The Gozzard 36 Sailboat
Specs & Key Performance Indicators

The Gozzard 36, a heavy-displacement cutter, was designed by Ted Gozzard and built in Canada by North Castle Marine Ltd.

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Published Specification for the Gozzard 36

Underwater Profile: Fin keel & skeg-hung rudder

Hull Material: GRP (Fibreglass)

Length Overall: 36'0" (11.0m)

Waterline Length: 29'6" (9.0m)

Beam: 12'6" (3.8m)

Draft: 4'9" (1.4m)

Rig Type: Cutter

Displacement: 6,850lb (3,107kg)

Designer: Ted Gozzard

Builder: North Castle Marine Ltd (Canada)

Year First Built: 1985

Year Last Built: 1998

Number Built: 90 approx


Published Design Ratios for the Gozzard 36

Sail Area/Displacement Ratio: 20.

Ballast/Displacement Ratio: 37.7

Displacement/Length Ratio: 316

Comfort Ratio: 30.9

Capsize Screening Formula: 1.9

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Summary Analysis of the Design Ratios for the Gozzard 36

1. A Sail Area/Displacement Ratio of 20.4 suggests that, in the right hands, the Gozzard 36 will have enough performance to leave most other sailboats of similar waterline length well astern. 

2. A Ballast/Displacement Ratio of 37.7 means that a sailboat like the Gozzard 36 (which doesn't have a stiffness-enhancing bulb keel), is likely to benefit from being reefed early to keep her sailing upright in a moderate breeze.

3. A Displacement/Length Ratio of 316, tells us the Gozzard 36 is clearly a heavy displacement cruising boat. You can load her down with all your cruising gear and equipment and it will hardly affect her waterline. Not an ideal choice for coastal sailing, but she'll come into her own on an offshore passage in testing conditions.

4. Ted Brewer's Comfort Ratio of 30.9 suggests that crew comfort of a Gozzard 36 in a seaway is similar to what you would associate with the motion of a moderate bluewater cruising boat - a predictable and acceptable motion for most seasoned sailors.

5. The Capsize Screening Formula (CSF) of 1.9 indicates that a Gozzard 36 would be a safer choice of sailboat for an ocean passage than one with a CSF of more than 2.0. 



Gozzard 36: A Classic Cruiser with a Flexible Layout

The Gozzard 36 is a cutter-rigged sloop with a long keel and a skeg-hung rudder. The boat has a distinctive profile with a clipper bow, a bowsprit, and a reverse transom. The hull is made of hand-laid fiberglass with a balsa core above the waterline. The deck is also cored with balsa, except for high-stress areas where plywood is used. The deck has a molded nonskid surface and plenty of teak trim.

The boat has a single wheel steering in an aft cockpit that can seat six people comfortably. The cockpit has a dodger and a bimini for protection from the sun and rain. The cockpit also has a large locker for storage and access to the engine compartment.

The boat has a masthead rig with a deck-stepped aluminum mast and stainless steel standing rigging. The mast has two sets of spreaders and a single backstay. The sail area is 667 sq ft, divided between a mainsail, a staysail, and a yankee jib. The sails are controlled by two self-tailing winches on the cabin top and two on the cockpit coaming. The boat has roller furling on both the jib and the staysail for easy reefing.

The boat has a displacement of 16,500 lbs and a ballast of 6,500 lbs. The ballast is encapsulated in the keel, which has a draft of 4 ft 9 in. The boat has a beam of 12 ft and a length overall of 42 ft (including the bowsprit). The waterline length is 30 ft 4 in.

The boat has an auxiliary diesel engine that can produce 50 hp. The engine is located under the cockpit sole and drives a three-bladed propeller through a V-drive transmission. The fuel tank has a capacity of 50 gallons and the water tank has a capacity of 100 gallons.

Accommodation
One of the most remarkable features of the Gozzard 36 is its flexible interior layout. The boat can be configured in different ways depending on your preferences and needs. The main cabin can be transformed from an open salon to a private stateroom with the help of folding bulkheads and sliding doors.

