Popular Cruising Yachts from 35 to 40 Feet Long Overall

Welcome to this ever-growing gallery of some of the most popular cruising yachts between 35 and 40 feet (10.7m to 12.2m) long overall.

Medium sized cruising boats like these are often the sailboat of choice for short-handed crews, and if properly equipped and maintained, will take long offshore voyages in their stride.

Sailboats at the top of this size range, those above 12m long overall, will find that they are charged considerably more in marinas than those that fall just under 12m LOA. Something worth bearing in mind perhaps...

If you'd like to submit a suitable image of a cruising boat (yours perhaps?), please click here to send your pic. It doesn't have to be within this boat length category; if it isn't we'll move it to the appropriate one.

And don't worry about the bullet point stuff, we'll do all that too. Here's the first one...

Shearwater 39

A Shearwater 39 cruising yacht'Sea Lion', a Shearwater 39 on a mooring in Jolly Harbour, Antigua
  • Hull Type:~ Fin keel with transom-hung rudder
  • Hull Material:~ GRP (Fiberglass) or wood
  • Length Overall:~ 39'4" / 12.0m
  • Waterline Length:~ 33'9" / 10.3m
  • Beam:~ 12'9" / 3.9m
  • Draft:~ 5'11" / 1.8m
  • Rig Type:~ Cutter
  • Displacement:~ 21,605lb / 9,800kg
  • Sail Area/Displacement Ratio:~ 17*
  • Displacement/Length Ratio:~ 250*
  • Designer:~ Dudley Dix
  • Builder:~ Nebe Boatworks (South Africa)
  • Year First Built:~ 1990
  • Year Last Built:~ ?
  • Number Built:~ 29
  • Owners Association:~ Not known

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Colvic Countess 37

A Colvic Countess 37 Sailboat'Tudor Rose', a Colvic Countess 37 at anchor in Five Islands Bay, Antigua, West Indies
  • Hull Type:~ Fin keel with balanced rudder
  • Hull Material:~ GRP (Fiberglass)
  • Length Overall:~ 37'5" / 11.4m
  • Waterline Length:~ 29'6" / 9.0m
  • Beam:~ 12'10" / 3.9m
  • Draft:~ 5'7" / 1.7m
  • Rig Type:~ Cutter
  • Displacement:~ 19,048lb / 8,640kg
  • Sail Area/Displacement Ratio:~ ?
  • Displacement/Length Ratio:~ 330
  • Designer:~ Ian Anderson
  • Builder:~ Colvic Craft (UK)
  • Year First Built:~ 1986
  • Year Last Built:~ Not known
  • Number Built:~ Not known
  • Owners Association:~ Not known

Island Packet 380

Island Packet 380 cutter sailboat'Harmonium Cays', an Island Packet 380 cutter sailing beautifully on passage from Guadeloupe to Antigua
  • Hull Type:~ Long keel
  • Hull Material:~ GRP (Fiberglass)
  • Length Overall:~ 39'7" / 12.00m
  • Waterline Length:~ 32'0" / 9.8m
  • Beam:~ 13'0" / 4.0m
  • Draft:~ 4'4" / 1.3m
  • Rig Type:~ Cutter
  • Displacement:~ 21,000lb / 9,526kg
  • Sail Area/Displacement Ratio:~ 16
  • Displacement/Length Ratio:~ 286
  • Designer:~ Bob Johnson
  • Builder:~ Island Packet Yachts (USA)
  • Year First Built:~ 1999
  • Year Last Built:~ 2004
  • Number Built:~ Not known
  • Owners Association:~ Island Packet Yacht Owners Association

S2 11.0

An S2 11.0 sailboat'Haven', an S2 11.0 powers through the waves on passage from Guadeloupe to Antigua.
  • Hull Type:~ Fin keel with skeg-hung rudder
  • Hull Material:~ GRP (Fiberglass)
  • Length Overall:~ 36'0" / 11.00m
  • Waterline Length:~ 28'3" / 8.6m
  • Beam:~ 11'11" / 3.6m
  • Draft:~ 5'6" / 1.7m (deep draft version); 4'6" / 1.4m (shoal draft version)
  • Rig Type:~ Masthead Sloop
  • Displacement:~ 15,000lb / 6,804kg
  • Sail Area/Displacement Ratio:~ 16
  • Displacement/Length Ratio:~ 317
  • Designer:~ Arthur Edmunds
  • Builder:~ S2 Yachts (USA)
  • Year First Built:~ 1980
  • Year Last Built:~ 1987
  • Number Built:~ 66
  • Owners Association:~ Not known

