What I am not crazy about in this design.... not in order of importance.
1. While I like the aft cabin with its huge berth which can be slept on fore and aft or athwartship... I would really prefer a walk around stand up cabin for making the bed etc. As I only sleep there once asleep standing up is not an issue. But one person needs to get past another if two are sleeping in the aft cabin.
2. V berth is a bit high and done so to create stowage bins below and make it wider as lowering it would make the mattress smaller.
3. The mfg used a beige carpet applied to the hull in a few locations... the V berth, in the Salon above the lockers at the level of the ports, same in the Galley. And again in the aft cabin. I haven't replaced it because I can't decide on what the material should be.
4. Boat came with a sink or maybe even a head at the entrance to / inside the aft cabin. Totally stupid idea... the galley sink is 4 feet away!. I removed the sink, made a hinged lid, left the top, attached a large box and keep misc hardware in plastic boxes there. It very handy. I turned the plumbing into a deck wash.. and used it for a water maker when I had one. Below the top is a cabinet for more tools and so forth.
5. Companionway key lock has been a PITA and so I simply don't use it except when I leave the boat for long periods. I need to replace or fix. low priority.
6. Only a single drawer in the whole boat in the galley. However there are tons of lockers which means things are in bins inside the lockers.
7. Deck has a diamond pattern texture for non skid. I don't think it's terribly good.
8. Mfq supplied the boat with teak slats for the benches and the cockpit and shower sole. They were kinda thin and so I replaced them with grates or heavier slats.
9, Alum stanchion bases. They were changed to stainless steel
10. Fore deck is not large enough for a 10' RIB and do anything up there.
11. Because of high free board, fractional rig with mast forward and fin keel... boat yaws at anchor and on a mooring when the wind picks up above 10-12 knots. Above 18 knots I rig a riding sail to stop the yawing. PITA, but does the job.
12. Large main which now requires I use drill motor on winch for power assist to raise. Would benefit from a less frictiony track.
What I like or learned to like not in order of importance:
1. Raised flush deck... easy to move and work on
2. Quality fittings, hardware ports and hatches, line organizers, rope clutches etc.
3. Fractional rig w/ swept back spreaders. Tapered mast is deck stepped so there is no water coming into the boat via the mast. Large compression post integral with teak bulkhead. Very heavy rigging wire 10mm. All bulkheads are neatly tabbed to the hull.
4. functional stern boarding converts to swim ladder.
5. large 2 level anchor locker... chain drops forward and has a weep. Space on foredeck for windlass
6. slotted tow rail
7. Huge comfy dry cockpit. Coamings I can sit on. Wide benches several people can sleep on with backs high enough for support. Companionway dash for instruments. Engine panel forward in recessed GRP box. Added the same recessed box to port side for AP control, windlass switches and compass repeater switches. Folding teak table. Weems&Plath compass and Whitlock pedestal. Large lazarettes, a huge rope locker and propane locker where I store spare gas for the OB at back of cockpit. Large teak trimmed cubbies in the coaming for winch handles, hand shower, misc stuff. Wouldn't change a thing about this cockpit. It's where we are most of the time and it's very comfortable.
8. Headroom. Because of the raised deck mold the headroom is incredible. Volume below is huge in main cabin.
9. gelcoated GRP head liners. Salon headliner includes conduits for running wires from the nav desk area to the mast. Easy to clean surface. Strong teak hand holds above the settees.
10. Dining table which can be expanded or lowered so that a double berth can be made on stbd.
11. lots of lockers... lots. all teak with splatter painted interiors.
12. Beautiful varnished teak joinery. Looks like new 35 years on.
13. Settees which are comfy and useful for sea berths and include lee boards (all berths have lee boards)
14. Small ledge w/ fiddle behind the settee backs which are great places to keep small things handy.
15. Large U shaped galley w/ CL sink at the companionway. Galley includes a athwartship shelf aft and above sink next to companionway. This is so incredibly useful and handy. It holds a 2 gallon potable water dispenser and all manner of small things needed above and below... locks, tools, lotions, sun glasses etc. I modified the galley to include bins for glassware, spices, mugs... etc. and cut a lid door into the corner of the counter and installed a dish holder below. Galley is great for cooking underway and for passing food up to cockpit.
16. Wide strong companionway steps with hand hold. I added storage bins behind the steps to hold, horn, dog stuff, shackles, snatch blocks, flash light, flares, fire extinguisher and shoes live on top of the engine cover which forms the first 2 steps.
17. Nav desk with a large top (full chart) which opens for storage... tons of little things, tools, tape, heat shrink, rigging stuff, glue, ship's docs, eye glasses, drill bits. Too much stuff in there. Large locker below where all manner of bottled stuff lives, motor oil, anti freeze, cleaners.. lots of them, rags... spray bottles.
18. Book shelf with a portlight at the nav desk. Can see out to port and store lots of things in that shelf (with fiddle) - portable plotter, binocs, 18v batts, phone charging cables misc elec connectors. Love this shelf!
19. Forward walk thru head. Large great ventilation, lockers for hanging and one with shelves to port for towels and bed clothes +... small "medicine" cabs (2) to stbd with all sorts of bathroom stuff inside. Shelf above with a batten at the hull behind which more bottles live. Sink counter is high. No smells in this head ever. Changed the OEM head to a Groco Model K. Head is in the right place for me as I sleep aft and use the V for a walk in catch all closet for bags and so on.
20. Lots of lockers all over the place. Good except I end up hauling around too much stuff!
21. Engine Access. Great access to the front and top and rear... so so for the sides.
22. Bilge is dry except for a plumbing leak or when a transducer is pulled. Hull is round and bulge is shallow. Pumps are in the bilge in the salon.
23. AGM Batteries are located aft of engine under the aft cabin berth. Did a major upgrade to electric... batts, wiring, fuses, busses, inverter, shunt... Convenient to work on.
24. Hot water heater under aft cabin berth
25. Fully skegged rudder and enclosed prop shaft which I feel are stronger and protected.
26. Easy to sail and balanced helm. Will sail close reach on her own.
Here's a link to the architect Dick Zaal's page for the 36s... Dick Zaal used some images of Shiva I sent to him. I did visit him and the factory in 1987 after I bought the boat. How cool is that!