Blue Jay is a well cared for J34c, one of only 36 ever made. The J34c offers the comforts of a cruising boat with the sailing performance of a Jboat.
She has a Yanmar diesel that was upgraded (not the original); chart plotter at the helm, canvas, new VHF, Bimini and more.
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This is a simple, old-fashioned interior with a few innovative twists. It is optimized for one couple or small family cruising. It isn't jammed full of undersized berths, nor is the 43"-wide quarterberth intended as a double berth. There are two doors in the main bulkhead, one on each side of the mast. One door opens into a large forward state-room, the other into the head. You can also get access to the head from the forward stateroom. This is preferable to walking through the head to get to the forward stateroom, which is a more typical layout on a boat this size.
The V-berth in the forward stateroom is over 6' wide at the head and almost 3' wide at the foot, with enough headroom to sit up and read at night. The cushions are 4" foam, comfortable enough to sleep on your side without bruising your shoulders. The stateroom also has bookshelves, a small dresser with drawers, and good ventilation through two hatches and one port. There are no cowl vents, however, so you may suffer during a rainy night when everything must be closed.
Lockers under the V -berth extend to the bottom of the boat. Although there are limber holes between lockers to drain water from the anchor compartment into the bilge, the holes are not flush with the hull, so water will not drain completely. To keep the contents of the lockers from getting wet, future J/34s will be equipped with shelves to lift the locker contents off the hull.
The holding tank is also under the V -berth. It would have to be flushed clean and stored without deodorant to make its smell unnoticeable. Access to the head seacocks is through a door under the V -berth.
All of the interior is teak-faced plywood trimmed in teak. Hull ceiling is teak battens. On the standard boat the interior teak is oiled; varnish is an option. Joinerwork is of average quality. The cabin sole is varnished teak and holly. J Boats stopped using light-colored ash belowdecks after the J/36, because that wood turns black when it gets wet. The head has less than 6' of headroom. Ventilation is good---one hatch and one port. The molded shower sump drains into the bilge. Most surfaces in the head drain well, but spilled water collects on the sink counter top. Full-length mirrors on the inside of both head doors give the user the illusion of spaciousness.
There are handrails on the cabin overhead. Unlike many boats, glued-in marine carpet or vinyl are not used on the overhead or the ceiling. Instead, gelcoat or vinyl drop panels are used. This is a good feature, as it gives you access to deck fastenings without major disassembly.
The cabin house and cockpit ports all open, giving good ventilation in fair weather. Some are so large you can stick your head through them. The first 25 boats had Bomar ports with only three dogs per port. The ports could distort and leak and the dogs could sheer off if overtightened. Now a Bomar port with six dogs is used.
A Lewmar foward hatch is articulated so it can be opened to preset positions. It can be operated from above or belowdecks, but locked only from below.
Galley and icebox are a bit small. Stowage for dishes and silverware is under the companionway, in a compart¬ment which allows them to drain and dry. As with most of the cabin stowage, galley stowage is behind sliding doors. The sink is deep-so deep that we suspect it might gather a little water when heeled severely on starboard tack. The stove is covered by a counter which slides back for access to the burners. The cabin table is large, if a bit wobbly on its tube-in-socket legs. It has utensil stowage in the center and fiddles on the edges. There is a small nav station, using a cabin berth for a seat. It is adequate for weekend cruising, but not long-distance sailing.