Bowman 36

A Bowman 36 sailboat'Tilly Whim', a Bowman 36 cruising yacht from the 1970s
  • Hull Type:~ Long keel
  • Hull Material:~ GRP (Fiberglass)
  • Length Overall:~ 36'0" / 11.00m
  • Waterline Length:~ 26'8" / 8.1m
  • Beam:~ 11'4" / 3.5m
  • Draft:~ 5'8" / 1.7m
  • Rig Type:~ Masthead Sloop
  • Displacement:~ 19,500lb / 8,845kg
  • Sail Area/Displacement Ratio:~ 12
  • Displacement/Length Ratio:~ 459
  • Designer:~ Holman & Pye
  • Builder:~ Bowman Yachts (UK)
  • Year First Built:~ 1970
  • Year Last Built:~ Not known
  • Number Built:~ Not known
  • Owners Association:~ Not known

Pearson 39-2

Pearson 38 sailboat'Kairos', a Pearson 39-2. These cruising yachts have three keel options - Fin, Centreboard or Wing Keel

Many thanks to Crystal and Rob Bleecher for this pic of their fine cruising yacht.

  • Hull Type:~ Fin keel and spade rudder
  • Hull Material:~ GRP (Fiberglass)
  • Length Overall:~ 39'3" / 12.00m
  • Waterline Length:~ 31'3" / 9.5m
  • Beam:~ 12'5" / 3.8m
  • Draft:~ 6'10" / 2.1m
  • Rig Type:~ Masthead Sloop
  • Displacement:~ 16,800lb / 7,620kg
  • Sail Area/Displacement Ratio:~ 18
  • Displacement/Length Ratio:~ 246
  • Designer:~ William Shaw
  • Builder:~ Pearson Yachts (USA)
  • Year First Built:~ 1986
  • Year Last Built:~ 1991
  • Number Built:~ ?
  • Owners Association:~ ?

Hunter 39

A Hunter 39 under full sail'Lagoona', a Hunter 39, heading north from Martinique towards Les Saintes
  • Hull Type:~ Fin keel and spade rudder
  • Hull Material:~ GRP (Fiberglass)
  • Length Overall:~ 39'4" / 12.00m
  • Waterline Length:~ 34'8" / 10.6m
  • Beam:~ 12'11" / 3.9m
  • Draft:~ 6'6" / 2.0m
  • Rig Type:~ B&R Rig
  • Displacement:~ 18,077lb / 8,200kg
  • Sail Area/Displacement Ratio:~ 23
  • Displacement/Length Ratio:~ 194
  • Designer:~ Glenn Henderson
  • Builder:~ Hunter Yachts (USA)
  • Year First Built:~ 2009
  • Year Last Built:~ in production
  • Number Built:~ ?
  • Owners Association:~ Hunter Boat Owners

Swan 40

A Swan 40 sailboat at anchor'Teragram', a classic Sparkman & Stephens Swan 40 at anchor in Falmouth Bay, Antigua.
  • Hull Type:~ Fin keel and skeg-hung rudder
  • Hull Material:~ GRP (Fiberglass)
  • Length Overall:~ 39'3" / 12.00m
  • Waterline Length:~ 28'6" / 8.7m
  • Beam:~ 10'10" / 3.3m
  • Draft:~ 6'8" / 2.1m
  • Rig Type:~ Masthead Sloop
  • Displacement:~ 19,000lb / 8,618kg
  • Sail Area/Displacement Ratio:~ 16
  • Displacement/Length Ratio:~ 365
  • Designer:~ Sparkman & Stephens
  • Builder:~ Nautor Swan
  • Year First Built:~ 1970
  • Year Last Built:~ 1972
  • Number Built:~ 51
  • Owners Association:~ S&S Swan Association

Valiant 40

A Valiant 40 cutter-rigged, long-distance cruising yacht'New World', a Valiant 40 Bluewater Cruising Yacht

Many thanks to Barry Bateman for this great pic of his boat. 'New World' is now up for sale...

