Essex Boat Works, LLC

2002 J Boats J/160 J160

  • 53 ft
  • Racer and Cruiser
  • Marion, MA, US

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One of the last and most evolved 160's built, "Heron" benefits from the countless refinements from earlier models and from extensive owner driven customization.  Her knowledgeable owner added well-thought-out improvements during many factory visits.  Carbon spars and power primaries enhance ease and safety of coastal and offshore cruising performance.  Validation came with Heron's 2nd place finish in Class A of the Marion Bermuda Race --without any sail changes, spinnakers or professionals!  You will find no sweeter helm than Heron's with her carbon wheel and custom rudder bearings.  Her refined interior is gorgeous and comfortable for full time cruising.  Come and relish the comfort, style, capability and performance of this fabulous 160.


Basic Information

J Boats
J/160 J160
Marion, MA, US
Available for sale in U.S. waters:
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Racer and Cruiser
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Dimensions & Weight

53 ft - 16.15 meter
52 ft 8 in - 16.05 meter
14 ft 6 in - 4.42 meter
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Fuel Type:
100 (Individual), 100 (combined)
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Tank Capacities

Fuel Tank:
128 gallons - 3 tank(s)
Fresh Water Tank:
157 gallons - 2 tank(s)
Holding Tank:
48 gallons - 2 tank(s)


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The following is a partial list of options and improvements above and beyond the standard J/160 specifications.


      Two pair hull ports, quarter and main cabins.

      Indented cove stripe and J logo (in mold).

      Full length teak toe rails (stripped, revarnished Fall 2018) w. 4 pairs of SS chocks and 2 pairs of SS chafe guards.

      Custom Edson carbon fiber wheel.

      Custom binnacle and pedestal guard (wider, for integral MFD).

      Custom port/stbd storage cubbies in cockpit coaming.

      Self aligning rudder bearings. (Custom bronze lower by Shuster '09, upper by Tides rebuilt '09.)

      Lewmar 66 electric primary winches, 3 spd., chrome, w/ snatch block to lead companionway lines to primaries, w/ two crossover switches and crossover blocks for elec. primaries.

      Lewmar Concept 2 windlass, switches at helm and foredeck.

      Upgraded "high polish" SS exterior equipment.

      Hood SS dorade vents (four) w/ SS guards fwd.

      Lewmar jib tracks (two pair), cockpit adjustable.

      Lewmar high polish hatches (nine).

      Bowmar high polish opening ports w/screens (seventeen).

      Wichard padeyes around deck, for tethers (twenty).

      Extended mast collar flange for reduced leakage.

      Cockpit shower H/C (new 2018)

      Edson radar mast w. hydraulic leveling radome, floodl light and satphone ant.

      Seawater and freshwater washdowns, cockpit and foredeck.

      Freshwater inlet pressure regulator (on pedestal).

      Teak and Thiokol swim platform.

      Divided anchor locker.

      Two pair SS bars in foredeck locker, for lines etc.

      Custom reinforced engine thrust bulkhead.

      Custom liferaft storage in cockpit locker.

      Custom add'l cockpit drains (two).

      Lewmar SS 55lb Delta anchor. G4 high tensile chain and 12-plait rode.

      Keel faired to templates.

      New bottom in 2010 and 2017 (blasted/sanded, faired, barrier-coated and bottom painted).


      Raised trim cherry doors.

      Bulkheads are owner-selected cherry bookend veneers, w. satin varnish.

      High gloss varnish on all trim and handholds below.

      One inch extension to settees, deep fiddles throughout.

      Cherry handrails on interior coachroof and elsewhere.

      Upgraded faucets and Corian countertops in heads and galley.

      Removable fiddles on main cabin table.

      Removable cockpit table.

      Cherry side panels on interior of doghouse in main and forward cabins.

      Upgraded Cantaloupi lighting package, plus all new LED'S 2016.

      Sliding shelf in chart table.

      Custom nav station cabinet.

      Hella fans (five).

      Pleated port shades.


      Two Marine Air 16K A/C units, 2 zones (heat/cool)

      Fisher Panda 8 kW Genset (1,007 hrs Jan 2019).

      Sea Recovery watermaker, 25 gph.

      Espar diesel cabin heater with vents throughout.

      Seafrost refrigeration engine or 120V.

      Two Vacuflush fresh water heads, two plastic holding tanks (30gal, 18gal)

      Hart system tank tender monitor.

      Splendide washer/dryer (factory plumbed, used once, removed to storage).

      Microwave oven (new 2017).

      New propane tanks (new 2015).

      Three main bilge pumps: two manual, one electric.

      Custom foredeck locker manual bilge pump operated from fwd head.


