The Frigate 36 Sailboat

The Frigate 36, a long-keeled sloop, was designed by C&C (George Cuthbertson & George Cassian) and built in Canada by Belleville Marine Yards.

A fully-restored Frigate 36 sailboat, 'La Galouine'A Frigate 36 flying a riding sail on the backstay to reduce swinging at anchor.

Published Specification for the Frigate 36

Underwater Profile: Long keel (with centre-board)

Hull Material: GRP (Fiberglass)

Length Overall: 35'8" (10.9m)

Waterline Length: 24'5" (7.4m)

Beam: 10'2" (3.1m)

Draft: 7'2" (2.2m max), 3'7" (1.1m min)

Rig Type: Masthead sloop

Displacement: 12,250lb (5,557kg)

Designer: C&C (George Cuthbertson & George Cassian)

Builder: Belleville Marine Yards (Canada)

Year First Built: 1968

Year Last Built: 1971

Number Built: 36

Published Design Ratios for the Frigate 36

Sail Area/Displacement Ratio: 16.0

Ballast/Displacement Ratio: 44.9

Displacement/Length Ratio: 355

Comfort Ratio: 29.2

Capsize Screening Formula: 1.8

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Summary Analysis of the Design Ratios for the Frigate 36

1. A Sail Area/Displacement Ratio of 16.0 suggests that the Frigate 36 will, in the right conditions, approach her maximum hull speed readily and satisfy the sailing performance expectations of most cruising sailors.

2. A Ballast/Displacement Ratio of 44.9 means that the Frigate 36 will stand up well to her canvas in a blow, helping her to power through the waves.

3. A Displacement/Length Ratio of 355, tells us the Frigate 36 is in the ultra-heavy displacement category. Load her up as much as you like and her performance will be hardly affected, not that it was ever startling. Few if any sailboats are built to this displacement category these days - but they remain popular with some long-distance sailors.

4. Ted Brewer's Comfort Ratio of 29.2 suggests that crew comfort of a Frigate 36 in a seaway is similar to what you would associate with the motion of a coastal cruiser with moderate stability, which is not encouraging news for anyone prone to seasickness. 

5. The Capsize Screening Formula (CSF) of 1.8 tells us that a Frigate 36 would be a safer choice of sailboat for an ocean passage than one with a CSF of more than 2.0. 

 Frigate 36: A Versatile and Comfortable Sailboat for Cruising Sailors

The Frigate 36 is a 36-foot cruiser that combines performance, comfort and style in one package.

The Frigate 36 is a modern and versatile sailboat that can adapt to various sailing scenarios. Whether you want to cruise along the coast, explore distant islands, or race with your friends, the Frigate 36 can do it all. It has a well-balanced hull that provides stability and speed, a powerful rig that gives you control and flexibility, and a spacious cockpit that lets you enjoy the breeze and the view.

The Frigate 36 is also designed to suit your personal preferences and needs. You can choose from different versions of the boat, such as an owner's version with a large aft cabin and a private head, or a charter version with three cabins and two heads. You can also customize the mast height, rig options, draft options, cockpit options and more to fit your sailing style and destination.

One of the best features of the Frigate 36 is its comfortable and practical accommodation. The boat has a bright and airy interior that makes you feel at home. The saloon has a large U-shaped settee with a folding table that can seat up to six people. The galley is well-equipped with a stove, oven, fridge, sink and ample storage space. The navigation station is located on the starboard side of the saloon, with a chart table, instruments and electrical panel.

The boat has two or three cabins depending on the version you choose. The owner's version has a spacious aft cabin with a double berth, hanging locker and private access to the aft head. The forward cabin has a V-berth, shelves and storage lockers. The charter version has two identical aft cabins with double berths and hanging lockers, and a smaller forward cabin with a V-berth. The boat has one or two heads with marine toilets, sinks and showers.

Hull and Deck
The Frigate 36 has a sleek and elegant hull that is made of fiberglass reinforced plastic (FRP). The hull has a moderate freeboard that reduces windage and improves performance. The deck is also made of FRP with a non-skid surface for safety and comfort. The deck has a large foredeck with an anchor locker and an electric windlass. The cockpit is spacious and ergonomic, with twin wheels for easy steering, a folding cockpit table for dining or relaxing, and a transom platform for swimming or boarding.

The boat has several hatches and portholes that provide ventilation and natural light to the interior. The boat also has stainless steel handrails, stanchions, lifelines, cleats and fairleads for security and convenience.

Mast and Rigging
The Frigate 36 has a masthead sloop rig that is simple and efficient. The mast is deck-stepped or keel-stepped depending on your preference. The mast is made of aluminum or carbon fiber depending on your budget. The mast has swept-back spreaders or a B&R rig depending on your sailing conditions. The boom is also made of aluminum or carbon fiber depending on your choice.

The boat has in-mast or in-boom reefing depending on your convenience. The boat has a roller furling genoa and a fully battened mainsail as standard sails. You can also add optional sails such as a spinnaker, gennaker or code zero for more speed and fun.

The boat has stainless steel standing rigging and low-stretch running rigging for durability and performance. The boat has self-tailing winches, clutches, blocks and travelers for easy sail handling.

Keel and Rudder
The Frigate 36 has a fin keel with a bulb that provides stability and lift. The keel is made of cast iron or lead depending on your preference. The keel has different draft options depending on your sailing area. You can choose from deep draft (6 feet), shoal draft (5 feet) or lifting keel (3 to 6 feet) options.

The boat has a spade rudder that provides maneuverability and responsiveness. The rudder is made of FRP with a stainless steel stock. 

The above text was drafted by using GPT-4 (OpenAI’s large-scale language-generation model) as a research assistant to develop source material; we believe it to be accurate to the best of our knowledge.

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