  • Hull Type:~ Fin keel and skeg-hung rudder
  • Hull Material:~ GRP (Fiberglass)
  • Length Overall:~ 39'10" / 10.90m
  • Waterline Length:~ 34'0" / 10.36m
  • Beam:~ 12'4" / 3.76m
  • Draft:~ 6'0" / 1.83m
  • Rig Type:~ Cutter
  • Displacement:~ 22,500lb / 10,206kg
  • Sail Area/Displacement Ratio:~ 15.5
  • Displacement/Length Ratio:~ 256
  • Designer:~ Bob Perry
  • Builder:~ Valiant Yachts (USA)
  • Year First Built:~ 1973
  • Year Last Built:~ 1990
  • Number Built:~ ?
  • Owners Association:~ Valiant Yacht Owners Association

Westerly Conway 36

Westerly Conway 36 ketch-rigged sailboat'Weohgi', a ketch-rigged Westerly Conway 36, winter-sailing off the south coast of England. Many thanks to owner Geoffrey Mills for the pic.
  • Hull Type:~ Fin keel and skeg-hung rudder
  • Hull Material:~ GRP (Fiberglass)
  • Length Overall:~ 35'9" / 10.90m
  • Waterline Length:~ 30'3" / 9.22m
  • Beam:~ 11'2" / 3.40m
  • Draft:~ 6'0" / 1.83m
  • Rig Type:~ Masthead sloop
  • Displacement:~ 16,182lb / 7,316kg
  • Sail Area/Displacement Ratio:~ ?
  • Displacement/Length Ratio:~ 260
  • Designer:~ Laurent Giles
  • Builder:~ Westerly Marine Ltd (UK)
  • Year First Built:~ 1975
  • Year Last Built:~ 1978
  • Number Built:~ ?
  • Owners Association:~ Westerly Owner Association

Cascade 36

A Cascade 36 sloopReefed down, 'Transcendence' - a Cascade 36 sloop - is making good progress into a short chop. Thanks to owner Michael McLaughlin for the pic.
  • Hull Type:~ Fin keel and spade rudder
  • Hull Material:~ GRP (Fiberglass)
  • Length Overall:~ 35'7" / 10.84m
  • Waterline Length:~ 28'10" / 8.80m
  • Beam:~ 10'0" / 3.0m
  • Draft:~ 5'7" / 1.71m
  • Rig Type:~ Masthead sloop
  • Displacement:~ 12,500lb / 5,670kg
  • Sail Area/Displacement Ratio:~ 17.6
  • Displacement/Length Ratio:~ 234
  • Designer:~ Robert Smith
  • Builder:~ Cascade Yachts (USA)
  • Year First Built:~ 1967
  • Year Last Built:~ ?
  • Number Built:~ 156
  • Owners Association:~ ?

Warrior 40

A Warrior 40 sailboat'Summerbird' a Warrior 40 long distance cruiser at anchor in the River Yealm, near Plymouth, UK
  • Hull Type:~ Fin keel and skeg hung rudder
  • Hull Material:~ GRP (Fiberglass)
  • Length Overall:~ 39'4" / 12.00m
  • Waterline Length:~ 31'3" / 9.53m
  • Beam:~ 13'0" / 4.0m
  • Draft:~ 5'0" / 1.52m
  • Rig Type:~ Cutter
  • Displacement:~ 18,739lb / 8,500kg
  • Sail Area/Displacement Ratio:~ ?
  • Displacement/Length Ratio:~ 273
  • Designer:~ Angus Primrose & Bill Dixon
  • Builder:~ Trident Marine (UK)
  • Year First Built:~ 1988
  • Year Last Built:~ ?
  • Number Built:~ ?
  • Owners Association:~ ?

Tradewind 35

A Tradewind 35 Sailboat'Barnstormer', a Tradewind 35 heavy displacement cruising yacht at anchor under Jennycliff in Plymouth Sound, UK
  • Hull Type:~ Long keel
  • Hull Material:~ GRP (Fiberglass)
  • Length Overall:~ 35'0" / 10.67m
  • Waterline Length:~ 25'10" / 7.87m
  • Beam:~ 10'6" / 3.2m
  • Draft:~ 5'6" / 1.68m
  • Rig Type:~ Cutter
  • Displacement:~ 19,442lb / 8,819kg
  • Sail Area/Displacement Ratio:~ 22.2
  • Displacement/Length Ratio:~ 504
  • Designer:~ John Rock
  • Builder:~ Blondecell. (UK)
  • Year First Built:~ 1975
  • Year Last Built:~ ?
  • Number Built:~ 70
  • Owners Association:~ ?

