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Islander 36
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Description: Islander 36
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Location: maryland
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Review Date: Wed September 25, 1996 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Summary of design - sloop rigged, fin keel, skeg mounted
rudder, wheel steering, galley and quarter berth aft,
fiberglass with aluminum mast.

Strengths - Fast, points well, very comfortable and spacious

Weaknesses - More work with a fin keel to steer downwind with large following seas. No bridge deck if pooped by a large wave and cockpit drain scuppers probably too small.
Low freeboard.

Overall Satisfaction - very high
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Review Date: Wed September 25, 1996 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
Pros:
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Summary of design - sloop rigged, fin keel, skeg mounted
rudder, wheel steering, galley and quarter berth aft,
fiberglass with aluminum mast.

Strengths - Fast, points well, very comfortable and spacious. Solidly built. If you're planning to buy an older model, get one with a lead keel, not iron.

Weaknesses - More work with a fin keel to steer downwind with large following seas. No bridge deck if pooped by a large wave and cockpit drain scuppers probably too small.
Low freeboard. Hull-deck seam can leak and is hard to seal.
Some models have weakness where the bulkheads are fiberglassed to the hull

Overall Satisfaction - very high
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Review Date: Wed October 2, 1996 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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I have owned my I-36 for six years and she has been a safe, fun vessel for me and my family. The boat is fairly fast for 36ft size, but needs to have a large headsail deployed. The boat is dry, with no odd leaks to annoy the crew. V birth is really BIG, and is a great sleeping area. Had some blistering, but a grind-off and epoxy repair with several barrier coats seem to have eliminated this problem. older i-36's have som access problems to the engine area, but yanmar powered boats don't share this problem too much.

e-me if you have additional questions.
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Review Date: Sat October 19, 1996 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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BOAT WAS USED AS LIVEABOARD IN THE CARRIBEAN AND SPENT MOST OF ITS LIFE IN THE TROPICS. I PURCHASED HER IN 1992 AND TRUCKED HER TO ANNAPOLIS. I'VE HAVE BEEN REFURBISHING HER. NICE SAILING BOAT. ROLLER FURLING, FULLY BATTENED MAIN, HEAT PUMP, ELECTRIC REFRIGERATION, FULL BIMINI AND SIDESCREENS AND CURTAINS. I OWN A 1974 ISLANDER 36 REPOWERED IN 1985 WITH A WESTERBEKE 27. I WOULD LIKE TO EXCHANGE INFORMATION. MY FIRST QUERY RELATES TO TWO LEAKS. THE FIRST IS IN THE CABIN ON THE STARBOARD SIDE BETWEEN THE PORT LIGHTS. IT COMES IN FORM THE OVERHEAD BUT I CAN'T TELL FROM WHERE.
THE SECOND RELATES TO THE SHALLOW BILGE. WHEN I HEEL WATER COMES OUT OF THE BILGE AND ON TO THE CABIN FLOOR BOARDS. DO YOU HAVE ANY ADVICE? THANKS
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Review Date: Tue October 22, 1996 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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I own a 1972 Islander 36 and i am extremely happy with it. I have been out in over 40 knot winds and 10 ft. seas and she sailed fantastic.I am in the process of a refit and would love to discuss some ideas with anyone who has done work on their boat. (nav station, ports, galley, electrical and plumbing). Great Boat!!!!

Tim Owens (timowens@rockland.mec.edu)
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Review Date: Sun November 17, 1996 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Design: Racer/Cruiser
Key Features: Fast, Strong, Seaworthy, deep draft (6 ft.) when fully loaded for cruising.

Strongest Points: Quick, well-balanced, spacious main salon.

Weakest Points: For cruising, needs ice box completely reinsulated (6" or more); for any type of rough sailing, needs reinforcement of chain plates that hold the rigging, upper & lower shrouds. In our model, the marinized VW Pathfinder diesel engine kept blowing the head gasket during the past five years...we should have repowered, probably. Other than that, it was a good engine.