      Yanmar 4JH3-HTE 100 hp turbocharged diesel (increased from 88 hp in earlier models) with 2,113 hours as of Jan. 2019.  (New water hoses, belts, impeller and mounts in 2017.  New exhaust hoses and mixing elbow in 2018.)  Cruises at 8.1 knots at 2250 rpm at 1.6 gph.

      Spurs prop line cutters.

      Added 30 gal. bladder type fuel tank in port quarter.

      Maxprop 3-blade feathering prop in lieu of std.

      PSS Dripless shaft seal stuffing box (new 2010, rebuilt 2017).

      Aquadrive flexible shaft coupling and thrust bearing (rebuilt 2017), cutlass bearing (new 2011).

      Dual Racor Model 120 diesel fuel filter/water separators.

      Sea-fire FM200 automatic fire extinguisher in engine compartment.

      Added inspection/cleaning ports to port/starboard fuel tanks.

      Added elec. pump and manifold for changing engine, marine gear and genset oil.

      Added coolant line bypass valves at engine and hot water tank.

      Custom engine room air ducting with transom closures.

Additional Information


       Hall carbon mast, carbon boom and carbon spin pole (and std. carbon sprit).  Rod rigging. (2018 rig service: disassembled, inspected and dye tested by Hall Spars, cleaned, polished and lubricated.)

       Antal mainsail track system.

       Storm trysail track.

       6 halyard sheaves (main, 2 genoa, 2 spin, stays'l).

       Detachable kevlar inner forestay.

       Spinnaker pole track and control system.

       Spectra check stays.

       Tricolor/anchor light w/Aqua Signal LED unit (replaced 2011).

       2 pair climbing steps for mast.

       Mast awlgripped off-white above deck, clear below.

       Insulated backstay for SSB radio.

       Hydraulic backstay and vang (rebuilt 2016) w/ quick pressure release buttons on coaming.

       Deck and steaming lights.

       Lazy jacks (2017/19)

       No Strike brush and spike lightning dissipators.

      Navtec shroud rollers.

      Added Lewmar rope clutches for checkstays, spin sheets, jib track, sprit extension.


      Factory upgraded elect system w/ Wells marine auto battery combiner.

      800 Ah AGM house batts (2017), spiral AGM starter batt (2017), AGM emergency battery in nav station.

       Balmar 165A alternator with 612 regulator (both alternators rebuilt 2015).

       Xantrex Freedom 25 inverter/charger (130A charging, rebuilt 2018) w. Link 2000R remote panel

       50A/30A shore power.

       60 Watt photovoltaic panel on deck (removeable) w. regulator and control panel.

       LED lights throughout 2016/17.


       ICOM M502 VHF w/ cockpit remote.

       ICOM M802 ham/marine SSB (hull copper grounded).

       Globalstar satphone w. ext. antenna, handset, data modem.

       Vesper Marine 850 AIS transceiver w/GPS.

       2 Raymarine RL80CRC Chartplotters w/radar overlay at nav/pedestal.

       Airmar ultrasonic speed/temp transducer.

       Raymarine ST7000 autopilot w. gyro and fluxgate.and wireless S100 control

       13 Raymarine instrument displays (Maxis, Multis, CHWind, 360Wind, Multitrim, etc. mostly ST80)

       Samsung LCD monitor w. Lenovo docking station, instrument interface, etc.

       Vetus digital barograph.

       Pioneer DEH-P44 stereo system w. Bose speakers and custom cherry grills.


       Main carbon/spectra Sperry 2008.(loft maintained, good condx)

       #1 Genoa 2003 Sperry. (medium, Cuben fiber, used < 10 times)

      #2 Genoa 2007 Sperry.(medium blast reacher, spectra, flown 3 times)

       #3 jib 2008 Sperry.(carbon/spectra, loft maintained, new UV shield, good condx)

       #4 jib 2002 North.(Nordac, good condx)

       Staysail 2007 Sperry.(used once)

       Asym spinnaker North G3A with carbon snuffer, custom white stars on blue field (used <10 times)

       Storm Jib 2002 North.(never used)

       Storm Trysail 2002 North.(never used)

       Dodger and cockpit bimini/connecter 2010 Thurston. Dodger rebuilt 2018.

       Mainsail cover 2016, wheel cover 2018, hatch covers, weather clothes, lee clothes, emergency deck canvas... 

       Cockpit cushions 2016.

       Cream Ultraleather cushions w. slip covers for settee and nav station 2008.


       Winslow 10 man liferaft w/custom storage locker, inspected 2015 w. GPS EPIRB, watermaker, etc.

       MOM 8 module.

       Lifesling 2.

       MOB strobe light.

       Abandon Ship Bag, incl. second GPS EPIRB.

       Emergency tiller and steering paddle.

       Paratech sea anchor.

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.

Essex Boat Works is pleased to assist you in the purchase of this vessel. This boat is centrally listed by Hill & Lowden, Inc., Yacht Sales & Brokerage.


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