Boat Review

September 2007 Issue

By Photos by Andrea Francolini / Sydney Yachts

Sydney Yachts’ 36CR

The latest “performance cruiser” from Down Under looks to have more racer in her blood than cruiser. Designed by the firm of Iain Murray, Ian Burns, and Andy Dovell, the Sydney 36CR (cruiser-racer) is the latest product in the evolution of the 12-year-old BH Boats’ BH36 design

The Sydney 36CR reflects the agony and the ecstasy of modern handicap racing. Her designers’ aim was a durable, sexy, race-ready boat with “hassle-free” operation and cruiser accommodations. In Practical Sailor testers’ opinions, the 36CR addresses a very small niche market. Sailed hard and well, it can win races in most places and fleets. But that’s not unique. It offers limited, yet realistic cruising, which expands its use. But how close to the top can you expect to get with a 12-year-old design optimized for Antipodean breezes? And is the 36CR enough of a cruiser to make it the “dual-purpose boat” of your dreams?

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