Absolutely great boat...we lived aboard ours for 12 years and sailed her from San Francisco through Mexico & Central America, through the Panama Canal and up to Florida, and from Florida to the U.S. Virgin Islands.
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Review Date: Fri August 15, 1997 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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We have owned our 1972 Islander 36 for 6 years and have been very pleased with the performance and have had no problems other than a slight separation of the keel. This is apparently very common with the Islander. To correct this problem, we had the keel encapsulated but wouldn't recommend it to others. Since that time, we have read that this could possibly cause further problems with accelerated deterioration of the lag bolts if there is seepage. We have not experienced this problem ourselves.

Our 1972 has a lead fin keel, skeg mounted rudder and deep bilge. It is powered by a Palmer P- 60 gasoline engine which we recently rebuilt. At approximately 10 hp at the prop, it is not exactly a speed demon. Definitely recommend powering up. We have had her out on the San Francisco Bay in over 40 knot winds, 6ft waves, and full sail and have experienced very little weather helm. This is a very good coastal cruiser, but I am not sure if I would recommend it as an offshore cruiser. Bulkhead and chain plate separation are two of the most common problems.

The interior is very comfortable for a family. We have spent several weeks at a time cruising during the summer with 2 adults, 2 teenage boys, and a 140 lb dog with no complaints other than the ice box is not adequate for long periods of time.

We have made many simple and some not so simple modifications to the head, galley, Nav station, and main salon, to make life easier and more comfortable. If anyone is interested in further information, please e-mail and we will pass on as much as we can.
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Review Date: Sat June 27, 1998 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Summary:The Islander 36,finn keel,spade rudder is a no tricks boat easy to sail.Its relatively dry and performs well in all conditions.Especially in heavier winds 18+knots.In lite air because it displaces 9.5 tons a larger headsail could come in handy. Key feature:Solid design,well laid out,solid rigging,spacious main salon,galley set up good,head and shower nice and close to the center line so its not too tuff to get up when healed.Overall a good sailing boat with no suprises. Strenghts:Well made for a production boat,easy to sail,good speed and safe Weaknesses:Ice box needs to be reinsulated,Too many windows,needs some additonal tabing for offshore use,cockpit storage alittle lacking and bit heavy for lite air,plus we had to repower from the seapanther engine to a larger 32hp universal. Overall satisfaction:Its been a low maintenance boat after the initial problems when we bought it.Its has good hull speed,We found it to be comfortable offshore.We've had it battered by hurricane force winds with no real problems.We have a nice dodger and the boat is dry.It sails a bit healed but if you want to slow down you can sail more upright.The ice box is huge 100lbs ice + stuff, so cool drinks for at least a week.We like it and are still sailing from The Virgins to South America.
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Registered: September 2001
Review Date: Mon September 17, 2001 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Zestt, our Islander 36 has been in the family since she was built. Over the last 5 years we have refit her, and re-powered her with a Yanmar diesel. We find the boat a safe and stable platform. Very roomy inside. Originally sailed in New York, now in Florida. Points well, not much weather helm, solid performer especially in heavy air.
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Registered: June 2000
Location: Seattle
Posts: 22
Review Date: Wed September 13, 2006 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: roomy layout, easy to sail, easy to maintain
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Roomy layout, easy to sail, a breeze to manuever in tight places, easy to maintain. A safe, well-built boat. We've sailed ours in the Pacific Northwest for 6 years.

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Hylas 44
Seattle
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Review Date: Sun September 28, 2008 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Extremely easy boat to sail in all weather conditions. Graceful lines with significant functional space below. Outstanding owners' association.
Cons: None that I have experienced.

Have sailed the Islander 36 for three years without a negative incident. Very satisfied with the boat's performance and the ease at which a great number of original "replacement" parts can still be obtained. Joining the Islander 36 Association is highly recommended. The group, based in the San Francisco Bay area, is extremely active and is an outstanding source of information.
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