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Location: Sausalito | Posted By: Popyachts
- Stock #105390 -
Nicest Islander 36 on the planet!
The Islander 36 (I36) is a true classic and depending on whose numbers you believe, there were somewhere between 700 and 800 hulls built between 1973 and 1986 making it an extremely successful design.
Islander production was located in Southern California along with other classic builders like Columbia and Jensen Marine that built Cals. In fact, it is rumored that for a while, Ericsons, Pearsons and Islanders were built in the same locale. Hundreds of hulls were produced and shipped all over the US and Canada with about 25% of them selling into the Northern California Bay Area.
Alan Gurney's objective in the design of the I36 was to create a "36-foot yacht that would be a competitive machine but also could cruise a family comfortably." Since Gurney was also responsible for go fast classics like Windward Passage, Guinevere and Great Britain II, the I36 racing pedigree was guaranteed. These are fast and stiff boats with a 40% ballast to displacement ratio and even 30 years later, they still hold their own on the race course. The I36 will do 8 knots and practically steer herself in 20-30 knot winds without being overpowered, however it can feel a little sluggish in light air.
The Islander 36 was built in 4 pieces with the two hull halves, the deck and the liner - a process similar to the port and starboard construction of a Swan. It took about 700 hours to manufacture one of these modified fin keel, full skeg rudder boats. The hulls are solid glass with a through-bolted plywood cored deck topped with an alloy toe rail. Most of the models had lead ballast but some of the early boats are said to have iron in the keel. Also, a few of the mid-70s models reported blistering problems but some of that had to do with whether the boat was kept in cold or warm waters and if it was a year-round vessel or if it was decommissioned for the winter as in the Great Lakes area. Since the hulls stayed mostly the same, the models differed throughout the years by the options and conveniences that were offered. For example, folding props and shoal draft keels were optional as were interior details such as refrigeration and battery chargers.
Cockpit, Deck & Rigging
The sail area is about 600 square feet on a double spreader, high aspect ratio rig. Those who have raced an I36 describe it as "going fast on a stiff boat with small sails" since the design really pushes the maximum power from its rig.
The I36 cockpit is large and comfortable for six and features lockers under the seats. A swim ladder on the reverse transom was an added feature on the later 1970s models. The decks are wide and clear and there is good access to the anchor locker that also appeared on the late 70s versions.
Layout & Accommodations
The layout below begins with a sizeable V-berth and a head/shower combination to port. In the salon, there are two straight settees on port and starboard separated with a table that folds up to the bulkhead to create a feeling of spaciousness. An L-shaped galley on starboard has a double sink and a three burner LPG stove. On port, there is a nav station that is outboard facing and the quarter berth behind it forms a seat.
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