The main cabin has two settees that can be used as single berths or converted into a large double berth with an insert cushion. The settees have storage drawers underneath and shelves behind them. There is also a fold-down table that can be stowed against the forward bulkhead when not in use.

The forward part of the main cabin can be closed off by folding bulkheads and sliding doors to create a private stateroom. This stateroom has an offset double berth to starboard and a hanging locker to port. There is also an overhead hatch and two opening ports for ventilation and light.

The aft part of the main cabin can also be closed off by sliding doors to create another private stateroom. This stateroom has an athwartships double berth that extends under the cockpit. There is also a hanging locker, a shelf, and an opening port.

The galley is located to port of the companionway. It has an L-shaped counter with a double stainless steel sink, a three-burner propane stove with oven, and a top-loading refrigerator/freezer. There is also ample storage space for dishes, pots, pans, and food.

The navigation station is located to starboard of the companionway. It has a large chart table with drawers and shelves for charts, books, instruments, and electronics. There is also an electrical panel, a VHF radio, and an autopilot control.

The head is located forward of the navigation station. It has a marine toilet, a sink with hot and cold water, and a shower with a sump pump. There is also storage space for toiletries and towels.

Hull and Deck
The hull and deck of the Gozzard 36 are built to last and withstand the rigors of offshore sailing. The hull is made of hand-laid fiberglass with a balsa core above the waterline. The deck is also cored with balsa, except for high-stress areas where plywood is used. The deck has a molded nonskid surface and plenty of teak trim. The deck hardware is of high quality and well-secured with backing plates.

The boat has a distinctive profile with a clipper bow, a bowsprit, and a reverse transom. The bow has a stainless steel stemhead fitting with two anchor rollers and a windlass. The bowsprit has a teak platform and a stainless steel pulpit. The transom has a teak swim platform and a stainless steel ladder.

The boat has a single wheel steering in an aft cockpit that can seat six people comfortably. The cockpit has a dodger and a bimini for protection from the sun and rain. The cockpit also has a large locker for storage and access to the engine compartment.

The boat has wide side decks with teak handrails and lifelines for safety. The boat also has six opening ports, four dorade vents, and four overhead hatches for ventilation and light.

Mast and Rigging
The Gozzard 36 has a masthead rig with a deck-stepped aluminum mast and stainless steel standing rigging. The mast has two sets of spreaders and a single backstay. The mast is supported by chainplates that are bolted to the hull.
The sail area is 667 sq ft, divided between a mainsail, a staysail, and a yankee jib. The boat has roller furling on both the jib and the staysail for easy reefing.

The mainsail has two reef points and lazy jacks for flaking. The mainsail is hoisted by a halyard that leads to a winch on the mast. The mainsail is trimmed by a sheet that leads to a traveler on the cabin top and then to a winch on the cockpit coaming.

The staysail is set on an inner forestay that can be tensioned or released by a lever on the mast. The staysail is hoisted by a halyard that leads to a winch on the mast. The staysail is trimmed by a sheet that leads to a block on the rail and then to a winch on the cabin top.

The yankee jib is set on an outer forestay that is attached to the bowsprit. The jib is hoisted by a halyard that leads to a winch on the mast. The jib is trimmed by a sheet that leads to a block on the rail and then to a winch on the cockpit coaming.

Keel and Rudder
The Gozzard 36 has a long keel and a skeg-hung rudder. The keel is an integral part of the hull and has an encapsulated ballast of 6,500 lbs. The keel has a draft of 4 ft 9 in and provides stability and directional control.

The rudder is attached to the skeg by two pintles and gudgeons. The rudder is made of fiberglass with foam core and stainless steel stock. The rudder is steered by a single wheel in the cockpit through cables and pulleys.

The keel and rudder combination gives the boat good tracking ability and maneuverability in various sea conditions. The boat can also handle shallow water well due to its moderate draft.

The above text was drafted by sailboat-cruising.com 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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