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The following information and photographs are displayed as a service to anyone researching yacht types. HOWEVER THE PHOTOGRAPHS AND TEXT ARE COVERED BY COPYRIGHT, AND MAY NOT BE REPRODUCED WITHOUT THE PERMISSION OF YACHTSNET LTD. Details and photographs are normally based on one specific yacht, but could be a compilation. No reliance should be placed on other yachts of the same class being identical.  Where common variations exist, we have endeavoured to indicate this in these archive details.

She 36

Brief Notes



South Hants Marine

An S&S cruiser/racer design from the late 70's, good She 36s are now highly sought after as very fast, very seaworthy cruiser-racers with impeccable handling - an absolute pleasure to sail. The fact that they are pretty as well is the icing on the cake. They bear a considerable resemblance to the Swan 36, also a Sparkman and Stephens design from the same period.

Length OA

35' 6"

Sail Area

550 sq ft

Length WL

29' 6"




10' 6"




6' 0"




14,780 lbs

Engine type

varies, often Bukh 20


5,400 lbs

Engine bhp

20 - 30

Keel type

Fin & skeg

The She 36 is one of the classic Sparkman & Stephens designs from the late 1970s. Originally rated as a 3/4 Ton Cup racer under the IOR rules, many were purchased purely as elegant fast cruisers.

Although some IOR racers handled badly due to attempts to distort hull shapes to "cheat the rule" and obtain a favourable rating, the best of them (She 36's, UFO34's and a few others) were really good all-round fast cruiser/racers, with enough weight and ballast to continue to sail in heavy weather without (as in most modern racers) lots of crew sitting on the rail.

A good She 36 will sell for a surprisingly high figure for a 1970s 36-footer, and they do not tend to come up for sale that often, perhaps an indication that owners simply cannot find another boat in that size that is such a pleasure to sail.

She 36

Photographs here are a compilation, showing two different yachts

She 36

Everyone remembers Contessa 32s as ultra-seaworthy, because several of them completed the infamous 1979 Fastnet Race. A She 36 did not just survive the race, but picked up the crew of another yacht in a dramatic rescue.

She 36's were fitted out by South Hants Marine to a generally high standard. Most were fitted with 'Shedeck' simulated teak decks, as seen here, which in many cases is now wearing out - the yacht shown here has the original 'Shedeck' still in remarkably good condition.

Yachts seen here are no longer for sale - the data is online as a free information service for buyers researching boat types. THE PHOTOGRAPHS ARE COVERED BY COPYRIGHT, AND MAY NOT BE REPRODUCED WITHOUT THE PERMISSION OF YACHTSNET LTD.

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She 36

She 36

The interior layout is completely conventional, with the heads compartment dividing forecabin and saloon. The forecabin is fairly spacious, with lockers and drawrers as well as the vee/double berth. In the saloon there is a settee berth (convertible to a double) to port, with lockers above, and a settee berth and pilot berth to starboard. The galley is to starboard, and the chart table and a quarterberth to port.

She 36
She 36

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