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12-24-2011 12:18 PM
Originally Posted by pigslo View Post
The Catalina 38 was designed as an offshore race boat and not the same as other Catalinas.
The Islander Freeport 36 is a Bob Perry design however I can understand the error. My wife and I have just made an offer on one here in Puget Sound. We have already had a good look over the boat and pending survey and sea trial she will be ours. It's good to see all the posts about them and things to look for although at this point the items are about the same for a vessel built in the 70's. Ill post more as things progress.
07-10-2008 01:45 AM
JiffyLube I'm a 1981 Freeport 36 owner, and what rcarr says is true about the boat. I sailed it down to San Diego from San Francisco shortly after purchasing it (in SF), and they boat handled the wind and water conditions just fine. I find that it can generally stay up with most boats of its size, and has a pretty comfortable ride even in rougher conditions. Mast is keel stepped. This boat is a cruiser, but moves good when you need it to. The engine is located low below the salon floor, and that helps a lot with a low center of gravity...and there is an actual bilge below the engine compartment. The boat was designed with plenty of storage space (and carries loads well), and is very livable for two people...especially couples. While it is not great at backing up (probably because of the large skeg mounted rudder), it does steer very good in most conditions...making it a pleasure for the helmsman. I would say that the biggest draw back to this boat are the sleeping accommodations (because it was designed for couples), so if you're going to have a crew of more than three, this might not be the boat for you. The interior layout is very nice, with good teak work everywhere except in the forward head which is mostly fiberglass...which makes perfect sense for that area. Some people do not like the idea of a forward head (thinking it's not a good place in rougher conditions), but the toilet is really located closer to where many boat's toilets are located anyway. The head is very roomy, and two people could use it at the same time. The door to the anchor locker is located on the forward wall in the head, and that also makes perfect sense in case of a leak from the's also very easy to get to the locker. No boat is perfect, but this boat works for me. I may have some pictures, and layout plans posted to this site that can show you more about this boat.
07-10-2008 01:01 AM
rcarr If you want to see the interior of a Freeport 36 go to and search islander freeport. They list several 36's, a couple 38's, which is the same boat as the 36 with a few minor changes and a bow sprit, and several 41's.

07-09-2008 01:27 PM
Gary1 Funny. I remember there being a steering wheel inside the cabin, at a raised seat when I went to the Long Beach Sailboat show and saw it.

But I'm old and my memory does play tricks occasionally.
07-09-2008 10:44 AM
rcarr The Islander Freeport 36 is a raised salon, not a pilot house, fin keel with a skeg rudder. It is not a motor sailer. It sails very well. It is a Bob Perry design. It is an excellent boat for a couple. Search yahoo groups for "foggers". This is a Freport owners groups. Post you question there. Also go to and search their owners associations section and you will find some Islander 36 owner groups. The Good Old Boat
Magazine did a story on the Freeport 36 a while back. You might be able to get a copy of that. Both boats are excellents boat.
07-08-2008 09:38 PM
blt2ski The freeport 36 is a Bob Perry design.

07-08-2008 06:23 PM
speciald Almost bought a Freport Islander once - in 1978!
07-08-2008 05:51 PM
Gary1 The Freeport 36 was a pilothouse (Mostly) motorsailor, rather than the Island 36, which was a cruiser/racer.

The Freeport was a pretty boat, loads of space and (unusually) had a queen sized bed in a small cabin forward of the saloon. As I recall it had a cutout forefoot, but was basically a long-keel boat. I also remember it didn't seem to have enough sail area for a boat that heavy.

I think all of the Islanders were made at the same plant, but don't hold my feet to the fire on that one. I remember they seemed well built, and were a very popular boat in the 1970's/1980's, before the economy tanked and a lot of boat builders went belly up.

Hope that helps a bit.
07-07-2008 03:43 PM
Islander36 or Catalina38

Look at a Tartan 37 from the 70's: The most popular model was build with a centerboard (draft from 4.7' to over 7').
Great pedigree, like the Catalina 38, she is an S&S design. She is fast, well build and has a very functional interior.
They were (and still are) very poular on the East Coast and in the Great Lake areas.
Hopes it helps you,
06-13-2006 11:07 PM
Artwerke I've got a 1970 Irwin 38, different boat than the later Citations, stout and fast,has a 3'9"draft with centerboard up,carries about 700 Sq ft sail, 10'6" beam,About 30ft waterline, picks up about 3 ft. underway, I sail around Corpus Christi Bay ,see 7 kts on GPS on close reach with 18 kt breezes quite frequently. I've only seen references to 2 of these boats so far and mine's one of them. Art.
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