Wasa 30

  • Hull Type:~ Fin keel with spade rudder.
  • Hull Material:~ GRP (Fiberglass)
  • Length Overall:~ 36'1" / 11.0m
  • Waterline Length:~ 29'6" / 9.0m
  • Beam:~ 7'3" / 2.2m
  • Draft:~ 5'11" / 1.8m
  • Rig Type:~ Fractional sloop
  • Displacement:~ 5,290lb / 2,400kg
  • Sail Area/Displacement Ratio:~ 22.2
  • Displacement/Length Ratio:~ 91.2
  • Designer:~ Leif Angermark
  • Builder:~ Wasa Marin A.B. (Sweden)
  • Year First Built:~ 1978
  • Year Last Built:~ 1980
  • Number Built:~ 60
  • Owners Association:~ ?

Thank you, Han van der Stap, for submitting this pic of your stunning yacht 'SysterSol'. As you say, she is "a beautiful Swedish boat, sure and fast, for long distance cruising."

There are two versions, the 30HR (High Rig) and the 30LR (Low Rig). 'SysterSol' is the 30HR which will account for her high performance.


Allied Princess 36

<i>'Gabriel'</i>, an aft-cockpit ketch-rigged version of the Allied Princess 36 cruising yacht.'Gabriel', an Allied Princess 36 Mk2
  • Hull Type:~ Long keel.
  • Hull Material:~ GRP (Fiberglass)
  • Length Overall:~ 37'7" / 11.5m
  • Waterline Length:~ 27'6" / 8.4m
  • Beam:~ 11'0" / 3.4m
  • Draft:~ 5'1" / 1.6m
  • Rig Type:~ Masthead ketch
  • Displacement:~ 15,400lb / 6,985kg
  • Sail Area/Displacement Ratio:~ 16.4
  • Displacement/Length Ratio:~ 331
  • Designer:~ Arthur Edmunds
  • Builder:~ Allied Yachts (USA)
  • Year First Built:~ 1972
  • Year Last Built:~ 1984
  • Number Built:~ 140+
  • Owners Association:~ ?

Many thanks to David Humphreys for submitting this great pic of 'Gabriel', his ketch-rigged Allied Princess 36 Mk2. The Mk2 version was introduced in 1980, unlike its predecessor, sporting a bowsprit. Both versions were available as either ketch or cutter rigs.

David tells us that 'Gabriel' (hull #130)has been well maintained and up-graded since her commissioning in 1980. She's based in Annapolis MD and spends her days sailing to local destinations with a few over-nighters.


There's loads more 35 to 40 footers on this page, but if you'd like to jump ahead to other categories...


Ohlson 38

An Ohlson 38 sailboatThe Ohlson 38 'Azzurro' at anchor off St Anne, Martinique in the French West Indies
  • Hull Type:~ Fin keel with skeg-hung rudder.
  • Hull Material:~ GRP (Fiberglass)
  • Length Overall:~ 37'1" / 11.3m
  • Waterline Length:~ 27'6" / 8.4m
  • Beam:~ 10'1" / 3.1m
  • Draft:~ 5'7" / 1.7m
  • Rig Type:~ Masthead sloop
  • Displacement:~ 14,900lb / 6,759kg
  • Sail Area/Displacement Ratio:~ 15.5
  • Displacement/Length Ratio:~ 317
  • Designer:~ Einar Ohlson
  • Builder:~ Tyler Boat Co. Ltd. (UK)
  • Year First Built:~ 1969
  • Year Last Built:~ 1980
  • Number Built:~ 129
  • Owners Association:~ ?


