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Starlight 35

Brief Notes



Sadler, Sadler International, Rival Bowman, Bowman Yachts, and Rustler Yachts.

Details and photos here are mostly of a Mk I version by Sadler Yachts.

The Starlight 35, designed by Stephen Jones, with the interior design by Jon Sherwill, is a very high quality modern fast cruiser, of foam filled double-skinned GRP construction, with an interior design by Jon Sherwill. These boats have an excellent reputation for both performance and accommodation, including a good double berth aft cabin.

Length OA

36' 1"

Sail Area

732 sq ft main and 150% genoa

Length WL

28' 1"




11' 6"




5' 11" deep fin keel, 5' 0" shallow fin or 4' 9" wing keel




13,200 lbs

Engine type



5,300 lbs

Engine bhp

25 - 30

Keel type

Fin keel or winged fin plus rudder with half skeg

The Starlight 35 was originally built by Sadler Yachts as a smaller development of their highly acclaimed Starlight 39. Launched in 1991 it was designed to provide similar performance and seaworthiness to her bigger sister, but to be more easily handled by a small crew. Although designed and fitted out as comfortable cruising boats, many Starlight 35s have achieved remarkable results racing.

In the late 1980s Sadlers went into receivership, and the assets were taken over by Starlight Yachts. This then became Bowman Yachts, then Rival Bowman in 1998, still producing Starlight 35s. Bowman then was taken over by Rustler Yachts, and for a short while continued building Starlights, though the last appear to have been built in the early 2000s. The last Mk II Starlight 35s appear from their published specs to be a little heavier than the earlier models, with fractionally more sail as well.

The Starlight 35 is built of separate inner and outer GRP mouldings, bonded together by ring frames, with a foam core between them. This provides a hull which is quieter, warmer and has a noticeable lack of condensation compared with conventionally constructed yachts. This method of construction also has the added benefit of a smooth gelcoat finish throughout the inner moulding, which is attractive and very easy to keep clean, and provides a smooth and easy to clean finish to the interior to all lockers.

Unlike the smaller Sadlers, which shared this foam-cored method of construction, it has never been claimed that the Starlights are unsinkable.

The Starlight 35 offers a fast hull and easily manageable sail plan, combined with an accommodation layout which provides space and comfort with safety and seaworthiness. When tested by "Yachting Monthly" they commented "....At no point, even when hard pressed, did the Starlight attempt to gripe or show bad habits. In steep and awkward seas she surfed readily at up to 12 knots, always in good control."

The keel is bolted to a keel stub containing a deep bilge, which prevents any water from running into the accommodation when the boat is heeled. The large rudder and half skeg make the Starlight an easy boat to handle and maintain directional stability without constant attention to the wheel. The Starlights have, since their introduction, always been very highly regarded as quality fast cruising yachts.

Right: the forecabin has a useful vanity unit and hanging lockers as well as vee/double berth

Left: aft double berth seen here with cushions removed in winter

Control lines leading aft from the mast disappear under a purpose-designed cover plate (which is easily removable if necessary) to give a flat coachroof top surface.

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A Mk II Starlight ashore - under an exceptionally well fitted all-over winter cover!

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