display
• Raymarine Helmsman Displays ST-70, ST-60
• Raymarine Companionway Displays x3
• CO Detector – over Nav Station
• Radio/CD Stereo with Speakers in V-berth and Main Salon
• Raymarine VHF (replaced 2010)
Engine and Steering
• 2013 Yanmar 3JH5E 39 HP Turbo diesel with 113+/- hours
Sept 2013 Install included:
• New mounts and engine bed. This model has all filters on correct side.
• Separate compartment for Racor water separator and filter, new engine intake thru-hull and filter and fresh-water engine flush
• $1,000 upgraded Yanmar engine control C panel with real gauges
• Engine has the serpentine Belt with 120A upgraded alternator
• New Prop shaft, new dripless shaft-seal and new Martec folding prop
• fuel tank was thoroughly cleaned, fuel completely refiltered –“polished”
• New Fuel level sender plus fuel gauge out of the weather on Nav panel.
• Oversize 44’ Stainless steel steering wheel with leather wheel cover
• Raymarine Autohelm
• Aluminum emergency tiller
• 33 gallon fuel tank
• Lark has both a racing and cruising inventory. Convertible Pro-Furl roller bell is easily removed and re-installed, Double grooved #6 Slot for race sails. Strong Track for Mainsail.
• Cruising sails:
• 2013 Short foot Main (16.7’ foot) full hoist Kevlar/Mylar/Taffeta, Reefs,4 battens, top full, very strong very light weight. (2) on- mast mainsail covers
• 2001 Quantum 140 % Genoa Roller-furler – used 4 seasons - VG
• Older 110% Roller Jib
• MSP Blue/Gold Cruising Asymmetrical .75oz Spinnaker – excellent condition
• Spinnaker Staysail ( good for beam reach)
• Full Mainsail cover for cruising mains.
• Racing sails:
• MSP Dacron Composite Tri-radial Main – older, but no holes – fair condition
• Quantum LM #1 – Kevlar Tri-radial
• Quantum #2 – Kevlar Tri-radial
• Quantum #3 – Kevlar Tri-radial
• .5 ounce North Spinnaker – flown once, as new
• .6 ounce Quantum Spinnaker – cloth and shape VG, patched
• .85 ounce North Spinnaker – flown once, as new
• Horse-Blanket Sail cover sporting “J 40” for a full race main.
• Sparcraft tapered 6061-T6 alloy section F-460 mast w/double airfoil spreaders, twin crane offshore masthead design, with wire conduits and below decks mast ventilation holes
• LED Tricolor/anchor light installed 2014
• Sparcraft 6061-T6 alloy boom with jiffy reefing, internal adjustable outhaul, welded boom end fillings and vang lug, stainless steel mainsheet bale
• Navtec continuous rod rigging
• Navtec remote hydraulic vang and back stay adjustor
• Running back stays – coated Kevlar with rope tails
• Full Race Harken Track and separate Genoa and Jib Adjustable leads
• Deck Tracks was pulled, holes routed, epoxy filled, redrilled and relaid.2004.
• All Harken Deck Hardware, Spinlock Stoppers. Most redone
• Burgee halyard, pig-stick halyard
• Spinnaker pole and all rigging, Harken adjustable mast-track
• White deck with tan non-skid
• CQR 35lb on Bow Roller
• Danforth type stern anchor in compartment.
• Dodger replaced 2012, welded grab-rail added.
• Lifelines completely replaced in 2009.
• (2) Barient 28 ST chrome 2-speed cockpit primary winches for jibs/after guys
• (2) Barient 22 ST chrome 2-speed, cabin top secondary/halyard winches
• (2) Barient ST chrome 2-speed pit winches
• (2) Barient ST chrome 2-speed cockpit winches for runners and misc use
• Main sheeting system with a fast 2:1 purchase with Harken 504 Blocks and (2) Barient 24 STC two speed chrome self-tailing winches adjustable from the helm
• Mainsheet 4:1 adjustable traveler system with Harken 560 Big Boat traveler track, 558 low friction traveler car, 564 & 565 control blocks with cam cleats and end stops
• 2 Lewmar SP Express stopper banks for halyards and reef lines
• 4 Harken Ball bearing adjustable under load jib cars on tracks.
• 3 Lewmar skylight hatches
• 11 Bomar opening ports in cabin trunk and cockpit with insect screens
• (1) Proper sized American ensign teak staff with stern socket
• Stern amidships bi-fold swim ladder