The Vancouver 36 Sailboat
Specs & Key Performance Indicators

The Vancouver 36, a long-keeled cutter, was designed by Tony Taylor and built in the UK by Northshore Yachts Ltd.

'Chardonnay', a Northshore Vancouver 36 sailboat at anchor in Prickly Bay, Grenada.A Northshore Vancouver 36 offshore cruising yacht.

Published Specification for the Vancouver 36

Underwater Profile: Long keel

Hull Material: GRP (Fiberglass)

Length Overall: 36'0" (11.0m)

Waterline Length: 27'11" (8.5m)

Beam: 11'0" (3.4m)

Draft: 5'0" (1.5m)

Rig Type: Cutter

Displacement: 20,494lb (9,296kg)

Designer: Tony Taylor

Builder: Northshore Yachts Ltd (UK)

Year First Built: 1989


Published Design Ratios for the Vancouver 36

1. Sail Area/Displacement Ratio: 14.8

  • Less than 16 would be considered under-powered;
  • 16 to 20 would indicate reasonably good performance;
  • Over 20 suggests relatively high performance.

2. Ballast/Displacement Ratio: 37.1

  • Under 40: less stiff, less powerful
  • Over 40: stiffer, more powerful

3. Displacement/Length Ratio: 420

  • Under 100: Ultralight
  • 100 to 200: Light
  • 200 to 275: Moderate
  • 275 to 350: Heavy
  • Over 350: Ultraheavy

4. Comfort Ratio: 42.8

  • Under 20 indicates a lightweight racing boat
  • 20 to 30 indicates a coastal cruiser
  • 30 to 40 indicates a moderate offshore cruising boat
  • 40 to 50 indicates a heavy offshore boat
  • Over 50 indicates an extremely heavy offshore boat

5. Capsize Screening Formula: 1.6

  • Under 2.0 (the lower the better): Better suited for ocean passages
  • Over 2.0: Less suited for ocean passages

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Summary Analysis of the Design Ratios for the Vancouver 36

1. A Sail Area/Displacement Ratio of 14.8 suggests that the Vancouver 36 will need a stiff breeze to get her going. In light conditions, unless you've got plenty of time on your hands, motor-sailing may be the way to go.

2. A Ballast/Displacement Ratio of 37.1 means that unless the bulk of the ballast is concentrated in a bulb at the foot of her keel, the Vancouver 36 will have a tendency to heel excessively in a gust, and she'll need to be reefed early to keep her sailing upright in a moderate breeze. 

3. A Displacement/Length Ratio of 420, tells us the Vancouver 36 is firmly 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 42.8 suggests that crew comfort of a Vancouver 36 in a seaway is similar to what you would associate with the motion of a heavy bluewater cruising boat. Pitching and rolling will be well damped - your cup of coffee on the salon table stands a reasonable chance of staying there in most conditions.

5. The Capsize Screening Formula (CSF) of 1.6 tells us that a Vancouver 36 would be a safer choice of sailboat for an ocean passage than one with a CSF of more than 2.0.



Other sailboats in the Vancouver range include:

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