The Vancouver's record of passage making is perhaps unique; dozens of trans-ocean passages or voyages to the most remote cruising grounds often crewed just by a husband and wife or a couple of friends, or totally at home pottering local waters and harbours. The enthusiastic reception of the original Vancouver 27 design led to demands for a larger version (Vancouver 32 & 34), which came from the board of the original designer, Robert Harris.
The range was then augmented by the introduction of the Vancouver 36, designed by Tony Taylor who bought over 20 years design experience with Camper & Nicholson in satisfying the demands of experienced yachtsmen. With all the hallmarks of sound building and excellent design detail, the Vancouver 36 won the prestigious Silk Cut Nautical Design Award for 1988/89.
Today, an updated version of the Vancouver 36 is now available, retaining all the qualities of the original model, whilst also benefiting from an improved cockpit and a semi-balanced rudder for enhanced performance.
The Vancouver 36 has her own distinctive style. The low and handsome coachroof is wide and flat, making movement forward very easy and the sense of security on deck is heightened by raised bulwarks with teak capping rail. The deep cockpit is very roomy with high coamings and comfortable angles for leaning against. The helmsman's position is ideal with easy access to winches, unencumbered movement around the wheel and clear vision to the stemhead.
Because the proportions are harmonious on deck, you will not be immediately aware of the remarkable size of the Vancouver 36 until you go below. With 6ft 3ins headroom throughout, the space has been skilfully utilised in every corner whilst keeping a feeling of spaciousness.
The interior embraces all the essentials for solid live aboard comfort, with carefully selected fabrics and beautifully matched teak timbers and veneers. The well planned, practical galley has been designed to reach everything from one position, with a great amount of storage and secure racks, fully gimballed gas cooker and twin sinks. The large dinette area to port is generous and uncompromising. The fore and aft sections serve as good sea berths and the settee to starboard converts to a pilot berth.
As you would expect in a serious cruising yacht, plenty of space has been devoted to the navigation area with a full-size chart table, stowage for books and charts and plenty of space to display instruments. The heads is extremely large with shower facilities. An easy to manage set of companion way steps with well-sited pillars in the galley and chart area make for safe footing. A grab rail runs the full length of the saloon, positioned slightly above shoulder level, providing good handholds when the yacht is heeled to port and starboard.
Designed from the outset for serious ocean passage making, the Vancouver combines sailing performance with excellent load carrying capability and comfortable motion in a seaway. Heavy displacement, deep sections and a long encapsulated keel gives excellent directional stability. The cutter rig has long been favoured by experienced cruising yachtsmen for its strength and versatility, as it provides good drive to windward and, because the sails are manageable and easy to reef, the optimum amount of sail is always available, whatever the weather conditions.