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Cascade 36
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Registered: January 2000
Location: maryland
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Review Date: Sat October 3, 1998 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 


Cascade boats can be owner completed or factory finished. Becuase of this, some boats out there are great looking and some are just trashy. The factory can sell the boats from just the hull, up to complete. No matter what the boat looks like, be assured that it is a strong capable hull and deck.

Our Cascade 36 was factory finished, and we retrofitted it in 1993 for cruising. The retrofit was minor considering the age of the boat. A new engine and sails, plumbing and minor cosmetics. We sailed from Seattle Washington down the coast to Cabo San Lucas, and then a year in the Sea of Cortez.

We have nothing but praise for the Cascade. Very comfortable boat, incredibly easy to access all boat systems for maintenance. Great for a do-it yourselfer

The boat preforms well in all conditions, from 1 knot of wind in which it will still ghost along under a full main and full genoa, to 45 knots of wind in 12 foot seas, in which we fell off a wave and had no problems with the boat, just us. We met 6 other Cascade 36 owners during our cruise, and they had nothing but praise as well.

If you are looking for a SAFE, WELL-CONSTRUCTED boat, look at the Cascades, but be prepared to look past some cosmetics, as these aren't necessarily your standard "pretty boats" that are made so often anymore. Don't rule out the brand of boat based on looking at just one. There are varying degrees of "attractiveness" out there.

Overall, I would reccommend this boat highly.
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Review Date: Sun January 31, 1999 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 


The Cascade 36 is a Robert Smith design. Unlike many older boats, the builder of the Cascade line is still in business in Portland, Oregon. The Cascade 36 is fine design. It is a kit boat that can be purchased at any stage of completion. As a result, some Cascades have fine finishes. Some have a poor finish.

The basic construction of the Cascade of nearly legendary. Having driven mine into a rock in Barclay Sound at about 5 knots, I can personally attest to the strength of the hull and keel design. I have a cast iron keel. After driving into the rock, I can not figure out why the popular boating press has negative reports concerning cast iron keels.

In any case, the basic Cascade 36 hull and deck structure are very strong. I have not seen a production boat that comes close. Hardware, sails, engine and interior finish vary greatly by boat. Some are equal to the best semicustom boats. Some Cascades are poorly finished

A Cruising World, or perhaps it was Sail magazine, article called the Cascade "the affordable world cruiser.." or words to that affect.

If you are considering purchasing a Cascade, I suggest reading the two books of the voyages of the "Swan". The books chronical the voyages of two Cascade 36 owners who built their own and sailed it around the world.

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Review Date: Fri September 8, 2006 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: Hull and deck strength; heavy weather handling
Cons: Iron keel requires more maintenance

We've sailed our Cascade 36 for 15 years in a wide variety of conditions in the Pacific Northwest. Ours was finished by the original owner to a high standard; I think had she been built in Maine, her cost would have been three or four times as great. The hull is solid with substantial hand layups, no blistering, and a custom toe rail aluminum extrusion that is easily capable of allowing the boat to be picked up by a crane using a four point harness. The bottom is flat with a fin keel and spade rudder making her responsive and reasonably fast. With a competent crew she sails to her rating or better with good sails. In heavy weather the narrow beam (10') driven with a storm jib and double reefed main make sailing on the wind in 30 knots an unforgettable pleasure. The interior has plenty of room for two adults with one or two kids over weeks of time. There is a huge amount of storage, particularly in the rear lazarette which in some models is set up as an aft cabin. On ours there are two excellent sea berths, a large, 1/2 chart sized chart table, and the usual galley, dinette, and V berth arrangement with the head forward. The engine has it's own sump keeping the various drippings contained and accessible under the sink. The rest of the bilge contains only dust. The mast is deck stepped which works OK given that its very stiff anyway as a result of heavy construction; the interior stays dry as a result. The list of things I'd consider changing is short: The spade rudder has a very heavy stock, but I worry about damage from logs; a skeg might give more protection. The iron keel is probably cheaper initially, but is more expensive to maintain, requiring encapsulating paint every 4 or 5 years to avoid corrosion. Ours has end boom sheeting which is not ideal in the heavy conditions in which the boat performs so well. Lastly, the windows in the cabin trunk are great for keeping the interior light and airy, but have become crazed and require custom work to replace. The builder is still in buisness and in the case of many boats, our owner built model included, maintains complete files of all major work done by the yard, the owner, or otherwise and is ready to help with advice for any project. As noted in a preceding review, the 36 has been called "the affordable circumnavigator"... for myself, having remained alot closer to home, I'd call Cascade Yachts "the affordable alternative to downeast service and quality... in the PNW".
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Review Date: Fri January 26, 2018 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 


I recently purchased a 1980 36' Cascade. I am new to the world of sailing and everything I read about the boat suggested that they are well built hulls and can get you from here to there around the world and back - but that's too soon for me. The fact that mine was customized by an OCD wood worker I don't have as many of the squirrely issues that some prospective Cascade owners have mentioned. However the woodwork is where that OCD seemed to stop, unless all water tanks are vented inside the boat - and this may be the case, as I mentioned I am a novice.

I would love to hear from anyone who has modified their Cascade with a transom extension (I saw it as an option on the Cascade website) or any other items that made sailing note worthy. Thanks in advance.
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