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Old 19-02-2011, 10:41   #1
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What Is the Roomiest 36 Around ?

So many boats, so many choices. The wife and I are looking for space...as much as can possibly be had on a 36 footish boat. Inside space and outside space...yes we want it all. Realizing nothing is perfect, please offer your opinion as to the roomiest 36-ish.
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For a monohull, look at Island Packet. They have had a number of models in the 35-37' range and for any given length probably have the most space out of any sailboat. All of the big production boats are pretty roomy as well.

Otherwise, have you looked at any catamarans? If you want space, they might be for you. Why the 36' limit?
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Are you also including a catamaran in your options? In this case, the answers are as boundless as with monohull boats. The other comment I'd make is to re-think what you mean by "space". By that, I mean interior volume can be misleading as many boats have abundant storage which takes up some of the living space. The moral of the story is compromise - whether you want abundant storage, living space at the expense of storage, wide beam monohull which may sail like a barn door, cat, etc...
In short, you might want to better define your needs.
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If you planning on doing a lot of time out to sea, or like to have bikes, lawn chairs and the like, you are going to need LOTS of storage.

There are several boats like the Bene 361 that Mark mentioned that have pretty large areas to store stuff. Another option is get a 361 3 cabin version and use one cabin for storage.
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I'll try and elaborate...first off 1. definately monohull. 2. The reason I asked about 36 footers is to keep comparisons in a size bracket. I realize larger boats have potentially more space so the 36 would be the baseline. 3. Storage vs people space..this one is tricky. Too much storage and not enough people space would be bad. Too much people space and not enough storage...worse. So again I am just looking for a balance.
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I don't know anything about a spray. It it a Bruce Roberts design? I only found two and they were both steel hulls. Are spray always steel?
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How about something like this... probably sailway condition for less than $100K
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For value, look at the Pearson 365. They are quite roomy and even have a separate shower for under $50,000, some way under.
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She is not that beamy, so I don't know how Gozzard did it...
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Bavaria Cruiser 36 (2011) 2 cabin version

+ thought through and spacious interior
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By far the roomiest 36' monohull I ever saw was the Morgan Out Island 36. For the size the aft cabin was giant with a queen size bed. Not that good a sailor, at least to windward but 3'2" draft was great in the Bahamas.
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New Bene and Bavaria are very spacey. Also the Jeanneau thing, Hanse, etc.. Then probably come Najads, HRs, etc..

If S/H then there is a lot of space in Valiant 36 (37), Saga, etc. Although if you get a non-canoe thing of that pedigree you will have equivalent cabin space plus better stern lockers.

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