Rival 38

A Peter Brett designed Rival 38 cruising sailboatThe Rival 38 'Wandering Dream' at anchor off Deshaies in Guadeloupe, French West Indies
  • Hull Type:~ Fin keel with skeg-hung rudder.
  • Hull Material:~ GRP (Fiberglass)
  • Length Overall:~ 37'7" / 11.5m
  • Waterline Length:~ 29'6" / 9.0m
  • Beam:~ 11'3" / 3.4m
  • Draft:~ 5'4" / 1.6m
  • Rig Type:~ Masthead sloop
  • Displacement:~ 17,280lb / 7,838kg
  • Sail Area/Displacement Ratio:~ 17.9
  • Displacement/Length Ratio:~ 300
  • Designer:~ Peter Brett
  • Builder:~ Rival/Southern Boatbuilding Co. Ltd. (UK)
  • Year First Built:~ 1977
  • Year Last Built:~ ?
  • Number Built:~ 63
  • Owners Association:~ Rival Owners Association


Rustler 36

A Holman & Pye designed Rusler 36 cruising yachtThe Rustler 36 'Eschaton' at anchor off Jolly Harbour in Antigua, West Indies
  • Hull Type:~ Long keel, with transom-hung rudder
  • Hull Material:~ GRP (fiberglass)
  • Length Overall:~ 35'4" / 10.8m
  • Waterline Length:~ 26'11" / 8.2m
  • Beam:~ 11'0" / 3.4m
  • Draft:~ 5'6" / 1.7m
  • Rig Type:~ Masthead sloop
  • Displacement:~ 16,805lb / 7,623kg
  • Sail Area/Displacement Ratio:~ 11.4
  • Displacement/Length Ratio:~ 385
  • Designer:~ Holman & Pye
  • Builder:~ Rustler Yachts (UK)
  • Year First Built:~ 1980
  • Year Last Built:~ ?
  • Number Built:~ 100
  • Owners Association:~ Rustler Yachts Owners Group


Moody 376

'Seahawk', a Moody 376 cruising yacht'Seahawk', a Moody 376 cruising yacht in ocean-going trim
  • Hull Type:~ Fin keel, with skeg-hung rudder (balanced)
  • Hull Material:~ GRP (fiberglass)
  • Length Overall:~ 37'10" / 11.5m
  • Waterline Length:~ 31'2" / 9.5m
  • Beam:~ 12'5" / 3.8m
  • Draft:~ 5'6" / 1.7m
  • Rig Type:~ Masthead sloop
  • Displacement:~ 16,250lb / 7,571kg
  • Sail Area/Displacement Ratio:~ 16.2
  • Displacement/Length Ratio:~ 240
  • Designer:~ Bill Dixon
  • Builder:~ Marine Projects Ltd (UK)
  • Year First Built:~ 1985
  • Year Last Built:~ 1991
  • Number Built:~ ?
  • Owners Association:~ Moody Owners Association 


Pacific Seacraft 37

A Pacific Seacraft 37 sailboat at anchor'Sea Glass', a Pacific Seacraft 37 Long-Distance Ocean Cruiser
  • Hull Type:~ Fin keel, with skeg-hung rudder
  • Hull Material:~ GRP (fiberglass)
  • Length Overall:~ 36'11" / 11.3m
  • Waterline Length:~ 27'9" / 8.5m
  • Beam:~ 10'10" / 3.3m
  • Draft:~ 5'6" / 1.7m
  • Rig Type:~ Masthead sloop (also available as a cutter or yawl)
  • Displacement:~ 16,000lb / 7,258kg
  • Sail Area/Displacement Ratio:~ 15.6
  • Displacement/Length Ratio:~ 334
  • Designer:~ Bill Crealock
  • Builder:~ Pacific Seacraft (USA)
  • Year First Built:~ 1980
  • Year Last Built:~ Still in production
  • Number Built:~ ?
  • Owners Association:~ ?


