The J/35 was introduced in 1983 and built until 1992. There are still over 100 of these successful offshore keelboats being raced in North American one-design regattas, with active fleets on the East, West, and Gulf Coasts and the Great Lakes. The boat was originally designed as a simpler, cheaper modification of the J/36. The J/35 features a plainer interior than its predecessor, lower-center lead keel, a masthead rig, and tiller steering instead of a wheel. It is known as an easy and forgiving boat to handle, whether for racing or cruising. The boat can cruise with two people and races comfortably with five to seven, including a helmsman, a mainsail trimmer, a genoa trimmer, and a lightweight bow person for raising sails and hiking.