Eagle 36

2013 May 2


Here is a perfect case of a boat I should really see in person to write the review. I suspect it is a beautifully built boat, but it's just not practical to expect me to travel to see each boat I review.

The Eagle 36 is intended to be, according to the material I have, the "ultimate daysailer." I won't dispute that. It's a long, skinny boat with a L/B of 4.14. The overhangs are long in an effort to get that "classic J-boat" look. That's a tall order in a 35-foot LOA.

I can't detect any spring to the sheer. Maybe I see 2 inches maximum. But in defense of the flat sheer, I'd say you have to be very careful when adding sheer spring to a skinny boat. Add too much and you get a banana look. A skilled hand and eye could have tweaked this sheer into an elegant curve, but once the Eagle heels even a few degrees you will see sheer spring added as a function of the plan view curve of the sheer. I'd need to see the boat in person or some good photos to rest my case.
The D/L of this boat is 223 and that comes from a very short DWL of only 23 feet 5 inches, leaving 11 feet 6 inches in overhangs for that elegant look. That's a lot of sailing length to leave on the table. But for some sailors the elegance of overhangs is worth a knot of boat speed.

Draft is sparse at 3 feet 11 inches. Nobody wants draft until it's time to go to weather. Upwind draft buys you VMG and stability, but I live where the water is deep so I'm jaded. For those of you with thin water, I'm sure this frugal draft will be appealing.
There are limited accommodations on this daysailer. But there is a head and a large V-berth, and room for more sleeping accommodations. I think having a head on a daysailer like this is important. The real "accommodations" on a design like this are in the cockpit. That's where you will live on this boat.

There are two long seats and the seat to port is cut back forward to allow access to the cuddy cabin. There is a drop-leaf table. The helm seat spans the cockpit aft, and there is a large-diameter wheel. Halyards lead to a single winch on centerline at the aft end of the cuddy cabin. Jib sheet winches are within easy reach of the helmsman. There is no indication on the drawings how the mainsheet is handled. I see nothing indicating a traveler. The fractional, single-spreader rig has a SA/D of 23.4.
Construction is foam-cored GRP with a teak overlay on the deck. The auxiliary is a Volvo D1-13 12 horsepower with a saildrive. I'd like to see this interesting boat. I'm pretty certain the drawings don't do it justice.