Bowman 36

Winner of the 1970 Earl’s Court Boat Show award for cruisers, this attractive and traditional-looking long-keeled offshore cruiser was designed by Holman& Pye. She had a very unconventional interior: the saloon was aft, at the foot of the companionway under the doghouse, and the galley was forward, opposite a two-berth cabin. There were six berths in all (seven including a pilot berth). Right forward was the heads and a second two-berth cabin. The 42hp Mercedes diesel was amidships. However, many were semi-custom built, so few models will conform to the standard. All were
substantially built by Bowman to Lloyd’s +100A1 standard, on hulls moulded by Seaglass. Most were ketch-rigged, but a few have the Bermudian sloop confi guration. There was also a lifting-keel option.
Her hull form is rather beamy and she dislikes being pressed under sail, but her large wheel takes the
labour out of steering. The original review in 1970 described her as ‘the sort of cruiser that a buyer is likely to keep for many years’. They were built in limited numbers and as such are soughtafter on the secondhand market.

LOA 10.97m (36ft), LWL 5.15m (26ft 8in), beam 3.45m (11ft 4in), draught 1.67m (5ft 6in), displacement 8,437kg (18,600lb). Price guide: £25,000 to £35,000. YM Test Report June 1970.