Gib'Sea 37

A Gib'Sea 37, also produced as the Jeanneau 'Sun Fizz'A ketch-rigged Gib'Sea 37 moored in Grande Anse D'Arlet, Martinique, in the West Indies
  • Hull Type:~ Fin keel, with balanced rudder on skeg
  • Hull Material:~ GRP (fiberglass)
  • Length Overall:~ 37'5" / 11.4m
  • Waterline Length:~ 30'0" / 9.1m
  • Beam:~ 12'4" / 3.8m
  • Draft:~ 6'3" / 1.9m
  • Rig Type:~ Masthead sloop
  • Displacement:~ 15,300lb / 6,940kg
  • Sail Area/Displacement Ratio:~ 21.8
  • Displacement/Length Ratio:~ 253
  • Designer:~ Michel Joubert
  • Builder:~ Jeanneau (France)
  • Year First Built:~ 1974
  • Year Last Built:~ 1980
  • Number Built:~ 350
  • Owners Association:~ Jeanneau Owners Network


Island Packet 35

  • Hull Type:~ Long keel
  • Hull Material:~ GRP (fiberglass)
  • Length Overall:~ 35'4" / 10.8m
  • Waterline Length:~ 30'0" / 9.1m
  • Beam:~ 12'0" / 3.7m
  • Draft:~ 4'6" / 1.4m
  • Rig Type:~ Cutter-rigged sloop
  • Displacement:~ 17,500lb / 7,938kg
  • Sail Area/Displacement Ratio:~ 15.3
  • Displacement/Length Ratio:~ 289
  • Designer:~ Bob Johnson
  • Builder:~ Island Packet Yachts (US)
  • Year First Built:~ 1988
  • Year Last Built:~ 1994
  • Number Built:~ 178
  • Owners Association:~ Island Packet Home Port


Nauticat 38

Note: This particular Nauticat 38 is currently for sale. More info...

  • Hull Type:~ Fin keel with skeg-hung rudder
  • Hull Material:~ GRP (Fiberglass)
  • Length Overall:~ 37'6" / 11.4m
  • Waterline Length:~ 30'4" / 9.2m
  • Beam:~ 11'2" / 3.4m
  • Draft:~ 5'11" / 1.8m
  • Rig Type:~ Cutter rigged ketch
  • Displacement:~ 24,200lb / 10,977kg
  • Sail Area/Displacement Ratio:~ 13.7
  • Displacement/Length Ratio:~ 387
  • Designer:~ Kaj Gufstafsson
  • Builder:~ Siltala Yachts (Finland)
  • Year First Built:~ 1975
  • Year Last Built:~ Still in production
  • Number Built:~ 277 to date (January 2014)
  • Owners Association:~ Nauticat Association
  • Nauticat Website:~ www.nauticat.com


Rival 36

  • Hull Type:~ Fin keel with skeg-hung rudder. There is also a shoal draft version with a Scheel keel, and a centreboard version.
  • Hull Material:~ GRP (Fiberglass)
  • Length Overall:~ 35'10" / 10.92m
  • Waterline Length:~ 27'2" / 8.3m
  • Beam:~ 11'0" / 3.4m
  • Draft:~ 6'0" / 1.8m
  • Draft (Centreboard version):~ Max 6'9" / 2.1m, Min 3'9" / 1.1m
  • Rig Type:~ Cutter rigged sloop
  • Displacement:~ 14,250lb / 6,464kg
  • Sail Area/Displacement Ratio:~ 15.6
  • Displacement/Length Ratio:~ 317
  • Designer:~ Peter Brett
  • Builder:~ Rival Bowman (UK)
  • Year First Built:~ 1980
  • Year Last Built:~ ?
  • Number Built:~ 78
  • Owners Association:~ Rival Owners Association


Rival Bowman 40 Cruising Yachts

Of all the cruising yachts on this page, the cutter-rigged Rival Bowman 40 would be my choice for long-distance sailing.

  • Hull Type:~ Scheel keel and skeg-hung rudder
  • Hull Material:~ GRP (fiberglass)
  • Length Overall:~ 39'11" / 12.2m
  • Waterline Length:~ 32'0" / 9.8m
  • Beam:~ 12'7" / 3.8m
  • Draft:~ 4'11" / 1.5m
  • Rig Type:~ Cutter-rigged sloop
  • Displacement:~ 19,000lb / 8,618kg
  • Sail Area/Displacement Ratio:~ 16.8
  • Displacement/Length Ratio:~ 259
  • Designer:~ Chuck Paine
  • Builder:~ Southern Boat Building Ltd (UK)
  • Year First Built:~ 1987
  • Year Last Built:~ ?
  • Number Built:~ ?
  • Owners Association:~ Rival Owners Association
  • Bowman website:~ Rival Bowman (UK)



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