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Saltram (Saga) 36

Brief details


K. R. Skentlebery, Laira Bridge Boatyard, Plymouth

Designed by Alan Pape, the Saltram 36 (originally called the Saltram Saga 36 design) is one of the classic long-distance cruising yachts. They are double-ended, very strongly built, with a large flush foredeck. Other sized Sagas were also built, including 31, 34 and 40 foot versions, all being of a very similar nature. These yachts were virtually all custom-built, so exact fitout may differ. Also, prices may vary greatly, being dependent on many factors such as age, quality of fitout and level of maintenance.


35' 9"

Sail area

561 sq ft working sail area


28' 3"




10' 9"




5' 8"




20,390 lbs




7,760 lbs


typically 18-30

Keel type

Long keel with canoe stern hung rudder

Saltram Saga 36

Alan Pape designed the Saltram 36 as a development of the Colin Archer 'redningskoite' sailing lifeboat hull form, which for many years have been regarded as being amongst the most seaworthy small boats ever built. Using modern materials, the Saltrams share the seaworthiness, but are substantially faster than the original wooden gaff-rigged Colin Archers, thanks to higher ballast ratios, external ballast keels, a slightly cutaway forefoot and a bermudan rig.

They are very substantially built: typically with heavily laid up GRP hulls, with epoxy-coated ply decks and coachroof over laminated timber deck beams. Although the accommodation is small compared to most other 36-footers, this is not what these boats are about - the aim is seaworthiness and passage-making ability.

The original Colin Archer designed 'redningskoite' sailing lifeboats, unlike modern lifeboats, were built over a hundred years ago to cruise the waters of the northern seas under sail with the Norwegian fishing fleet, to act as rescue ships. They were between 45 and 50 feet in length, immensely strongly built, and mostly gaff ketch rigged. Although capable of working to windward even in extreme conditions, they were fairly slow. The small lines plan below shows the original redningskoite hull form
Saltram 36
Saltram 36

Saltram Saga 36

There is a good galley and chart table. Aft of the chart table is a deep and wide quarter berth

Saltram 36


As many of these boats were custom-finished, detailing and layout may vary considerably

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